The Stories of the Upstate™ #313:(Taylor McCall) "When I was first learning to play guitar, they had me playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" but I wanted to play Ozzy Osbourne."

                             Easley singer-songwriter, Taylor McCall shares our 313th story.

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"My music is bits and pieces of the artists who inspire me and all the genres of music that have influenced me," is how Easley singer-songwriter, Taylor McCall describes his music. This collection of influences and inspiration explains why his music fits in a variety of musical style: alternative country, folk music, folks rock and alternative.  He says that he's striving to create music that has depth and meaning.  

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #306: (Lesley Diane) "When I was a child, I fell in love with British ghost stories."

                  Our 306th story comes from Greenville singer-songwriter and guitar teacher, Lesley Diane

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Greenville singer-songwriter, Lesley Diane told us that she is inspired by people whose gifts seem to line up with values that reach out to people.  Lesley said Bono is an favorite of hers, not only because his song writing is brilliant and his voice magnificent, but because it all is in service to things that matter.  We asked Lesley her advice to people who want to play music and her advice was, "If you want to do it, do it,: don’t sit around and wish you had done it."

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #252: (Rush Morgan) "I was always getting into mischief as a teen and was good at keeping it secret."

                                  Central singer-songwriter, Rush Morgan shares our 252nd story.

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People voice their opinions in a lot of different ways.  For Central singer-songwriter, Rush Morgan, it's his music that lets him voice his opinions, but his music is more than just how he expresses his opinions.  Rush's music keeps him sane.  Creating music and sharing his feelings through song is often therapeutic.  Rush considers himself a guitarist first and a singer-songwriter second.  He says most of his songs start with just the cords, although sometimes, the right cords and the right feelings hit at the right time and a song quickly follows.

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The Stories of the Upstate #247: (Adam Carter): "I was in ROTC in high school planning on going to West Point to be a military lawyer."

                             Westminster singer-songwriter, Adam Carter, delivers our 247th story.

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How does a ROTC cadet with plans to attend West Point and joining the U.S. Judge Advocate General's Corp as a military lawyer become an aspiring music star?  For Westminster singer-songwriter, Adam Carter, it began with learning to play the guitar at 7 yrs old with his dad as teacher.  He moved steps closer thanks to Eddy Shaver, whose influence on Adam's guitar playing was profound and who introduced him to Billy Joe Shaver's music.  Adam learned every song that Eddy Shaver's dad played which came in handy when he met Billy Joe Shaver one night back stage.  Adam was telling Billy Joe how much of an influence Eddy had been and Billy Joe invited him to sit in with him and the band that evening.  A random, one-time gig turned into a job with Billy Joe Shaver's band and that is how an ROTC cadet turns music star.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #209: (Jeff Edwards) "I'm a HUGE Dr. Who fan."

                                     Story #209 comes from Greenville singer-songwriter, Jeff Edwards.

He learned to play the violin at 5, but it didn't stick.  He learned the piano at 8 and that didn't stick.  He played the flute in his middle school band and that stuck for a couple years, but it wasn't until Jeff Edwards saw a friend playing an acoustical guitar and singing that anything really stuck.  He got a garage sale guitar for his 19th birthday and a singer-songwriter was born.

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