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 Downtown Jam™ #31: Charles Hedgepath, Mark Web Jr, Adam Carter, Taylor McCall, Jeff Holland and Jeremy Brewer

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate ™ #303: (Andrew Oliver) "I was always up to no good as a kid."

               Andrew Oliver, singer-songwriter and one half of the band, Brother Oliver brings Story #302.

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"I get inspired by other musicians concerts and shows," Andrew Oliver, one half of Brother Oliver told us when we asked for what inspires him.  The music of the first song he plays on this episode was partially inspired from a Primus concert. The Greenville singer-songwriter also said that he likes innovation, music that combines two elements in a new way and music that strives to sell an atmosphere or an idea more than just a sound.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #298: (Kyle Rowland) "I've seen Wide Spread Panic in concert 28 times."

                                        Our 298th story comes from singer-songwriter, Kyle Rowland.

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"Fourscore and seven years ago," the words of Abraham Lincoln inspired one of the earliest songs, Kyle Rowland ever wrote,   He's not a bluegrass artist even though both his dad and 4th grade teacher were.  For Kyle, people are his greatest inspiration, in the many varied aspects of their daily lives.  Writing about other people and ideas, instead of focusing on his own personal experiences are key to his success in writing songs for his band, Four 14.

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The Downtown Jam™ #30: Charles Hedgepath and Neil Brooks

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #295: (Mary Norris) "Sometimes I communicate using animal noises rather than using English."

                                      Spartanburg singer-songwriter, Mary Norris delivers Story #295

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"I text myself lyrics," Spartanburg singer-songwriter, Mary Norris told us as she explained that she finds inspiration all over the place, often while she is doing something else, like driving.  She has a song about love inspired by watching birds with her Grandmother and thinking about the beautiful bird we put in cages.  The love of music struck Mary early.  Her parents recall that as a toddler, she insisted on watching the end credits of a TV show or movie because she was fascinated by the ending music.  These days she gives an outlet for that love of music through her solo singer-songwriting and being the lead singer of Hot As A Pepper.

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Honest Abe"

On the second Wednesday of each month on Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the March 14, 2018 Downtown Jam™ with Charles Hedgepath and Kyle Rowland

Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #290: (Mark Webb Jr.) "I was an emo kid as a teen."

                                 Story #290 comes from Easley singer-songwriter, Mark Webb Jr.

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"I would take a timeless song over a hit song every time," Easley singer-songwriter, Mark Webb Jr. told us.  He also told us he was obsessive when it comes to music and keeps his ear to the ground for what is current in the music scene while being inspired by the timeless songs from legends like the Beatles.  His grandparents started him down this music road when the gave him a guitar and encouraged him to take lessons. It's taken years of studying music, practicing, performing, crashing and burning and learning from the failures to get him to where he is today.  He told us his favorite part of being a singer-songwriter is connecting to people through his music, emotionally and spiritually.

                                                To learn more about Mark Webb Jr., click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #29: Charles Hedgepath and Kyle Rowland

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #287: (Biz City) "I once slept in a graveyard."

                                  Greenville Christian Hip-Hop artist, Biz City brings us our 287th story.

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"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord."  For Greenville's Biz City, these words are more than just some verse he's read in the Bible.  They describe what he does; Christian Hip-Hop and why he does it; to glorify God and show others there is hope.  With God's help, Biz overcame some dark times as a teen: the loss of the loving grandparents that raised him, depression, homelessness and drugs.  Now, his music honors God and brings a positive message of hope to everyone, esp. his passion, young people. 

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Tactic Talk"

On the second Wednesday of each month on Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the February 14, 2017 Downtown Jam™ with Charles Hedgepath and Keith Davis.

Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #283: (Matthew Kay) "To be me as a kid was weird."

                           Matthew Kay, singer-songwriter and guitarist for The Hustle brings Story #283

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He plays classical and jazz guitar. John Coltrane, Beethoven, Garth Brooks and Prince are inspirations for him.   The guitarist for The Hustle, Matthew Kay, tells us that his band plays funk because he sat with a friend down the street who played David Bowie's Fame.  When we asked him where he gets inspiration, he told us that  after spending a lot of time by himself, he came to the realization that other people are the point of existence and they are the source for his lyrical content.

                                                          To learn more Matthew Kay, click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #28: Charles Hedgepath and Keith Davis

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #278: (Jeremy Brewer) "My childhood was bluegrass music being played on the front porch."

      Story #278 comes from Seneca singer-songwriter and member of Taught By Heroes, Jeremy Brewer.

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  Seneca singer-songwriter, Jeremy Brewer grew up with both sides of his family playing bluegrass music on his front porch all the time.  He learned to play several instruments out of necessity because when the family and friends where playing on the front porch, they would switch instruments every few songs, the piano player strumming the guitar, the singer playing the piano.  The front porch jam sessions are not just a nostalgic part of his childhood.  Jeremy tells us that when he's not working, or playing the Taught By Heroes, he's on the front porch and you never know who's going to stop by and join in music.  

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Queen"

On the second Wednesday of each month on Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the January 10, 2018 Downtown Jam with Charles Hedegpath, Matt Kay and Mark Webb Jr.

Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #272: (Ed Campbell) "As a teen, I wanted to be Bjorn Borg."

Seneca singer-songwriter, Ed Campbell with The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show brings our 272nd story.

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Bluegrass and rock and roll music is what Ed Campbell plays, but like Lou Reed, he thinks of himself as a writer who uses the music venue for his writing platform.  Bob Dylan and Neil Young were his inspirations to play rock and roll and a breakup with a girlfriend, a local bar's jukebox and George Jones led him to country and bluegrass.  Ed told us that he isn't the greatest singer or guitar player, but his greatest talent is bringing together the best singers and players to join him in creating music.  The proof is in the pudding.  Ed is a member of The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show making bluegrass music like it's nobody's business and he gets his rock and roll on with Pine Tar Rage, where 20 yr olds tell him he rocks harder than their peers.

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The Downtown Jam™ #27: Charles Hedgepath, Matt Kay and Mark Webb Jr.

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate #269: (JJ Woolbright) "When I was a kid, I use to sneak out so I could listen to the music coming from Big John's Jamboree."

                               Story #269 comes from JJ Woolbright, Westminster singer-songwriter
                                           and front man for JJ Woolbright and The Whiskey Road.

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When we asked JJ Woolbright about the song writing process, he said," The song writes itself; I'm just the messenger." He told us that his goal is to tell the stories with truth that folks need to hear.  He said his inspiration comes from everywhere, even from the sounds of a monster truck rally.  Music got a hold of JJ early, through the guitar and drum sounds that came from Big John's Jamboree and through the deep impact that songs from Fleetwood Mac had on him.  He played with groups like the Earthtones, the Bret Michael's band, and the Black River Rebels.  He said there was a struggle inside him between the lead guitar player and the songwriter and he finally decided that he wanted to play his own songs and play the guitar parts the way he wanted and now, with his new band, JJ Woolbright and The Whiskey Road, he can tell those stories that the folks need his own way.  

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Everything Good is on the Highway"

On the second Wednesday of each month on Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the December 13, 2017 Downtown Jam with Charles Hedegpath and the Bad Popes featuring Mike Bagwell, Chris Garrett, Jef Chandler and Joe Cash.

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Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.