A Downtown Jam™, Exclusive Single: "Danny Long"

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 September 12, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Matt Fassas, Jessica Ticko and Jeff Edwards recorded live at Smiley’s Acoustic Cafe.

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The Downtown Jam™ #35: Charles Hedgepath, Matt Fassas, Jessica Ticko and Jeff Edwards.

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters meet at Smiley’s Acoustic Cafe’ 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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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "I Know You Rider"

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 August 8, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Karl Lauber, Zac Kellum and David Sims.

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 Downtown Jam™ #34: Charles Hedgepath, Karl Lauber, Zac Kellum and David Sims

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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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "You Are My Sunshine"

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 July 11, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Andrew Oliver, Stephen Oliver and Morgan Riley.

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 Downtown Jam™ #33: Charles Hedgepath, Andrew Oliver, Stephen Oliver and Morgan Riley

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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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Stranger's Love"

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 June 13, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Tyler J. Pearson, Samuel Kruer and Kelly Jo.

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™ #316: (Tyler J. Pearson) "My childhood was baseball, fishing, dogs and listening to music in my bedroom."

                            Our 316th story comes from Easley singer-songwriter, Tyler J. Pearson

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Music was a personal escape from extreme teenage shyness and awkwardness for Easley SC singer-songwriter., Tyler J. Pearson.  Tyler told us that only his family knew he played music.  Now, he says playing music is therapeutic, "These thoughts, these emotions, these words, these ideas and perspectives are constantly swirling around in my head so to let these songs out is somewhat refreshing and therapeutic."  Pop music, esp. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie with their mesmerizing hooks were great influences for Tyler's music which often starts with just a hook.

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The Downtown Jam™ #32: Charles Hedgepath, Tyler J. Pearson, Samuel Kruer and Kelly Jo.

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™ #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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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out"

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 May 9, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Mark Webb Jr, Adam Carter, Taylor McCall, Jeff Holland and Jeremy Brewer.

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™ #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

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