The Downtown Jam™ #36: Charles Hedgepath, Ken Ledbetter, John Martin and Karl Lauber

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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The Stories of the Upstate™ #321: (Joshua Jones) "In 2006, I was in the Top 30 on American Idol."

                          Greenville filmmaker and musician, Joshua Jones delivers our 321st story.

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"When you have a beautiful shot on screen and just the perfect music that goes along with it, it will just give you goosebumps and that’s what I want to create," is how Joshua Jones describes how two of his passions come together.  Joshua is a musician, playing guitar and singing since high school and going as far as the Top 30 on American Idol.  He is also a filmmaker with Brando Jones Films.  Joshua's been making shooting videos and small films for years on cell phones, but made a serious commitment to film making when he sold his motorcycle and a PA system to buy a professional movie camera and equipment. 

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #244: (Mac Hobbs) "As a kid, I was banging on pots and pans in the hallway and annoying my parents."

Our 244th story comes from Greenville singer-songwriter and founder of The Social Contracts, Mac Hobbs

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The Grateful Dead and Death Metal music seem an odd pairing, but for Greenville singer-songwriter and the founder of The Social Contracts, Mac Hobbs, they make up two important influences in his life and music.  When you add in Beethoven, who Mac states changed his musical path around, you get an eclectic mix of influences that created a singer-songwriter who mixes a few crowd favorites with the music he feels he needs to create for himself and the band to make a unique concert that you won't want to miss.

                                                    To learn more about Mac Hobbs, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #218: (Troy Jones) "Growing up, I played roller hockey with the neighbor kids, including all the fights which we loved."

                                   Story #218 comes from Greenville musician, Troy Jones.

Troy Jones plays percussion with Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show, with The Kentucky Gentlemen, with Kelly Jo and Phat Lip and with lots of other local groups.  What about Troy makes him so appealing to such a wide variety of bands?  Artists are drawn to him for his ability to play almost anything, from a wide variety of musical styles to a number of different instruments, like drums, marimba and vibraphone, as well as playing things that aren't normally instruments, like a magazine, a flashlight and a book.  Always striving to learn more musical styles, more instruments and more ways to make other musicians sound great keeps Troy Jones a sought after musician in Upstate South Carolina.

                                                          To learn more about Troy Jones, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #199: (Raybandz Saxz) "I was a band geek in high school."

                                   Easley saxophone musician, Raybandz Saxz plays us Story #199.

Jean, Sierra, Mindy and Big Bertha play a crucial role in the life of Raybandz Saxz.  No, those names don't belong to ex-wives or girlfriends, they are the names of his saxophones.  Raybandz Saxz grew up in a musical family; mom was a singer and dad was a drummer, and Raybandz played in the band in high school, so being a full time saxophone player today shouldn't surprise anyone.  Whether he's playing Jazz, the Blues or Gospel, Raybandz Saxz moves people with his music.

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