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.

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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.

                            To learn more about Ed and The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, click here 
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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.  

                                                    To learn more about JJ Woolbright, click here.

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.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #265: (JL Fulks) "I was a sponsored skateboarder for a couple of local skate shops when I was a teen."

                                         Singer-songwriter JL Fulks brings us Story #265

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He's a business man. He's a social media/marketing man and he's even a morning person.  But at his core, JL Fulks is a music man.  From his beginnings spurred on by winning Battle of the Bands while in high school and then again beating out 20 other bands at the Handle Bar to making a music video at Heritage Guitar about his latest guitar, Ruby, music has been JL's life.  He told us that if you want to be a successful musician, you have to make music your life, surround yourself with it.  So whether it's local gigs, multi-city tours, music videos, etc. JL is all about the music.

                                                               To learn more about JL Fulks, click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #26: Charles Hedgepath and The Bad Popes featuring Mike Bagwell, Chris Garrett, Jef Chandler and Joe Cash

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 #262: (Brad Keaton) "We didn't watch TV when I was a kid; we didn't even own one."

                             Moore, SC singer-songwriter, Brad Keaton shares our 262nd story.

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He doesn't play a lot of gigs.  He doesn't play the guitar, keyboard, or even the harmonica.  Moore, SC singer-songwriter Brad Keaton tells us that his voice is his instrument and he's building an audience a different way, building it online rather than through nightly gigs.  He says, "let me make you a fan."  He does a lot of songwriting and most of his songs are written for and about a girl from the Cayman Islands, his wife of 11 years.  

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #256: (Morgan Riley) "I took hip hop and belly dancing classes as a teen and got really good at both."

                            Greenville singer- songwriter, Morgan Riley  shares our 256th stories.

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For many singer - songwriters, the realization that music was going to be their life doesn't hit them until later in life.   That's not the case for Greenville singer-songwriter, Morgan Riley, who from the age of 5, was shouting that she was going to be a singer/dancer/actress/model.
When she was 15 and attempting to write her own music as opposed to simply covering other artists, she discovered that she had a talent for creating unique songs.  Morgan tells us that inspiration for a great song can come from anywhere, even the most mundane things like change in own's pocket.

                                                         To learn more about Morgan Riley, click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #25: Charles Hedgepath, Alex Hunnicutt and Daniel Harper

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™ #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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