The Stories of the Upstate™ #217: (Katie Hughes) "As a kid, I woke up to Vivaldi and Chopin, rather than an alarm clock."

      The Special Events Coordinator for the Village of West Greenville, Katie Hughes, brings our 217th story

Growing up in a home filled with classical piano music from dad and original paintings from mom; a backyard hosting concerts and compost piles and teenage years dedicated to dance seem like the ideal experiences for the Special Events Coordinator for the Village of West Greenville.  Katie Hughes has taken her life experiences and her passion for art and music and help expand the vibrant and diverse community that is Greenville's Art District, the Village of West Greenville with special events like VILLive Summer Concert Series and the Shoeless Jam.  

                        To learn more about Katie Hughes and the Village of West Greenville, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #197: (Mark Hartwell Jones) "I was involved in a low speed car chase in Spokane, Washington ."

         The creator and host of The Hoodoo Music Podcast, Mark Hartwell Jones delivers our 197th Story.

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Mark Hartwell Jones has taken his teenage love of music and radio and created a way to connect fans with great local bands and great local bands with other great local bands and it's called The Hoodoo Music Podcast.  On the Hoodoo Music Podcast, Mark records 4 or 5 original songs for a local band, and interviews them about their songwriting,  musical influences. how they got to where they are today and their plans for the future.  The end result is the bands get a great demo tape and the fans get a great concert with liner notes.

                                       To learn more about The Hoodoo Music Podcast, click here.

A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Song: "Ghetto Blues"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, theDowntown 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 April 12, 2017 Downtown Jamfeaturing Charles Hedgepath with Mac Arnold and a Plate Full of Blues featuring Dr. Mac Arnold, Max Hightower and Austin Brashier.

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™ #193: (Sheila Merck) "I have an affinity for old cars and junk yards, thanks to my 4 brothers."

                    The coordinator and co-host of Merck Mountain Events delivers our 193rd story.

Being raised a preacher's kid, this Six Mile Native, learned the importance of helping others.  Spending more than 20 yrs in television, Sheila Merck learned how to put on a show. She combines those two as coordinator and co-host of Merck Mountain Events, using music and festivals to raise funds for Helping Hands of Clemson and the abused and neglected kids they help.

                                            To learn more about Merck Mountain Events, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #169: "Helicopters define my childhood."

                            We get our 169th story from WSSL 100's Afternoon Drive Host, Aaron Michael.

                                                     To learn more about WSSL 100, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #165: "As as teen, I was in the nerd crowd and really into record collecting."

                                 Story #165 comes from Clemson University Jazz Guitar professor, Monty Craig

                                                      To learn more about Monty Craig, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #162: "When I was 10, a woman in a bikini handed me an AC/DC cassette and told me it would change my life."

                            The music writer for the Greenville Journal, Vincent Harris brings us Story #162.

                                                To learn more about the Greenville Journal, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #133: "Some of my first memories were of race riots going on across the river in Augusta."

                              Our 133rd story comes from Paul Webb with the South Carolina Family Gathering.

                                     To learn more about the South Carolina Family Gathering, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #130: "Growing up, Edwin McCain's dad was my pediatrician."

                   We get our 130th story from Greenville singer-songwriter and tour manager, Matt Reynolds

                                                        To learn more about Matt Reynolds, click here,
                                                                     and follow Matt on Facebook.

The Stories of the Upstate #125: "My childhood memories include cotter pins, boat motors and fishing poles."

                    Spartanburg singer-songwriter Fayssoux Starling McLean brings us story #125

                                      To learn more about Fayssoux Starling McLean, click here
                                                           and follow her on Facebook.

The Stories of the Upstate #103: "I was a high school jock, winning 2 state football championships."

                                      San Souci singer-songwriter, Daniel Harper plays our 103rd story.

                                                  To learn more about Daniel Harper, click here.

A Downtown Jam Exclusive Song: "The Buckaroos"

On the second Wednesday of each month on “Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, theDowntown 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 11, 2016 Downtown Jam with Charles Hedgepath and the Piedmont Boys featuring Greg Payne and Stuart McConnell.

 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.