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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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.

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™ #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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The Stories of the Upstate™ #339 - R (Eddie Brown) "I learned to speak Vietnamese."

                                             Eddie Brown with SwaimBrown brings us Story #339 - R

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The Stories of the Upstate #338-R (Eric Wood) "I grew up without a car."

                    Story #338-R comes from the host of Another Voice with Eric and Friends, Eric Wood.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #337: (Loyd Ford) "As a teen, I lived all over the country."

                         The host of The Stories of the Upstate™, Loyd Ford brings us our 337th story.

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When we asked Loyd Ford what inspires him, he said," People who do the unusual, who do the unselfish; people who go out of their way to do something that is not in their best interest in order to lift someone up."  As the host of The Stories of the Upstate, Loyd has had the pleasure to be inspired over and over again.  Loyd says that people want to be heard and every story is unique.  He says that one of the best things about doing this show is watching people when they really share their passion because they just light up.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #336: (David White) "I was born on April Fool's Day."

                         Story #336 comes from the Founder and CEO of Fostering Great Ideas, David White.

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"I developed a think tank to answer the question, 'Now what?' is how David White describes Fostering Great Ideas.  David told us that when children enter the foster care system, they've lost everything: their parents, their pets, their home, their siblings and they face the future wondering, "Now What?"  David felt he had learned to listen well to people who have been marginalized from his time as a teen working in a homeless shelter and felt that his entrepreneurial skills would be vital in creating solutions to the difficulties faced by children facing an uncertain future in the foster care system.  Fostering Great Ideas has developed some innovative solutions, like Sib-Link, which helps to keep siblings connected in the foster care system and strives everyday to think like a child in the system, to try to understand their fears, their needs and develop the solutions these kids deserve.

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The Stories of the Upstate ™ #335: (Ariel Turner) "As a teen, I wanted to be in the CIA."

Greenville restaurant and commercial real estate development reporter, Ariel Turner, delivers our 335th story.

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"Everything in this business is about relationships, " Ariel Turner told us.  The restaurant and commercial real estate development reporter for the Greenville Journal went on to say, "I have to make people trust me."  Ariel explained that people think she must always be eating, but the Bob Jones University graduate said her job is more about correspondence, tracking down resources and loads of meetings.  

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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 Stories of the Upstate™ #334: (Travis Wharton) "All the people who lived on the street where I grew up were related to me."

               Our 334th story comes from the Urban League of the Upstate's Spartanburg Education
               Coordinator, Travis Wharton

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Travis Wharton told us,"I like to be there to teach, to educate and to be beneficial to my community."  This former high school principle gets to do exactly this in his role with the Urban League of the Upstate.  He is their Education Coordinator for Spartanburg.  What excites him about the Urban League is how they are able to find creative ways to use the funds they raise to bring education to the community, to bring knowledge of economic mobility, to provide housing and resources for community members.  

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #333: (Moody Black) "I was always drawing and painting when I was a teen."

                                Upstate poet and spoken word artist, Moody Black shares story #333.

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According to Upstate poet and spoken word artist, Moody Black," Poetry is an opportunity to set yourself free.  It's a therapeutic release."  Moody told us that poetry gives him the opportunity to release his thoughts and feelings and whatever he is going through and he is committed to helping others have the same opportunity.  With his initiative, Making Words Move, he goes into schools helping students learn to write poetry.  Another way that Moody helps other enjoy the opportunities of poetry is with his work with Greenville's Coffee Underground.  Every Sunday at Coffee Underground, he hosts poetry open mics and once a month, they have a Poetry Slam.

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