A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Song: "Sweet Talking"

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 July 12, 2017 Downtown Jam™ , a special tribute Jam featuring the songs of Matt Reynolds performed by Charles Hedgepath, Darby Wilcox and Mark Charles Dye.

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™ #223: (Tim Joiner) "I built my hometown's first website and the mayor's re-election website when I was 14."

         Our 223rd story, a GSA Business Report Q&A, comes from the CEO of 3Fold Creative, Tim Joiner.

What is 3Fold Creative?  Some would say it's a website shop and they do design and build websites.  Others would say it's an ad agency and they do provide branding, marketing campaigns and digital marketing help.  The CEO of 3Fold Creative, Tim Joiner says that they're a growth agency.  Tim says their mission is to promote exponential, goal oriented, sustainable growth for the people and organizations they serve.  Customers come to 3Fold Creative with a vision of where they want their company to be in 5 yrs, in 1 yr, in 6 months and 3Fold Creative accesses the business experience, creative expertise and technology of their team to make their customer's goals reality.

                                                    To learn more about 3Fold Creative, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #222: (Will Lewis): "My childhood was all about fishing, hunting and farming."

                            Will Lewis, the Sheriff of Greenville County brings us our 222nd story.

There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Will Lewis. What factors in Will's life prepared him to lead the Greenville County Sheriff's Office?  Gaining a great work ethic from his dad while working on the family farm; learning discipline from serving in the U.S. Air Force; gaining practical law enforcement experience from working in several different departments in the Sheriff's Office and gathering helpful advice from mentors like Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown and Sheriff Chuck Wright are just a few factors that combined to give Sheriff Lewis the tools he needs to lead one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the state of South Carolina.

                                    To learn more about the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #221: (Steve Watson) "I was playing gigs in night clubs with high school seniors when I was in seventh grade."

                                  Story #221 comes from Greenville Jazz musician, Steve Watson.

Steve Watson today is a teacher at Greenville's Fine Arts Center, an adjunct professor at Furman University and a recorded jazz musician, but these jobs only scratch the surface of who Steve Watson is.  He was a member of the University of Miami Jazz Band that toured the world, including Switzerland, Cyprus and Tunisia.  He was a member of the Bruce Hornsby Band for 6 years,  He worked with legendary music producer, Mike Post on such television shows as Magnum P.I. Murder She Wrote and Quantum Leap.  Today, Steve is dedicated, not only to producing amazing jazz music, but to helping young talent find the way to follow their dreams.

                                                        To learn more about Steve Watson, click here,
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The Stories of the Upstate™ # 220: (Lenny Mathis) "I’ve been a sports mascot from time to time, including once as a running toilet."

     The Associate Athletic Director of Marketing for Wofford College, Lenny Mathis shares our 220th story

He played baseball in high school, had an internship with the Greenville Braves, sold radio for Clemson Tiger Radio; was promotions director for the Savannah Sand Gnats and coached a summer, wooden bat baseball league before landing at Wofford College.  Now, Lenny Mathis is the Associate Athletic Director of Marketing for Wofford, which finds him working with social media, announcing games, formulating marketing plans, developing ways to increase ticket sales for all the sports teams Wofford has, everything from football to volleyball. 

                                               To learn more about Wofford College Athletics, click here.

The Downtown Jam™ #21: A special tribute Jam featuring the music of Matt Reynolds performed by Charles Hedgepath, Darby Wilcox and Mark Charles Dye

The July 2017 Downtown Jam™ on Stories Of The Upstate™ is a special tribute Jam featuring the music of Matt Reynolds.  You get to listen in to incredible songwriting performed by Darby Wilcox, Mark Charles Dye and our musical director Charles Hedgepath.  We are grateful to Matt’s family for giving the permission for these artists to perform the songs and share the brilliance of Matt Reynolds as a songwriter with you.  You can find more about Matt and his music on his Facebook page and get his music at Horizon Records in Greenville or Spotify and other online music sources.  You can also check out Matt’s biography-based interview episode on Stories Of The Upstate™ (episode #130).    Godspeed, Matt Reynolds.  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #219: (Monroe Free) "My wife and I are total nerds; we rock at Trivial Pursuit."

Our 219th story, a GSA Business Report Q & A, comes from President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville, Monroe Free.

In a recent survey, Greenville discovered that the city has a 2.500 unit shortage for affordable housing, making what Habitat for Humanity Greenville does a blessing.  President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greenville, Monroe Free explains how Habitat for Humanity combines being contractors, developers, mortgage holders and retailers to give low income families the means to overcome the obstacles of poverty through affordable housing.  Working with families who invest in their own future with "sweat equity," Habitat for Humanity helps make healthier and better lives for those in need.  

                                   To learn more about Habitat for Humanities Greenville, 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™ #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 Upstate #216: (Amy Doyle) "I had REALLY BIG hair as a teen and my track coach hated it.

                                Our 216th story comes from Greenville City Councilwoman, Amy Doyle.

What leads someone to be a city councilperson?  For Greenville City Councilwoman, Amy Doyle, it started with being from a long line of very active women.  Add a drive that motivates someone to train for and run marathons.  Finally, it was a desire to see the perspective of a mother and her concerns for the city where she is going to raise her children being reflected on that city's governing body.  A decade later and Councilwoman Doyle continues to bring that passion, drive and perspective to the job of making Greenville, #yeahthatGreenville!

                                           To learn more about Greenville and Amy Doyle, click here.

A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Song: "Sandhills Roll"

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 14, 2017 Downtown Jam featuring Charles Hedgepath with Vilai Harrington and the Hamptones featuring Vilai Harrington, Connor Fagan and Matthew Crisp.

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™ #215: (John Lummus) "Growing up, if there was a sport to be watched, it was on our television."

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Our 215th story, a GSA Business Report Q & A, comes from the President and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance, John Lummus.

BMW led the way and now, John Lummus spends his days looking for the next BMW as President and CEO of Upstate SC Alliance.  Upstate SC Alliance's mission is to market the Upstate to the World, showing manufacturers from all over the benefits of creating their products in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickins, Spartanburg or Union. Whether it's automobile manufacturers from Europe or advance materials makers from California, Upstate SC Alliance shows them the amazing assets that the Upstate of South Carolina has to offer and with 600 international companies calling Upstate South Carolina home, clearly, we have a lot to offer.  Upstate SC Alliance is committed to the economic development of the Upstate.

                                                To learn more about Upstate SC Alliance, click here.

The Stories of the Upstate #214: (Robert Gowan) "As a child, I ran around the grocery store singing at people."

                                Singer and front man for Wasted Wine, Robert Gowan brings us Story #214

The front man for Wasted Wine, Robert Gowan was the worst violin player in college, but now he writes and plays music for film and theater.  He plays unique instruments like the harmonium and the bazooka.  He's even writing music for a video game.  And a Wasted Wine concert appeals to the eyes as well as the ears with performance art.    

                                      To learn more about Robert Gowan and Wasted Wine, click here 
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