Cravin' Melon
David Ball
Edwin McCain
LIVALIE
The Marcus King Band
The Marshall Tucker Band
The Next Move
The Swinging' Medallions
Poor Man's Fame
The Work
Uncle Walt's Band
Alliance
Altered Moods
American Gun
Astrobotica Supra De' Nova
Bachelors of Art
Baumer
Bedlam Hour
Bemo Prince
Ben Walker Radio
BIG Sky 12
Blightobody
Bored Suburban Youths
Burns Out Bright
Cadillac Hearse
Chris Conner
Cloudz
Crash Cadillac
Danielle Howle and the Tantrums
David Cooler
David Earle Johnson
Deadly Ernest
The Deb Varn Band
Del Rae
Eartha Kitt
Edisto River Band
Gunpowder Tea
I Nine
Isabelles Gift
James Brown
Josh Roberts & The Hinges
Kimberly Summer Pollock
Kracker Jam
Lay Quiet Awhile
Mac Millen Davis
Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
Medicine Hat
Miles To Go
Moxie
One Way Left
Ozmantis
Patrick Davis
Petrillo Relents
Red Arrow Studio
Red Menace
Rejectioneers
Robins Cradle
Sabine Sharpe
Sanctuary Blues Band
Sourwood Honey
Stardog
Stone Alley
Stranger
Stretch Arm Strong
TARWATER Bone Machine
The Conner Brothers
The Crawl
The Fanatics
The South
Treadmill Trackstar
Toro Y Moi
White Cap
49 Reasons
Chubby Checker
Rob Crosby
The Dixon Brothers
Dangermuffin
James Jamerson
Joe Taylor
Jump Little Children
Sol Driven Train
Ten Toes Up
The Blue Dogs
The Killer Whales
Uncle Mingo
Wes Mackey
LATEST SHOWCASE POSTS AND NEWS

After months of research and studying Eartha Kitt's incredible life and career I have come away with the greatest of respect and admiration for her and I would have to say in my opinion she is the most accomplished talent this state has yet produced.

A very special Thank you to Kitt Shapiro for giving me permission to create this page and also to Jonathan Thompson and the generous folks at Freedom Forum for allowing the use of their "Speaking Freely" episode with Eartha Kitt.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I love to be surprised when I’m putting these showcases together and this one was very special for me. How I missed this band playing out I will never know, they opened for the Producers at a time when I never missed a Producers show so go figure! One thing is for sure, if I had heard them back then they would have been up there alongside the Producers as a favorite band of mine. These guys wrote my kind of power pop, tight harmonies, catchy melodies with hooks, popping rhythm section, and tons of chorus pedal...

Cravin’ Melon was an exceptional band, that’s about the best way to put it. The musicians were hands down some of the finest this state has produced, the band was a tight – well oiled machine and the evidence is in the “Home Grown Rock series” film footage I have included on this page, (take some time and watch it). The energy and professionalism that reflects in their live performance is a testimony to the dedication of craft and form, the songs are well written and each one carries the unique stamp of Doug Jones wonderful voice adding flavor and texture to their sound...

I’ve wanted to build this showcase for a long time but I knew I had to be patient because I understood that it would take a lot of collaboration to do it correctly. Getting to know Danielle opened that door giving me access to a lot of data and personal recounts but John Furr holds the mantle of gatekeeper and I’m very grateful for his time, patience, and wealth of knowledge.

This band represents one of those rare moments in a timeline where the right musicians with the right talent connect to form something truly unique. When I listen to their body of work...

I really enjoyed researching and putting this showcase together – there is a lot of musical history behind The Swingin’ Medallions that goes far beyond their signature hit song, “Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love)”. Once you dig down into it you discover it’s not just the song but rather a state of mind that they represent. Much like a celebration, The Swingin’ Medallions are going to entertain you, show you a fun time, help you get your groove on and bring a smile to your lips.

 

A big "Thank You" to Robby Cox for his help and guidance in putting all of this together. I’m proud that this band and that song were born in South Carolina and there is comfort in the fact that the...

I watched the five-night broadcast of Ken Burns "Country Music" and if you have not seen this feature you need to set time aside and watch the entire production. Even if you are not a fan of Country Music you will be entertained and educated both at the same time as I was. I had never heard of the Dixon Brothers but they are reverently mentioned early on in the film as parts of the building blocks of contemporary country music are explored reaching back to their roots based in American Folk and storytelling intertwined with Gospel and Hillbilly.

 

As I researched deeper into their story I discovered theirs was not a very happy one...

JAMES BROWN SHOWCASE

10/30/2019

There have been certain descriptive accolades laid at the feet of many artists and entertainers through the years – genius, innovator, super star, and given whatever idol you choose to rank and file behind the simple truth of it all is this, only a handful of them are the real deal and only a select few of those cast shadows as far reaching and as influentially important as James Brown.

I have stated before on this website that I was blessed to grow up listening to Motown and how important that music was to my heart and soul as I learned to write and play myself. My mother had a copy of the 1967 release “James Brown Sings Raw Soul” and I clearly remember...

SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT ON THE SITE!!!

New to the site I have added “STUDIOS”, a page dedicated to the many music recording facilities spread throughout the state of South Carolina. Some of these facilities are large and packed with the latest and greatest technology available for a musician to capture and process their signature sound while others are small and custom fitted offering a more intimate and personal recording experience.

Time has proven one thing to be true about recording your music - it does not matter, big or small, magic can happen anywhere at anytime just make sure someone good is sitting behind that...

I have known about Lay Quiet Awhile for years but these past two weeks I have truly gotten to know them and their body of work through my research. Being no fool I clearly understand Danielle Howle’s place in the South Carolina music scene and yes, she is a treasure, but what I took away from this band and this study was the fact that she was one of four talented musicians. In the mix of what became Lay Quiet Awhile I could clearly see how she grew and developed more as an artist by working with them and they grew and realized their sound by working with her and I believe this is as it should be. Everyone here is an exceptional talent, great players no doubt, and I am grateful for discovering new music to add to my private playlist.

The brainchild of punk legend Chuck Walker, Bedlam Hour was South Carolina's primary proponent of the straight-edge movement. Catchy hooks and deft guitar work punctuated Bedlam Hour’s music, but the true heart of the band's creativity lay in Walker's lyrics. Ten years before "emo," Walker penned sensitive, introspective and poetic lyrics that struck a chord with kids in the punk, metal and straightedge scenes. Later, bands such as Green Day and Blink 182 would score massive hits with a sound Bedlam Hour embraced in the mid 1980s...

I love David Ball, when I listen to his music it makes me feel good inside. It takes me back and reminds me of a time when country songs were written cleverly and delivered with heart and intent. A time when country songs were fashioned for people who did not have a lot of money or title in the world but they were genuine folk with good hearts and core values. Call me a purist or simply call me old but I believe country music was better back then and David Ball is one of those rare artists who embodies all of the things I have mentioned here. I will be listening to David’s music for years to come and on that sad day when he retires from making it country music will diminish just a tiny bit more.

I met David Earle while he and his family had moved down from New York to live in Elloree, SC. During this time David was recording with jazz legends from up and down the East coast slowly compiling a healthy catalog of music steeped in progressive and experimental jazz. Early on I was listening to his albums and using them as music backtracks during my guitar practice exercises so I came to know and respect his material and his rhythmic and songwriting style...

As a musician and songwriter I have known about Patrick Davis for years. I have been aware of his success and accomplishments in the music industry beyond the borders of South Carolina and I have watched his career grow with interest.
I attended the Greenville Song Writers Workshop last year hosted by Edwin McCain and Maia Sharp and at the last minute Patrick was added as a guest speaker, which I thought, was pretty cool and might be interesting - I had no idea. Patrick was the central speaker and he pretty much took the floor and owned it. He proceeded to explain to the writers in attendance everything...

I have been aware of Maurice Williams my entire life. I remember thumbing through my Mother’s vinyl album collection studying the artists and group names plastered across the cover art along with the posed photographs and picture montages, reading the build up and biographies on the rear covers, soaking it all in. Somewhere amongst the Four Seasons and The Platters there was Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs. The first thing to catch my eye and my imagination was the name – The Zodiacs, how cool was that for a band name? Then of course there was Stay, the one big hit they had but oh, what a hit. I’m here to tell you that song has stood the test of time...

Being such a huge fan of Treadmill Trackstar I was not about to miss their farewell show at New Brookland Tavern this past November. I attended with my Son and as we patiently waited for them to take the stage we were pleasantly surprised and blown away by the opening band, TARWATER Bone Machine. I was even more surprised to discover that a very old friend of mine from 49 Reasons was drumming for them, Darrin Gray.

 

During the time period I had moved to California for several years I had missed...

BIG Sky 12 is a music project developed at Lonesome Dog Studio in Columbia, SC. Not an actively performing band but rather local musicians and friends who worked together in the studio under the guidance and direction of Jerry Axson. The goal was to record some great music showcasing their talents and skills and to have fun doing it and after a year of dedication and hard work the end result is a 12-song offering titled “The Savage And The Tamed”.

 

The core musicians at the heart of the project are...

When I started this website I set a couple of “out of reach” goals for myself just to keep it interesting. I chose a select few from a long list of artists and bands to interact with and to eventually represent here. Today is a very special day for me personally because I’m posting a showcase for one of those select few – Edwin McCain.

I want you to enjoy viewing Edwin’s showcase page as much as I enjoyed putting it together. A special thanks to his management and crew for helping me compile the data for this and to Edwin himself for giving his approval.

Bemo Prince left Nashville in the 1980s after a decade of close calls failed to materialize a record contract, including an ill-fated appearance on the TNN television program You Can Be A Star, a national talent show for aspiring country singers that helped launch the careers of Alan Jackson and Trisha Yearwood. After a three-decade hiatus, Has Been That Never Was is his debut album. Produced by Daniel Machado and Stephen Russ of The Restoration, a historyfocused musical collective from South Carolina and Washington D.C., the album is a collection of Bemo's unrecorded songs from the 1960s and 70s, recorded live to tape with minimal overdubs in the...

Robins Cradle was so very unique in the music they crafted. It goes without saying the infusion of flute into a pop/rock format is not only a tremendous gamble no matter what time line but, structurally it takes vision and real talent. Listening to the body of work they put out I am struck by the awesome force and power Robin Brooks Parker is vocally. Obviously she is one of the best female singers to come out of the Midlands hands down and I enjoyed listening to her delivery on every cut, simply awesome. The guitar parts are well constructed and carefully thought out to fit each segment of the song. Well balanced they know right when to step out front and just when...

12/21/2016

There is really nothing I can say about James Jamerson that will make him any greater or more important to contemporary music than the man already is. I am so lucky that my mother was an avid Motown fan throughout the sixties and that she owned every LP essential to that decade and that I listened to all of those songs a million times on her crappy little plastic stereo – God bless that crappy little plastic stereo because I was a certified fan of the Funk Brothers before I even knew who they were. To this day I can hear “You Just Keep Me Hanging On” by the Supremes and like Pavlov’s dog I start to hum that bass line in the back of my throat lick by...

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