"To understand where you are going
first know where you come from"
What is this about???
No card, no club, no secret de-coder ring just a place to post info, pix, audio and video samples of independent musicians and bands from South Carolina...
This all started for me while cruising the internet one day I did a search for The Killer Whales out of Charleston, SC - an awesome band I had listened to while in High School and who had experienced local, regional, and international success. To my surprise and shock I found very little information and almost nothing representing their achievements, their music, and their career. As a musician and a South Carolinian this kinda' ticked me off so once I got past the anger I decided to do something about it. I contacted David and Murphy of the "Whales" who were just epically cool and nice guys and they gave me their permission to "showcase" the history of the band along with permission to post music samples, pictures, and a video.
Two years and sixty artists and bands later this site has grown into so much more than I originally thought it would be. With each musician I research or speak with I am deeply moved by their genuine warmth, compassion, and conviction for the work they have generated and are generating, and I realize there is so much more to do here. I make no money from this website, it is completely financed by me personally and every ounce of work that goes in to it is done by me alone, this is purely an act of love and respect for musicians, songwriters, and performers of original music from South Carolina.
I have a deep conviction that no one person’s art form or craft should be overlooked nor forgotten but rather stand shoulder to shoulder on a common neutral ground where it can be showcased and appreciated by everyone willing to experience something wholly original. I feel we owe it to our community, our southern culture and heritage, to those who know and recognize the faces and sounds and we owe it to the next generation coming up so they have a marker to point to and say “this is where I come from – this is my sound, and these are the artists that came before me to show it could be done”.
I hope every musician and band I reach out to is willing to participate on this site in sharing what they have created – their art – their vision – their signature sound. Show your support by visiting this site, spreading the word to your friends and sending me your suggestions on local talent we can showcase.
Jerry, thanks so much for re-introducing me and my music to the folks of South Carolina. I am looking forward to doing some shows "back home" and your efforts to let people know more about me will help tremendously. As you know it can be hard for an Indie artist to get press so what you do is very important. All the best!
Thanks Jerry Axson for putting this together on your site, you found some of those old photos I've never even seen before. This site is a great documentary and collection of the many talented bands that SC has produced over the years.
Robert Thorn - Uncle Mingo
I just wanted to send you a note to thank-you for the lovely profile on Local Music Scene. You have a terrific site, and if there is ever anything I can do for you, please let me know. All my best,
Nicely done, Jerry, the pages look good!
Ryan Jones - Ron Rainey Management/American Artists Corporation (The Marshall Tucker Band)
I am knocked out by what you're doing with the Local Music Scene SC site! When you first described it to me I really didn't get how big a project you've got going here - this is a colossal idea, and you're doing a great job with it. What a great way to check out what's going on across the state! Thanks for all your effort and devotion to the cause of live music.
David Bethany - The Killer Whales