Showcase Bands and Artists
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Barabbas band. — with Cliff Robinson, Mike Amos, Donnie Bozard, John Tecklenburg and Bobby Myers.

Cadillac Hearse. With Monty Rast, Wayne Conley, Wayne Crash Andrews and Kenny Lefrance.

Cadillac Hearse. With Monty Rast, Wayne Conley, Wayne Crash Andrews and Kenny Lefrance.

Cadillac Hearse live at the Orangeburg Teen Center. — with Monty Rast, Wayne Conley, Wayne Crash Andrews and Kenny Lefrance.

Cadillac Hearse live at the Orangeburg Teen Center. — with Monty Rast, Wayne Conley, Wayne Crash Andrews and Kenny Lefrance.

Cadillac Hearse live at the Orangeburg Teen Center. — with Monty Rast, Wayne Conley, Wayne Crash Andrews and Kenny Lefrance.

Set of CB 700 drums that originally started with Lisa Brillinger and made there way to Wayne Conley and Cadillac Hearse.

Cadillac Hearse show poster.

Cadillac Hearse show poster.

CLOUDZ

Mike Amos

Mike Amos and the late Jimmy Fanning standing behind him. — with Mike Amos and Jimmy Fanning.

Budweiser and muscles - what every growing boy needs... — with Joey Philips.

Joey Phillips.

Steve Robinson.

Steve Robinson - another happy camper! — with Steve Robinson.

More fun than the law allowed!!! Notice the "Producers" button - I was a fan. — with The Producers (official), Jerry Axson and Steve Robinson.

I've had a lot of people ask and the answer is "No - Joey had not just come from church". — with Steve Robinson, Joey Philips, Mike Amos and Jerry Axson.

Sweetwater Lake outdoor concert flyer.

KRACKER JAM

Kracker Jam band lineup - with Mike Amos, Clark Mitchell, George Watkins, Les Mizzell and Chris Lee.

Band promo shot on the bridge at Edisto Gardens. Picture courtesy of Mike Amos. — with Les Mizzell, George Watkins, Mike Amos, Solly Jennings, Jim Gainey and Rhett Risher.

Band promo shot. Picture courtesy of Mike Amos. — with Mike Amos, Rhett Risher, Steve Robinson and Jim Gainey.

Live with Steve Robinson reflected in the mirror, Wes Hanna on drums, Jim Gainey lead vocals and harmonica, and Mike Amos on lead guitar.

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Judging by the hearts this is possibly a high school dance from around 1970. Picture courtesy of Mike Amos. — with Robert Moore, Mike Amos, George Hanna and John Tecklenburg.

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Mirage band promo shot 1997. Picture courtesy of Mike Coats. — with Bob Baldwin, Chaz Soles, Sammy Marks and Mike Coats.

ONE WAY LEFT

Recording at Pete Kogler's studio in Elloree, SC. Blake Berkley laying down vocal and guitar tracks. — with Blake Berkley.

Original band lineup. — with Blake Berkley, Bert Solon, Eddie Hutto, and Hal Axson.

Second band lineup live at Calhoun Saloon. — with Eddie Hutto, Wes Hanna and Hal Axson.

Second band lineup live at Calhoun Saloon. — with Eddie Hutto, Wes Hanna and Hal Axson.

Second band lineup live at Calhoun Saloon. — with Eddie Hutto, Wes Hanna and Hal Axson.

Second band lineup live at Calhoun Saloon. — with Eddie Hutto, Wes Hanna and Hal Axson.

Eddie Hutto and Strat live.

Eddie Hutto and Strat live.

Fred Jeffers on bass.

Michael Anderson announces his intentions or likes "My Favorite Martian" - you decide! — with Michael Anderson.

Later personel lineup for One Way Left. — with Eddie Hutto, Michael Anderson and Fred Jeffers.

Later personel lineup for One Way Left. — with Eddie Hutto, Michael Anderson and Fred Jeffers.

Later personel lineup for One Way Left. — with Eddie Hutto, Michael Anderson and Fred Jeffers.

One Way Left band Bio sheet.

One Way Left show poster.

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The Sail Cats Cover art for their 1995 self titled cassette release.

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The Sail Cats 1995 cassette sleeve layout. — with Craig Keeney.

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1995 cassette release credit liner. — with Craig Keeney.

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"The Silver Creek Band" around 1991 at Shooter's in Hampton, SC. — with Chris Binnicker, Gary Joyner, Mark Peay, Dean Randall Bozard and Fred Jeffers.

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Formed at the height of the Hot Country Era by Dean Bozard, Silver Creek was a very popular band in the Orangeburg area during the late 80's and early 90's. Some of the early members included Chris Binnicker, Gary Joyner, Eddie Thompson, and Mark Peay. The line up eventually morphed to include Mac Davis (drums/vocals), Eddie Hutto (guitar/vocals), Elizabeth Hutto (keys/flute), Rodney 'Tubb' Ballard (vocals, guitar), and Fred Jeffers (bass/vocals) The Eagles' "Seven Bridges Road" with the 5

STRANGER

Stranger performing live at The Silver Eagle Club. — with Dwayne Allen Bishop Sr, Mike Coats, Joni Sharpe, Donnie Way and Cliff Robinson.

Stranger performing live at The Silver Eagle Club. — with Mike Coats, Joni Sharpe, Donnie Way and Cliff Robinson.

Stranger performing live at The Silver Eagle Club. — with Joni Sharpe, Mike Coats and Cliff Robinson.

Stranger performing live at The Silver Eagle Club. — with Dwayne Allen Bishop Sr, Mike Coats, Cliff Robinson and Joni Sharpe.

Stranger live - with Cliff Robinson, Donnie Way, Joni Sharpe and Mike Coats.

Stranger live - with Cliff Robinson, Donnie Way, Joni Sharpe, Mike Coats and Dwayne Allen Bishop Sr.

Stranger live - with Cliff Robinson, Donnie Way, Joni Sharpe, Mike Coats and Dwayne Allen Bishop Sr.

Stranger performing live at The Silver Eagle Club. — with Dwayne Allen Bishop Sr, Mike Coats, Joni Sharpe, Donnie Way and Cliff Robinson.

Stranger performing live at The Silver Eagle Club with the one and only Donnie Way! — with Donnie Way.

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The Maverick Band. — with Gerald Bonnette, Mickey Joyner, Gary Joyner, Neal Pratt and Paul Joyner.

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The Maverick Band. — with Neal Pratt, Paul Joyner, Gerald Bonnette, Mickey Joyner and Gary Joyner.

This is a place for artists and bands that I only have a few photos of and no other information about. If you know something about these artists or you have pictures, audio, video, etc please contact me through this site. I will be glad to work with you to scan in photos - migrate cassette tapes to digital - or capturing video and migrating it to digital if possible.

Thanks!

Jerry Axson

CADILLAC HEARSE

Bio (Provided by Wayne "Crash" Andrews):

Formed in a living room on Adden St. In Orangeburg SC. in 1985. Monty Rast on bass guitar, Wayne Conley on drums, Wayne Andrews guitar and vocals and Kenny LeFrance on lead guitar. Playing music for the fun of it. While we did play a few shows around town the band lasted about 2 years. It gave us all a chance to play in front of people and entertain.

CLOUDZ

Comments by Jerry Axson:

I have spoken with several musicians from the Orangeburg area and we all pretty much agree Mike Amos is the Godfather of contemporary local bands from in and around that region. It was Mike who made band instruments and PA equipment available to the masses in Orangeburg through Williams Music and I know personally if you did not have it to spend Mike would bend over backwards to work something out for you and your band. He was one of the first Rock musicians in Orangeburg from a handful and myself as well as others looked up to him as a player and performer. He was comfortable in many different musical landscapes through the years and always brought a level of excellence and performance to each role he filled. Thanks Mike for helping to lead the way.

KRACKER JAM

Bio:

Coming soon...

ONE WAY LEFT

Bio (Provided by Fred Jeffers and Hal Axson):

One Way Left was the creation of Eddie Hutto, Hal Axson, Blake Berkley, and Bert Solon. Each member coming from other local playing bands between Orangeburg, Columbia, and Irmo, SC the individual members wanted to put together a Top 40 Rock and Roll band to play out live around the state. Eddie Hutto and Hal Axson played together in several bands throughout the years including “Edisto River Band”, “One Way Left”, and “Slow Down Faster”, Bert Solon had played with Hal Axson in “The Crawl” from Columbia, SC and Blake Berkley played with Hal Axson in “3-D Monday” and he played in and toured extensively with “Almost Nuts” both bands based out of Columbia, SC. After Blake and Bert left the band the remaining two members invited drummer Wes Hanna to join and they continued three piece until finally folding the project to form “Slow Down Faster” with Terry Collins. Although this project was short lived it formed the basis for other projects and merits it’s place as a stepping stone to other bands in the area.

The SAIL CATS

Bio (provided by Craig Keeney):

The Sail Cats started up in the fall of 1994. Drummer Kevin Keeney and his bass-playing brother, Craig, were interested in playing music that didn't sound like Nirvana or Pearl Jam, so they joined up with singer, rhythm guitarist, and longtime friend and musical mentor Chas Haynes and lead guitarist Warren Thomas. Chas and Warren were gifted songwriters and wrote many more songs than are represented on the band's demo (recorded at the Jam Room in 1995). The Sail Cats played between 30 and 40 shows before calling it quits in late 1996. Warren played for a while in a band called Brass Candle. Kevin and Craig went on start up Martian Death Lyric and, more recently, Modalcoda.

STRANGER

Bio (Provided by Cliff Robinson):

Started informally in the early 80's by friends Dwayne Bishop and Cliff Robinson on guitars, Donnie Way on drums, and Mike Coats on bass. Cliff was the elder statesman of the group, having started in the early 70's with Orangeburg bands “Barabbas” and “Warm Rain” and playing later with German students in the Columbia, SC band “FlameHead”. Dwayne and Mike had cut their teeth with the Orangeburg band “Ozmantis”, and Donnie was just naturally awesome. “Stranger” was born with the discovery and addition of prodigy and local legend Joni Sharpe. Taking advantage of Joni's talents, the playlist was heavy on Heart and Pat Benatar covers of the day. The band was short-lived due to Joni's college plans, but “Stranger” burned hot while in existence.

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