Ten Toes Up
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The Infamous Ten Toes Up moving truck...

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Band promo photo 2010. — with Charles Freeman, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Band promo photo 2010. — with Charles Freeman, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Band promo photo 2010. — with Charles Freeman, Joshua Gregory, Adam Miller and BJ Craven.

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Band promo photo 2010. — with Adam Miller, Charles Freeman, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Band promo photo 2010. — with Adam Miller, Charles Freeman, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Band promo photo 2011. — with Joshua Gregory, Adam Miller, Charles Freeman and BJ Craven.

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Ten Toes Up at The House Of Blues 2011.

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Performing live 2011. — with BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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Performing live 2011. — with Charles Freeman, BJ Craven and Adam Miller.

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Live in Anderson, SC 2012. — with Charles Freeman.

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Bourbon Festival Cary NC 2012. — with BJ Craven, Charles Freeman, Adam Miller and Joshua Gregory.

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Performing live 2012. — with Charles Freeman, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Performing live 2012. — with Charles Freeman, BJ Craven, Joshua Gregory and Adam Miller.

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Performing live 2012. — with Charles Freeman, BJ Craven, Adam Miller and Joshua Gregory.

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Performing live 2012. — with Charles Freeman, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Live in Myrtle Beach, SC 2012. — with Charles Freeman, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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New Years 2012. — with Charles Freeman, BJ Craven, Adam Miller and Joshua Gregory.

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Pawleys Island Tavern 2012. — with Joshua Gregory, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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Pyler Park Myrtle Beach 2012. — with Joshua Gregory, BJ Craven, Charles Freeman and Adam Miller.

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Quigley's October Fest 2012. — with Adam Miller, Charles Freeman, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Recording at The Sound Emporium 2012.

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Recording at The Sound Emporium 2012. — with BJ Craven, Charles Freeman, Joshua Gregory and Adam Miller.

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Performing live in Florence, SC 2013.

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Pawleys Island Tavern CD release party 2013. — with Adam Miller, BJ Craven, Joshua Gregory and Charles Freeman.

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Pawleys Island Tavern CD release party 2013. — with Joshua Gregory, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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Pawleys Island Tavern CD release party 2013.

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Performing live in Spartanburg, SC 2013. — with Joshua Gregory, BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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Performing live in Spartanburg, SC 2013. — with BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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With Charles Freeman, BJ Craven, Adam Miller and Joshua Gregory.

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With Joshua Gregory, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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With Charles Freeman, BJ Craven, Adam Miller and Joshua Gregory.

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Setting up in Camden, SC for a live show.

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Ten Toes Up performing live. — with Charles Freeman, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Ten Toes Up performing live. — with Charles Freeman.

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Ten Toes Up performing live. — with Charles Freeman, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Ten Toes Up performing live.

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Ten Toes Up performing live. — with Charles Freeman, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Charles Freeman, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Charles Freeman, BJ Craven and Joshua Gregory.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with BJ Craven.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with BJ Craven.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Charles Freeman.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Charles Freeman and Adam Miller.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Adam Miller.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Adam Miller.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Joshua Gregory, BJ Craven, Charles Freeman and Adam Miller.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Joshua Gregory.

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Ten Toes Up performing live at Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC. — with Joshua Gregory.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo by Clifton Parker 2011. — with Joshua Gregory, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo by Clifton Parker 2011. — with BJ Craven, Charles Freeman, Joshua Gregory and Adam Miller.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo by Corduroyphotography. — with Joshua Gregory, Charles Freeman, BJ Craven and Adam Miller.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo by Corduroyphotography. — with Joshua Gregory, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo by Corduroyphotography. — with Charles Freeman, Adam Miller, Joshua Gregory and BJ Craven.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo. — with BJ Craven, Adam Miller, Charles Freeman and Joshua Gregory.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo. — with Joshua Gregory, Charles Freeman, Adam Miller and BJ Craven.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo. — with Joshua Gregory, Adam Miller, Charles Freeman and BJ Craven.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo. — with Adam Miller, BJ Craven, Joshua Gregory and Charles Freeman.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo. — with BJ Craven, Joshua Gregory, Charles Freeman and Adam Miller.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo. — with Charles Freeman, BJ Craven, Joshua Gregory and Adam Miller.

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Ten Toes Up promo photo. — with Joshua Gregory, Adam Miller, BJ Craven and Charles Freeman.

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Ten Toes Up final performance 2014.

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2006 release "Trip On Troubles"

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2008 release "Bridges & Breakdowns"

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2011 release "Live Vol 2: From The Beaver Bar 12/31/11"

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2011 release "Sleeping Lion"

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2013 release "Paper House"

A unique sound often times wrapped in a swirl of rhythms served with a southern accent and heartfelt honesty the body of work Ten Toes Up produced over a five year period will resonate for some time to come I believe. Taking it all in and enjoying it as I have this past week in prep for this showcase I can’t help but wonder and hope that this band left an impression upon other young musicians locally and across the southeast to boldly step out and push the edges on their songwriting and composition structure, in particular the approach to rhythm and percussion placement. This was a well-oiled machine and these guys seemed to clearly understand the sound they were presenting to us and for that I’m very thankful indeed.

 

From the official website Bio:

Ten Toes Up started with founding members Adam Miller and Charles Freeman playing together in a small church in a small town. After playing with several different musicians around the beach, they invited Joshua Gregory to join the band after he sat in to jam during a show at Drunken Jacks in Murrells Inlet, SC. While playing a show in Charleston, SC, BJ Craven sat in as lead vocalist/guitarist and was offered the job full time. The current line up has been together for 3 years and has released 2 studio albums and 1 live album.

 

BJ Craven:

BJ started his life in the small town of Spartanburg, SC. He grew up surrounded by music. The family stereo was always playing classic rock from the Rolling Stones, Zeppelin, and the Allman Brothers. His mother was a performer and choreographer for the local theater and was constantly bringing new music into the house. The holidays found BJ amongst a musically talented extended family that always ended gatherings with sing-alongs. His mother taught him the beginnings of the acoustic guitar around the age of 15 and he continued studying the instrument through a few years of lessons. His first band was formed at 16 where he and few friends began writing music and covering Hendrix (doing both poorly). It was in high school that he first heard Ben Harper and his fascination with the lap steel and weissenborn began. BJ graduated high school and attended Clemson University to pursue a degree in Industrial Engineering. Music remained a hobby throughout school but he always came back to it, forming three different bands while at Clemson. The summers found him in Charleston playing gigs and enjoying the beach lifestyle. His experiences on the coast convinced him that life as a musician had a lot to offer and after graduation he moved to Charleston full time. One night BJ received a phone call from a friend that an out of town band needed a lead guitarist for a show. After the gig the band asked him to play some more shows with them and eventually asked him to move to Pawleys Island to join them full time. That was the beginning of the band now known as Ten Toes Up.

 

Charles Freeman:

Charles was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. Following in his older brother John’s footsteps, he found music at a young age, starting with the clarinet and soon switching to electric bass. Charles’ brother, a trumpet player, turned him onto jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown. The two were in a 6 piece jazz combo that performed regularly in the Charlotte area, and Charles also played in his high school jazz ensemble. He also grew up a fan of motown and 70′s funk, and embraced the playing style of James Jamerson. Charles’ two biggest influences are John Paul Jones (bassist for Led Zeppelin), and Flea (bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers). His understanding of music as a language gives him the ability to create bass lines that blend seamlessly with his band mates’ parts. Charles’ goal is to one day be a world-class studio/session bassist.

 

Joshua “Animal” Gregory:

Born in Chester, SC, and then relocating to Surfside Beach at an early age, Joshua found music through his all-inspiring sister who replaced his glam rock records of the 80′s with timeless classics such as The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, and Santana. At 10 years old he received his first set of drums and has been an advocate of the craft ever since. When he was 16 he had the pleasure of meeting and having a private lesson with the world-renowned African drummer Babatunde Olatunji. Treating that as a once in a lifetime experience he used that as inspiration to become an unconventional drummer with an energy-fueled style while always keeping the basics in mind.

 

Adam Miller:

Originally from Michigan, Adam, a self-taught drummer, cut his teeth on old hymns and praise choruses in a Baptist church. Adam first attended Alma College on a football scholarship, but quickly found out that music was more important than collegiate athletics. He transferred to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2000 where he studied elementary ed. and played drums wherever he could. A family move to Pawleys Island, SC was all that Adam needed to find his way to the beach. He quickly transferred to Coastal Carolina University, where he graduated with a B.A. in history. Adam feels lucky for finally finding a group of musicians who love to create music and that are focused on achieving the goals that they set for themselves.

 

Band members:

William (BJ) Craven – Guitars, Vocals

Charles Freeman – Bass, Vocals

Joshua Gregory – Percussions, Harmonica, Vocals

Adam Miller - Drums

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