The Next Move
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Soundcheck at early live performance.

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Early live performance with Jimbo Chapman .

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Early live performance with Ray Keys.

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Early live performance backstage.

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Early live performance with Rick Reames.

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Early live performance with Rick Reames.

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Early live performance at Clancy's with Rick Reames.

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Opening for the Smithereens at Little John Coliseum 11/16/1990 with Jimbo Chapman.

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Opening for the Smithereens at Little John Coliseum 11/16/1990 with Ray Keys.

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Opening for the Smithereens at Little John Coliseum 11/16/1990 with Ray Keys.

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Opening for the Smithereens at Little John Coliseum 11/16/1990 with Anthony Kelley.

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Opening for the Smithereens at Little John Coliseum 11/16/1990 with Anthony Kelley.

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Opening for the Smithereens at Little John Coliseum 11/16/1990 with Rick Reames.

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Opening for the Smithereens at Little John Coliseum 11/16/1990 with Rick Reames.

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Collage of live shots from the Windjammer.

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Reunion band practice 2019.

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys, Jimbo Chapman, Rick Reames, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys, Jimbo Chapman, Rick Reames, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys, Jimbo Chapman, Rick Reames, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Jimbo Chapman and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Jimbo Chapman and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Jimbo Chapman and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Jimbo Chapman and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys and Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys and Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys and Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys and Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Jimbo Chapman and Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Jimbo Chapman and Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Jimbo Chapman. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Jimbo Chapman. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys, Rick Reames, Jimbo Chapman, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with Ray Keys, Rick Reames, Jimbo Chapman, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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The rooftop at Sobys Loft in Greenville, SC 2019 with The Next Move. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Jimbo Chapman. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Anthony Kelley, Rick Reames, Jimbo Chapman, and Ray Keys. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Ray Keys, Jimbo Chapman, Anthony Kelley, and Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Rick Reames, Anthony Kelley, and Jimbo Chapman. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Anthony Kelley and Jimbo Chapman. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Ray Keys. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Ray Keys, Jimbo Chapman, Anthony Kelley, and Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Jimbo Chapman, Anthony Kelley, and Rick Reames. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Ray Keys, Rick Reames, Jimbo Chapman, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Rick Reames, Jimbo Chapman, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Rick Reames, Jimbo Chapman, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Rick Reames, Jimbo Chapman, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Ray Keys, Jimbo Chapman, and Anthony Kelley. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Jimbo Chapman. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Ray Keys and Jimbo Chapman. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Jimbo Chapman and Ray Keys. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Ray Keys and Jimbo Chapman. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

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WPAC in Walhalla, SC 2020 with Ray Keys and Jimbo Chapman. Photos by TreyKeysMedia

Promo Materials

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Early promo sheet with Jimbo Chapman, Ray Keys, Anthony Kelley, and Rick Reames.

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Early promo sheet with Ray Keys, Anthony Kelley, Jimbo Chapman, and Rick Reames.

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TShirt print.

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TShirt prints.

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Collage of early event calendars.

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AJ's in Greenville 1986.

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Early show poster 1986.

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Crazy Zacks 1987.

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Early show poster.

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Luisa Minkevich drew this of The Next Move 1988.

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Band postcard mockup 1990.

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Show flyer 1992.

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Show flyer 1992.

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Private show 2019.

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Reunion show at The Windjammer 2020.

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(WPAC) Walhalla Performing Arts Center 2020.

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(WPAC) Walhalla Performing Arts Center 2020.

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1990 release "Face The Sun" foldout cover (cassette release only).

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1991 release "The Art of Life" foldout cover with cassette (cassette release only).

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1992 cassette release "Whirled Concern" front cover.

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1992 cassette release "Whirled Concern" inside cover.

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1992 cassette release "Whirled Concern" side one.

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1992 cassette release "Whirled Concern" side two.

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1992 release "Whirled Concern" front cover.

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1992 release "Whirled Concern" rear CD caddy cover.

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1992 release "Whirled Concern" insert.

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1992 release "Whirled Concern" CD face.

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.

 

With only one CD out of three overall releases I’m working hard to find myself a copy to have. The CD release is available on YouTube as a playlist and from that I have been able to study that material and I honestly can’t find a bad song  – it’s all good, follow this LINK to that YouTube playlist and give it a listen. What a great band and they are also a great group of guys to get to know.

The Next Move formed in the spring of 1985 at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. The band started with six members: Steve Bomar (bass), Jimbo Chapman (guitar), Todd Hammer (guitar), Anthony Kelley (keyboards), Ray Keys (vocals) and Rick Reames (drums), and their first gig was for the Betas at Clemson, Todd’s fraternity. Todd’s fraternity brothers jokingly called the band, Todd Hammer and the Nails. The band’s early set lists included songs by REM, INXS, The Fixx, The Producers, Journey, The Outfield, U2, Level 42 and other popular bands of the 1980s. Gigs came fast and the band booked many fraternity and sorority parties at Clemson as well as other area colleges, like USC, Wofford, and Georgia. After a short tenure with the band, Todd Hammer graduated and the band continued on as a 5 piece.

 

In the summer of 1986, the band recorded two original songs, “She’s All I Need” and “New Girl” at Marshall Tucker’s old studio in Spartanburg, SC. In the fall of 1986, Ray Keys went to Italy as part of his architecture master’s degree and the band again continued on but as a four piece with all four remaining members sharing vocal duties. In the spring of 1987, Steve Bomar left the band and Ray Keys, back from Italy, eventually took over on bass. This led to Jimbo Chapman becoming the lead singer for most of the band’s original compositions. The summer of 1987 found the band playing for 6 weeks at a club on St. Croix. This was a perfect chance for Ray to hone his skills on bass and the band to write more songs.

 

Through the end of the 80s and early 90s, the band continued to play a variety of cover songs and slowly added more and more originals to their shows. They released two 5 songs cassette tapes – Face the Sun in 1990, The Art of Life in 1991 and a full length CD, Whirled Concern, in 1992. Both tapes and CD were recorded at EBS Studios (Marshall Tucker’s old studio) and were co-produced by the band and Duane Evans. With songs like “Wishing to Hold”, “Kaja”, “What I Wouldn’t Do”, “Too Many Ways”, and “Swagger and Sway”, the band appeared on a number of regional and national compilation CDs and played several record company showcases. During this time the band opened for a number of larger bands – the Psychedelic Furs, the Producers, Love Tractor, Dillon Fence, Jonny Quest, The Connells, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Smithereens, Cheap Trick, and Wide Spread Panic to name a few. In the early 90s, the band started playing more club shows becoming a large draw at many of the clubs and concert halls in the Southeast.

 

In 1993, with no serious record company interest, the band decided to call it quits and played its last gig on New Year’s Eve of 1993. Jimbo Chapman and Rick Reames went on to start Cravin’ Melon and found success with that band signing with Mercury Records in 1996. In 1999, The Next Move played reunion shows at the Windjammer in Isle of Palms, SC, and at Clancy’s in Spartanburg, SC. They reformed again in 2002 and played a handful of shows each year from 2002 to 2006 before Reames left and was replaced by friend and fellow Clemson grad, Tim Newman, for a couple of final gigs.

In February of 2020 The Next Move played a reunion show at WPAC upstate SC and currently they have show dates booked for this year. Check with their official Facebook page to learn more about upcoming shows at this LINK.

 

Current Members:

Jimbo Chapman – Vocals, Guitars

Anthony Kelley - Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals

Ray Keys – Bass, Vocals

Rick Reames - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

 

Past Members:

Stever Bomar – Bass, Vocals

Todd Hammer - Guitar

Tim Newman - Drums

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AJ's in Greenville 1986.