Headliner: Sheryl Crow

"Feels Like Home may be the most focused album I've ever made," Sheryl Crow says of her debut album for Warner Bros. Records, the label based in Music City where Crow choose to settle and raise her children years ago. "All of my albums have had a few different styles going on in them, and this album definitely has a few different takes on what country music means to me, but not calculatedly so. First and foremost, I just wanted to make sure that for this album I wrote about were things that I really knew about – subjects that hit close to home.

MORE: http://www.sherylcrow.com/  ; https://www.facebook.com/sherylcrow

STOP LIGHT OBservATIONS

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Charleston, South Carolina home-grown artist Stop Light Observations, also known as SLO started playing together at the young age of 13 when songwriter, and pianist Cubby asked guitarist Louis Duffie the iconic teenager boy question.... "wanna start a band?" Through the young years of focusing on writing great solid songs, the young duo picked up childhood friend Luke Withers, and Will Blackburn, to play dem' drums and sing dem' songs! Over time the adding of Coleman Sawyer on bass and fiddle, and Wyatt Garrey on lead guitar, formulated the power-dynamic six piece Rock Group know as Stop Light Observations. 

MORE:  http://www.stoplightobservations.com/ ;   www.facebook.com/stoplightobservations

DANGERMUFFIN

Dangermuffin, a three piece band from Folly Beach, South Carolina, delivers an exquisite blend of Americana, soulful reggae and folk complimented by dueling guitar and banjo rhythms that bounce between bluegrass, twangy rock and Allman-esque sweet southern jam.
It's organic, sand-blasted roots rock, with a sweet jam spread. If you appreciate soulful, stirring numbers, infused with the spirit of fun and late night romps, this is the band for you. For fans of The Grateful Dead, Warren Haynes, Gov't Mule and Yonder Mountain, this is the show where you will be upfront and center, acting the fool, and singing to the rafters.

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SOL DRIVEN TRAIN

Sol Driven Train's music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band's sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, Afrocaribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The versatile 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own port-town sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the American roots music scene.

MORE: http://www.soldriventrain.com/ ;  https://www.facebook.com/soldriventrainmusic

Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans 

Everybody's bio sounds the same.. lets make it original;))
Feel-Good Island Soul.. Let your hair down and your worries drift away. The Holy City Hooligans combine sweet melodies with old soul lyrics and fun and edgy energy of funky rock-reggae groves to deliver a soul quenching experience. If music has the power to create feelings.. why not create positivity! With their recent co-write of "3AM" on Meghan Trainor's record breaking debut album (BILLBOARD #1).. and their growing list of achievements which include: "Best Band in Charleston", "Best Male Vocalist", "Best Male Musician", MTV Campus Invasion Freestyle Battle WINNER etc.. there's always a new hooligan adventure around the corner!

Band leader Ben Fagan is anything but your average guy next door. You've never seen a white boy with this much vibrant soul and his ability to freestyle potent lyrics on the spot AND bounce around stage from guitar, keys, bass, drums, and percussion! His a.d.d musical energy allows him to create orchestras of funtastic music right before your eyes;) On top of being an award winning vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (VOTED CHARLESTON'S BEST VOCALIST, BEST MALE MUSICIAN, & BEST BAND) Fagan has also had a life long "lucky streak" that consists of: serial entrepreneur, reality tv show winner, phi beta kappa business scholar, black belt in Kung Fu at the age of 11.. and recent co-writer of the world-wide hit "3AM" recently released on MEGHAN TRAINOR'S record breaking debut album. The awesome achievements rapidly keep piling up and I think it's become obvious that his lucky streak is hardly luck at all. It'd be safe to say he's a natural overachiever even on his worst day.
His musical brother and partner in crime, Quentin Ravenel, is hands down one of the most interesting and dynamic drummer/vocalists in the south east. Raised in the church music scene from when he was in diapers, he now effortlessly captivates crowds like you've never seen from a drummer (outside of Carter Beauford of Dave Mathews Band). His infectious energy is undeniable and this rhythmic monster can literally change the way you look at how drums are played. From flipping sticks to blindfolded theatrics and drum solos that would make Speedy Gonzalez's head spin… there's only 1 way to sum it up… impressive! Teamed up with a super-funk horn section and two badass female background singers… this Hooligan squad will capture your attention with ease.

These days, Fagan and his Hooligans split their time gigging on both East and West coasts and touring Costa Rica, along with songwriting for publishing mostly out of Nashville and LA. Rapidly growing crowds of new and existing fans are shakin' to the funky chops, swayin' to the soulful grooves, and bouncin' to the hip-hop beats. Street-smart and irrepressible, the Hooligans are charming followers from the southeast roots, to the L.A. beaches all the way to Costa Rica, with no plans to slow down anytime soon.

Most musicians make music to listen to… these happy hooligans make music to live by!


MORE: www.benfaganmusic.com/www.facebook.com/HolyCityHooligans

TYLER BOONE BAND

Challenge: Find a more genuine, harder working musician than Tyler Boone. Actually, just go ahead and give up because it is not going to happen. Growing up in the Lowcountry, Boone first became enamored with the subculture of Charleston's punk/metal scene, before eventually expanding his musical palette to include the blues/pop-laced influences that are sprinkled throughout his more recent releases. Recently signing with Coast Records for his latest release "Familiar Faces" (May 20th, 2014) have been touring up and down the East and West Coast non-stop in support for this record. Featuring such artists as Mark Bryan from Hootie & the Blowfish as a vocalists and mandolinist.

MORE: http://www.tylerboonemusic.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/tylerboonemusic

THE TARLATANS

Charleston, SC based Rock-Roots band The Tarlatans will be celebrating the release of their highly anticipated EP “Good Luck” at The Music Farm-Columbia supporting Gamecock favorite Patrick DavisBeginning in February 2014, The Tarlatans recorded with acclaimed musician, composer, producer, Jay Clifford (Jump, Little Children) for a six-song EP. The recording features four new songs as well as updated versions of older songs including the regional radio hit, “Been Dreaming.” Clifford’s influence on The Tarlatans is similar to how most musicians feel about him, as they cite him and Jump Little Children as major influences. Says drummer Blake Shorter, ‘"Now that the process of recording the EP is over and we can actually sit back and listen to the final results, we're so thrilled that we were able to have Jay Clifford as our producer. After working with Jay I think we all agree that the man is a musical genius, and some of the things musically that he guided us and inspired us to do worked out really well."...

MORE:  http://thetarlatans.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/thetarlatans

dead 27s

Sometimes the stars and planets align and things that can be difficult come surprisingly easy. Such is the case with the formation of Dead 27s. After playing a few casual gigs, the obvious chemistry could no longer be ignored. Since 2012, the band has been on a mission. Relentlessly making their way through the booming Charleston, SC music scene, the Dead 27s garnered the attention and praise of local media, calling them, "the exciting new band to watch" and fan support soon followed. In 2013 and 2014, Dead 27s took home multiple Charleston City Paper Music Awards for “Song of the Year” ("Don't Want to Live My Life Without You" 2013, "Don't Comfort Me" 2014), “Rock Band of the Year” (2013/2014), “Up and Coming Artist of the Year” (2013), and "Album of the Year" ("Chase Your Devils Down" 2014). Guitarist, Wallace Mullinax was honored with his third straight award as Charleston’s “Guitarist of the Year” while drummer, Daniel Crider, was honored as 2014's Drummer of the Year and bassist, Oliver Goldstein, was honored as 2014's Bassist of the Year.  The band has since opened for Toubab Krewe, Patterson Hood, Col. Bruce Hampton, Orgone, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Motet, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and shared the stage at festivals with many others. Their sound has been described as “a Southern blend of rock and soul”. In April 2014 and to much critical acclaim, Dead 27s released their 7 song debut, "Chase Your Devils Down”. In summer 2014, the band was honored to place in the top 24 for Vh1's “Make a Band Famous” competition. Although their sound comes from many different influences, the band has their focus on the future. Currently touring while writing and recording, the band continues to gain momentum as they spread their music across the country.

More: www.dead27s.com/homewww.facebook.com/dead27s

Matt Mackelcan

With a genuine combination of American soul and an upbeat pop-rock style, Matt has emerged as one of the go-to indie front men in the southeastern U.S. He first cut his teeth in the music scene of Orlando Florida during his time at Rollins College while earning a degree in vocals, composition and guitar. In 2008, Matt was lured to Charleston along the South Carolina coast—where his single “Drive” has been regularly featured on radio at 105.5 The Bridge. When around home, Matt also performs regularly at the iconic venue The Windjammer…perhaps best-known as a launchpad for Darius Rucker’s Hootie & The Blowfish. Matt’s trademarks are a big voice, authentic songwriting, personable nature and an extra dose of funny. 

Matt's recently released EP Slow Down produced by Aaron Tap (Matt Nathanson) has garnered critical acclaim and is currently getting radio adds (AAA and College) with singles "Chances Are" and "So Far". Audiences are growing in all markets and the word of mouth on the EP and the entertaining live show have Matt and his band poised for a big 2011. 

MORE: mattmackelcan.com/www.facebook.com/MattMacKelcan

gASLIGHT STREET

Too many bands know how to rock but rarely take the time to roll. Gaslight Street isn’t one of those. These four men — compiled from among the best all-around musicians Charleston has to offer — know how to blend swagger with humility and sweat with soul. With the release of 2013’s Heavy Wind, their third full-length album, lead singer Campbell Brown‘s songwriting has fully matured, delivering concise grooves with rib-stickin’ imagery. Somewhere between classic Southern rock and a swampy blues band, Gaslight Street manages to keep the kids’ hips moving, while also delivering a sound that makes their mamas smile.

“Gaslight Street have crafted a signature sound that is equal parts honey and moonshine, with Brown the catalyst for the soul-infused swagger.” 
~ Jamie Lee of Honest Tune and Hittin’ the Note magazines

MORE:  gaslightstreet.com/ www.facebook.com/GaslightStreet

HALEY MAE & the Hardware

Haley Mae Campbell is a dedicated 16-year-old singer-songwriter. Born in Long Island, NY, and raised in Charleston, SC, Haley Mae has loved music and performing arts since she could remember. After recording at Cupit Studios in Nashville, TN, Haley Mae debuted her first album, "Hugs & Disses," at the Music Farm in February. Since then, she has landed many notable gigs including writing and performing a Monday night promotional music video with the Charleston Riverdogs, and a spot at the 9th Annual First Flush Festival with headliner Sheryl Crow. Haley will be graduating in June, finishing her high school education a year early online so that she can have more time to pursue a music career. 
Haley Mae has been featured on numerous radio and television programs, including Lowcountry Live on ABC News 4, WEZL 103.5, WSBF Clemson, The Dave Ugly Show, and The Pat Henry Project WMTS.

More: http://www.haleymaecampbell.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/HaleyMaeCampbell

LIVE BAIT 

Charleston Original Live Bait gained popularity soon after receiving airplay on 96 WAVF
radio station in 1996. Expanding to ...full band status from an acoustic duo, they rocked through
the South East US gaining popularity as a opening act for major label bands and polishing an
impressive headlining set in smaller venues. Gaining attention of Major Label record companies
the band changed their name to 210 Deluxe after it was suggested that record companies
had a problem with the name Live Bait. Sadly, they disbanded in 2002 but through their
career managed to release three self produced CD's; Live Bait, Second Hand, and Single Slice.

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