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LaShawn Woolridge, who performs under the name "Poe Anonymous", is a writer, actor, songstress, and poet who has just graduated from Winthrop University. While there, in addition to her work in theatre, she founded the organization Winthrop Def Poets Society.

Def Poets Society, a community for students that are passionate about the spoken word, held a college tour this year called Souls n Substance with events at the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, as well as Winthrop University.

Poe Anonymous will be performing as the featured artist in the Charlotte, North Carolina area over the next few weeks at these locations:

Kelly Cheats

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Photo credit: Trevor Mercer

Kelly cheats, or so I'm told.

Seriously, the Kelly Cheats band got their name from an incident at a poker game. I'm sure it serves them well as it's both intriguing and easy for the audience to remember. So they can be sure to come back to see the band the next time they're in town.

There's no cheating when it comes to their sound. A well seasoned group of musicians that like to have fun. Currently finishing up the final touches of their second, soon to be released, album Out of the Patch. 

Always ready to tour the southeast they will be appearing this weekend at Ri Ra Irish Pub in Charlotte, North Carolina (Friday, October 23rd) with their blend of rock, reggae, pop, and blues.

Rhymefest in Manchester, on tour with Kanye West

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In this article by Marlow Stern the award winning songwriter for Kanye West and John Legend talks about the Academy Awards, songwriting, and his new documentary In My Father's House.

"My ASCAP royalty checks went from a lot to almost nothing."

Photos from the PJ Brunson Gala

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A night honoring PJ Brunson.  PJ has been nominated for Best Folk Album of the Year at the IMEA Awards.

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PJ Brunson
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PJ Brunson

The festivities involve a Best Dressed Prize among other fun things. 

Friday, October 17, 2015 
7:00 pm
Ledo Pizza 
489 South Herlong Avenue 
Rock Hill, South Carolina


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PJ Brunson

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When we think of "folk music", our minds wander to the past, to the vivid stories about the real characters that our favorite folk songs are about, and to those phenomenal artists who made those stories come alive! We think of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Woody & Arlo Guthrie and Neil Young. 
When we think of singer-songwriters, we reflect on the poetic and heart-felt style of writers like James Taylor, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Seals & Crofts, Jim Croce and the emotional wellspring of their songs. 
And when we our thoughts go to contemporary performer-songwriters, our favorite ballad and blues artistes materialize; favorites like Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, Bonnie Raitt and Taylor Swift.

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Fats Waller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I've seen a couple of Broadway musicals in my time and more than a few musicals  and plays on stages large and small here in the south.  There's nothing I enjoy more than a small intimate theatre with a local production.  Why?  I guess it's recognizing the talent we have in our own midst. Another reason is I sometimes know the performers and am blown away by seeing them transform themselves into someone so different from their normal selves that I start to forget what they're like in real life.  That takes a lot of work I'm sure, and when it happens it's both beautiful and inspiring.

The other thing I like about small theatres is that I can see, hear, smell, and  sometimes even taste (smoke bombs for instance) what is happening on the stage.  All the while with my attention focused on that actor or interaction I'm most  interested in.  No camera leading me back and forth.  I'm in control of the viewpoint.

One such musical that I saw locally which really impressed me is Ain't Misbehavin'.  It's a story, almost 99% musical, about Fats Waller, a Tin Pan Alley songwriter and piano player that was popular in the 20's and 30's.


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Resurrection After-party Album Cover.jpgResurrection After-Party is the latest album from Stephanie Wolfe.  It is being released on her Chipped Polish Records label tomorrow, February 14th, Valentines Day. 

This album is heavy into electronica.  My favorite song is Excited although Something Wicked is very popular too.

Chipped Polish Records is committed to female artists in the genres of pop, electronica, rock, and experimental music.

Thomas Lorenzo on acoustic guitar

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If you enjoy music and poetry and have never experience an artists in the round type of performance you should attend this one presented by The Charlotte Singer-Songwriters and Poets Circle.

Five performers present their songs and poetry, taking turns on stage, for your enjoyment.  Sometimes artists that are touring the country are booked to perform and at these in-the-round events.  So you never know what to expect.


Crystal Tyler.jpgJade Castle Studios is an asset to the upstate area, the Carolinas, and beyond.  It is a place where actors, performing artists, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and artists of all kinds can meet and rub shoulders with one another.  You can attend classes or rent space for your projects such as a songwriter's club, writer's club or as a space where you could audition actors for your upcoming film.

Started earlier this year and operated by Crystal Tyler it is just beginning to take hold and needs your help.  If you are able to give just a small amount to assist with this well intensioned project it will help filmmaking and the performing arts thrive in the community and their will be some perks for you as well.

"Crystal and Jade Castle have been a great resource for me in connecting with other professionals. Whenever Other Vision needs to look for talent, I give Crystal a call. Through Jade Castle, she's already helped connect me with so many other great film professionals in the Greenville area." - Collins Abbott White - Other Vision Studios

If you can't afford to donate then please share this message with your friends so they can learn about Jade Castle Studios and how it might benefit them.

Learn more about Jade Castle Studios in the article below by The Greenville News and in my conversation with Crystal.


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Photo and Makeup by Abbey Sacks
Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las...

Kevin Skinner America's Got Talent 2009 in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood Casino (Photo credit: bcbusinesshub via Wikipedia)

America's Got Talent is a popular TV series featuring a variety of performers competing to be the winner with a Las Vegas show of their own.  

The finalist and many of the favorite and top acts will also appear in the America's Got Talent Live Tour  after the TV competition ends.  So this is a great opportunity to break into the big time.

Don't miss your chance when they come to a city near you.

Find the city closest to  you below.
Kira ABYFM1.jpgKira Bursky is a talented young lady, filmmaker, and musician.  I always look forward to finding out what comes next from her.  She splits her time between home in Ahseville, NC and Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.  A boarding high school where she is in the Motion Pictures Arts program.

Kira has just directed and completed her short film Clean which was made for the Asheville 48 Hour Film Project and won the award for Best Cinematography.   Recently I had the opportunity to talk with her about the film and some of her other work.  Find out what what she has to say below.
John Mellencamp (singer, songwriter, and guita...

John Mellencamp (Public domain photo by Peter Rimar. via Wikipedia)

What do you get when you put John Mellencamp and Stephen King together then add T-Bone Burnett for good measure?  A musical called Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.  

Conceived by John who enlisted the help of Stephen King as the writer, it's a southern gothic musical about a sibling rivalry that turns to tragedy.  John wrote all the songs for the musical.  After more that 10 years of collaboration they brought on T-Bone Burnett (music producer of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and many others) to help pull it all together.

The musical will have shows coming this October and November in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Iowa.  In addition it will be released as a digital and hardcover book.  The soundtrack which is available on iTunes includes Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Roseanne Cash, and John Mellencamp with Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz.   

See the promotional video for the musical below.

A ball of fire singer out of Tennessee with an acoustic guitar, and a harmonica playing rhythm section of a fella from Texas punching out the beat.  That's what you get when you see Shovels and Rope.

Cary Ann Hearst
and Michael Trent now call Charleston, South Carolina home and have recently been touring the U.S. in support of their new album O' Be Joyful.

Check them out below in their recent appearance on The David Letterman Show.

To Russia With Love

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Dreamkiller2.jpgLet's send Christy Johnson and the Dreamkiller Band to Russia.  You can help by liking them on the ULikeUs page now through January 31st.  

ULikeUS is a competition where artists compete to bring their music to Russia.  The top twenty bands that gain the most attention at this stage will compete for a panel of judges to see who gets to go to Russia and play their music.  More about that here.

To vote for Dreamkiller go to the ULikeUs voting page.  Find Dreamkiller and vote by clicking on the Facebook or icons.

Check out the Dreamkiller Watch This video below and visit their web page.  Also, like this page so all your friends can vote too!

Nederlands: Darrell Scott @ Paradiso (Amsterda...

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Darrell Scott wowed a packed audience at the McCelvey Center last night with his guitar prowess and remarkable vocals.  The event is part of the Southern Sound  Series being presented at the center over the next few months.  Other performers coming up in the series include The Secret Sisters, Ruthie Foster, Suzy Boggus, and Abigail Washburn.

Keeepers of The Culture Awards were presented to Alan Miller, Pat Veasey, and Joe Zdenek for their contribution in keeping cultural events and education alive in York County, SC followed by Scott's performance.  

Darrell is a Nashville session musician as well as singer/songwriter and performing artist.  He has collaborated with other performers such as Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Tim O'Brien, and Guy Clark.  Scott's song Long Time Gone, from his album Real Time with Tim O'Brien was covered by The Dixie Chicks sending it to number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.


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At the Carolina Theatre in Durham, NC

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