Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville

Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)
Carolina cotton field. (Photo by Indie Art South)

Tyler Childers, in an interview posted on Spotify, pegged the new Nashville in a perfect way. He said of the city that is “the largest growing and developing city in the nation”, one traditionally known for country music, “Once you’re immersed in that, then there’s just a disconnect to the reality of what country life is.” In my opinion, Childers gets it right. Continue reading “Tyler Childers gets it right on country and perils of Nashville”

Coming home to a place I’d never seen: Swaffield House at Lake Murray

Swaffield House, Lake Murray, SC
Photo of Swaffield House, Lake Murray, SC by Indie Art South.

I spent time last week in South Carolina to celebrate my Mother’s birthday and to attend a family reunion with cousins I hadn’t seen in decades. Like many American families, we’re scattered around the country. There were 7 of us in my immediate family and we needed a place to stay. After a series of mishaps and no small amount of sleuthing, we ended up staying at Swaffield House on Lake Murray.

I’d never seen this house before. Continue reading “Coming home to a place I’d never seen: Swaffield House at Lake Murray”

New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep

flipped truck on highway
Flipped trucks aren’t uncommon on any highway these days. (IAS photo)

My family travels I 95 frequently for many reasons, ranging from family to business. It’s a chaotic highway demanding defensive driving for survival. When we head to South Carolina, there’s a section of the highway that requires triple defensive driving. The section of I 95 between Savannah and our turnoff to I 26 is two lanes on both sides. That doesn’t sound like a big deal. It is, and South Carolina’s government should make a New Year’s resolution to fix it.  Continue reading “New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep”

From 3 hour gigs playing for bartenders to Grammy and more: Now Hootie roars again

 

Hootie & the Blowfish
Hootie & the Blowfish have announced their Group Therapy Reunion tour. (Image snip from band’s Facebook page)

By now you probably know Hootie & the Blowfish have announced a new tour and a new album, their first together in a decade. What some fans may not know is that the band began on indie footing, and according to frontman Darius Rucker, it took about seven years for them to get signed by a label.  Continue reading “From 3 hour gigs playing for bartenders to Grammy and more: Now Hootie roars again”

Indie artists might find gold in August solar eclipse

eclipse photo NASA
“This 1991 photograph captures the brief moment of totality when the Sun’s faint corona is most easily observed. It is made up of several photographs from cameras with different settings that were later combined into one image. Credit: Steve Albers, Dennis di Cicco, ad Gary Emerson.”

[caption, photo from NASA]

In August the sun and moon will be stars of the day when the first total solar eclipse visible to the US  in 38 years occurs.

The total eclipse will be viewed by Americans from Oregon to South Carolina. Those of us in states like Florida will see a partial eclipse.

Is there gold in that eclipse for indie artists?  Continue reading “Indie artists might find gold in August solar eclipse”

Newberry, heart of Carolina’s small town America

Christmas lights Newberry
Lights on Main Street in Newberry. (Photo: Rebecca Day)

After performing at the American Heritage Festival in Lake City, SC, in early December, the Crazy Daysies headed upstate shortly before Christmas to visit with family and friends.

I dreamt of living amidst vast fields and rolling Carolina hills while growing up.

Farm houses and cozy log cabins appealed to me, while neutral, modern-styled houses furrowed my brow.  Continue reading “Newberry, heart of Carolina’s small town America”