Queen Street Harmony | Thursday, September 27
Awendaw Green presents an Original Music Listening Room Showcase in historic downtown Charleston at Queen Street Playhouse home of Footlight Players.
20 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Doors at 6:30pm show at 7:00pm
$10 in advance/ $15 day of
7:45pm Forty Mile Detour
9:00pm Wild Ponies
Taylors SC troubadour who enjoys the craft of creating songs that have meaning and make people feel good. Doug Jones has been a performer on the Upstate music scene since he was a teenager. Jones is probably best known as the lead singer for Cravin’ Melon, a group that followed artists like Hootie & the Blowfish and Edwin McCain into the national spotlight in the 1990s. The band may not have scaled the same platinum heights as Hootie or McCain, but they built a fervent enough fan base with hummable, sunny pop-rock tunes — like the seemingly immortal “Sweet Tea” — that Jones has been able to make a living as a musician for a few decades now.
Forty Mile Detour
"Authentic.American.Music.”.....that is how founding member Mark Yampolsky describes the Forty Mile Detour sound. "It's Americana and draws from many American music styles, incorporating elements of blues, rock 'n' roll, folk and bluegrass."
When Charleston South Carolina radio personality, Wolf of 105.5 FM The Bridge heard Forty Mile Detour for the first time he became an instant fan. “Outstanding,” he says of the band, “If you haven't seen them live you need to do yourself a favor and check them out. It's great Americana music. It's rock 'n' roll, blues and country all rolled up into one and it comes out sounding great.”
Forty Mile Detour has been performing their unique sound playing everywhere from craft beer houses to concert halls in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. “We love getting the opportunity to share our music” says Mark, “It is gratifying to see that our music is connecting with so many people.”
Forty Mile Detour plays their music from the heart, creating a sound that is true to the American spirit, the open road and the American dream. The band’s commitment to live performances continues to earn them many fans throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Although they're based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.
Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017's Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered Old-Time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.
Growing up, a young Doug Williams spent many an hour watching and learning as his grandfather played banjo alongside local musical legends like Snake and Kyle Dean. Although both of his grandparents have now passed away, they would surely be proud to see Doug and Telisha gathered in the shed with Snake, Kyle Dean, Kilby, and a diverse handful of the best musicians from Nashville. The result is a broad, bold approach to Appalachian music, created by a multi-cultural band whose members span several generations.