Sound Bites: Upcoming Concerts

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Sarah Clanton w/ Maddie Shuler

Moe Joe Coffee, 20 S. Main St., Greenville
Thursday, June 16, 8 p.m., $10

Cellist Sarah Clanton, a former Upstate resident, has spent most of the last two years either playing in Nashville or on the road touring behind her self-titled EP. And in that time, she’s gone from someone who used to be terrified to be onstage to a confident performer, both vocally and instrumentally. “I’ve grown a lot in the last year,” she says. “I had a lack of confidence when I first started performing. I was petrified. I failed auditions because I was just so nervous. And the only way I could get over it was to just keep doing it. I’m still learning from the incredible performers I see here all the time.” Despite what she’s learned in Music City, Clanton says she’s happy to be coming home for this show. “I run into my music family in Greenville and see them getting more tightly knit, and everybody’s just so supportive,” she says. “They welcome me back every time I’ve been gone, and it feels good that people still want to come see me play.”

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Dear Blanca, w/ Wasted Wine & Keath Mead

Dive N’ Boar, 2541 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
Friday, June 10, 9 p.m., Free

When singer/songwriter/guitarist Dylan Dickerson started performing the songs that would eventually form the catalog of Columbia’s Dear Blanca, he was doing so all by himself. “It started out as a one-man band, with me playing bass drum and hi-hat and guitar,” Dickerson says. Even though Dickerson was writing for a full band, circumstances forced him to play solo until he was finally able to recruit drummer and childhood friend Marc Coty. “Mark and I have known each other since we were 8 years old, so I got him on drums because it was natural,” he says. “We played as a two-piece for a long time, and then added [bassist] Cam Powell to the band.” The band plays a wiry, tight brand of guitar-heavy indie rock accented by Dickerson’s throat-shredding, emotional vocals. Given the intensity of his singing, it might be natural to assume that the lyrics are personal, but that’s not always the case. “A lot of it is character-based,” he says. “Some of it is from my life experiences, but not as much as you might think.”

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Gregory Hodges

Smiley’s Acoustic Café, 111 Augusta St., Greenville
Friday, June 10, 10 p.m., Free

Gregory Hodges plays a blazing blues guitar, but he’s far from a straightforward blues player. He works funk and soul into his playing as well. It’s a gritty, down-home style that also has a bit of Southern rock thrown in, and when Hodges talks about his time in New Orleans, it becomes obvious where the Greenville native’s influences lie. Hodges spent six years in New Orleans, and he says his musical education came from the entire city. “The musicians in New Orleans have a lot of pride in what they’re playing,” Hodges says. “Some of them could maybe only play one or two chords, but they were going to play the heck out of those one or two chords. It affected my playing a ton. The sound, the groove, even the way people talk down there. You soak all that up. I’ve incorporated stuff into my playing from guys I saw playing on the street.”

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