Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Have you ever wondered how to create your own album? Or maybe were just curious as to how a band goes from their garage to professional recording studio? Let Matt Jackfert take you through a 10-step process of creating your very own album by following Charleston-based group, The Company Stores, as they went from playing in basements and garages in 2013, to releasing a full album in 2014 called Rollin’ In.
The first step may be simplest and the most difficult: Get off the Couch and Start Playing Music. Once you start playing real music with a regular group and go about it in an active, passionate way, things can start to happen–like getting a phone call to headline the Bramwell Beer Festival as the Company Stores did in 2013.
Discover the other 9 steps and listen to the album by clicking the play button at the top of the page.
Casey Litz — Lead Singer
Matt Marks — Guitar
Joseph Cevallos — Violin, Trumpet, Harmonica, and a whole bunch of other stuff
John Query — Percussion
Grant Jacobs — Bass
Joey Liegel — Former Bassist
To find out more about The Company Stores and to buy Rollin’ In, visit: thecompanystores.com