Drawing MerleFest

Six years ago I covered my first MerleFest for Country Standard Time, and I’ve gone back every year since. In addition to writing about the festival on the site and on social media, I have also indulged a hobby while watching the various performances–drawing pictures of the artists on stage. I’ve been told my ‘doodle’ drawing style resembles some of John Lennon’s artwork, which I consider a huge compliment. They’re not meant to be exact, just a scribbled/doodled impression while listening to the music. I’ll be back at it for MerleFest 2017, where you can find my coverage on Country Standard Time but also follow me on Twitter @kevingoliver and Instagram @kevinolivercolawriter, because I’ll post this year’s doodles there as the weekend unfolds. If you backtrack far enough on my Twitter feed you can see pieces from the last couple years, but I’ll save you the trouble and post some of my favorites below:

mf zoe and cloyd 2016mf lindsay Lou 2016mf foghorn 2016SC BroadcastersRobert Earl KeenSteel WheelsDonna the Buffalo

Cole Connor Video debuts for “Tarzan”

Columbia, SC hip-hop artist Cole Connor dropped one of my favorite records of 2016, Soda City; this week Czar Records released a slick video for one of its tracks, “Tarzan”. Complete with Grandmaster Flash lyrical nod and a message of not forgetting who you are (But thankfully no loincloths in sight), it is another reminder of how far hip-hop in South Carolina has come.

Shot and directed by The Foto Bros. LLC.
Mastered by STEF FisheyeMusic Mastering
SODA is available everywhere now.

via Cole Connor ft. Heazy Boi & Preemo Heem – “Tarzan” – Official Music Video – YouTube

God Bless Sin: Patrick Davis’ Gamecocks Tribute for the Final Four

Camden, SC born songwriter Patrick Davis once penned songs for the University of South Carolina baseball team’s national title run, and for the football team as well, so it’s only natural he come up with something for the men’s basketball team and their improbable Final Four berth this weekend. Win or lose, Davis is celebrating the achievement in song, and it’s stirring this old Gamecock alumn’s heart.

via Patrick Davis – “God Bless Sin” – Ode to 2017 SC Gamecocks Basketball Team – YouTube