Revelry Soul Announces Debut EP Bad Sign, Recorded in Muscle Shoals, Release Show at Historic Sylvia Theater

Rock Hill, SC (August 28, 2018) – Revelry Soul, a 4-piece Soul Rock, Alternative, Blues band announces the digital release of their debut EP Bad Sign, September 7, 2018. The band is celebrating the release with a ticketed show at the historic Sylvia Theater in York, SC on September 29, 2018.

Three years in the making, Bad Sign features seven original songs written by band members Gary Baker Jr.(drums), Josh Hamilton (vocals), Mitch Kelley (guitar) and Ben Smyth (bass). The band members all grew up in the Charlotte area and attended York Technical College in Rock Hill, SC. All sharing a deep love of music they began playing live cover music and writing originals during practices. In 2017, they had a major break in opening for headliner Michael Tracy, where they filmed three of their first original songs.

“This was a major break for us,” says band leader Baker Jr. “We were able to produce the original songs from those shows and really grab people’s attention.” According to Baker, audiences have grown ever since.

The band chose to record at East Avalon Recorders in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, an area known for many famous acts such as Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones. Industry veterans, Charles Hollonman (engineer, producer, mixer), Don Srygley (mastered) and Mark Narmore (accompany keys) all contributed to the production of the EP.  

“We chose to go to a place we knew would produce the sound we were looking for in our first works,” says lead vocalist Hamilton. “We are extremely happy with this debut EP.”

The band is performing an EP release show at the iconic Sylvia Theater in York, SC. The show will be Saturday, September 29 with doors opening at 9 PM. Tickets are available on the band’s Facebook page as well as the Sylvia Theater web site.



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Revelry Soul signs with 768

Revelry Soul, with a Soul Rock, Alternative, Blues sound from Rock Hill, SC, has signed a management agreement with 768 Productions.

“We are ready to go to the next level,” says band leader Gary Baker, Jr. “With our expected debut of our EP in 2018 and our desire to tour more, we are looking to grow as a band and as serious musicians.”

With Baker Jr. on drums, the band grabs attention with Josh Hamilton’s gritty classic-rock voice. Mitch Kelly matches talent with Hamilton’s vocals on lead guitar. Ben Smyth fills out the bands sound on base and newest member, Mathew Harnage, provides keys and back up guitar.

The band is approaching three years together and currently working on a 6 song EP slated to release in Summer 2018.

“We have such a strong fanbase in Rock Hill,” says Baker Jr. “We appreciate our fans so much and look forward to growing that throughout the SC and NC markets.”

The band recently opened for Michael Tracy at the Underground in Charlotte, where they filmed three of their original songs: “Working Man,” “Collide,” and “Gypsy Soul.”

More on Revelry Soul can be found on their web site; Facebook; and Instagram

McHales signs with 768 to bring regional bands to Main St.

For more than 20 years, Brendan Kuhlkin, owner and operator of McHales on Main has been promoting and featuring music on Main St. in Rock Hill, SC. In additional to many local artist, McHales’ audiences have seen quite a few up and coming names like: Sun Dried Vibes; Truckstop Preachers; and TreeHouse.

Kuhlkin signed with 768 Productions to seek out and add more regional bands for Saturday appearances.

“This is a great spot for many of our local bands and we will always feature local talent,” says Kuhlkin. “We also see an opportunity with the growth in Rock Hill and especially here in Old Town to make this a top stop for regional acts coming through Charlotte.”

Kuhlkin is right and the timing is perfect. In additional to 139 Main condominiums that opened in 2016, another set of 108 apartments called The Anderson on Main Street are set to open just a few doors down in the spring of 2018. Old Town Rock Hill is bursting at into a vibrant destination for food, drink and lots of music.

McHales itself features an iconic set-up made for putting bands close to audiences. The stage is just inside the doors and is backed by a huge store-front window on Main St.


768 will be booking bands starting at the end of December and through 2018. See the venue contact page on our website.

“Our goal is to add to the Charlotte area music scene and provide another outlet for emerging bands in the Carolinas and beyond,” says owner manager Michelle Stringer. “Working with venues like McHales is a win-win to help us continue building sustainable businesses out of music acts.”

Wild Root Music signs with 768 Productions

Paul Fournier and Wild Root Music, hailing from Bradenton, FL sign a booking agent agreement with 768 Productions.

Wild Root is Hard Soul – a fusion of Soul, R&B, Funk, Jazz and Rock. Led by frontman Paul Fournier, the Bradenton, FL based Wild Root is an inspired blend of blues guitar lickes, funk beats and sharp vocals. Shows consist of solid originals and covers that connect with audiences creating new versions that adapt to getting people on their feet.

Fournier is taking Wild Root on the road to create collaborative shows with local musicians and develop original video content for the social media world. Adding new dimensions of engagement for local shows and venues, Fournier and Wild Root seek to draw new and expanding audiences.

As the creator and songwriter for Wild Root originals, Fournier is the driving force, inviting different musicians to share in live performances on tour and in the studio. “This creates something that is fresh and always growing and never forgets its roots,” says Fournier.

Wild Root will be on tour throughout 2018 and producing new original songs and video content. See all Wild Root’s content channels and tour stops:

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In the Hebrew story of Moses, his parents face an impossible situation. Facing certain death, his mother does the ultimate in parenting decisions and send him down the river, hoping that by some chance he will be saved and given life – not just a “better life” – literally life. As a parent myself, I can’t imagine having to make such a difficult and heartbreaking decision.

Often entrepreneurs, inventors, creators and artist talk of their creation as “their baby” – “their child.” I can relate. I have too referred to my company Insignia Group as my “baby” at some point in my entrepreneurial journey. It’s completely natural. After all, we feel we “gave” birth to something, nurtured it, cared for it, and like a parent want our baby to grow up healthy, successful and wildly prosperous.

So for most creators, artists and entrepreneurs – like parents – it’s completely unimaginable to think of sending our babies down the river…and the Moses story is an amazing metaphor for what it takes to allow your creation to truly fulfill its potential.

Now before we dive into this metaphor, it is important to establish that although business – any business/endeavor – is difficult and can *feel* like life and death – this analogy to the Moses story in no way trivializes *real* life. So let’s not get carried away – metaphorically. (And no, my English degree didn’t go to waste on that pun.)

Let’s also acknowledge the reality of starting a band, a company, or publishing a book (yeah, writing the book is easy…we’re talking about making money), is like having a baby. And the world around your baby is cruel and unforgiving. Customers are hard to come by. Sustaining a band is a constant battle internally and externally. Every day, a new book is published and never sold.

Most entrepreneurial or creative endeavors die within three to five years of life – 50% of companies don’t make past the 4 year mark. More shockingly, only 20% of new companies make it past their first year of operation, according to a 2015-2016 Entrepreneurial Report published by Babson College. The rate of failure is probably four-time as high among artist endeavors like bands and writers. (Not much research to be found on this topic.)

Moses’ mother sees the world around her for what it is and knows that she is powerless to stop the death of her child. And that doesn’t mean she gives up. That doesn’t mean she just let’s it happen. She makes the most powerful decision any parent can make: puts aside her love, her instinct, and ultimately her ego and sends her baby to people who can and do care for Moses.

This too is the hardest decision a creator can make. I know, because I had to do this very thing in 2001. I sold my company to my main customer in order to keep the company from dying. It was so hard to admit that I needed help in order to make my dream of building a strong company a reality.

Most entrepreneurs or creators are not good operators. Early on in our experience, we don’t have a clue as to how to make good business decisions. Most inventors talk themselves into thinking they know how to build and operate a company and this is usually the fatal flaw. You don’t either. Admit it.

Recognize what you are good at: creating, writing, inventing, composing. Focus your energy on what you are good at and surround yourself with operators, marketers, SALES people. Rely on them to know how best to sell your product, best to market your product and run your business…stay involved AND let them run it.

(We will come back to the “sales person topic” in another blog…)

Unlike Moses’ mom, sending our babies down the river doesn’t mean we have no contact with our little ones. On the contrary, as the creator, you MUST remain in your baby’s life – after all, your endeavor is a part of you. I positioned myself in the new company as the “General Manager”, eventually being named ”President” and then in 2010 began buying the company back. Just recently this buyout was completed and now my partners and I own the company outright.

Right now, name yourself: “Chief Creative Officer.” Set out clear direction that you own the creative direction to your endeavor. You own the product, the music or the book. When it comes to decision about your art, you get the final say so. Then recognize you are out of your league with *everything* else. GET OUT OF THE WAY – YOU are holding your endeavor back from really taking the next step.

Surround yourself with talented and experienced people, who will take your direction and your creation to where you want it to go. And you must give up control. You can’t make every marketing decision. You can’t write every sales pitch. You can’t master each and every deal. At the same time, your operators will seek your guidance working with you to maximize your creation’s potential – especially if they benefit from your creation’s wild success.

Moses grew up to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt and ultimately saw his people to the promised land. None of that would have been possible without the enormous courage and yes, desperation of his Mom.

Insignia today is a 16 year old company – lasting 6 year past when most companies are either bought, merged or shuttered. It has exceeded my wildest expectations and fulfilled my dreams of developing a lasting company. My partners and I have now spun off a second company and we hope to build another great success. This would not be possible without my desperate and maybe courageous act to send my baby down the river.  

If you are serious about your baby and you are ready to take your creation to the next level, then reach out to us here at 768. We know how to help your baby. 

Comment and let’s engage in friendly banter and discourse…

Editorial Note: In looking for the perfect art for this article, I imagined a green grassed river shot with a baby in a basket floating along. As I was searching for such perfect image – which I could not find – it hit me…who the hell is going to put a baby IN an BASKET and float it down a river for a photo shoot???!! Duuuooh!

Begley joins The Anton Laplume Band

Billy Begley (keys/synth) is a newly added member who brings bold and creative ideas to the band’s catalog. He brings a traditional touch with his classical piano upbringing and provides a modern electronic improvisational flair with his jamtronica and subtractive synthesis background. As a founding member of Lucky Costello, a Jacksonville band touring across the Southeast for the last five years, Begley is reaching out into new territory by collaborating with talented artists to create as much new music as possible.

The Anton Laplume Band is a deep-groove, rock, soul and funk group formed and based in Jacksonville, FL. The four-piece band brings together various backgrounds from funk, electronic, blues and rock to capture, elevate, and move audiences. The band is producing new music, building towards a new EP release for late 2017. The Anton Laplume Band is a feature act touring for the rest of 2017 throughout the Southeast.

The Anton Laplume Band signs with 768 Productions, developing new music and touring through 2017

The Anton Laplume Band is a deep-groove, rock, soul and funk group formed and based in Jacksonville, FL. The four-piece band brings together various backgrounds from funk, electronic, blues and rock to capture, elevate, and move audiences. The band is producing new music, building towards a new EP release for late 2017. The Anton Laplume Band is a feature act touring for the rest of 2017 throughout the Southeast.

Originally from the cultural landscape of South Florida, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Anton Laplume relocated to Jacksonville, FL. Laplume emerged from the blues scene as the lead guitar player and band director for international blues band, The Rockin’ Jake Band. Laplume toured with the band throughout 2014 and 2015, across the U.S. and Canada. Known for his strong guitar skills, he enjoyed being a go-to for many local artists before creating, The Anton Laplume Band.

Sean Thomas (vocals/bass) is a key component in the new sound emerging from the band. Thomas was a key member in one of Jacksonville’s premier funk/jam bands Herd of Watts, routinely playing festivals around Florida, as well as up and down the east coast.

Max Zargon (keys/synth) adds a mature multi-dimensional sound to the band’s new material. His creative energy is fueling the development of new songs and expanding the band’s range. Zargon, involved in several projects across the Jacksonville music spectrum, is also the founder of Trail Diver, a multi-piece instrumental band.

Aaron Plotz (drums) anchors the band with his high-energy performance and talents grounded in a classical percussion training. Plots has collaborated with heavy weights such as Tony Steve, Richard Kirkland, Charlotte Mabrey and Danny Gottleib. Aaron has found much success in the Jacksonville arena as the go-to drummer, sharing the stage with numerous national acts and occupying festival slots with some of the best Jacksonville has to offer.

The band’s composition is an entertaining fusion of singer/songwriter arrangements with improvisational elements of jazz, transitional grooves of funk, melodic awareness of pop, and the raw emotion of blues rock. 


Review: Shaky Knees 2017

We love Shaky Knees – for many reasons: Great location, great setup, great spectrum of music. This was our third Shaky Knees out of its five years existence. This year the festival returned to Centennial Park, in the heart of downtown Atlanta, and the festival has hit its stride in overall experience.


First, the location is perfect for a ‘city’ festival. As an out-of-town traveler to the Festival, there are plenty of hotel options all in walking distance. We love the fact that we can park our car at the hotel and not touch it all weekend. For those from ATL, there plenty of parking options for easy access to the festival grounds.

This year, Festival planners made a smart decision to downsize from five stages last year to three stages this year. This made a big-positive difference in the overall experience. This eliminated the bridge over Marietta St., which last year was a major clog in the flow of seeing different bands.

Intuitively, downsizing a festival seems like a bad thing – just the contrary – the compact setting makes for a much more enjoyable Festival. This led to smart decision number two by the Festival hosts: they didn’t oversell the Festival. Meaning, although there were a lot of music-goers, it wasn’t unreasonable moving around. We were able to go from stage to stage with ease and get comfortable spots to watch all our music interests.

The overall layout is also well organized with the three stages set apart; food trucks in the center; beverage stands and bathrooms all set around the perimeter. Although some of the food lines backed up, the other lines for beverages and “Johnny on the Spots” rarely backed up and wait times were no more than a minute in our experiences.

20170514_020643704_iOSThe three stage setup is also nicely crafted with a small, medium, and large variety. The only nitpicks would be adding monitors to the Piedmont (middle) stage for those who hang towards the back. Also some of the overlapping showtimes between the Peachtree main stage would overwhelm the sounds from the Piedmont stage.  

The Festival team aptly choose bands to fit the stage venues and this is the third major check-mark of this Festival: the quality line up.

The headliners this year were an eclectic grouping of LCD Soundsystem, The XX and Phoenix. Each put on a great visual and music acts that closed the three festival nights.

The rising headliners: Moon Taxi (our favorite), X Ambassadors, Sylvan Esso, Dr. Dog, Cage the Elephant, The Shins, to name a few, all put on excellent shows.

Notable standout performances were the energetic show from X Ambassadors –  Sam Harris was unstoppable on stage playing to all parts of stage and crowd.


Dr. Dog also surprised us as we saw them back at Shaky Knees 1. They have definitely matured their sound and music. They have a raw honesty that we have liked in 2013 and the new tracks they played stood out as more dynamic, tighter in delivery and depth.

We also really enjoyed Ryan Adams show. Not only for his endearing humor (renaming his show at one point “the secret Shins’ show”) also his gritty “throw-back” sound that feels nostalgic and comfortable to us Gen Xers.  

The highlight of the rising headliners for us is our personal favorite, Moon Taxi. Just hitting 1 million streams of their new single “Two High”, Moon Taxi is headed for the upper atmosphere. We saw them at our first Shaky Knees and several times since. Each time their performance and music is refined and more engaging. The band had people in the crowd moving and singing along with their lyrics. We look for them to headline on the Peachtree stage in the coming year or two (fingers crossed!!)


Lastly, our favorite part of Shaky Knees is the Ponce de Leon Stage for emerging bands and acts. Of all the sets on all three stages we saw this year, the most energy and effort was put forth on the smallest stage. We have follow up reviews of some of our favorites from the weekend:

  • Amythyst Kiah
  • Foreign Air
  • Run River North
  • Great Peacock
  • Arkells

Look for these reviews to follow over the next couple of weeks and look for us again at Shaky Knees 2018.

Review: Evening Muse hosts Sean Rowe: Leaving something behind

Sean Rowe is to music what an anti-superhero would be. Supernatural powers of a baritone voice that pulls from the foundations of the universe and the curse of fighting against the trappings of the music business that have left him worn, unwilling to give in and resolute ‘to the road less traveled,’ as he explains in his FaceBook bio.

To experience his live show is something like being attracted to a circus freak show act: does his voice really sound like that?

Yes. Yes it does and it’s much more than entertainment in the payoff. If Rowe doesn’t move you and I mean move you emotionally, then you aren’t really present in the moment, as his act demands.

Pouring himself into each song; telling a story accompanied by his second superpower, unexpected melodies from his guitar; he revels in simple, honest life. And this is Sean’s fight or burden. You ask yourself why isn’t this guy selling out arenas with his voice and music? And the more you are drawn in, the more you understand that he truly doesn’t desire crowds. He wants you, one-on-one. He wants his music to find you exactly where you are. And his curse is that his sentiment and honesty are lost on the greater music landscape.

Equally matched to his superhero voice is his diverse guitar abilities, providing a show that evolves with each song. You are left wondering what’s next?

Rowe has just released his fourth album ‘New Lore’ and is traveling relentlessly to fulfill his mission to connect with small audiences. A review of his next two months has him moving through the Southeast into Northeast where for several weeks he jumps the pond and plays on a torrent through Europe. Then returns to the Mid-west to the Southwest without any deceleration of pace.

Rowe told the nearly full-house at Evening Muse a story about his friend, who was the inspiration for his anchor song on New Lore: ‘To Leave Something Behind.’ This same song has brushed stardom being featured in Ben Affleck’s movie the Accountant.

If Rowe doesn’t move you and I mean move you emotionally, then you aren’t really present in the moment, as his act demands.

To Leave Something Behind is also the core of Rowe’s mission on tour and perhaps in life. Clearly, the importance of what he does for himself isn’t focused on going Platinum. And he is desperate and driven to leave something behind that is personal, genuine and pulls the deep of the universe just a little closer for those he sings to.

Check out acts coming to the Evening Muse

Upcoming shows at Evening Muse: