Stop Light Observations

STOP LIGHT OBSERVATIONS - VOL. I

John Keith Culbreth (aka Cubby) was 16 years old—no longer the religious child he had been back in his childhood days spent in Anderson, SC—but was, unknowingly, poised for a divine intervention of life-altering proportions. While peacefully sleeping after a classmate's musical performance, an entity presented itself to Cubby—the entity presented itself as God. "It was the most vivid dream I had ever had," says Cubby. "It felt so bizarre." "God" spoke to Cubby. It told him to contact his classmate, Will Blackburn, and come together to create music. Cubby obliged, Blackburn agreed, and the band proceeded to practice for over a year, never playing a show.

Stop Light Observations' inaugural performance took place on Sullivan's Island. Among the crowd was Cubby's childhood pastor—a man with whom he had once had a close relationship. As it turns out, Cubby's former pastor was Will Blackburn's grandfather. Divinity had served up fate. Cubby and Blackburn had been childhood friends, but never knew it. SLO was born, and the sky was the limit.

But things didn't truly take off until a few years later when SLO released their acclaimed 2013 debut, Radiation. Metronome hailed the record's "emotive and elegant" songs, which landed perfectly in the sweet spot between arena and indie rock. The band went from relative unknowns to playing Bonnaroo and selling out Charleston's largest club, The Music Farm, in just a year.

Since then, Stop Light Observations have broken the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at The Music Farm and have toured across the country, playing standout festival sets at Firefly, Summerfest, and more. SLO's most recent LP, Toogoodoo, saw coverage at major national outlets from PBS and Conan O’Brien’s Fresh Noise to Impose, PopMatters and Garden & Gun, the latter praising Toogoodoo as "a promising debut from the band, who have wowed audiences throughout the South.”

Now, following the successful release of Toogoodoo, and an ambitious year on the road in support, Stop Light Observations are poised to tackle their next major endeavor—an ongoing series of digital 45s, each with an A-side and B-side, entitled The Volume, which will disperse the band’s hard-hitting yet melodic songs in a more immediate fashion.

"The Volume is much more than just bypassing the mechanics of an album," Cubby explains. "Its about inspiring ourselves and others with this approach that lends itself to complete creative freedom. The Beatles released 250-plus songs in 7 years without the technology we have today. If they can do it, why can't we?"

At the center of the first volume is Stop Light Observations' new single, "Coyote." It’s a stunning, slow-building piano ballad that evolves strikingly through distinct dynamic phases, vocalist Will Blackburn's effortlessly toggling between a delicate croon and an anthemic howl. With "Coyote," the group distills its already potent arena-ready indie rock all the way through the song's powerful crescendo of an outro.

Thematically, “Coyote” deals with loss—something the entire band has coped with many times over the years. "The situations and emotions behind our songs are extremely personal," SLO guitarist Louis Duffie explains.

Cubby adds, "When I was 15, I started dating my childhood sweetheart—who is now my wife—and after our first year of dating we received the earth-shattering news that her best friend, Lizzy, had committed suicide. She was the sweetest, happiest, and kindest girl in our entire high school and to believe she would take her own life was unfathomable. 'Coyote' is that story for me—the story of the pack animal, still feeling alone despite its family joining in its howls of pain. It is the girl with the bright smile taking her life—the fallen angel. It's the first time you meet up with all your friends and that person you all loved so much isn't there."

The first installment from The Volume also offers up "The Ghost of Larry Ford Jr.," an instrumental track that tackles the next step of loss: the frustration, anger and anxiety of letting go, all seamlessly communicated sans lyrics. The stylized, labyrinthine track sounds like a Wes Anderson films looks, along the way deftly mapping the chaotic trajectory of a mind in mourning.

Stop Light Observations may be blazing their own trails, but they want everyone to join them on their journey—fans, friends and family, past and present. "The Volume releases will ultimately be defined as a series—a voice for the voiceless. A podium for those who have yearned for the opportunity to share their own stories of struggle, passion, and love," vocalist Will Blackburn explains.

"We live in an era of polar divisions perpetuated by fear," Blackburn continues. "And the divide seems to be growing exponentially. But if we turn off the cable news channel and walk out our front doors and speak to our neighbors, we may find that our struggles, while they vary, are often quite relatable. It is my hope that trough this style of releasing music that we may open up the conversations that need to be addressed most in today's America. All are equal and all opinions should be heard with hopes of perpetuating peace and understanding. Love is the way and this is the path we have chosen to move forward."

Atlas Road Brew - Vista Bar Crawl

Take a trip around Columbia's historic Vista and explore several bars of new and old in the Music Farm's first ever Vista Bar crawl, Atlas Road BREW. Enjoy a discounted special at each of the bars and compete in teams of 2-5* for an assortment of prizes including tickets to the Music Farm MVP Black Cards, Gift Baskets, and more! Participating bars include several of your favorites such as World of Beer, Liberty, Tin Roof, Flying Saucer, and Twin Peaks to name a few.

After the bar crawl is over join us all at the Music Farm for the After Party featuring indoor and outdoor games, drinks, and a live performance by Atlas Road Crew.

Registration runs from 4 pm - 5 pm on day of event. The Bar Crawl goes from 5 pm - 7:30 pm followed by presentation of Winners and Atlas Road Crew.

*Upon registration you will be emailed specifics of the event and rules.

Tyler Boone Band

Challenge: Find a more genuine, harder working musician than Tyler Boone. Actually, just go ahead and give up because it is not going to happen. Growing up in the Lowcountry, Boone first became enamored with the subculture of Charleston's punk/metal scene, before eventually expanding his musical palette to include the blues/pop-laced influences that are sprinkled throughout his more recent releases.

Recently signing with Coast Records for his latest release "Familiar Faces" (May 20th, 2014) have been touring up and down the East and West Coast non-stop in support for this record. Featuring such artists as Mark Bryan from Hootie & the Blowfish as a vocalists and mandolinist.

Opening up for such acts as Platinum record selling artist Edwin McCain and Zach Myers from Shinedown. Grammy award winning artist such as Christopher Cross, Hootie and the Blowfish, Mark Bryan, American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze, American Idol Finalist Elise Testone, Band of Horses, Old Crow Medicine Show, Manchester Orchestra, The Revivalists, Minus the Bear, The Avett Brothers, I-Nine, Ben Rector, Sol Driven Train, Alpha Rev, Ghost Owl and even The Dirty Guv'nah's, Boone is well on his way to becoming a major act himself.

Tyler has been nominated as Singer of the Year, Singer/Songwriter of the Year & Song of the Year "Home" in the Charleston City Paper Music Awards 2013

His releases are now featured on 105.5 "The Bridge" in Charleston, SC and 92.1 "The Palm" "WUSC 90.3 FM" “Rock 93.5” FM “WXRY 99.3 “ FM in Columbia, SC and "Z 93.1 The Lake" in Lexington, SC , WLGI 90.9 FM in Hemingway, SC - Rock 95.5 in Augusta, GA, Rock 106.1 in Savannah, GA and Rock 93.3 "The Planet" in Greenville, SC - WSGE 91.7 FM in Charlotte, NC - KPRI 102.1 FM 91X "XTRA" FM and 94.9 FM in San Diego, California.

Mike Pinto

The Steppin Stones

Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones is an American rock and roll band from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Wicklund formed The Steppin Stones at the precocious age of nine. While most of us were trying to accomplish our third grade reading lists, this fearless young girl was forming a lasting rock and roll band. Playing over 1100 shows and sharing stages with renowned musical acts including Kansas, Jefferson Starship, Outlaws, Lyle Lovett, Jason Isbell, and Rusted Root before the age she could legally vote. The Steppin Stones have evolved over time, but Wicklund remains the heart and soul of the band. A decade later, Wicklund has relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in search of the
inspiration and accomplishment so many great artists have found there.
Guitarist, pianist, singer and songwriter Wicklund is accompanied on stage by bass and drums. Capturing the old soul of a new generation, Hannah Wicklund and The Steppin Stones can best be described as nostalgic rock. Hannah’s singing voice and guitar playing have earned her comparisons to blues/soul musician Susan Tedeschi, which speaks to the strength of the band’s
performance style. The live show creates a vibe out of the late 60s, early 70s. Wicklund’s signature curls flying through the air transport you back to the time of the first female rock star, Janis Joplin. Wicklund’s classic rock looks get fans there, but her insurmountable guitar skills keep them wanting more. “I remember the first time I saw Nirvana in 1990 in a small club in Jax Beach with a handful of long hairs and shoe gazers. I will never forget that night, but I was more blown away tonight by Hannah than by Kurt. She is a monster talent and her trio is cool as shit. Tonight was one of those once in a life time moments when you catch a superstar on the way up. Please support her so everyone else who plays guitar can retire.” – Josh Talbot, new fan.

“18 year old vocalist and guitarist Hannah Wicklund who delivers melodies and styles from multiple genres with both expert precision and original adventurism…it’s astonishing how they achieve such a mature rock sound on their 2015 self-title album” - Ric Albano, Modern Rock Review

In between touring and playing private events (including several parties for AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and his vintage racing team), the band has managed to release four albums. The latest, a self-titled album recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC in 2016. The band is set to release a new
album in September of 2017 upon the kick off of their first European tour.

Haley May Campbell

A dedicated singer/songwriter raised in Charleston, SC, Haley Mae has loved music and performing arts all her life. After recording at Cupit Studios in Nashville, Haley Mae debuted her first album, “Hugs & Disses,” at the Charleston Music Farm in February of 2015. Since then, she has landed many notable gigs including writing and performing a Monday night promotional music video with the Charleston RiverDogs, a slot at the 9th Annual First Flush Festival with headliner Sheryl Crow, and opening for country stars Love and Theft, Lauren Alaina, Dan + Shay, Easton Corbin, Chris Janson, Brothers Osborne, and Josh Turner, as well as folk legends The Avett Brothers. Immediately after graduating, Haley Mae and her band, The Hardware, embarked on their first ever tour of the East coast. Performing everywhere from Orlando to New York City, the “Hugs & Disses Tour” marks the first of many to come for this young performer.

Her new EP, "Phone Home," shows incredible growth over the last year. The five-track album, co-written with drummer Ben Sewell, was recorded at Truphonic Studios in Charleston, SC, and engineered by Joey Cox. "Evergreen," the last song on the track list and first written for the project, was quickly picked up by 105.5 The Bridge for regular rotation. The title track and lead single from the album, "Phone Home," is a fan favorite and quite the head-turner. A folk/rock sound coupled with clever lyrics and evocative melodies make EP "Phone Home" an exciting development in this new artist's career.

Haley Mae has been featured on numerous radio and television programs, including Lowcountry Live on ABC News 4, Y102.5, Nash FM 96.9, OHM Radio 96.3, Live 5 News, 105.5 The Bridge, WEZL 103.5, WSBF Clemson, i93.7 Locals Only, The Dave Ugly Show, and The Pat Henry Project WMTS.

$37.50 Advance - $45 Day of Show

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