A couple of local songwriters will have one of their songs performed live by Southern Experience Band, a country-rock band based out of Kings Mountain, N.C., on Friday, April 5, at the Oxygen Lounge.
Finding himself a little down and out as a result of the tough economy, Dwayne Moore looked at his mason jar full of pennies and wondered how long it would take to roll them up so he could put some gas in his truck. It sparked another idea that is now paying huge dividends for the Ninety Six native. He wrote down some words and teamed up with a friend, Jeff Sargent, to put those words to music. Now, a band on the cusp of hitting the big-time in the music industry will be recording that song. The band will also be launching a nation-wide tour named after the song right here in Greenwood.
“It’s kind of surreal,” Moore says of seeing his dream come to fruition. “I wrote the song from what I was feeling and to know that such a great band has picked it up and is using to headline their tour is exciting.”
Terry Gage, the manager for the Southern Experience Band and a voting member of the Country Music Association, met Moore and Sargent through mutual friends and came to Greenwood to look at the songs that Moore and Sargent had been working on. When she heard “Pennies in a Mason Jar” she knew the duo had something special.
“When I heard the song, I knew it was so relevant to today’s times,” said Gage, who is also a National and International member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. “So many people were living a good life and then went to counting change in literally a matter of days.”
The Southern Experience Band has begun garnering wide acclaim across the globe for their southern-style music. Several music magazines have given them rave reviews for sticking to their guns and making their own music.
“It’s laudable that this band has stuck to their roots and put out a distinctively southern sounding record, especially given that here in the US southern rock hasn’t been the ‘in thing’ for some time now,” writes Tony Pijar of PowerPLay Rock & Metal Magazine. “’Make Me Or Break Me’ has a great chorus and some tasty lead playing from JT Fitch. ‘Could Be Better’ is pure Marshall Tucker with its smooth, swaying rhythms. ‘Fight The Fight’ is a gentle acoustic number that reeks of southern folklore, lyrically and musically. ‘You Know’ is a ripping song with a Memphis swagger – great stuff!”
“This album has all the fundamentals I like about Southern rock albums that strikes that chord with me for its rich diversity, fun energy and passion,” writes Nicky Baldrian of Fireworks Magazine. “The band sticks to the formula but manages to add in their own stamp which keeps the overall feel of the album fresh. Add to that a crisp mix courtesy of Rusty Milner (Marshall Tucker Band) and super production sound by Tim Lawter (also Marshall Tucker Band) and you have an album that, after a few spins, pulls you right in.”
The band is hitting the studio on April 4 to record “Pennies in a Mason Jar.” They launch their nation-wide tour, entitled “The Pennies in a Mason Jar Tour,” on April 5 at the Oxygen Lounge in Greenwood. A real-life, old-fashioned mason jar will be passed around the crowd while they play “Pennies in a Mason Jar” to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. The cover is $7 at the door. Those interested in attending the concert should contact the Oxygen Lounge for membership and guest information at 864-538-4323 or 864-554-5994.
“The song is really special and makes you look at yourself and how you treat other people,” Gage said. “It also reminds us that there is hope and that we all share a common thread that binds us and that is our southern pride."