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Dempsey Appears on Unsigned November 15, 2015


“Dempsey is a five piece hailing from Columbia, SC. Their affinity for pop riffs and concise arrangements ooze west coast vibes.” – Rob Leonard

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Dempsey appears on WXRY Unsigned LIVE from The British Bulldog Pub on Sunday, November 15, 2015.


Youth Model To Appear On Unsigned on November 8

YouthModel_IMG_0313xfreckles_WEBMatt Holmes and Randy Borawski of Charleston, SC based Youth Model, know a thing or two about South Carolina’s music scene and they’re ready to prove they belong in the front ranks. With a new six-song EP ready for debut and shows booked around the Southeast in the coming months, it’s only a matter of time before they make their way there.

Youth Model’s origin story may be rooted in a family tragedy, but the band stands as proof that tragedy can often fuel powerful, thoughtful endeavors. When Matt’s cousin passed away in 2011, Matt stepped out from behind his drum kit where he’d been loyal rhythm-maker for other bands, and ventured into his first solo project, My Beating Heart. The project was an effort dedicated to his cousin who had “always supported his [Holmes] songwriting”. When attention and care is thrown into any project, you want what’s best for it and sometimes what’s best requires making adjustments. My Beating Heart’s shiny, sleek pop feel shifted when Holmes recognized the difficulty in recreating perfect, glossy pop in live performances. As a result, he began writing grittier, pop-rock songs—tunes that felt like a fresh start, tunes that begged to be brought to new life with other like-minded musicians. In October of 2013, My Beating Heart became Youth Model.

This is where drummer Randy Borawski comes in. Borawski is a Columbia, SC music veteran and co-host of Unsigned on the local radio station WXRY. Unsigned showcases local, regional and undiscovered talent. It was here that Holmes and Borawski met. If only all decisions could be made as easily as Randy’s decision to accept Matt’s offer to join the band. “He accepted on the spot,” Holmes said of the moment. Youth Model has consistently been playing shows and laying down tracks ever since. Their latest studio effort is six-song EP, Open Season.

The sounds of Open Season are thicker and more rock-driven than the band’s previous releases, full of fat drums, commanding bass, and clever melodies. Lyrically, the songs are thoughtful and carefully crafted, no word wasted, and are every bit as poignant as they are feel-good. Standout tracks include the title track “Open Season”, “Courtesy Call”, and “Tried This Time”. The album was recorded at Archer Avenue Studio with Eric McCoy in Columbia, SC, and mastered by Dave Harris at Studio B in Charlotte.

Youth Model is currently booking as a duo, and will continue to do so for the time being. With the release of Open Season, they hope to play their way into listeners’ hearts and minds, and with the level of craftsmanship in these songs and the diligent gusto of these band members, there is hardly any doubt these aspirations will be successful ones.

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Youth Model appears on WXRY Unsigned LIVE from The British Bulldog Pub on Sunday, November 8, 2015.

[Full disclosure: In a fit of severe nepotism the drummer for Youth Model is none other than the co-host of WXRY Unsigned, Randy Borawski]

Joelle Kittrell To Appear On Unsigned October 4, 2015

JoelleKittrellHailing from South Carolina, Joelle Kittrell has been a full-time professional musician for 8 years.  Her accomplishments are found in her previous projects. She led her band from packed venues across the South, to the South East region’s top spot in the Billboard magazine’s top six unsigned bands in the nation.  She has since finished and began to release songs she has been writing for 4 years.  Her sound is a mixture of Joss Stone and Adele with a raw Janis Joplin vibe.  Raised on hits from the 50s and 60s, she incorporates her love for strong, singable melodies and Motown grooves in with her jazz and rock past to create complete new sounds.  Her heart is to provide a little more music in the world that makes people put aside their differences and enjoy a moment in time together.

With her signature sound, Joelle was immediately sought after by Nashville’s top songwriters. While filming two episodes as a featured guest star on the hit reality show “Big Smo” on A&E, Joelle met Eric Flores (MD/Bass Player/EP for Big Smo and cowriter on “MyPlace” with Darius Rucker) and has recently started writing and recording hit songs with him for her first EP. 

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Joelle appears on WXRY Unsigned LIVE from The British Bulldog Pub on Sunday, October 4, 2015.