The time has come again for another Scene SC sampler.
For those looking for a taste of the local music scene, this annual sampler is paramount in discovering new artists and celebrating some brand new songs from some of the best up-and-coming names in the Palmetto State.
Scene SC is a music blog founded by David Stringer in 2008. Stringer and a variety of freelancers create content surrounding the South Carolina music scene in the form of album reviews, concert reviews, show previews, Q&As and more. In recent years, Stringer has also delved into concert photography and live video sessions at Papa Jazz, a Columbia record shop.
Beginning in the second year of the blog's existence, he started the tradition of releasing a yearly compilation of music from South Carolina artists.
Past samplers have included Shovels & Rope, All Get Out, Slow Runner, Heyrocco, Susto and Sequoyah Prep School, former project of the lead singer of Susto, Justin Osborne.
This marks the ninth annual year of a sampler release, and there are some pretty notable names on the 24-track 2018 playlist.
The digital disc, which will also be available via physical copies, features several exclusive songs and a few songs that Charleston Scene has premiered, like "Taylor's Got a Boyfriend" from The Dumbest Kids in School and "By the C" by Dead Swells.
The Charleston musicians making the sampler this year include Grace Joyner, Contour, Rare Creatures, She Returns From War, 2 Slices, Wolfgang Zimmerman of Brave Baby, Keon Masters of Brave Baby, Youngster, Vanity Plates, Katie Rose, Zoe Child, The Dumbest Kids in School and Human Stranger (a mash-up of Human Resources and Little Stranger).
Other artists from around the state on the sampler are Dear Blanca, Apricot Blush, Real Work, Numbtongue, Barnwell, Flower Shopping, EZ Shakes, Russo, Vilai Harrington, John the Revelator, H3RO and Boo Hag.
Listen to all previous Scene SC samplers at scenesc.bandcamp.com.