CUSCH October Meeting Minutes


CUSCH October Meeting Minutes are now available for download: 

Pickens – Carolina Songwriters Series

Carolina Songwriters Series November 18th at 7:30pm   This November 18th event is the second of a special three-event Carolina Songwriters Series where BMI brings a bit of Nashville to the Liberty Civic Auditorium (314 W. Main St, Liberty, SC 29657).  As part of their performances, the award-winning song writers, Frank Myers, George Ducas, Philip White will share the stories behind their hits. Frank J Myers is from Dayton, Ohio. He moved to Nashville in 1981. Frank got his start in Nashville as band leader, road manager and lead guitarist for Eddy Raven in “81” and worked with Eddy for 9 years. It was with Eddy that Frank started writing, playing and co-producing sessions. They had 2 number ones, 5 number twos and 3 top tens. Songs such as I Got Mexico, Bayou Boys, You Should’ve Been Gone By Now, Sometimes A Lady and many others. It was in 1982 though, that Frank had his first single (a song he wrote by himself) with “You and I” for Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle which stayed number one: fourweeks country, number two for six weeks AC and number 6 for four weeks Pop.   A Lone Star native whose heart and soul are rooted in the honk tonks, roadhouses and dancehalls, George Ducas is a musical talent seasoned with experience, driven by passion and humbled by a God-given talent. With a string of Billboard charting songs that established him early as a country music trendsetter, George Ducas is a recording artist, hit songwriter, global entertainer and family man; his musical offerings encompass a creativity, sentiment and wisdom of a life well rounded and worn. Making a subtle yet impacting and lasting impression on the country audience and the music industry from the shadows, Ducas has become the “go-to” guy for good songs. His name can be found behind the pen of some of country music’s biggest hits including: Sara Evan’s No. 1 “Real Fine Place To Start,” Josh Thompson’s “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” The Eli Young Band’s “Always The Love Songs” as well as cuts recorded by George Jones and Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood and the Randy Rogers Band, only to name a few. For hit music creator Phillip White, becoming a songwriter was practically a compulsion. “I couldn’t help it,” Phillip says. “I just always wanted to write songs”.  Phillip is notable for co-writing such songs as “I’m a Survivor,” the omni-present theme song of the TV sit com Reba, and “I’m Movin’ On,” the Rascal Flatts smash that was named Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in 2002. Phillip’s songs have also been recorded by such stars as George Strait, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina and Blake Shelton. Most recently, Phillip landed two songs on Scotty McCreery’s platinum album “Clear As Day” including the hit single “The Trouble With Girls”. Phillip also had two of his songs featured on the soundtrack for the film Act of Valor.  These songs were recorded by Jake Owen and Wynonna respectively. In addition, Darius Ruckerrecently recorded the song “Lost In You” that he penned with Phillip. Phillip signed with Universal Music Publishing Nashville in August of 2009 and continues to crank out hits.  This will be a memorable evening.  Tickets are only $10.  Purchase your tickets on-line at   or night of the event at the box office – and enjoy! unnamed

Pickens – Carolina Songwriters Series

Carolina Songwriters Series December 9th at 7:30pm
This December 9th event is the third of a special three-event Carolina Songwriters Series where BMI brings a bit of Nashville to the Liberty Civic Auditorium (314 W. Main St, Liberty, SC 29657).  As part of their performances, the award-winning song writers, Phil O’Donnell, Kylie Sackley Aaron Barker will share the stories behind their hits. Phil O’Donnell, a Canada native, made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 and began developing his skills as a songwriter.  Officially making the move in 1994, O’Donnell has also worked as a musician, playing guitar with many artists includingCraig Morgan, Jeff Carson, Kevin Denney, Johnny Lee, and Sherrie Austin.O’Donnell’s songwriting credits include the # 1 single “Doin’ What She Likes” recorded by Blake Shelton, the  #1 single, “Give It All We Got Tonight” recorded byGeorge Strait, the # 1 single “Back When I Knew It All” recorded by Montgomery Gentry, “Love Remembers” and “I Got You” (Craig Morgan), “Tougher Than Nails” (Joe Diffie), “For She Was Mama”, “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” (Clay Walker) Darryl Worley, “Sounds Like Life to Me”. Phil has also had songs cut byBlake Shelton, Rodney Atkins, Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery, Brad Paisley, Trace Atkins, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, Neal McCoy, Tracy Lawrence, and Sammy Kershaw. Based in Nashville, Tennessee,  Kylie Sackley is an Aussie born singer/songwriter who has written hit singles for Faith Hill “Sunshine & Summertime”, LeAnn Rimes “Nothin’ Bout Love Makes Sense”, Alan Jackson “It’s Just That Way”, and Troy Cassar-Daley “The Sunshine Club”.  The Far North Queensland native has also had songs recorded by hit makers Thompson Square, John Rich, Lee Brice, Jodee Messina, and American Young to name a few.  Shackley penned season 4 “The Voice” winner, Dannelle Bradbery’s current single “Young In America” which is climbing the US Country charts at record speed.Aaron Barker was born in San Antonio, Texas, and began his musical career in a “variety band”.. His first attempt, “Baby Blue,” recorded by George Strait on the If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin’ album, went number one in Billboard. One night after a long father and son talk, he wrote “Love Without End, Amen.” Believing this would be a song that he would play for his family, Barker decided to see what would happen if he sent it to George Strait. Strait recorded it and it stayed at the number one position in Billboard Magazine for five consecutive weeks. Barker also wrote Strait’s #1 song “Easy Come, Easy Go” and Lonestar’s “What about Now”.  His songs have also been recorded by Doug Supernaw, Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin, and Willie Nelson.  Baker turned “Love Without End, Amen” into a book in 2002.  He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2007.  Aaron says “These are real stories about real life, I’ve lived a lot of life and I also draw on the lives of people I have crossed paths with”.   This will be a memorable evening.  Tickets are only $10.  Purchase your tickets on-line   or night of the event at the box office – and enjoy!unnamed

TRHS – Society Meeting

Tuesday, Nov 15, 7:00 pm
Raymond ‘Bo’ Brown presents “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad:  the Men, their Tools, and their Tales” unnamed

GCLS – Tales from the Titanic


GCLS – Life in the 1950s

Greenville: Life in the 1950s

South Carolina Room staff member Durham Hunt brings the 1950s back to life using historic photographs and the Greenville County Driving Tour of Historic Sites. Registration required. Call 277-7397 to register.

Tue, Oct 25, 6:30p-7:30p, Mauldin

GCLS – Spinning and Loom Demostration

Spinning and Loom Demonstration

Local artist Elizabeth Zane gives a fun and informative demonstration on spinning wool and simple weaving on a hand held loom. Call 268-5955 for more information.

Sat, Oct 22, 10a-12p, Taylors