|Posted by Scott Metko on September 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM|
Panel nominates 8 legendary musicians to be added to Spartanburg Music Trail
The Spartanburg Music Trail is about to be expanded, and the public will have a voice in choosing the next honorees.
Eight musicians representing a diverse range of styles have been nominated for inclusion on the trail, which celebrates Spartanburg's rich musical heritage through a series of downtown signs.
Starting today, votes will be tallied from a poll on the Herald-Journal's entertainment website, 85-26.com. The poll will be active through Oct. 31. Signs representing the top two vote-getters will be installed on the trail in January, with the third and fourth added next summer.
“It's super exciting to be handing (the voting) over to the public, so that the Music Trail will truly belong to all of us,” said Betsy Teter, executive director of the Hub City Writers Project, a nonprofit organization that spearheaded the trail's creation.
The Music Trail was officially unveiled in early 2011 with 12 inaugural inductees selected by a committee organized by the Hub City Writers Project.
Nominees then were restricted to musicians who were either deceased or to bands no longer performing in their original incarnation (i.e. the Marshall Tucker Band).
“In this new phase of the trail, we'll also have the opportunity to honor worthy musicians who are alive and, in many cases, still performing,” Teter said.
The nominees are David Ball (country), the late Bob Beatty (soul-gospel), Marshall Chapman (rock 'n' roll), the late Rev. Julius “June” Cheeks (soul-gospel), David Daniels (classical), Carlos Moseley (classical), the Sparkletones (rock 'n' roll) and Buck Trent (country).
The committee that selected the eight nominees is composed of representatives from the Music Foundation of Spartanburg, Converse College's Petrie School of Music, Hub City Writers Project, Hub-Bub and the Herald-Journal.
“We considered about 20 names,” Teter said. “What was interesting is that the consensus wound up with a diverse spectrum of musicians evenly divided among four separate genres.”