Saluda kicks off Top of the Grade Concerts June 28

Published 9:12 am Monday, June 24, 2013

Events are rain or shine so you may need to bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast.  In some cases, rain events may move to the Pavilion.  The events are free to the public and donations are always welcomed.

Stephen Gordin and Mat Fagan will play for the first concert on June 28.

From South Carolina, Gordin originally played piano and violin. However, he branched into playing banjo and guitar, then began composing his own folk and country songs.

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Eventually, he began writing blues and more traditional blues-based rock. He was the founder of the blues-rock band “Highway 29” and also later founded “The Radio Robbers.” Currently, he plays primarily acoustic gigs with lead guitarist Mat Fagan under the name “Steve and Mat.”

His song, “Till Tomorrow,” was named as a finalist in the 2008 Folk Song category by the Independent Singer Songwriter Association. Two other songs, “Carolina Dreams” and “Alive” were named semifinalists in the UK 2008 Songwriting contest. “Till Tomorrow” was also named to the short list of the 2008 Australian Songwriter’s Contest. Gordin has also been the musical guest on the morning TV program, Your Carolina with Jack and Kimberly, and his music was played regularly on the Piedmont Blues Show, airing on WLOT in Greenville, S.C.

He has recently been highlighted and played on Dixie Rock and Sweet Home RBA radio programs hosted by Luc Brunot.  More about Steve can be found at

Performing artists are invited to make contact if they are interested in performing on one of the above dates. Musicians desiring stage time and a captive audience may perform for tips, donations and sales of CDs.  To help underwrite the concerts, anyone who would like to sponsor an event is asked to contact the committee.

For music scheduling, contact Judy Ward at or 828-674-5958. For sponsorships, ontact Cathy Jackson at 828-817-2876 or

– article submitted by Cathy Jackson