Greenville Journal Soundcheck Awards

Vince’s picks for the Upstate’s best musical offerings this year

2015 was one of the best years for music that I’ve seen in the Upstate in quite some time. Starting in January when people began talking about whether Greenville was a music town or not, through an incredible year of shows at places like Gottrocks, IPA, Smiley’s, the Radio Room and the Peace Center, into Fall For Greenville and through Horizon Records’ 40th anniversary, it’s been an incredible 12 months.

So I figured that it’s time for Second Annual Checkie Awards, my picks for the best musical happenings, albums and artists of 2015. Here we go:

Best Band: The Marcus King Band
The rest of the country might not be ready for these guys, but they’re coming. Not only is Marcus a stellar guitarist, bandleader and songwriter, but he’s assembled a group of top-flight musicians behind him: keyboardist Matt Jennings, drummer Jack Ryan, bassist Stephen Campbell and horn player Justin Johnson. This is the hottest ensemble around.

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