Three upcoming shows at Gottrocks

Several shows coming up at Gottrocks. On Wednesdays, November 9 and December 7, The Electrolytes (featuring the real John Atkins, bassist extraordinaire Mark Dye, Charles Hedgepath, Kevin Heuer and myself) will be playing an eclectic mix of Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, and many more legendary artists, as well as some JC originals. Shows start at 8:30pm. No cover. 

On Friday, November 11, come out to Gottrocks prepared to dance, as The Bad Popes will be playing a co-bill with The Carousers. Lots of Western Swing and good times. Lots of musicians involved, so there's a $8 cover. Music goes from 9 till 1:30.

Hope to see some friends at these shows! Cheers!

Appearances on Stories of the Upstate Podcast

I've recently had the pleasure of participating in a couple of podcasts on the website Loyd Ford's program Stories Of The Upstate™ features interviews with artists, musicians, politicians, philanthropists, educators, and interesting folks from all walks of life.

I was honored to be one of the participants in his first ever music concert edition of the program, called The Downtown Jam™. Doug Jones, Charles Hedgepath, and I play a few songs each, and we talk about the songwriting process and how our songs came about. You can find that show by clicking the first link below.

The second link is a special Christmas edition of the podcast featuring Darby Wilcox, Kelly Jo, Marvin King, Charles Hedgepath and me sharing memories of holiday seasons past and present. We each play Christmas tunes, both tradional and original. It was a lot of fun to play my New Year's Eve song "This Year We're Gonna Be In Luck" with this cast of fellow travelers. Talented folks!

Best wishes to all in 2016!









Featured on the new Bad Popes recording Rounders, Knuckleball is a mythologized account of my memories of my grandfather, William Manning Rhodes, who, among other things, was a baseball pitcher in the textile leagues. He pitched for the Union Bleachery in Greenville. He also played guitar, ukele, and harp. He taught me my first Hank Williams song when I was eleven years old. Check out the tune here on the Music page on this site, or on the pop-up player. Also, check out for more songs from Rounders!

New Bad Popes CD Rounders Released!

After beginning recording in early 2013, the new CD by The Bad Popes is now available. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Sit-n-Spin studios in Greenville by Matt Morgan and featuring 13 new tunes by myself and band members Mike Bagwell (pedal steel), Chris Garrett (bass), Charles Hedgepath (guitar), and Joe Cash (drums), Rounders is a unique musical blend of country, rock and western swing with lyrical content that spans the Americana landscape, from baseball to cars to lost dogs and beer halls. For more info, to purchase or sample tunes, please check it out for yourself at and at Some of the songs that I wrote will also be available for live streaming on this site on the mp3 player. We hope you’ll enjoy our new CD. If you live locally in the Greenville, SC area, you can find the new album for sale at Horizon Records on Stone Avenue. We will also have discs and download cards available at our shows. Check out our schedule on this site and at, and come out and see us! -- Jef C