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

Vernal Equinox Birthday Jam on March 20 at Gottrocks!

 Jef Chandler Band in 2001 (picture by Brandon Leard)

March 20 is the vernal equinox, the first day of spring, and only two days removed from my birthday. To celebrate I've invited friends that I have played in bands with over the past 21 years to come out to Gottrocks in Greenville, and we're gonna have a big old jam. Bands featured this evening will be Big Brown Bowl, Dog Whistle, The Bad Popes, Smash The Radio, The Lackies, and the Jef Chandler Band. Performers include Scott Allen, Mark Dye, Charles Hedgepath, Jeff Holland, Chris Garrett, Derek Bridges, Matthew Smith, David Sims, Kevin Heuer, Mike Bagwell, Joe Cash, Matt Morgan, Brandon Leard, John Martin, Stan Halbkat, Lee Holroyd and more. I've really been blessed to play with these and many other very talented musicians and good friends over the years and I look forward jamming with them on March 20. Admission is $7 at the door and the show begins at 8:30pm.