The best players in town sometimes graduate from bar gigs to one of the area theaters employing live musicians. Sometimes they move on to Nashville, Tenn., thanks to a strong Myrtle Beach/Nashville synergy that bubbles below the surface, inspiring the dreams of generations of local talent. For Legends in Concert’s former guitarist “Kid” Drew Voivedich, he managed both moves at a relatively young age, landing bar gigs before he was old enough to be in a bar, on to Legends for a one-year stint, and just recently on to Nashville, where he’s the guitarist-music director for newcomer JJ Lawhorn. With the new Legends season kicking off, the Voivedich void on stage had to be filled, so along came newcomer, 36-year-old guitarist Greg Dalton, who accepted the position earlier this year.
“My wife Kim [Dalton] and I, and our two cats moved here to Myrtle Beach around the first of February,” said Dalton, who had been working as a full time sales-manager at the Guitar Center in Charlotte, N.C. where the couple lived. “I had played the occasional gig with [Legends’ band leader] Marc Chesanow, so we knew each other. He told me several local guys were also auditioning, but to come down and give it a shot. I was at the point where I was ready to get out of retail and do something different, and when I told my wife about the possibility, we both got excited. She’s a real beach kid, so she decided it had to happen. The scariest part of the audition was what I was going to tell her if I didn’t get the job.”
“The audition was during the last week of December, which was the worst possible time for me working in retail, but I got the call to come down and I worked it out. I had to learn an Alan Jackson tune, with an incredibly difficult guitar part. I came down the next day, set up with the band, ran through it, then did a few more tunes, had a great time. My wife wasn’t terribly impressed with the audition – she’s heard me play a lot – but I guess it was good enough. A couple weeks later I was offered the job. We had our first rehearsal Feb. 6, and our first show was Feb. 11. There’s a lot of music [in the show] that I wasn’t that familiar with, but the exposure has been great.”
Even in the competitive world of live music on the Grand Strand, nobody likes to hear about stolen gear, because we all know it might be us filling out the police reports one day. After a House of Blues gig a few weeks ago local soul/funk and R&B act Tru Sol parked its locked trailer, full of the band’s gear and instruments at the warehouse where the band practices. They went home for the night, just like any other night after any other gig.
“A couple days later we went and picked the trailer up to go to a show at the Dead Dog Saloon,” said bandleader Dorian Samuel. “When we got to the gig we unlocked the back, where we always load and unload…we were in shock.” The then-unknown thief had broken into the side door of the trailer, one that’s never used by the band, so it went unnoticed until the horrifying moment the back was opened and they discovered the harsh reality.
“My Fender Stratocaster was gone,” said Samuel, two keyboards (a Roland and a Motif 77-key), two bass guitars (an Ibanez and a Johnson), two foot pedals, (a GNX 3000, and a Tech 21). I thought my insurance might cover it, but it didn’t.”
There’s some good news to report.
“They caught the guy and charged him with Possession of Stolen Goods,” said Samuel. “Turns out he was a guy that was working for another guy who had warehouse space near us. I got my Fender back, and we got the Roland keyboard back, but it had been left out in the rain.”
At press time, everything else was still missing.
The police told Samuel that the person they charged was a homeless drug addict who had sold his Fender for $10. According to the incident report obtained by Surge from Horry County Police Dept., “Victim did not want to prosecute...since his property was returned. “
The investigation is still ongoing. “We’ve been borrowing gear and are doing a little fundraising,” said Samuel. The band has raised $2,145 toward the loss, but is still far short of the replacement costs. Tru Sol has posted fundraising info on its Facebook page, and its gig schedule may be found at www.trusolband.com.
“We checked all the pawn shops and put the word out,” said Samuel, but he’s not hopeful about recovering any additional gear. “I still can’t believe it. I’d have given the guy $10 if he needed it that bad.”
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