The GWBA Party in the Park and The Town of Williamston were featured Friday morning during the Fox Carolina 21 TV news live broadcast. The Fox 21 news truck was set up in front of the Mineral Spring Park Amphitheater. Reporter Joe Gagnon interviewed members of the band Outshyne during the show.
Members of Outshyne, whose single “Moonlight Crush” recently hit #1 on Sirius XM also spoke with The Journal.
When asked how things have changed with the success of their single on XM radio, band members said the group has seen their iTunes download of the song and social media posts on Facebook and tweets on Twitter explode.
They even received a tweet from another young country music group who recently rose to the top of the charts, Florida Georgia Line, who tweeted a picture of the radio with their song showing on the Sirius FM station.
Outshyne’s first single “Dirt Road Romance”, was written by Florida Georgia Line and Albis Albritton, went to #29 on the Music Row Chart and #46 on the Billboard Indicator Chart.
“Moonlight Crush” was co-written by Marv Green, Blake Wise and BMI songwriter of the year Rodney Clawson, whose 13 #1 singles have included hits for Florida Georgia Line (“Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here”) and others.
With the success of their single, the band has been playing fairs and festivals throughtout the country, rcently travelling to Wisconsin and Nebraska.
Drummer Matthew “Smiley” Norris said the response at those shows has been “pretty good.” “We’ve had a great response, especially away from home.”
Other members Josh Coleman (lead guitar, vocals), Casey Joe Kelly (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Jason Paxton (bass) joined in, “We are getting even bigger response than we do when we are at home.”
“We’ve had really good response wherever we’ve been,” Norris said.
The band also includes singer Waylon Owings (lead singer, guitar). All members of Outshyne are from Greenwood.
(Photo – Rockey Burgess, Robin Tucker 9left) and Chris Trotter (right) with members of Outshyne)
Though they are playing larger shows and getting nationwide attention, they are still performing local shows with one in Laurens tonight (Friday), Williamston Saturday and will have upcoming shows in Greenwood and Greer.
During the TV broadcast, Gagnon also spoke with Williamston Mayor Mack Durham who appeared with his wife Sharon and GWBA President Chris Trotter and GWBA officer Robin Tucker during segments of the news broadcast.
The broadcast ended with the On-Air Friday dance party during which several local business representatives and town officials joined Gagnon and others for the fun.
The “Party in the Park” on Saturday will also feature singer Delvin Choice. Choice was a top five finalist recently on “The Voice” singing competition. There will also be DJ music.
Organizers have doubled the number of inflatable bounces and added other attractions for children for this event. All of these activities are free.
There will also be a variety of food offered by local vendors.
Trotter said a limited number of Meet and Greet passes will be available for purchase for fans who want to meet the artists.
Persons attending are reminded to bring a chair or blanket.
The event will begin at 6 p.m
West Main St. in front of the park and East Main St. in front of Town Square Center will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Williamston Fire Department will direct parking at the town’s public parking areas including the Armory (Artory) on Gossett Street and at the Municipal Center and Ballfield parking areas. They are asking for a $5 donation for parking.
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