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Ten Mile Creek: Six years in


April 03, 2018

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In January of 2013, Brendon Sapp was looking for something new. After six years, his band Stoneheart had recently broken up, and as you’d expect after any relationship ends, a change was necessary. For some of us, it’s a new hairstyle. For others, a new car. For Brendon, a genre change was what was needed, and that meant getting back to his roots of southern rock and country. Thus was born a band that’s been a staple in the circuit for six years, and Sapp says it’s here to stay.

Having spent the last 20 years in the area, I knew the answer before I asked, but I know a lot of TMC’s following are college kids who aren’t necessarily familiar with the backroads of Evans, Tatnall and Bulloch counties. So when I asked where the name came from, I wasn’t disappointed.

BH: For the uninitiated, where did the name Ten Mile Creek come from?

Brendon: It really came down to two names. "The Lost Highway" and "Ten Mile Creek." Even though we liked the Hank Sr.-influenced name, we decided that we wanted a name that reflected a part of us.  Being from Evans County, we tried every dirt road name, and every location we could think of. Ten Mile Creek is a creek that runs into the Canoochee River just above the Bulloch/Evans line at Kennedy Bridge. We all grew up fishing that area, so when the name was thrown out there, we jumped on it.

The original lineup for TMC was Samarie Palmer on drums and vocals, Brendon Sapp on guitar and vocals,  Gil Postell on keys and vocals, and David Hallman on bass. Recently, though, David Hallman left the band to focus on his family. “We always put family first,” acknowledged Sapp, “so as much as it hurt, we understood his reason for leaving.” Rodney Baldwin has been playing bass with the band since September and has been very pleased with the band’s sound.

“They are a fun band to play with. They have really great vocal harmonies and musicianship. The set list is really fun takes you on a ride that covers different taste of music. Anybody will hear a song they like.” For a musician of Baldwin’s caliber, that’s saying something. Formerly of Dead Man’s Hand, The Chester Project, and other well-known local bands, Baldwin has been playing a variety of instruments since childhood, and his skill is well acknowledged in the community.

Since its inception, the band has put out two EPs. One was released in 2014 entitled “TMC Style” and the other, “Hail Southern” came out in 2016. Hard copies of the albums are currently on backorder, but should be available soon, and they are hoping to be on Spotify and iTunes for streaming and download. As for live shows, you can catch them regularly at Gnat’s Landing in Statesboro where they play about once a month. For information about where they’ll be, they have a Facebook page that stays current with upcoming gigs. For a sneak peek at what you’ll hear of their original music, check out their reverbnation page.

 

When asked if he had any other thoughts he’d like to share about the vision or mission of the group, Sapp echoed a sentiment that I hear nearly every time I speak with a local band or artists.

“The Statesboro music scene is important to us. After a couple of shows in Claxton, it's where it all began for us. Last April we all lost a big part of the heart of Statesboro and its music scene when Wesley Bragg passed away. We strive to make all we do in the Boro honor what he stood for. The brotherhood/sisterhood of musicians, and the growth of our music scene.”

And they are doing just that. With their heartfelt music and southern charm, Ten Mile Creek is six years in and just getting started on making their mark on the music scene in Statesboro and beyond.


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