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Rising Stars: Meet Jeff Gregory

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Gregory. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Band Members: Jeff Gregory, Moses Andrews, Chris Compton, Mike Scarborough, Kelley Gregory, Patrick Leitner, Sean Thomson

The Runout is an alt-Americana band that passionately explores friendship and experiences. We make music about blackwater rivers, about holding your lover tight, and about that feeling you get when you’ve just run out… run out on the end of your rope… run out of hope… or out of dope.

We’re proud of our attachment to Columbia SC, and we are dependent on the vibrant local art scene to keep our fire stoked. We’re each a part of other current projects in town, but when we come together, there seems to be a synchronicity and common drive that makes us want to keep making music, recording music, and performing in front of our friends.

The pandemic halted some of the writing, performing, and recording momentum that we had after the release of our first album, Ready or Not, in 2019. Jeff and Kelley started hosting weekly social media live streams (that would last up to 2 hours or more) to connect with friends and keep the music going.

When the world began to re-open, we were able to finish our recording work and produced our 2nd full album, With Your Eyes Closed, in 2021. To celebrate the release, we hosted our first DIY festival called StumpFire Fest, involving other local bands, artists, poets, brewmasters, etc. It went off with a bang and we are planning StumpFire Fest 2.

We released a follow-up single called Carried Away in January of 2022 and celebrated its release at a local coffee shop with a parking lot concert.

The spring has been about online concerts, outdoor festivals, and time spent writing new songs. A couple of our band members have also just released albums of their own during the month of June. Chris Compton – Loveable Losers, Sean Thomson – Jank Volta. Upcoming – Moses Andrews – Mosaic II.

We will headline the Tasty Tomato Festival in Columbia, SC this year on July 23rd.

We have plans for more recording of new material this fall as well as more local shows and a few shows in the SC low country.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Making the music is amazing with these talented folks. Moses always finds the perfect bass line, synth line, or organ line. Chris brings a masterful and shamanic approach to how he’ll uses the electric guitar to get ideas across. Mike is pocket and perfect.

Kelley can blend with my voice in a way that no one else can. Patrick is a pinch player in a live setting and is the source of so many of our cool production vibes that happened on our recent album. Sean brings a tone and a playfulness to diverse instrumentation that goes unrivaled.

Finding ways through logistics is always challenging… whether it’s just lining up a show date, or putting on a full-blown festival. It makes it nice when you work with a group of people who have diverse gifts and are willing to share them.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
As a band, I think we’re known for doing our best to have a good time making good music with our friends. We try to write music that is fun to listen to but challenges the listener.

We try to record high-quality versions of our songs and make them available along with physical merchandise for our friends and fans. We try to create musical experiences that involve good food, good brew, good visual art, and good vibes in general for our local Columbia SC community.

We make alt-Americana music with multiple background vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, electric guitar, synth, organ, lap steel, and mandolin. It’s lively at times and it’s reflective at times. We write songs whose roots are sunk deep in South Carolina. Imagery from the Edisto and Little PeeDee rivers, a song about a local Columbia skatepark, songs about feelings, songs that tell stories, songs that just admit to some of our human tendencies.

Moses spoke about our song With Your Eyes Closed during an interview with Soda City Jams. The lyrics of the song say .” What is it you see with your eyes closed? What are you scared of, how are you brave?”

Moses: “One way I think about this song is that there’s so many different perspectives, so many different backgrounds, so many different people… some people don’t see things… they don’t understand… so… some people just have their eyes closed… really they just don’t like hearing something different.

So, “what are you scared of?” You know… how… “how are you brave?”. I think about some people that I encountered growing up… some people who were afraid of me, and they hadn’t even met me.”

We’re about asking questions.

What matters most to you? Why?
Family, friendship, music.

Because they are all real. they push back.

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Image Credits
Perry McLeod, Mazie Cook, Lawson Jack, Alexander, and Aubrey Love, Greg Sword (cover image)

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