I’ve been featuring quite a few writers lately on Support Friends Friday, but the series featured a lot of musicians early in its run. As such, it seemed like a good time to get back to some musician buddies.
I met Grover the same way I met many of my musician friends (including John Pickett, my partner in musical crime): the Pee Dee open mic scene. Over the past decade, there was an extremely robust open mic scene in this region of South Carolina, with coffee shops in Florence, Hartsville, and Darlington hosting weekly open mic nights. Those open mics served to bring together a number of talented musicians, and created a strong, loosely-connected network of songwriters (one of the many tragedies of The Age of The Virus was the closing of many open mics, though they are slowly making a comeback).
Grover hails from the town I now represent, Lamar (there is a crossroads outside of town bearing his family’s name), but I knew him long before I moved to the town (we’re the only two singer-songwriters on Reverbnation from Lamar). Many of my neighbors know him, and admire his abilities as a musician and a landscaper.
That admiration is well-deserved. Grover’s music is a pleasing blend of country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and Americana. His voice is rich and mature, and his lyrics are evidence of a life truly lived—the good, the bad, and everything in between. Grover’s paradoxically playful and no-nonsense sense of humor is evident in his songs, too.
Grover’s music is also easy to find. You can listen to it on Reverbnation, Bandcamp, and YouTube. At one point, Grover was griping (correctly) that YouTube’s standards for monetization effectively quash smaller YouTube channels, as they require a large number of subscribers and hours-per-year viewed for channels to monetize. That being the case, I’d encourage you to subscribe to his YouTube channel and listen to his stuff (it’s good music, and it’s easy enough to put a playlist on and listen while going about your day.
You can purchase his excellent studio albums on Bandcamp, and his full discography is just $12 at the time of this writing.
If you prefer physical CDs to ethereal digital downloads, his website details how you can order them. That information might be dated, but Grover is an honest broker, so if those physical CDs are no longer available, he’ll send your money back.