Before suffering a health scare this past winter, local singer-songwriter Mac Leaphart planned to move to Nashville with good friend and musician John Satterfield. However, that plan was delayed when Leaphart underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. Since then, he’s been on a slow-but-steady road to recovery. Today, though, Leaphart has fully recovered and is ready to leave Charleston.

After considering both Nashville and Austin, Leaphart and Satterfield settled on Music City. “From my encounters, it seems like people tend to go about music in a very organized way in Nashville,” says Leaphart, who is currently working on a new album. “It’s their job and they go to work to write music, nine to five. I find that to be a very positive thing.”

Leaphart says his relocation is less about leaving than it is about progressing. “After these five years in Charleston, I’ve found a very supportive musical community, but it’s time for chapter two,” he says. He plans to maintain strong ties to Charleston and will be playing in the Holy City frequently. Catch him Oct. 23 at Home Team BBQ in West Ashley. — Libby Conwell