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  • South Carolina Broadcasters, 2012

Local old-time/folk trio South Carolina Broadcasters keep on recording and releasing hot-footin’ music. Last winter, Ivy Sheppard (fiddle, banjo, guitar, vocals), David Sheppard (guitar, vocals), and Grace Kennedy (banjo, triangle, vocals) released a debut collection titled A Thousand Miles Away From Home (Stripe). This weekend, they celebrate the release of a brand-new studio album titled Can You Hear Me Now (Flaming Heart).

“We signed with the record label last fall,” Sheppard says.

“David has been writing a lot of songs, and our material has changed a good bit, so it seemed like a good idea to release this now,” Sheppard says. “The trio had only been together a couple months when we did our first recording [for Stripe]. We got the recording done before Christmas, and we couldn’t be happier with it. When it got down to crunch time, we couldn’t get it together with the label, so we ultimately parted ways. It’s a good thing. But we had this cool recording with a lot of hype around it, so we created Flaming Heart Records and decided to release the album on our own.”

Sheppard and her bandmates have a busy schedule this spring. They open for local band Long Miles at the Music Farm on Thurs. March 29. They host their CD release show at the Recovery Room (685 King St.) on Sat. March 31 at 8 p.m. (admission is free). They also perform at the Charleston Bluegrass Festival at the Sewee Outpost in Awendaw on Fri. April 6 at 7 p.m.

Visit scbroadcaster.com for more.