Ten Toes Up calls it a career

  • Thursday, January 9, 2014

Provided photo Ten Toes Up, one of the most popular local bands along Waccamaw Neck, played its final two shows at the Dead Dog Saloon over the weekend. Band members Charles Freeman, Adam Miller, B.J. Craven and Joshua Gregory are looking forward to pursuing individual projects.

They’ve been a favorite on the local music scene for nearly a decade.

Rock band Ten Toes Up played together for the last time on Friday and Saturday nights at Dead Dog Saloon in Murrells Inlet.

“This has been a long time we’ve been doing this and there’s a lot of sacrifices to be original musicians, so we’ve all decided to put our energy into something else,” lead singer B.J. Craven said. “We’ve had a blast and don’t regret anything, but it’s just time to move onto something else.”

Over the years, the band has released six records and played more than 1,000 shows across the Southeast.

But they say there’s no place like the Grand strand.

“The local support here has been great because we do play a lot of shows locally and the support we have here is probably bigger than anywhere, so we love coming home and playing at home and this is why we chose home base to have our last two shows,” Craven said.

While bands often break up because of a rift in the group, these guys insist that’s not the case with them.

Percussionist and harmonica player Joshua Gregory says it’s simply time to try something different.

“Being in a band is like being married to three girls at the same time, and if you can keep them all happy then you’ve really done something,” Gregory said. “We just have a brotherhood unlike any other.”

And they’ve developed a pretty loyal fanbase.

Garie Beal traveled from Spartanburg to see the group together for the last time Friday.

“We’re really going to hate to see them kind of go their separate ways,” Beal said. “Hopefully it won’t be long before they’ll decide that they need each other and we need them.”

All four band members plan to go in different directions professionally, but they say a reunion isn’t completely out of the question.

“Who knows, nothing lasts forever, we might come back three years from now and be bigger and better than ever,” Gregory said.

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