Local band reuniting for benefit performance

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

December 11, 2013

UNION — A local band will reunite this weekend to raise money for medical costs of one of the members and his family.

A benefit concert for Lisa Harris — which will include a one-night reunion of Trey Harris and the Loungehounds — will take place this Saturday, Dec. 14, at Shady’s, located at 719 North Duncan Bypass, Union. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for the event, which will also feature door prizes and a Chinese auction in addition to live musical entertainment.

Last January, Lisa Harris was diagnosed with Leiomysarcoma (a.k.a. LMS), which is a malignant cancer of the smooth muscle. Lisa’s husband, Trey, said he is thankful for being able to use his talent and experiences as a way to promote this benefit for his wife, who he said is a wonderful wife and mother.

Trey began playing guitar at age 15, and after high school graduation and a short stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, he moved to Nashville in 1994. Harris wrote numerous songs, performing them during writers’ nights, and he performed on some of Nashville’s famous stages, such as Tootsie’s, The Bluebird Cafe, and the most famous of all, The Grand Ole Opry.

Harris moved back to South Carolina in 1999, and after performing at the Confederate flag-lowering ceremonies in Columbia, he was approached by the History Channel about using a song he had co-written with his friend, Ronnie Lipsey, called “Let It Fly.” The song was included in the History Channel special “The Unfinished Civil War.” Harris also wrote a song — “Heroes in Gray” — about the H.L. Hunley, and that song was quoted in The Wall Street Journal.

In 2003, Harris formed Trey Harris and the Loungehounds (Don West, Chris Mangum, Jim Casson, Wayne Paige, Micah Hanley, J.J. Guerrieri, and Todd McGowan), which performed around the Southeast and opened for acts including The Charlie Daniels Band, David Allan Coe, Confederate Railroad and others. The group performed its last gig together in Nashville at the world famous Broken Spoke Saloon in October 2007.

The band has been practicing together for several weeks, and Harris said he had almost forgotten how much fun it was playing with them.

“This was the first time some of us had seen each other in years,” Harris said. “It’s a wonder we got anything done with all the laughing and reminiscing we were doing from our years on the road together. I love those guys.”

The tentative music lineup calls for Trey Harris and the Loungehounds — Don West, Chris Mangum, Jim Casson, Wayne Paige, Micah Hanley, J.J. Guerrieri, and Todd McGowan — to open the event around 5:30 p.m. Freddie Vanderford and Brandon Turner are set to begin around 6:45 p.m., followed by another set from Trey Harris and the Loungehounds. Cadillac High will take the stage around 9:15 p.m., to be followed by a closing set from Harris and the Loungehounds.

Be sure and arrive early if you want a seat as we’re expecting a huge crowd. Hope to see you all there!