James Brown singing

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. Image courtesy of SCPRT.

South Carolina is home to a wide variety of musical styles and traditions.

Traditional Music

Did you know that South Carolina is home to a rich musical heritage?

The Blues

The music style known as the blues was formed in the southern states by African-Americans. It has a melancholy sound and often expresses themes of hard times, love, oppression, heartbreak, and alienation.

SC Musicians

Gourd instrument
Gourd instrument. Image courtesy of the USC Music Library.

Meet performers that were born or have lived in South Carolina.

Musical Instruments

Learn about instruments that are made and used here in South Carolina. The banjo was first made by slaves who used gourds to make an instrument similar to ones in Africa.