Performing at Blue Plum Festival–Singer Songwriter Event

I will be performing at the “Singer-Songwriter Event” at the Blue Plum festival in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Saturday, June 3 (11:00 am-1:30 pm). I’ll have a 30-minute set starting at approximately 11:30 am. Come early to get a good seat and stick around for all of the songwriters. The show will be on the Wild Wing/Yee Haw Stage in Founders Park in downtown Johnson City. Expect both guitar and ukulele at the show, and I’ll be selling CDs. Come on out and enjoy the festival!

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CCU Baseball Article

Scott Pleasant recently teamed up again with Joe Oestreich to write an article for the April/May issue of South Caroilna’s Grand Strand MagazineThe article focuses on Coastal Carolina University’s recent College World Series championship and the various superstitions and rituals of the team members and the team’s devoted fans.

Joe and Scott interviewed players, coaches, and fans to get details on the odd and surprising superstitions that helped the team pull off one of the most surprising and exciting championship runs in the history of NCAA sports. The most well-known ritual for the 2016 Chanticleer baseball team was their adoption of a stuff monkey they named Rafiki. The monkey accompanied the team during the last ten games of the 2016 regular season and throughout the post-season. But Joe and Scott discovered that Rafiki was just the beginning.

For more on these baseball superstitions, check out the article here,  or better yet, pick up a copy of Grand Strand Magazine at one of the local retailers listed on this page at the magazine’s website.

Virtue Trap Returns (May 6, 2017)

Virtue Trap will return to the stage on Saturday, May 6 at the Warehouse in Conway, SC from 4:00-6:00 pm. Along with Trap veterans Dan Ennis on guitar, Jim Solazzo on bass, and Steve Hamelman on drums, Scott Pleasant will lead the band on guitar and vocals. This new iteration of VT will be a somewhat more aggressive, harder rock version of the band, but they still plan to play some of your favorite classic rock songs and some of their originals.

Virtue Trap is contemplating a return to more regular gigging in the grand strand area of South Carolina, and this first afternoon show will test whether the band and the audience still have some rock potential.

Trap was a well-liked and sought-after bar band in the coastal region of South Carolina from 2000-2011, but has been mostly on hiatus since then. In 2014, the core members of the band reformed as the Waccamaw Dreadnoughts and recorded one album of original piano- and acoustic guitar-based pop songs that can be bought in CD form or downloaded at Amazon or CD Baby or through digital download only at I-Tunes.

The Warehouse is located at 104 Laurel St. in Conway, SC. There is no cover charge for this show.

We Have Liftoff!

Plez and Joe at ReadingThe official “book launch” reading for Lines of Scrimmage was held at the Barnes and Noble at the Market Common in Myrtle Beach, SC, on September 10, 2015. A standing-room-only audience of about fifty people heard Joe Oestreich and me talk about and read from the book. We took questions after the 45-minute Signingreading and then signed books for about thirty people who either bought them at the B&N or brought them to the event. After the event, Joe and I went to Tupelo Honey with a group of twenty close friends for a little opening-night celebration. Many thanks to the fine people at the Barnes and Noble and at Tupelo Honey for a great night. Extra special thanks to people who came to the reading, especially those who bought books and asked questions at the end.

ReadingFuture Lines of Scrimmage events are listed on the Events page on this site. If you can come out to a reading or book signing, please do. We’d love to meet and talk to readers and potential readers. Hope to see you out there on the road!

Waccamaw Dreadnoughts Songs Complete–CD Release Date Soon

WMDs_CoverRecording, overdubbing, and mixing for the soon-to-be-released Waccamaw Dreadnoughts CD are now complete. Art work and package design by Eric Hall are also nearing completion. The next step will be sending the songs and art off to be mastered and duplicated. Expect to see the album on sale at CDBaby, Amazon, I-Tunes, and other outlets in early September.

In addition to the band (Dan Ennis–bass, Steve Hamelman–drums, Joe Oestreich–guitar and lead vocals, and Scott Pleasant–keyboards, guitars, and background vocals), the album features background vocals by Fair (that is, Liz Tavernier and Cynthea Kelley) and a trumpet solo by Marty Slapnik. Dan, Joe, and Scott each wrote four songs for the album.

For those of you who just can’t stand to wait that long, here’s an image of the cover and a portion of one song (“Our Beautiful Sun”). Enjoy!


Catalog Now Available–Ten Weeks to Book

UPM CatalogLines of Scrimmagerelease date September 1, 2015–is now just a little over ten weeks from appearing on shelves. The book is being published by the University Press of Mississippi, which publishes books on Southern history and culture as well as titles on music, sports, and race issues. They also have a line of books on comics and graphic novels.

The new UPM catalog (PDF) has been released, and Lines of Scrimmage is right there on page 9 of it. Of course I want everyone to order up a copy of our book (“ours” as in co-written by Joe Oestreich and me), but I would also encourage you to check out the entire selection of books offered by UPM. They really are doing some fine work at the press, and I’m happy to be associated with such an excellent university press.

Waccamaw Dreadnoughts–Getting Closer

Last night, the Waccamaw Dreadnoughts (Joe Oestreich–guitar, Dan Ennis–bass, Steve Hamelman–drums, and me–piano) recorded the final song for our forthcoming CD project. We will spend the next few months doing overdubs, mixing, and mastering the CD, so it won’t be out right away, but a FalDreadnoughtsl 2015 release date is likely. If you’d like to hear the ‘Noughts in action, click on the picture to check out a video from a recording session a few months ago. The song is Cincinnati Skyline, by Joe Oestreich.  With three songwriters in the band, we decided to give each one four songs. So expect twelve songs. And maybe just a little more.

Coming in September–Lines of Scrimmage

Lines of Scrimmage, my first book publication, co-written with Joe Oestreich of the Coastal Carolinalos_coverfinal English Department will be published by the University Press of Mississippi in September 2015. The book tells the story of the 1989 Conway (SC) High School football boycott. In that year, almost all of the black players walked off the team for the entire season when the coach chose to move the previous year’s starting quarterback (a black senior) to defensive back and start a white junior instead. The Conway Tigers went from having state-championship hopes to a team that won only once, and more importantly, a conflict that started on the football field led to a series of protests and marches that have come to be known as the Conway Movement. Sports Illustrated and other national news media covered the story in 1989, and this book blends a retelling of the events of that year with updates on the major characters from the story. You can check this site for news about the book or information about readings and events related to the book