Graham Whorley

Graham Whorley

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" A master with a loop pedal, he's able to blend percussive acoustic rhythms with building, exploratory leads, creating a fusion that's difficult to sit still to." By Stratton Lawrence (The City Paper-Charleston,SC) (August 22, 2007)

Biography

Graham Whorley began his musical journey at the tender age of five, learning the Suzuki method of piano. After seven years of study, Graham left his piano teacher dumbfounded as he told her he had learned everything by ear, not by the notes on the paper and soon found his calling with the guitar. Graham was forming bands and playing shows in venues he wasn’t even old enough to be in by the time he was 14. After talking to his sister over a pay phone at the age of 19, standing in the freezing snow and sleeping in his Subaru, Graham decided to make the big move away from his roots of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to head for sunnier days and bigger opportunities in Charleston, South Carolina.

Since moving to Charleston twelve years ago, Graham has been focused on nothing but his music. Forming The Graham Whorley Band soon after he arrived and playing acoustic several nights a week, he quickly became one of Charleston’s best (earjingle.com) and has played over 250 shows a year for the last 5 years running. “For years, Charleston-based singer and electric/acoustic blues rock guitarist Graham Whorley has worked with various groups of musicians who understand his soulful vibe and complex rock stylings. On the side, he has established himself as a versatile solo performer,” according to Michael Andrews of The City Paper (Charleston, SC.)

Graham Whorley’s acoustic show can best be described as an acoustic breeze followed by a thunderstorm of rhythm. By utilizing live seamless loop recordings (no samples here, folks) insightful songwriting, and percussive back beats that make you move, Graham Whorley builds layer upon layer of groove your mood sounds created by just one man with one acoustic guitar.

Graham Whorley's much anticipated solo CD "State of Affairs" is now available online through www.cdbaby.com, at his website www.grahamwhorley.com and of course at the shows. Graham is currently promoting his new CD "State of Affairs" and is bringing his "Get Out and Vote" theme to cities in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia with more cities and states to come next Spring/Summer. Graham registered over 250 people in the Charleston area alone last summer and is hoping for a much larger registration at future shows.

After losing his 39 year old sister, Laura to a battle with ALS, (otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) in 2005, Graham has been passionate about stem cell research and using his right to vote and is hoping others will raise their voices as well, regardless of what side of the fence they are on.

Graham Whorley has shared the stage in the last year with several notable musicians including Tim Reynolds, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, New Riders of The Purple Sage, Lee Oskar of WAR, Efrem Towns (trumpet) of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Colonel Bruce Hampton with Duane Trucks, and Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove to name a few.

Notable venues Graham Whorley has played in the last year include:

The North Charleston Coliseum-Charleston,SC
Joe Riley Stadium-Charleston,SC
The Pour House- Charleston,SC
Windjammer-Isle of Palms,SC
Apple Annie's- Florence,SC
Foster's- Myrtle Beach,SC
Wild Wing- Garden City,SC
Plums- Beaufort,SC
The Pour House Music Hall- Raleigh,NC
The Emerald Lounge- Asheville,NC
The Town Pump-Asheville,NC
Hell's Kitchen- Wilmington,NC
Bigg Daddy's- Helen,GA
Buster's-Dahlonega,GA
2 High Studios Warehouse-Atlanta,GA
The Mission- Augusta,GA
TC Trotter's-Lynchburg,VA

Lyrics

God's Playpen

Written By: Graham Whorley

You say you know him
His hand you're holdin'
When it comes creepin'
You bought and sold Him
Made to His mold and
All cards will fold when
You feel the cold hand
Grippin' your soul man
Do you hear
The cries and the fears
God has been missin' for years
Can you find
A state of mind
Maybe soon he will appear
Missin for years
You can
Hold all your faith in
And you'll be feelin'
You're not so safe
And you must be stealin'
What you been prayin'
All that I'm sayin'
God must have been
Done with his playpen
Do you hear
The cries and fears
God has been missin' for years
Can you climb
And stay in line
Maybe soon he will appear
Missing for years
Missing for years
Or listening for years
Listening
Listening
Listening
He's been listenin'
He's been listenin'
He's been listenin'

I'll Be Fine

Written By: Graham Whorley

I like the leopard on your back
How you advance when you attack
You'll be the one for me for good
I'm comin' in your neighborhood
We got this thing that no one gets
Most the time people have regrets
I'm there forever and a day
And that's the way it's gonna stay
We fought these battles and we won
You blessed me with me only son
I got the reasons for this world
You brought to me my baby
Girl, you got me goin' wild
Keep my head above the clouds
I will be alright
Stay right here awhile
Let the breeze do what it please
Do what it please
You'll be my only
You'll be my only girl
You'll be my only
You'll be my only girl
Girl
You'll be my only
You'll be my only girl
You could let me die to day
I'll come to your door to lay
And see these shadows in the sand
Hold them all within your hand
We got this thing that no one gets
Most the time people have regrets
I'm there forever and a day
And that's the way it's gonna stay
We fought these battles and we won
You blessed me with me only son
I got the reasons for this world
You brought to me my baby
Girl, you got me goin wild
Keep my head above the clouds
And I will be alright
Stay right here awhile
Let the breeze do what it please
Do what it please
Do what it please
Do what it please
You'll be my only
You'll be my only
You'll be my only
You'll be my only, girl
Girl
You'll be my only
You'll be my only
You'll be my only
You'll be my only
Girl

Discography

All CD's self produced by Graham Whorley.

Graham Whorley-"State of Affairs"- 2007 (Recorded at Charleston Recording Studios. Engineered by Jay Miley)

The Graham Whorley Band- "Comcast Cable Live"- 2005

The Graham Whorley Band-"Iridescent Sol"- 1999 (Recorded at Charleston Recording Studios. Engineered by Jay Miley)

The Graham Whorley Band-"Live at The Music Farm"-1998

The Graham Whorley Band (self titled)-1995 (Recorded at Island Sound Recording Studios. Engineered By Steve Green.)

Set List

Typical shows consistes of two sets, each one lasting one and half to two hours each. Graham prefers to play his original music which includes a list of over 40 original songs. Graham does have a strong repertoire of cover songs available. Below are a few examples.

1. Braun Yar (Jimmy Page)
2. Mean Ole World (John Lee Hooker)
3. VooDoo Chile (Jimi Hendrix)
4. Cakewalk (Taj Mahal)