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Return to Jonesville is an album of songs written by the band and also some favorites from the days when soul music really came from the soul.

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The Tempests of Sumter, South Carolina is a social organization that happens to play music. The band started in the mid-1960s when the members were in junior high school and high school. Soul music has remained vital in the American South where it is referred to as Beach Music, and many of the songs on this record are the same soul/rhythm-and-blues songs the band played in its first incarnation. There were several members of the band not on this record, including Greg Veatch, Robert Lee, Mike Jordan (deceased), and Lakey Dowdle, but all are invited to play with the band again in the future.

Eventually the band broke up in 1969 when some members were off to college and others joined the football team.

The Tempests has just released an album entitled Return to Jonesville. The title derives from one of the first places the Tempests rehearsed - the glass showroom of Jones Chevrolet automobile dealership on the Broad Street Extension in Sumter. When the call came for a reunion dance, the Tempests returned to Jones Chevrolet to re-learn the songs they’d played as boys. The dealership now is almost a small town itself, so large that the band refers to it as “Jonesville.”

Most of the basic tracks for Return to Jonesville were done in a service compartment on the back lot of Jones Chevrolet. In the next service compartment, employees frequently were washing cars for customers. At times, a loudspeaker blurted out various announcements which are embedded in the tracks themselves. All but a few of the songs were done “live” on a digital recorder, and on the first take at that! The Doo Wop Girls graciously added critical hand claps and vocals to the record. Thereafter, the recorder was taken back to Warren’s house in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. It was kept on a keyboard stand in his clothes closet (between suits, ties, and shirts, and a water heater) where overdubs were added.