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Stratton Lawrence

Reporter | Editor | Content Marketing Manager

Folly Beach, SC

Stratton Lawrence

Reporter | Editor | Content Marketing Manager

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Widespread Panic's John Bell talks 'spirits floating around' at Trondossa

On the Friday evening before Charleston's Trondossa Festival kicked off in 2018, the members of Widespread Panic gathered with their crew next to the stage to bless the site of the event, North Charleston's Riverfront Park. Among a carefully placed array of ocean jasper and other crystals, the assembled group added sunflowers, carnations, and a rainbow of other petals.
Charleston City Paper Link to Story
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Everything to Know About Moving to the South

In partnership with the National Association of Realtors
Thrillist Link to Story
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Don Was riffs on his new role with Bob Weir and Wolf Bros

The Great and the Grateful
Charleston City Paper Link to Story
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What’s on When, Y’all: Charleston’s Best Annual Events

Can’t decide when to visit Charleston? Our month-by-month rundown of annual events—highlighting everything from jazz to oysters to dogs that like to leap off docks—can help you plan your perfect itinerary. Smaller events, though, like the Lowcountry Oyster Festival and Boone Hall Fright Nights, feel purely local and full of just-Charleston flavor.
AFAR Magazine Link to Story
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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn hit the road with two kids in tow

Charleston City Paper Link to Story
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Take Me to the River gathers the best of New Orleans for one epic jam

Terence Higgins doesn't consider himself to be "the New Orleans drummer" anymore. he's the full-time rhythm behind Ani DiFranco and Warren Haynes on their respective tours, and a collaborator with Don Was. I'm kind of the utility guy," says Higgins. "I shed the whole New Orleans drummer tag. I'm still that, but I think I've broadened.
Charleston City Paper Link to Story
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Ranky Tanky: Gullah Revival

After wowing audiences the world over with their soulful, get-up-and-dance versions of Sea Island spirituals and work songs, Charleston's own Ranky Tanky returns home to celebrate the music of the Lowcountry.
Charleston Magazine Link to Story
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Keep on Growing: Derek Trucks Talks Col. Bruce and ABB Legacy

It’s been a painful year for the Allman Brothers Band’s musical family, beginning with the tragic suicide of Butch Trucks in January. On May 1, Col. Bruce Hampton collapsed on stage, with ABB guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks only a few steps away. The theory that bad things come in threes proved unbearably true last week, when Gregg Allman finally succumbed to his long-ailing body.
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David Crosby on Kanye, Congress, and outlasting Bill O'Reilly

Crosby, Stills & Nash were the sum of their parts, but the man whose name came first was arguably the torchbearer, not just for the band but for the hippie generation's entire folk scene. He dated Joni Mitchell, helped launch Jackson Browne's career, and in his free time, he jammed with Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh under the moniker, David & the Dorks.
Charleston City Paper Link to Story
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How Béla Fleck and Chris Thile get their rocks off

When banjoist Béla Fleck first met Chris Thile at Merlefest in the mid-'90s, he wasn't overly impressed. At the time, Thile was a pudgy early-teen, already lauded as a hotshot but still lacking the style and flair that have since made him one of the world's foremost mandolinists. "He sounded great, but he was very straight," says Fleck, recalling Thile's ability to reel off classic fiddle tunes as a youngster.
Charleston City Paper Link to Story
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Bruce Hornsby's whimsical memoir is a work in progress

Bruce Hornsby is a baller. he beat a high school-aged Allen Iverson one-on-one in basketball. He's also director Spike Lee's friend and go-to guy for scoring films like Red Hook Summer and the ESPN documentary, Kobe Doin' Work. It was around 2009, while sitting courtside with Lee at a Knicks game in Madison Square Garden, that Hornsby spotted Donald Trump, a story he recounted for the City Paper over the phone last week.
Charleston City Paper Link to Story
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New Orleans' original Nite Tripper Dr. John deserves a biopic

How is there not a biopic about the life of Mac Rebennack, the New Orleans native who rebranded himself Dr. John and devoted his career to keeping alive the traditions of his hometown's interconnected voodoo and musical cultures? On the way to becoming Dr. John, he dropped out of Catholic school, got hooked on heroin, and did hard time in prison.
Charleston City Paper Link to Story

About

Stratton Lawrence

Reporter | Editor | Content Marketing Pro

Current roles:

Managing Editor at Perficient Digital - hire and manage a team of editors and writers generating SEO-optimized web copy for corporate clients (Home Depot, Comcast, Backcountry.com, eBay)

Active freelance writer for AFAR, Fodor's, Thrillist

I'm the author of the books Images of America: Folly Beach and Fodor's InFocus Charleston.

Get in touch at strattonlawrence@gmail.com or 843.452.7429

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Skills

  • Content Marketing
  • Editor
  • Writer