Stratton Lawrence

Travel Writer | Editor | Content Marketing Manager

Folly Beach, SC

Stratton Lawrence

Travel Writer | Editor | Content Marketing Manager


Doom Flamingo channels electric ’80s Miami

When singer Kanika Moore bellows, “You’re simply the best!”. it’s as if Tina Turner herself has taken the microphone. Doom Flamingo covers the 1989 hit on its six-song EP, Flamingo, a collection of tracks that would each fit nicely into a playlist of feel-good ’80s hits from Hall & Oates, Tears for Fears, and Whitney Houston.
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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.
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Everything to Know About Moving to the South

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

The Great and the Grateful
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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.
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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn hit the road with two kids in tow

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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.
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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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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,, eBay)

Active freelance writer for AFAR, Fodor's, Thrillist, Travel + Leisure

I'm the author of the books Images of America: Folly Beach and Fodor's InFocus Charleston, and co-author of Fodor's The Carolinas and Georgia and Fodor's The National Parks of the U.S.

Get in touch at or 843.452.7429



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