One might be surprised by the fact that, out of the hundreds of musicians, singers, and songwriters in Charleston’s busy music scene, many have military backgrounds. Of these, most served their country years ago. Some still serve. The military connections provide a unique dynamic within an already diverse musical community.

The 2010 Music Issue shines the light on some of these talented individuals. Playing music on the side allows them to be expressive and to blow off steam.

Troy Miller recently retired from the Coast Guard. Singer and former Marine Doug Marshall tours with Souls Harbor. Lyndsey Goodman is a glamorous jazz/blues vocalist on stage and an Air Force pilot by day. Drummer Paul Walls recovered from combat injuries while in the Army. Bassist and former Marine Aaron Hayden blasts riffs in Masticated. Former Marine Tommy Byrne splits his time between working with Serco and gigging with the Average Savage.

The stories here reflect diversity, positivity, and a sense of service and dedication. To those military musicians about to rock, City Paper’s Music Issue salutes you. —T. Ballard Lesemann

Troy Miller's love of singing led him from the ships to the dives
Troy Miller's love of singing led him from the ships to the dives The Good Ship Rock 'n' Roll

Summerville-based rock 'n' roller Troy Miller, 43, may not look like a typical seafarer. With his newly grown dreads and barrel-chested frame, he resembles a bouncer at a hip club more than a career military man who spent years in the Navy and Coast Guard. He doesn't quite look like the stereotypical, hard-rockin'-frontman, either. But he embraces the role. — T. Ballard Lesemann


Doug Marshall rocks from the Persian Gulf to the Carolinas
Doug Marshall rocks from the Persian Gulf to the Carolinas Life During Wartime

Over the last five years, Beaufort-based group Souls Harbor developed a reputation in the Lowcountry for a uniquely refined rock style powered by distorted guitars, pounding drums, and lead singer Doug Marshall's emotive vocals. But many of their fans may not know that Souls Harbor actually came to life on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. — T. Ballard Lesemann


Lyndsey Goodman's music soars
Lyndsey Goodman's music soars Sky Captain

Clark Kent had his phone booth. Air Force pilot Lyndsey Goodman transforms into her alter ego on the stage. — Erica Jackson


Drummer Paul Walls goes from the infantry to the stage
Drummer Paul Walls goes from the infantry to the stage Gospel Grooves

Paul Walls got a very early start in music, playing with family and friends at home during his preschool and preteen years and gigging with bands as a young man. Music came naturally to him, and his rhythmic talents were obvious to those who heard him play the drums. — T. Ballard Lesemann


Aaron Hayden takes a bite out of metal
Aaron Hayden takes a bite out of metal Bass Duties and Base Duties

"I was like every other teenager who had dreams and aspirations to be a rock star, but I never got out of the garage," says Aaron Hayden, bassist with local metal/thrash band Masticated. "I didn't actually play my first gig until I played with friends while I was in the Marine Corps. It definitely helped." — T. Ballard Lesemann


Tommy Byrne juggles soccer, the military, and the Average Savage
Tommy Byrne juggles soccer, the military, and the Average Savage Savage Daddy

Tommy Byrne wakes up at 4:45 a.m. every day and is at work by six. Three times a week, 10-12 hours later, he heads straight to a practice. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, he coaches his daughter's co-ed soccer team. And on Mondays, he heads to Mt. Pleasant from his Summerville home for band rehearsal with hard-rocking good-time boys the Average Savage. — Jared Booth


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