Some cities celebrate their war heroes, others their sports stars, but in the Hub City, it’s all about musicians. Head out on the Spartanburg Music Trail, a 30-minute outdoor walking tour of the city’s incredibly robust music history. With your GPS enabled smartphone, you’ll be directed to each colorful marker to learn about the artists and hear the music that lifted them onto the national stage. You’ll also discover opportunities for side trips to further explore our musical heritage.
Begin in the Grain District at the corner of Main and South Daniel Morgan Ave. You’ll learn which Spartanburg bluesman lent his first name to British rock group Pink Floyd, who played electric guitar for Elvis Presley, who wrote “Duelin’ Banjos,” who was Paul Simon’s sidekick on “Loves Me Like a Rock” and who put the words and music together to create the hymn “Amazing Grace.” And of course you can commune with the Marshall Tucker Band, superstars of Southern Rock, who put Spartanburg on the musical map.