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Joal Rush takes FAC stage March 16

Posted: March 12, 2018 4:18 p.m.
Updated: March 13, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Nashville recording artist Joal Rush will appear Friday, March 16 at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) of Kershaw County. This return to the FAC stage marks a celebration of the release of his latest studio album, Kaleidoscope Emotions. Tickets are on sale now and are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the FAC, located at 810 Lyttleton St., Camden, by phone at (803) 425-7676, or online at Special guest will be Finnegan Bell. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30. Tickets are general admission and are limited.

Rush’s family ties and musical roots run deep in Camden, where he was born and raised. The last time Joal Rush took the FAC stage was in 1992, as Oliver Twist in the theatrical production Oliver. His mother, Robbie, and late father Max, played in several bands in Camden in the ’70s and ’80s.

“Mom and Dad were in the band Second Nature when Mom was pregnant with me, so I’m sure that those musical vibes were sinking in before I was even born. Camden is so rich with musically talented people. I often hear people say, ‘There must be something in the water in Camden,’” Rush said, referring to the abundance of talent that seems to come out of such an unassuming small town. “I’ll be forever grateful for those roots.”

Rush, who has honed his craft through years of writing and touring/performing, has been based out of  Nashville, Tennessee for the past four years. During that time, he has been writing and recording the material that makes up the 12 original songs on the album Kaleidoscope Emotions. He has also spent the last 16 years building an audience and honing his craft in Key West, Fla., where he performs regularly.

“I love my Key West family,” Rush said. “They’ve been so supportive and I’ve met so many people there who travel in from all over the world. It really is a home away from home.”

Now it’s all coming full circle, as Rush will not only tour his home state of South Carolina and throughout the Southeast, but all over the country, with aspirations of even touring overseas.

“2018 will certainly be an adventure,” Rush said.  “Hang on for the ride, everybody!”

Rush began his musical voyage at an early age. Starting out as a vocalist, he eventually began playing a wide variety of instruments, including drums, guitar and bass, as well as dabbling on piano. Rush has been performing live for the past two decades, sharing the stage with nationally renowned artists Zac Brown Band, Jason Isbell, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Shovels & Rope, Sister Hazel, Drivin’ n Cryin’, Edwin McCain, Jay Clifford (Jump, Little Children), Jakob Dylan, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Styx and Foreigner, while releasing a handful of albums along the way (Delightful Things, Imagination, Wares). Rush’s music uniquely blends influences of Americana/Folk/Pop/Rock and Soul to create a style all his own.

Rush relocated to Nashville in the summer of 2014 to focus writing and recording the songs for Kaleidoscope Emotions. You may check out the CD online at or at


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