About Us


Barleycove is a band out of the Upstate of SC and is the creation of singer-songwriter, Laura Jones.  Heavily inspired by Damien Rice, The Civil Wars, Ani Difranco, and Patty Griffin, barleycove seeks to create the intimacy and genuine nature captured by these artists in their own music whether it be through a recording or live performance.  Laura believes music is about our connectivity with one another, and that it is through music that we can transcend and rise above negative circumstances in our lives.  She truly believes that music can bring healing.  

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Laura has been singing since she was in the back car seat of her parents' '72 Chevelle.  "Being able to choose a cassette tape on a road trip was one of my favorite activities.  Elton John, Billy Joel, and the Eagles were on my radar and chosen frequently."  Being the southern girl that she is, Laura grew up singing in church along with taking piano and violin lessons.  Laura was awarded a small voice scholarship to Erskine College, but it was not enough to sway her to major in music.  "I was terrified of music theory, so I chose not to pursue music as my major.  I do regret that at times."  Going on to obtain a bachelors and then a masters in the field of education, Laura has had a successful career as a teacher and won numerous awards.  However, it is through teaching and telling her students to go after their dreams that she realized she needed to practice what she preached. Through a chance karaoke night and wise counsel of close friends, Laura was encouraged to develop her singer-songwriter side.  "I was so afraid of what others would think, or say to myself that I wasn't as talented as ________(fill in the blank with the plethora of talented artists out there) that I should not even try. I had to get past that and realize that what I create is original and needs release!"  Laura was also heavily influenced by the 90s explosion of SC artists.  "I remember hearing talks about 'Hootie and the Blowfish' in high school, and then Edwin McCain came onto the scene a few years later.  Then, it was by seeing Edwin perform, that I was introduced to the incredible, 'Jump, Little Children'!  There was an amazing scene here... and not to forget, Danielle Howle, Drivin n Cryin, and Cravin Melon...it was a wonderful time for music in South Carolina." 

After a rainy night performance, Tim Trammel asked if Laura could use a drummer.  The almost instantaneous answer was, yes!  This was what the band needed to take the music to a "whole, 'nother level".   Tim grew up listening to mostly country radio in the '70s and discovered rock in the '80s.  He started playing percussion in his Jr. High band around that time.  He remembers that his mother had a rack full of 45s from the late '50s/early '60s that he used to listen to when he was even younger.  He would hide under the bed with a Fisher-Price record playing trying to sing along with Elvis', "It's Now or Never"  to "Little Egypt" by the Coasters.  He will tell you "In my childhood innocence, I thought it was a hilarious song. Well, I still think it is a funny song!"  Tim continued to play in marching bands, concert bands, orchestras, school musicals and jam sessions.  HIs drumming heroes include:  Buddy Rich, Neil Pert, Stewart Copeland, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Max Roach, Gene Krupa, and Lionel Hampton. He loves all types of inventive uses of percussion and still has those old 45s!   

Matthew Waid attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and graduated with a BM in Double Bass Performance in 2006 and obtained a MM in Double Bass Performance in 2007. He is currently Principal Bass with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Principal Bass of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Section Bass with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing regularly with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and the SC Philharmonic. He is the adjunct professor of String Bass at Converse College’s Petrie School of Music and has been teaching there for 6 years. Matthew has also been a massage therapist for over 12 years and has spent the last 7 years at Pure on Main in downtown Greenville, SC.