Saluda Shoals began in the spring of 2015 as an acoustic project between Henri Gates (Southwood) and Cassie Verhaeghe (Brushfires). Originally called Smoking Guns, the duo began writing music and performing nightly, quickly making a name for themselves. In January 2016 the band recruited some of Charleston's best musicians and shortly after began performing as Saluda Shoals. In the short time since its conception, Saluda Shoals has released a 5 song EP available at all major online stores and has won competitions and award nominations across the Southeast.
Nominated for four 2016 Independent Tone Awards:
- Best Country Artist
- Best Rock Artist
- Best American Roots Artist
- Best American Roots Original Song ("I Fall")
1st place winner of Wild Wing Cafe's "Last Band Standing" June 2016
1st place winner Palmetto Brewing's "Battle of the Bands" July 2016
"(Saluda Shoals) come out blazing with a nearly flawless blend of talent, energy and undeniable presence. Whether caressing your ears with a velvet ballad or curling your socks with a rousing rocker, the harmony and precision of Henri Gates and Cassie Verhaeghe delivers pure listening pleasure. In particular, one of their original songs, “Fight Dirty,” would be right at home on the current country or alternative hit charts and, frankly, outshine many of the songs currently there."
- Stan Massey, Chief Marketing Officer at Transcend Marketing Group