Charleston's 80s Yacht Funk Jamgrass Band…

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Welcome to the World of Chewbacky!  Check out our YouTube page for video and audio content of Chewbacky pickin’, grinnin’ and getting down on it all night long!

If you’d like to hear a typical Chewbacky set from one of our shows then look no further!  Below are a few private event recordings made by us (iPhone) or our friends and fans!

Original Song – goodbye to goodbye

10/22/22 SC Amphitheater Event Nuggets – Centerfold–) Porch Song (WSP)…Rider–) Phil Collins–) Stevie Wonder–) GNR–) Nine-to-Five–) Don’t you forget about me

Private Labor Party 2022

2022 Dinghy Party Gig

@Charleston Race Week 2022

Chewbacky 2021 Live Nuggets

@ The Windjammer

1) all night long, 2) dancing in the moonlight, 3) land down under, 4) hooked on a feeling–>borderline–>”The Riders” I know you rider–>midnight rider, 5) what I got–>let’s get it on–>sweet child o’ mine, 6) tainted love–>jenny, 7) in the air tonight–>don’t you forget about me–>shout/animal house theme–>rapper’s delight, 8) call me al, 9) I’m alright caddy shack theme, 10) get down on it–>eye of the tiger–>8stop–>walk this way, 11) things can only get better outro

Private Gig on James Island

1) Kiss 2) Tainted Love 3) Wagon Wheel 4) Take on Me 5) Jenny 6) All Night Long 7) Sweet Emotion 8) Careless Whispers 9) Walking on the Moon 10) Things Can Only Get Better 11) Dirty Dancing Time of my Life

Covid Days…

Private Party in Cola

LMCMT Intro, Chewbacky Jam –>Second That Emotion, Heaven Sent, Call me Al, Porch Song 

I Know You Rider–> In the Air Tonight–>I Wish–>Sweet Child O’ Mine

Crowd Favorites @The Dinghy on IOP

1) All Night Long 2) Road to Nowhere 3) Living on a Prayer–>Don’t You Forget 4) Eye of the Tiger–>Get Down on It–> Purple Haze–>Walk this Way 5) Every Breath you Take 6) Sledgehammer 7) Baker Street 8) If it Hadn’t Been for Love 9) Down with Disease 10) And She Was 11) Land Down Under 12) 9 to 5 13) Borderline14) Billie Jean, 15) Always Something there to Remind Me–> What I Got

2019 Saint Chewbacky’s Day:

1) Drink it up Men 2) Careless Whispers 3) Your Eyes 4) Can’t Cry Blues 5) Take on Me 6) Get Down on it–> Eye of the Tiger–> Don’t You Forget About Me 7) Just Like Heaven  8) Purple Haze –> Walk this Way 

Chewbacky is essentially 80’s played bluegrass style with a splash of funk. You have to see these guys!

– Charleston City Paper

You guys are pretty damn good, man!

– Ted Nugent

(Chewbacky played the Motor City Madman’s daughter’s wedding in Charleston)


Formed in Charleston, SC in 2008 –  Chewbacky is a unique 3-piece cover & originals band including Scott Carpenter on lead vocals and guitar, Corey Kinsella on mandolin and backup vocals and Jason Hayes on bass and backup vocals.

From 2000-2008, Scott and Corey played originals, 80’s, 90’s and rock covers all across the music scene in the Lowcountry as “Chewbacca”.  

In 2008,  Chewbacca was approached about playing a large, local “bluegrass-only” festival.  At that time, Chewbacca had been incorporating a handful of bluegrass songs in their rock sets, but bluegrass was not their main focus. In order to round out their sound for the festival, they decided to team up with guitarist/bass player, Jason Hayes.

In an effort to create a sound they had not heard from any local bands (and partly because of their lack of real, traditional bluegrass chops at the time) – the three musicians decided to play 80’s hits from bands like Talking Heads, Lionel Richie & Duran Duran  – in bluegrass style.  Chewbacca became “Chewbacky” and the rest is history…

Chewbacky is a cover band that also writes and performs original songs.  What is unique about Chewbacky?

  • Many of our covers are custom arranged to be different from the originals
  • We are multi-genre and we often fuse multiple songs into one arrangement with the most common flavor being 80’s cover songs played bluegrass style, (which is how we started)
  • You can’t put us in a box.  If Chewbacky was a CD in an old school “Disc and Tape Music Shop”, we would be in the back corner under the “Mix, Jazz, Other” Category.

Chewbacky has over 400 songs with new ones being added constantly.  We encourage our clients to customize our set lists and we always learn your favorite songs for your event if we don’t currently play it.

Chewbacky plays songs in these genres:

  • Strong focus on Bluegrass, Funk & 80’s favorites
  • 60’s, 70, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and beyond
  • Yacht Rock, East Listening and Solid Gold
  • Bluegrass & Country
  • Funk
  • Americana
  • Jamband
  • Classic Rock & Southern Rock
  • Soft Rock/Easy Listening
  • R&B, Soul & Dance Music
  • Rap, with a strong focus on “old school rap”
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Reggae
  • Traditional Wedding Music
  • Mexican Grunge
  • Middle Eastern Heavy Metal
  • Modern Gregorian Chant

Chewbacky is available for booking events in Charleston and surrounding areas:

  • Clubs/Restaurants/Bars
  • Company Events/Special events
  • Festivals/Concerts
  • Wedding Ceremonies/Rehearsal Dinners/Receptions