Charleston's Most Unique Band…Pickin', Grinnin' & Gettin' Down on it All Night Long

Take a listen…

Welcome to the World of Chewbacky!   If you’d like to hear a typical set from one of our shows then look no further!  Here are a few clips from a September ’19 gig at one of our favorite dive bars in Charleston.  Recorded on an iPhone nestled behind our fantastically handsome Bass player so the bass might be up, but the crowd always gets down!

Chewbacky: 2019 Saint Chewbacky’s Day – @ My Father’s Mustache 3/17/19

A Look Back Over the Years: From Way ‘backy 10 Years Ago chew today…


“Chewbacky is essentially 80’s played bluegrass style with a splash of funk. You have to see these guys!” – Charleston City Paper

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 Lowcounty 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 mix styles often…like playing 80’s cover songs bluegrass style (which is how we started and is sometimes the bulk of our set lists)
  • At least half of our sets are a fusion of several songs played as one

Chewbacky has over 200 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
  • 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