Tastes Like Chicken is a rock band that is heavily influenced by many different genres of music (Jazz, R&B, Country, Soul, Hip Hop, and Gospel). The members of TLC pride themselves on their musicianship and original songs. They have an uncanny ability to also take other people's songs and add their original twist in order to make them sound like their own.

They began as a band in 2010 for a Halloween show in their hometown of Florence, SC. Due to the response from that show other venues came calling and they have since played hundreds of shows in the Southern United States.They have built up a large fanbase and have recently been named THE BEST BAND IN THE PEE DEE by the Florence Morning News and it's readers. Tastes Like Chicken or it's members have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with artists like Sister Hazel, Lee Brice, Boyz II Men, and the Blue Dogs.

The band has played at many of South Carolina's top venues and festivals including:


  • Francis Marion Performing Arts Center- Florence, SC- With Sister Hazel(2012), and Edwin McCain(2013)
  • South Carolina Pecan Festival- Florence, SC- 2013
  • North Myrtle Beach Concert on Main- North Myrtle Beach, SC- 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Summerfest- Bennettsville, SC- 2015
  • Chili, Brews, & BBQ Festival- Florence, SC- 2014 and 2015
  • Burrofest- Fiesta del Burro Loco-Myrtle Beach, SC- 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Conway Riverfest- Conway, SC- 2014
  • Swamp Fox Biker Fest 2016
  • Darlington Raceway Pre-Bojangles Southern 500- Darlington, SC- 2014
  • Myrtle Beach Hot Summer Nights Concert Series- Myrtle Beach, SC- Plyler Park Stage
  • Victor's Thanksgiving Eve Party- Florence, SC- With the Blue Dogs
  • Music Farm- Charleston, SC
  • Hot Fish Club- Murrells Inlet, SC
  • Dead Dog Saloon- Murrells Inlet, SC
  • Pirate's Cove- North Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Wild Wing Cafe- North Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Beaver Bar- Fall Bike Rally- Murrells Inlet, SC
  • Apple Annie's- Florence, SC
  • Southern Hops- Florence, SC
  • Creekratz- Florence, SC
  • Creekratz- Murrells Inlet, SC
  • Renaissance Courtyard- Florence, SC
  • Legacies- Sumter, SC
  • Oslo's- Cheraw, SC
  • Hemingway's Music Pub- Columbia(Irmo), SC
  • Fifteen20- Florence, SC

Thank you SCNOW for the shout out! 

It all Tastes Like Chicken: Florence band ready for next big step


The phrase “tastes like chicken” is commonly heard as people search for ways to describe the familiar taste of more exotic meats. 

And it was used originally as a joke for a local band called – you guessed it – Tastes Like Chicken when they tried to describe their sound upon formation nearly six years ago. 

  “Because it has a familiar taste, but still, you can’t put your finger on it,” said Lance Shirley, lead singer and songwriter. “Our music is kind of like that. It’s got elements of jazz and rock and country, which makes us sound different than most. It’s really hard to put us in a genre … we kind of bend all the different genres.” 

With a jazzy saxophonist, a gospel drummer and a bassist who loves to jam, it is easy to see how the band is a medley of sounds. Though the group’s sound cannot be confined to any one genre, Shirley said, the band’s closest comparison is likely The Dave Matthews Band. 

Made of Lance Shirley and his brother, Chad, who plays the acoustic guitar, as well as Bobby Roberts on saxophone, Shane Rogers on bass and Drip McCullough on the drums, Tastes Like Chicken played its very first show on Halloween in 2010 at what used to be Therapy Now. 

But a lot has changed for the band since that day. 

They morphed quickly from a group of friends testing the waters to a five-member band performing weekly at bars, live music venues and festivals across the state. 

Now, the band is preparing for its next big step after signing with Sara Knight of KnightMoves Productions in California and making plans for a new record. 

  “Since we got with her, things have kind of taken off. … We’ve got the CD we’re about to go in and do, working on a bunch of merchandise and stuff like that. She’s going to route us in tours all around and get us on the festival scene,” Shirley said. “Hopefully big things in the works.” 

Shirley said his band made the connection with KnightMoves through Morgan’s Road, another local band that signed with Knight’s company. 

“Music seems to be a real network,” he said. 

It helps to know other bands and artists in the local music scene, Shirley said, and it’s not hard to do in a smaller market like Florence where performers play gigs together every weekend. 

Tastes Like Chicken plays J. Michael’s Bar and Grill in Florence on Friday and again at the Dead Dog Saloon in Murrell’s Inlet on July 31. 

But within the year, Shirley and his bandmates hope to have tour dates across the Southeast and maybe even the country. 

“Big festivals, that’s what we want to get into,” he said.

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