Country to Country Rock then Roadhouse to Heavy Rock

On the Scene With Tracey Stones

On Saturday night we roamed the scene, by taking a trip around a long block! In making the trip from New bern to Greenville by way of Kinston we had a chance to listened to everything from Country to Blues to Roadhouse to Heavy Rock before Saturday night turned into Sunday morning.

Ryan Cain Croons Country

We start things off in the not so major metropolis of James City with Ryan Cain, who was rocking BrUtopia when I walked in on Saturday night! The place was packed and the music was fun.

Cain offered a great mix of country and pop tunes, including Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason.” Cain makes his home in Carteret County and calls Swansboro home, as per his music page.

Ryan Cain is a Country Music Singer but plays a variety of styles of music. If you are interested in having him perform at your next event, you can contact him through email at, or by phone at (910) 934-3793 or (910) 934-3794.

For those looking to take in some Ryan Cain Music, you can like his page on Facebook. Or check him out this weekend at Twin Ravens Tavern in Jacksonville on Tuesday, February 19 at 6 pm or he will be rocking Riptidez Bar & Grill on Saturday.

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Core Sound Rock the Pelican

Core Sound offers country tunes, some popular classic rock songs and even some blues. Hailing from the Crystal Coast, this band features the talents of Cecil Gillikin on guitar and vocals, Stephen Hamilton on the bass and sitting back behind the kit, singing, keeping beats and playing the harmonica is Wayne Lawrence.

Can I just note that in my near 40 years of chasing music, this is the first drummer that I met that offer lead on vocals, drums and offered up the harmonica too? Lawrence was something to watch as the band grooved the crowd.

To check out Core Sound for yourself, follow the band on Facebook and like their page Core Sound Live.

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Bill Lyerly Live at The Red Room

It’s been a while since I made the trek to Kinston, but on Saturday, I headed that way to check in with my favorite Roadhouse roamer Bill Lyerly, who was primed and ready to rock ’em when we walked into The Red Room on Saturday evening.

Teaming up with Jason D. Smith on bass and vocal assistance and Wolf Cratch behind the kit, the trio knocked it out of the park on Saturday night. Currently working on a new disc, Lyerly is excited about the year ahead.

Tonight you can catch Lyerly, who will be teaming up with Shelby Wall to offer a show at Tavern In The Grove. Next week they will reunite to celebrate Lyerly’s birthday. The talented stringer invites everyone to come out and celebrate life and music on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Lyerly will turn 66 on the 28th of February! As per Lyerly’s page the announcement reads:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!! My Birthday this year will be celebrated at The Market Street Pub in Washington, NC on Sat. Feb 23 (a few days early, but that’s OK!). Joining me on stage will be Shelby Wall and Wolf Cratch— we plan to party large and we sincerely hope you can join us!!

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Saturday’s Final Stop ~ Stairwell Turned It Up

Following a great set of roadhouse music, my friend Mary Shine looked at me and said, “You know it’s only 30 minutes to Greenville, I think we can still catch Stairwell.”

Great call Mary! We made in time to catch the band’s final set. The guys were rocking them good at Tiebreakers. This Greenville based band features a lot of crazy good talent. As per their website ” Stairwell is comprised of Fred Watkins on bass, Shawn Pierce on drums, Jamie Rawls on rhythm/lead, Mark Richardson on lead/rhythm, and Jeremy Monette on leading the charge on vocals.”

Offering familiar hard rock classics by the likes of Metallica and Iron Maiden, they offer the best sounds when sharing their original licks! They have a full set list of songs and make a great addition to any club in need of a hard rocking band. Check out the band’s website at Stairwell

Coming up in the weeks ahead the band will be roaming other parts of the state. Heavy rockers out near Benson and Raleigh can look for the band in March. To find them on Facebook follow the link:

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Stormy Monday Meets the Blues

It was a wet and miserable night last Monday, but that did not stop people from coming out to enjoy some Chicago style blues, courtesy of the Big Jim Kohler Blues Band. The band welcomes each week by sharing songs at The Brown Pelican from 7-9 pm.

They have a great time jamming at the start of each new week. All players are welcome to join the fun. Music starts at 7 pm and the jam kicks off the second set and closes out the night.

This coming week, Monday, February 18, 2019; we celebrate this blogger’s 50th Birthday. All are welcome to come out and share in the celebration. Live music and CAKE! Please feel free to come dance with me!

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Down East FolkArts Presents

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019Down East FolkArts Society welcomed Sam Gleaves to The City Stage for the first of three are performances.

Gleaves is a young artist from West Virginia, steeped in the traditions of folk music, who calls Kentucky his home today. He spends most of his days educating the youth about music, by sharing sounds and stories with his elementary age students at Hindman Settlement School in the town for which it is named.

Joining the talented songwriter on stage was Deborah Payne, who played the fiddle and offered some vocal assist. She hails from and calls Kentucky home. The duo has been playing music together for as far back as their friendship allows. Hailing from the same small area of the world they were destined to play music together.

Tonight the duo will offer their final performance in our area. They are scheduled to perform at Saint Francis by the Sea this evening. Doors open at 6 and music plays from 7-8:30 pm. There will be time to buy a disc during the intermission. Gleaves has two discs or sale. The show is free and donations are requested and accepted with grand appreciation.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

On the James City Side of that Confounded Bridge



BrÜtopia offers the freshest brewed beer and the good grooves of rocker Marron Chaplin, who will be sharing songs tonight and jamming from 7-10 pm. She will share songs you know and ones she wrote. Free music for your listening pleasure. Come out and support local music, while you enjoy the freshest new beer on tap!


Getting Down Around Town

There is always a reason to head to town and gather for some fun. Tonight’s reason: LIVE MUSIC


The Brown Pelican


The Brown Pelican hosts the music of Psylo Joe this evening. This promises to be an amazing night of original music that will grove you! Free music is never free and neither is the gas to get there, please tip the music makers that you meet.


Blackbeard’s Triple Play


Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant, 415 S Front St. The party comes courtesy of The Jan Michael Fields Band tonight, who will be rocking on the deck with all the grooves that get you going. Music plays at 7:30 pm- 11 pm. For those that are not aware, a couple of the guys from the popular band Sidewinder are now working out the grooves in this outfit. For more info please reach out and call the club at 252-635-0322.


City Stage New Bern

City Stage New Bern offers the fun and music of Dueling Pianos tonight. With music starting at 8 pm and fun all night long, this is a great pick for music tonight. Playing all your favorite songs as per your request come out and enjoy a night of rocking tunes.


Orringer Auditorium

Explorations in The ARTS – The Poetry of Jazz

Willie E. Atkinson (vocalist) and The Transitional Jazz Quintet will present an evening of soulful ballads and up tempo classics. The Poetry of Jazz concert should prove to be just the ticket for sharing a musical evening with your valentine!

An extraordinarily smooth Jazz vocalist, Atkinson makes each of his performances a unique and unforgettable experience for his audience, with his fluid interpretation of Jazz and Blues standards. Whether exploring the syncopated rhythms of a swinging tune or telling the story of a lonesome, wanting heart, he offers a fresh approach and seizes every moment to make the songs his own.

The Transitional Jazz Quintet is the combined talents of Stephen Anderson, UNC-Chapel Hill, piano; Phil Owens, New Bern, guitar; Doug Trammel, Myrtle Beach, bass; Michael Hanson, Rocky Point, percussion; and Jeff Bair, East Carolina University, saxophone. Guest jazz vocalist is Liz Pina of Wilmington, NC.

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Cruising the Crystal Coast

Atlantic Beach 2016

Morehead City, NC


Promise’ Land Market welcomes the music of 4EverAll this evening from 8:30 pm until 11:30 pm. Come enjoy this music making couple and their songs this evening for your listening pleasure. Stop in, sip on wine and enjoy a cold beer, or eat some of their delicious food.


Beaufort, NC

Cru Bar & Wine Store/ The Beaufort Coffee Shop welcomes The Mad Fiddler, Fri Feb 15th, 8:30-11:30, no cover charge. Join us for live music by electric violinist, Jason Addams!


Cedar Point, NC

The Will and Tony Show is always a good stop for fun songs. Tonight the duo will be sharing songs with friends tonight at Treehouse Beer Company. Music is offered from 7-10 pm. The beer is cold, the tunes are cool and the vibe is fun. Come out and see for yourself.

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Rocking Around the Region


Winston-Salem, NC

All ages show – Limited tickets available

The media refer to #1 selling artist, Aubrey Logan, as “The Queen of Sass.” And it’s easy to see why. Her concerts are a mix of excellent musicality, jaw-dropping vocals, virtuoso trombone-playing, a breathtaking array of originals and original takes on cover songs and, well…fun! Aubrey Logan loves music, loves performing and loves her fans. And it shows. “My relationship with the audience is the most fun I can legally have!” she says. Very few artists can concentrate so fully on the music and yet be so connected to the people who have come to hear her. And that connection is magic.

Aubrey has seen a lot of recent success, with two albums in the top 10 within the last year. Her debut album, Impossible, immediately shot to the top 10 on the iTunes, Billboard and Amazon charts. And her next appearance on Summer Horns II, from A to Z (as a special guest of Dave Koz on Concord Records) became the #1 selling Contemporary Jazz Album on Billboard. Aubrey has spent more time at the top of the charts lately than she has in an airport, and travel has been a permanent fixture for her in the last couple of years.

Aubrey Logan has performed more than 250 shows since 2016. Besides countless dates touring as a guest star with Postmodern Jukebox and another nationwide tour with Dave Koz and his all-star lineup, Aubrey has been selling out her own shows in venues all over the US and Europe. First coming to international attention after winning BOTH the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival Jury and Audience-Choice awards, Aubrey has gone on to perform with Pharrell Williams, Seth McFarlane, Meghan Trainor, Josh Groban, Gerald Albright, Haley Reinhart, and countless other legends. Her appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and The Grammy® Awards and a PBS special and Jules Holland and London Live have kept her in the public eye and millions of fans have watched her head-spinning videos on YouTube and Facebook. It seems like everywhere you turn, you’re bumping into Aubrey Logan.

She’s now preparing for a US Tour, a European Tour, an Australian Jazz Cruise and the recording of her next album. So no need to worry….there’s no shortage of “sass” in our immediate future.


The alternative rockers The Plaids are hosting an Anti-Valentines Day event at Bull’s Tavern tonight. You are invited to come out and celebrate Valentine’s day with or without the lovey-dovey part!

We will be charging $10 cover at the door, early arrival is a must!


Kinston, NC

The Wicked Shimmies rock The Red Room tonight. This is a fun rocking band based out of Lenoir County and the Kinston area. Come out and enjoy their grooves in the newly designed lounge. Music starts at 10 pm and there is a music charge payable upon admission.


Greenville, NC

AJ McMurphy’s welcomes Gravitation for an acoustic night of fun music. Music starts at 8:30 pm and they groove you until 11:30 pm. This show is free and the food here is outstanding, so come early to eat and stay late to dance!


Washington, NC

There are some live music choices up to our North tonight.  Serving up the sounds in the new room tonight from 7-10 pm at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill will be John Bensen


Kameron Marlowe will be sharing the grooves with friends and fans at Market Street Pub this evening. Music starts at 10 pm.

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Answering the Call

Checking things out around the rest of the region, I ask my Facebook followers each week where we can go to hear them play. This is what they said this week.

February 11 at 5:13 PM

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Hug people often and share the love. Make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely sweet people! We love having you here with us! Rely on your sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around town tonight!

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One thought on “Country to Country Rock then Roadhouse to Heavy Rock

  1. Tracey, I enjoyed the blues at City Laundry last week and Sam Gleaves this week. All because of your efforts. People have to get off the couch and enjoy live music. New Bern’s Got Talent!

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