In the Best Interest of the Artists

If you want to know how it works, it’s quite easy! My soul picks the artist I get to know best. This is true of Adam Hill, The Feral Cats, Justin Castellano, Hank Barbee and Fairlight Moriah. There is something special and unique about each one of them and they all call to my soul with their talents and musical magic. Knowing their story is an honor, helping it to unfold is a dream come true for me!

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It is also a job that I am committed to and one I take seriously. Artist development is difficult work when you find an artist in new surroundings and you must find the right blend of talents to accentuate them so to make them shine.

If there is one thing I know well, it is the blues. So, when Fairlight Moriah first sang her sweet songs and her voice hit my ears, her vocals grabbed me like few do. She went right past my heart and grabbed my soul. That girl was full of the blues when I met her and I hope there is no cure!

Finding the right band to back her has been a work in progress. She is not committed to any formation. In fact, we are working to make her a national act in the next year. It starts with setting goals and that is the one she is striving for daily. Since making that commitment she has committed to the name Fairlight Moriah and The Scorpio Moon. Just as the Scorpio moon is always changing and she expects so too will the rotation of players she features on stage with her.

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Thus far she has worked many New Bern players with new offers coming in daily. She is also accepting studio work. She is a professional session singer who has done everything from recording full LP’s to recording songs and jingles too.  If you have the music but need the voice to match, this superstar is experienced, professional and ready to record your next hit.

Exposure is a major part of my role. I look for the most opportunities for her to get in front of new audiences. I highlight her here in print, I promote her on social media, I reach out to my media contacts to alert them of the talent I have found and from that opportunities arise.

At the start of the week, Fairlight Moriah had a radio show to highlight her own songs. The singer/songwriter is from the heart of our country hailing from the foothills of Colorado Springs, CO. With blues being the theme, I reached out to my friends The Carolina Swamp Dogs abut backing her up for her radio appearance on Music Monday with John Jones on Thunder Country 96.3 FM.

 

The Carolina Swamp Dogs is an authentic blues trio from the Jacksonville, NC area. The band had a gig scheduled on the patio last Saturday, but when that fell through due to weather,, two of the players met with Fairlight to run through four of her songs for the radio show.

The singer offered three of her own songs for the audience to enjoy. Music Monday is a weekly feature that is a part of The Raeford Brown Show which airs on Thunder Country 96.3 FM. We gathered at the Earl Jones Music School where the show is produced.

With the Carolina Swamp Dogs offering the grooves it was music magic in the studio on Monday. Here they are with The Desperation Blues:

Desperation Blues on Music Monday with Fairlight Moriah and The Carolina Swamp Dogs

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Take a Bite of the Blues

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There are a lot of great bands on the menu tonight for the 6th Annual Bite & Blues event in downtown Morehead City. This event offers good eats and great blues throughout the town.

Shining a light on the band I met at the Annual Seafood Festival, I encourage all to come out and sample the Carolina Swamp Dogs.  The trio of players is all retired Marines with 85 years of service between the three of them. These days these soldiers of the blues enjoy playing their music offerings at festivals and community events such as this. They will be live at Southern Salt Seafood Company from 5-8 pm.

I highlighted this band in my new column being published in Folks Journal. The new issue will be out on May 1, 2018, and offer Boogie n Blues by Tracey Stones. To check out the publication online visit their site at:

www.folksjournal.com

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Big Jim Blues is Blues Worth Celebrating!

Nothing made my heart happier this week then to log on to Facebook and find a video of Big Jim Kohler playing his blues on Middle Street for ArtWalk last night. Kohler and his bride Kathleen were up to their old tricks of providing music for the people.

Many might recall we nearly lost Kohler last year after a scary bout of pneumonia and detoxing.

Playing their first gig in more than seven months, the married blues duo never missed a beat. Please enjoy these links and their blues offerings:

 

https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69/videos/vb.100006035715115/799600353584481/?type=2&video_source=user_video_tab

 

https://www.facebook.com/TraceyStones69/videos/vb.100006035715115/799615120249671/?type=2&video_source=user_video_tab

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Answering The Call

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

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Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me.

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Here are all the great music options I found for you on Facebook this week. Check out all of the events here and express interest in the ones you like.

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 Thanks for Reading!

That is all the news and music that I found for you tonight. Always call the club in advance to confirm what you read here is true. Many times events change without anyone updating the Facebook event created for the said gig.

I hope you get out and enjoy the sounds of live music sometime soon. I am dedicated to making sure you know where to go to find it. If you like this blog please sign up and get an email each time we publish.

I appreciate my readers, the musicians and the venues who all do a part in keeping live music alive! Give us a like and tell your friends by sharing this page on your social media pages. To the many bands and clubs, thanks for keeping me informed!

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Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share the love. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. Please party safely people! We love having you here with us! You rock, so don’t roll the car! Rely on sober friends, call a cab or sign up to Uber around!

Send all of your events invites to me on Facebook, so I know where you are playing in the days ahead. I can be found on Facebook by following this link:

I also read emails daily. You can send those to:

ncmz.live@gmail.com

Please include the day, the date, the time of the event, the time of your scheduled performance, what time doors open and the price of tickets. Pictures are also helpful. I share links to band websites, so send those along as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to fill me in on the details, together we will reach the people!

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