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Friday, November 17, 2017

Gettin Down Around Town New Bern

It has been another great year listening to and enjoying the music of Richland’s singer-songwriter long and lean with talent and deep with soul. In the last year he has released a new effort on his label, Eleven O’Clock RecordsSon Royale is available on disc and vinyl. Here’s to more great shows, new songs and all things that lead to success.



Tonight marks another milestone in the life of music maker Hank Barbee. Come out and celebrate with this sultry song maker, as he enjoys his birthday on the patio doing what he loves most, sharing his music. He will be in town and getting down from 8-11 pm at  Circa 1810 Harvey Mansion Restaurant and Bar, 221 S Front St. New Bern, NC. There are now heaters on the patio!



This is the final weekend for Aida, The Timeless Love Story, live on stage at New Bern Civic Theater, 414 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. There will be a performance on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm to close out the three-week production.



Live at Thirsty Bruin Craft Beer & Wine Store, 224 Middle St. New Bern, will offer the sounds of the local six string singer Bruce Lynch, live on stage giving up the grooves from 8:00 – 10:30 pm.



Live at The Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St. New Bern, NC,we find more fine local music with the six string offerings of Paul Picard from 7-10 pm. These local music shows that are free…New Bern boasts many of those….feel free to tip the music makers working hard for you! Sometimes those couple of bucks buy batteries, stings, even gas to get home.



Heading across the bridge… Live on stage at Triple Play Restaurant, 111 Williams Rd. New Bern, NC, come out and enjoy the sounds of the rocking local band Smokehouse. They offer a variety of rocking favorites to help you dance into your weekend. There is a music charge that varies at the door and music generally starts about 9 pm.


To throw all in on supporting local beer and music and food, stop out tonight for live music at BrÛtopia, 1201 Highway 70 E New Bern, NC and enjoy the many flavors of beer offered and the flavorful sounds of Justin Castellano from 7-10 pm. On site tonight serving up the food selections will be La Cocina del Coqui Food Truck.

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Cruising Along the Coast


Our first stop in Morehead City offers Wild Honey, the Swansboro based duo that nails it with original music and authentic covers that span from folk to country, blues and back to serious singer-songwriter verses. Catch them live from 8-11 pm at Southern Salt Seafood Company & Waterfront Restaurant, 701 Evans St. Morehead City, NC.


Be sure to come back here on Saturday to hear about New Bern’s own Limited Engagement at SSSC&WR and their stop on this deck Saturday, also from 8-11 pm. For those in need of a dose on New Bern entertainment tonight…



Live at Jack’s Waterfront Bar, 513 Evans St. Morehead City, NC, it is New Bern’s own Zen Pirates,who will be kicking it from 10 pm til 1 am. There is a $10 music cover at the door and the party starts just as soon as YOU get there! So come dance!



Just over the bridge we find David Dixon offering up the sounds at the newly renovated Cru Bar and Wine Store Beaufort Coffee Shop, 120 Turner St. Beaufort, NC. Music plays from 8:30 til 11:30 pm and this show is free.



The always fun and good time grooving Hip Pocket Band, return to SALT 325 Mangrove Dr. Emerald Isle, NC. Here again is another great opportunity to dance the night away near the beach as you enjoy the sounds of NC talent. There is a music charge to get in and the music plays from 10 pm til 1 am.



Just over the bridge, you can enjoy a fine dinner and sultry show with Ed Prophet, offering up the live music during dinner at Boro Restaurant and Bar, 109 N Front St. Swansboro, NC. Prophet plays many songs to make you fall in love with music, your love and the weekend ahead from 6:30 til 9:30 pm

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Rockin’ Around The Region


Starting things off in Charlotte for your Friday night options, we find live music at Corkscrew on 5th; 412 W. 5th St. Charlotte, North Carolina. They offer live music each Friday and this week it is the progressive blues rock chops of  John T. Woodall Band.  Music starts at 9 pm



Live Music w/ Wil McCanless.

Wil McCanless brings his fiddle, banjo, and mandolin to Bottle & Can, 326W Salisbury St. Asheboro, NC, to play a great variety of traditional Irish and folk music. Music plays from 7 til 9:30 pm.



Checking out the scene in Winston-Salem, we find a triple bill of great music at Test Pattern, 701 N Trade St. Winston-Salem, NC.

Rock. Blues. Fuzz. Reverb. Life. Death. Noise.

Synthwave, Electroclash, Synthpop, Darkwave


Music starts at 9 pm



Coming off of a fun time at Fall Ball 17 in LaGrange last weekend, Justin West heads west and give sup what he’s got, to the folks at Johnny n Junes,  2105 Peters Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NCMusic starts at 10 pm and boot scootin by 10:10 pm. Come out and dance into your Saturday morning with this talent from Raleigh NC.



Since I was just there last night, let me tell you that tonight at The Blue Note Grill 709 Washington St. Durham, NC; there is a free show going down this Friday night with The Bull City Blues Band. Music plays from 9 -11 pm. And here is what I learned on the Facebook event page:

The Bull City Blues Band have been North Carolina original modern piedmont blues artists since 1991. Charlley Ward andJohn Fussell provide tandem lead and slide guitars and are the group’s songwriters. Ward is also the group’s lead vocalist. The rhythm section consists of Eddie Werz and Dana Thalhiemer. Eddie studied bass at both Virginia Commonwealth University and Berklee School of Music and Dana studied percussion at North Texas State University where he acquired an undergraduate degree in jazz studies.

The Bull City Blues Band were the recent winners of the 2016 Cape Fear Blues Challenge and are previous winners of The Piedmont Blues Society Blues Challenge. The Bull City Blues Band has performed live in support of the notable piedmont blues artist John D. Holman and has performed as opening act or on the same bill with: Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Saffire -Uppity Blues Women, Cephas and Wiggins, Walter Wolfman Washington, Aaron Funderburk and the Rockets and Tyrone Davis.

Semi-Finalists in the 2017 International Blues Challenge, winner of the 2016 The Cape Fear Blues Challenge and a previous winner of The Piedmont Blues Society Blues Challenge.

NOTE: There are no table guarantees in the music hall on Friday nights. Please arrive after 8pm for the 9pm show. Seating is first come/first serve in both the music room and the bar.



My sweet and talented music friends Mac and Juice, who started making a name for themselves nearly a lifetime ago while attending school in Greenville, return to the area to offer the folks at AJ McMurphy’s, 1914 Turnbury Dr. Greenville, NC an acoustic show this Friday night, that will offer familiar jams and groovy originals. Music plays from 9:30 pm til 12:30 am



Leaving it in the county we find some fun going down with the Jazzy 4 Band, as they jam at Pamlico County Heritage Center, 10642 NC 55 Grantsboro, NC, with music from 6:30-8:30 pm…you are invited to jam or just dance.

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On The Scene With Tracey Stones

In case you missed it, The Blues is Alright!

On The Scene With Tracey Stones

The Blues is Alright!

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On Sunday evening I was offered a great treat, when David Russell brought his Port City Blues Band to the Bern. This big band blues outfit hails from Wilmington, NC and are fine examples of young players keeping the blues alive. Nothing delights me more than to hear younger blues players offering authentic takes on our nation’s historic music and offering  it to the world for the delight of new audiences.

Russell has been playing guitar for the past 8 years and has been a blues enthusiast since hearing BB King, when he was a boy child about 8 years old. Currently the band is keeping very busy in their stomping grounds of the Port City Wilmington, NC, but look forward to branching out. They are seeking opportunities to the west in our own state and south, like Georgia, and South Carolina. They would happily travel north too, as they did last week.

This is a show stopping festival band. They offer a great mix of authentic blues standards and original music, that feels heavy in the history of the blues. When they came to town at the end of last week, there were six players, all tight and on the money.  Russell goes out with as many as seven players and always has a great rotation of ace players ready to roll. He says when you are interested in keeping the band full, you have to work with a rotation of players when you are working with so many people’s schedules.

To check out the band and to keep up with where they are playing, find them on Facebook by clicking here:

David Russell & The Port City Blues Band

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Live on stage for another show stopping set of guitar driven blues, was the Skyla Burrell Blues Band,  with special guest and long time friend from home, TA James, who now calls NC home, much like myself. It was an awesome night of bonding souls with music. I knew it would be worth the mid-week journey! This four piece blues outfit offers lots of stinging guitar leads, with chops that swap between lovers on stage and off. Skyla Burrell and Mark Tomlinson put on a fiery show of guitar greatness. On bass is the steady hands of Charlie Hilbert and behind the kit from MD is Ezell Jones. 

I met Tomlinson and Hilbert  nearly 25 years ago when they played with another guitarist out of PA, Back in 1994 when we met they, were The Blues Mission. So of course I made it my mission to check in with my sweet longtime friends. It is always refreshing to see their friendship is still holding true, still very much on a blues mission…and one like never before.  Currently they are south to offer a sizzling show to the lucky listeners in Florida this weekend. Here is how they left me…totally in a tizzy:

Do yourself a favor and check out this rockin blues outfit.  Should you get the chance, they are worth seeing live! I promise they will send you out with a boogie in your step!

Here is a the information on their brief southern trekk:


To buy and download their release Blues Scars visit the website at

Skyla Burrell Blues Band

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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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Live Music Events

If you have Facebook you can search the many music events happening throughout the state by clicking on:


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That is all my news and music that I found for your dancing pleasure. 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! Thanks for keeping me informed!


Please take kindness with you today and hug strangers. Don’t forget that life is short and could end in a moment, so make sure you take time to enjoy the dance. 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 event 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:

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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