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Behind The Scenes With Tracey Stones


 Artist development is my favorite process of this music business. It involves all of the stuff you don’t get to see. The behind the scenes work that helps make the artist shine brighter, when they come into the light of the stage set. It is the talks and the idea swapping. The brainstorming that fuels the future.

This week the focus was on Fairlight Moriah and the wonder of knowing her. This lady is full of soul and truths to share. Her songs are moving and amazing, and she can carry them without even a band. That is just like nothing I have ever worked with, so I am very excited to know her and honored to work with her.

With my roots resting here and points North and hers deep in the soil of Colorado, we decided it won’t take much to put a tour route together, not just for her but other acts as well. We are both inspired by the idea of helping other artists, so I feel good about knowing her and working with together.

No matter who she takes the stage with, she commands your full attention. She is a powerhouse and I am working on the development of her site and social media stage.

I am dedicated to bringing her around the state until she finds her NC band members.

This weekend the singer is flying back to her stomping grounds, to lay down a couple of tracks for a friend who is working on a studio project. Days after her return, she will be heading into the studio here with John Jones, for a performance on Music Monday. You will be able to tune in and hear that on Monday, January 29, 2018. Music Mondayairs on 96.3 FM on Thunder Country, and Music Monday is a weekly segment that is featured during the Raeford Brown Morning Show. They shine a light on local artists making music around NC and I try to do my share of bringing in fresh artists for the show.

The singer is also a holistic healer and singing coach. She is available for singing lessons and live shows as well. She is searching for a band and has truly enjoyed sometime performing with Adam Hill. I have great plans of pairing these two together for a special house concert that will be available for viewing via the Guitar Resources Page. I will keep you informed of that as it unfolds and comes together.

My good friend, Justin Castellano invited me to be a part of his great ideas and I am taking full advantage of the invitation. I think this is going to be a great service I can offer bands and people who can’t get out to see music but wish to enjoy it still.  I will link these performances here and added them to my YouTube page as well.

Virtual tip jars will be created and this will help support the artist who are hoping to record. If you enjoy what you hear and see, you will be able to help support and advance the dreams of many aspiring artists. It doesn’t matter if you donate a penny or a hundred dollars. This is going to be a great way for artists to expand their fan base on the internet and attract more attention to their craft.

What excites me most about it is, that I will be working the camera and developing the production. This is going to amazing work that brings live music to a new level.

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On The Scene With Tracey Stones


Bryan Mayer Music at the Mansion

Switching gears now, we go from artists development to already developed artist’s, with the celebration of New Bern’s own country crooner, Bryan Mayer. Tagged the tallest man in country music, Mayer is tall on talent. He brought it all to the patio last Sunday and enjoyed a rare and intimate gathering with his hometown friends.

This local talent embraced by Nashville TN, is heading South to be a part of the CAS taking place at The House of Blues, this Monday evening. The band is up for several awards, including bass man Mike Sandvig, nominated as Musician of the Year. Mayer will be offering his new single “Chevy Girl” at the event. To get tickets and watch it all live, tell the boss you have to leave work early for the sake of supporting live music. Any rational boss will bless your heart and send you on your way.

If you happen to miss that, no worries, just Keep it here!


New Bern Takes a Pause for The Cause

BBQ In Blue Jeans

BBQ in Blue Jeanstook Center stage in New Bern last night. This annual fundraiser takes place each year, to support and honor of our local firemen as it raises money for the New Bern Firemen’s Museum, located downtown on Broad Street.

On the bill for the entertainment, for all to delight and dance was Take Two. The duo of friends, Les Wetherington and Mark Shelton offered up a fine selection of classic rock and standard country sounds. Before their set finished Cynthia Martinez offered a few selections to keep the night interesting. They opened the night as the crowd gathered for their meal of great BBQ, served by Moore’s Old Fashioned BBQ, located on Highway 17 North in New Bern, NC.

At the conclusion of dinner, prizes were offered and the sponsors of the event were celebrated. Following those festivities 3 Day Weekend brought the masses onto the dance floor, for a fun rocking night of familiar favorites. It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces and hug so many sweet necks as we all gathered for this great cause.

Making them all sound good last night was a couple of familiar faces…with sound and lights being offered by Burnside Audio under the direction of  Wick Wickline. He often does the great work for many of 3 Day Weekends events and of course, his band The BiPolar Express, who you can catch on February 3, 2018  The Market Street Pub in Washington. Mark the date as that will be a new venue for the band, so be sure to show your support.


Reggae Rocks the Bern

Monjah made their return to New Bern as they rocked the patio last night with their reggae grooves. They had the people on their feet and locked in the groove of their beats throughout the night.

This is a great example of artist development. I caught the band more than a year and a half ago in Beaufort, and since that time they have become a business, tight in the groove and working hard to make their name known. They are a fun band out of Carteret County, that has been sharing their vibes throughout the state. The four piece ensemble is original and in their deliver and fun to watch. Be sure to catch a show when they come to a town near you. Even in the chill of the winter, they will warm your soul and make you celebrate the music Mon!

To keep up with the band and to learn more about them please visit their website.



The Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC offers live music four nights a week starting with Dueling Pianos each Thursday, local bands on Friday and Saturday and a Supper shows on Sunday. Rounding out the rest of this weekend you can find Corey Stuart live tonight under the tent bringing the 80’s to the Bern. He will be rocking from 8-11 pm. Tomorrow evening you can enjoy the sounds of Steel Shot live from 5-8 pm. Make plans for a fun sunday supper with great music to wash it down.

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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

January 16 at 6:50pmThese events and so many more are available now on the new calendar app which I posted on the side of the page and as a page tab in the menu above. Be sure to visit all of the pages and look for big changes here in the NEW YEAR!

Thanks so much for and rocking around the state with me. Come back next year for more music fun and memories shared.

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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 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!


Take kindness with you today, tip those that serve you and the music makers that rock you and hug and share 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 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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