Venturing Around the State For Jazz in Clayton, NC, Country in Apex, NC; Before Closing out in Seven Springs, NC, with a Familiar Favorite!

On the Scene with Tracey Stones

Tracey Stones rocking with Samantha Holland, Roman Sams Band

On Saturday afternoon I caught a traveling jones, and set out for points unknown, looking for new territory and places to talk about. Meeting up with my buddy, Phillip Alcock, bass man for the Roman Sams, we took his advice and headed for a whiskey bar i Clayton, NC Revival 1869 is a beautiful bar with comfy old furniture and a fine jazz trio to help us pass the moment with music. We met the James Gilmore Trio and enjoyed their first set. They did some standards and offers a little blues too.

To give you a little background, James Gilmore is a guitarist, composer, and improviser. He leads the James Gilmore Trio as well as other projects. On Saturday one of the treats of the night was Gilmore featuring, Vattel Cherry on a beautiful upright bass. It was a great way to step into a Saturday night. To learn more about the artist find him at

For folks looking for new music places to check out, I highly recommend a trip to Clayton, NC is you are a fan of jazz or blues. Just two and a half hours from the coast, this a beautiful place with old town appeal. Plan on a day trip and stay the night too. They have shops, restaurants and great pubs and awesome bars to fancy.


We Go Country on the Next Stop Where We Meet Johnny Orr in Apex, NC

For many moons, I have been announcing the dates of this next stringer and singer with a strong country voice and chords to match.  After enjoying a spoonful of jazz we set out to change things up and went country when we rolled into Apex to enjoy a fun set of Johnny Orr at Doherty’s Irish Pub in Apex, NC. The bar was full and the crowd was delighted as folks, sang along and danced throughout the night. The service was great, the beer was cold and the music was rocking.

The player offers a variety of songs and leans heaviest on familiar country standards. After hearing his original number, it becomes clear he is destined for Nashville, TN. Though he has made his rounds through the music city, he is our own here in NC.  For fans and friends looking for him tonight, be sure to head to Tabacco Road Brewing Company 505 W Jones St., Raleigh, NC. This show is FREE, but feel free to tip this hard-working stringer. Come early for the cold beer and stay late to dance the night away! To keep up with the entertainer, find him on Facebook at


Adam Hill Rocks Crossroads on Saturday and Came to New Bern on Sunday

I spent some time with the rocking stringer, Adam Hill who offered a few acoustic shows in our areas last weekend. I caught him on my way back to New Bern on Saturday when I stopped at Crossroads Grill and Bar, located on Highway 55 West, Seven Springs, NC. He was in New Bern to close out his weekend on the patio at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. Offering the dinner show, the venue has two new tents to help shade and keep folks dry in the event of weather.

The Adam Hill Band has an exciting week ahead. The band is getting set to open the first night of Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival at the New Bern Farmer’s Market on South Front Street, New Bern, NC. The event is next Friday, July 20. Gates for the event open at 5 pm and music starts on the Smith Stage at 5:30 pm. To get your tickets, please visit this site now:

Following their performance at Bernaroo, the band will hit the road for a show at the West Virginia State Fair and Expo on Saturday, July 21, 2018. They return to the state for some Sunday Funday on Sunday, July 22 at HarborSite Bar, in Sneads Ferry, NC with music starting at 2 pm. To keep up with the band visit

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The Blogger is on Vacation


My son asked me if I would take him to a show in Washington, DC. My son, rarely asks me for anything. When he told me there was a music event that he wanted to see, it seemed like the best thing to do was pack a bag and hit the road. On Thursday, July 12, 2018, my music awareness was expanded to a new level when we attended the Hatsune Miku Expo 2019 at the Anthem in Washington, DC.

This was my first experience enjoying a cultural phenomenon which I knew nothing about. The band stays completely in the shadows while the animated singer dances about the stage. It was really quite a production and probably more technical than one might realize. I was impressed with the band and tried my best to feature them in some of my videos on the night!


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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

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Facebook Events Link

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

Live Music Events Around NC from Facebook

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