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Tracey Stones with Randall Hall, Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist 1987-1994

Breakfast with a Guitar Legend

When I last left you we were rocked by the Adam Hill Band who saved the day for a major race event at a golf course in Jacksonville, Fl. Though the trip and show were not what we were all hoping for, it end on an uplifting note with singing and laughter shared back at the hotel.


Following their two hour show the band packed up, came back to the hotel to gather some clothes and share a quick song and memory before they hit the road for home. Hill was signed up for a Battle of the Bands competition which kicked off at 5 pm on Saturday night. He did battle with himself when his band Victim of the Cause went head to head with Hill‘s former band which he played lead for, Solid Ground. Solid Ground won the competition and finished off the night for the Tuckahoe MC Anniversary Party!

For those looking for Hill this weekend, be sure to catch him with the band at North Street Burger Bar on Highway 70 East in Kinston, NC. Music plays from 10 pm til 1 am. Come get rocked.

Many of the members of Second Helping, however, took their time and packed up the next morning and hit the road following breakfast at Crackle Barrel with legendary guitarist Randall Hall. Hall played with Skynyrd after the band reunited and hit the road. He was hand picked by the man he replaced. Allen Collins had worked with Hall in his own band project and asked Hall to join the band following a crash which left Collins paralyzed. Hall left the band in 1994 and these days and since 1997 he has spent time working with the super group World Classic Rockers and his own project the Randall Hall Band.  

Though this last road date was a bust for Second Helping, the band has several dates closer to home in the coming months. To keep up to speed with them check out their site by visiting

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Back in The Bern with Hot Buttered Grits

We rolled back into town by 9 pm and after unpacking the car and a quick shower I headed to town to see how things turned out with The Hot Buttered Grits. They were rocking the patio on Saturday night at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion. I made it there just in time to catch the end of their last set.  What a great way to settle back in to the routine with tasty favorites offered by these locally grown groovers! The band will be back on the patio this winter, when they warm things up with their jams near the holidays!

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Steel Shot Serves the Fun in the Sun

On Sunday Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion offered the sounds of the Pamlico County duo, Steel Shot featuring birthday boy, Jeremy Lowery on bongos and vocals and Shawn Mitchell on the strings and vocals. They offered a fun show to wrap up the weekend on the patio with good music and cold beer. If you haven’t seen their show, it is very crowd inspired. You can see what I mean by checking them out on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Swansboro Yacht Club, 126 W Corbett Ave, Swansboro, NC, (910) 326-7272. Music plays on the deck from 4-7 pm.  They will also be rocking the Arendell Room 715 Arendell Ave., Morehead City, NC, (252) 240-2753; on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 from 9 pm until midnight. On Thursday, August 30, they will be rocking the Salt Bar from 9 pm til midnight.

When the duo is not busy rocking under the banner of Steel Shot, they are busy on the road with The Bryan Mayer Band. Lowery works hard as a stage hand and roadie while Mitchell manages the band and plays drums. To check out The Bryan Mayer Band look for them on stage tonight at Salt Bar. Music starts at 10 pm and they rock you til 1 am.

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Big Jim Brings the Blues to New Bern on Tuesday

Big Jim Kohler offered a great show on Tuesday night from the new stage of City Stage, 901 Pollock St., New Bern, NC. He was on hand with his band to deliver a full night of great blues music. With Kohler leading the way on vocals and guitar, he was joined on bass by Chris Butitta and Tom on drums. Later in the evening Kohler was accompanied by his bride Kathy Kohler who offered several spectacular numbers that brought the audience to their feet with applause and gratitude.

For anyone who missed the good times and awesome blues, please come out this Tuesday, August 28, 2018 when they promise to do it again! Music starts at 7 pm and the band plays til 9:30 pm. The City Stage offers a pub style menu, a great selection of beer, drink specials and live entertainment five nights a week.  In fact we will pick it up there again tomorrow with more from the midweek to the weekend.

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Getting Down Around Town

Tonight at  BrUtopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC music plays 7-10 pm, featuring The Take Kindlies. Nest Cafe serves the food. Come start the weekend here where the beer is cold, food is made fresh and live music to groove you. Tomorrow you can enjoy the music of Tommy Duzan Sr. being offered from 7-10 pm.

Checking out what is going down in the bars around town, here is what I know… The Brown Pelican has The Oblations tonight with free music being offered from 7-10 pm Tomorrow night come enjoy the music The Mother Notes on the books to rock you from 8-11 pm. The Brown Pelican, located at 411 Broad St.

Music at Circa1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. This weekend includes Dueling Pianos tonight from 7-11 pm for a $5.00 cover and on Saturday,  Carolina Swamp Dogs will be offering the blues tomorrow from 8-11 pm. On Sunday, Barefoot Wade  will be on the patio from 5-8 pm under the tent.

Over at Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant The Switch will be rocking the deck tonight from 7-10 pm. Tomorrow night, The Roman Sams come to own to rock em from 7-10 pm and on Sunday come out and groove



Next up, the newest venue in town, City Stage is offering a fun night of original music featuring Waking Tera, Break the Skyline and Bridge to Breakdown. Doors open at 8 pm music plays at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and the City Stage is located at 901 B Pollock St., New Bern, NC.

Tomorrow night they offer a night of Improv Comedy with the performance of Walk in Bathtub. Audience’s are part of the show! Give us your suggestions and watch us create hilarious unscripted scenes right before your eyes! This month featuring Walk in Bathtub, New Bern’s own Improv Team! Come and explore the hilarious, unpredictable world of Improv comedy.
7:00 pm Show – Tickets $7.00
City Stage is a Private Club. There is a $1.00 Annual Membership Fee.

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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

August 20 at 6:50 PM

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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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Thanks for Reading!

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