So You Think It’s Easy, Building A Band! HA! Happy Saturday, Let’s Shake it One Time!

On the Scene with Tracey Stones


When the Blues Come Calling, Just Celebrate the Music


What’s that? More Blues Music? Well Alright!!! As you might have learned in yesterday’s installment, the blues is alright so we shall celebrate them more! Last Sunday evening I took a trip to Durham to enjoy the Triangle Blues’ Society’s blues jam at The Blue Note Grill; 709 Washington St., Durham, NC.  This is a monthly event which takes place on the first Sunday of each month. It is a fun platform for displaying all of the areas hopeful blues talents. The Society uses this night to promote their work in supporting local blues artists.


One of the things they do is hold a competition each year in August, to see which local artist will travel to Memphis, TN to represent the area in the International Blues Competition. This event takes place each year during the first week of February. Acts from all over the world compete for recognition.

As part of the monthly jam, they host a 50/50 raffle to help fund the local winner’s trip to Memphis. While I was in the house, a familiar talent won the prize:

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Blues harmonica man Mark Heffington won the prize and much like the good-hearted Doctor often does, he donated the winnings to the overall cause!

The jam itself is well-organized and everyone seems to rank on the professional side of the sounds. Each band formation offered three selections before new members came calling.

All of the formations boasted talented players and some combinations offered unique flavorings, such as three rotations in we are treated to what I deemed the cello blues band complete with horn and harmonica!

With so many familiar faces and amazing talents on stage, it was a great night that the entire crowd enjoyed. If you would like to check out the Triangle Blues Society’s Monthly Open Jam hosted by The Herded Cats a talented group featuring Sallie Gossett on Vocals, Art Champagne on Guitar, Robert Humpreys on Saxophone, Herb Shelly on drums and Anne Shrago on bass. Be sure to catch them in action again next month
at The Blue Note Grill mark your calendars for June 3rd meet me there!

The Blue Note Grill is a great venue to enjoy delicious food, good service and the best in blues music. You can find the supper club on Facebook here:

For those of you who are not Facebook friendly, please visit their website:


Tonight Celebrate Birthday Fun with the Beauty Operators



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So You Want to Build A Band

Shining a Light on Artist Development

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Fairlight Moriah has been working hard on finding players that will blend with her style for the many gigs she has coming up on the calendar.  It seems easy enough. Pick up your life and wander halfway across the land and rebuild yourself in a town full of strangers, but big on love for music and the musicians that bring it! That is pretty much the script for Fairlight’s life these days.

Things started to come together which helped her settle her soul in the critical thinking bible belt. That in and of itself has been a task for the free-range thinker and spiritual healer. She is what some devoted Christians might call a heathen. But that is never her belief and really, she is as loving and true as a person can be. In my world shows she is a child of God with blessings to share with the world.

Beyond music, she has gifts of healing and spiritual guidance. She is a creative songwriter and a dancer as well as dynamic singer who can belt the blues, scat to jazz and soar through standards like she wrote them herself.

These days she is keeping busy seeking out players to use in her Scorpio Moon project. So, to understand the direction of this band, let me point out that the talented singer was born under the Scorpio moon and she will be the first to tell you that it is an ever-changing moon. A powerful one too. That being said she is seeking out a couple of steady players to be a rotating part of her band.

Recently she made an alliance with a drummer and bandleader Freddie Scungio.  They are working things out with many area players ranging from traditional blues players to that of standard jazz players. Over the next several weeks she will be performing with many known area talents as she showcases them as well as herself.

The first show on the books is happening tonight. Fairlight Moriah and The Scorpio Moon will perform at The New Village Brewery, 702 Broad St., Oriental, NC. Music is offered from 6-8 pm and will feature the bad ass blues of Big Jim Kohler on guitar and Scungio behind the kit with Fairlight Moriah taking us home with her powerful vox!

Blues is My Bizness says Big Jim!


This event is a charitable one in support of the Arts. Here is more on that from the Facebook event:

Blues in the Beer Garden!

What better way to wrap up a day at the Art on the Neuse Festival, than listening to some soul-stirring blues with friends? Fairlight Moriah & The Scorpio Moon will perform live at The New Village Brewery, in Oriental, NC, Saturday, May 12 (from 6-8pm). A blues singer with Colorado roots, Fairlight is a newcomer to Eastern NC. Don’t miss this big blues force rocking our little village! The concert is FREE, and the The New Village Brewery & Taproom is donating $1 for every pint sold all day to Children’s Theater Workshop!”

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Some of the other players that Fairlight will be keeping in the rotation are her friends from The Carolina Swamp Dogs. The authentic blues trio always helps this powerful singer sound so pretty. She will be rehearsing in the coming week with these boys and Miquela DeLeon for shows coming up next Friday, May 18, 2018, at Circa 1810 Bar at the Harvey Mansion. That show is 8-11 pm and free for all music lovers.

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All that Jazz

Another thing we can expect from the diverse and talented singer is some shows featuring some standards in a show and in jazz. In fact, it was last week that we crashed at my friend Margaret Rose’s house. The pianist once kept busy with Harbour Jazz but the trio has been silent for some time. The players get together for the community events, such as “The Follies

Knowing their potential I brought Fairlight long to meet Rose, and her friends, Bob Dumon on trumpet and crooner Ann Sorocki. It wasn’t too long into rehearsal before Fairlight joined in and wowed the room of spectators. Before the night was over the quartet was committed to working on bringing music to our community later in the month. They will perform at Fairfield Harbour for a residence the only event taking place at Red Sail Park on Sunday, May 20, 2018, for a picnic in the park.

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More Blues Music Well Alright!

Did Someone say Swamp Dogs?


Being a big fan of the blues, it seems only natural for me to be drawn to the stylings and flavors of The Carolina Swamp Dogs. They are a trio of retired Marines that go deep into the roots of the music form. Digging up the souls of Howlin’ Wolf and making Muddy Waters proud, this trio is based out of Jacksonville and enjoy playing festivals and private functions most of all.

Tonight the band is performing at Huffman Vineyards, 221 Haw Branch Rd, Richlands, NC, tonight with music starting at 5 pm. There will be a pig for picking, wine for tasting and staff will be looking for customers to appreciate all day as they celebrate their Customer Appreciation Day!

The band is also a feature in this month Folks Journal which will host a release party in New Bern tonight at the Brown Pelican! Be sure to pick up your copy before they run out!

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Happy To Be Hell Bent on Adam Hill


I met up with many friends on Thursday night to enjoy the sounds of one unplugged yet fierce Adam Hill, who played a three-hour show is the bar at Village Steakhouse & Pub, located right on Highway 70 East in Goldsboro, NC. Besides serving up the finest in filet, the venue offers a fresh salad bar and many food specials. On Thursday nights you can enjoy live and local music from the bar.

Some of those in attendance included Feral Cat Kimberly Kornegay, who dined with me and Chris and Laura McCallister, of Mimic Band and Second Helping fame. In fact, the latest news is that Adam Hill Band will be logging some road time this summer, with several shows on the books for the band to open shows for Second Helping. They are 10 piece band based mostly out of Lenoir County offering tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd. AHB and SH will log miles together in July as they hit the road for points south. More on that in the weeks ahead!

For those looking to fill up on Hill tonight head to the coast and look for him live at Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Company 709 Arendell St
Morehead City, NC. Music is served from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Come get rocked by this serious stringer with gripping chops and awesome original works!

To keep in the know on all this Adam Hill check out his website by following this link:

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In Case I Forgot to Mention, I saw



Local Artist Opens for Legend in Wilmington, NC on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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Randy McQuay Sets the Stage to Welcome Blues Lovers

If life is about the highlights, then this is might be the blues highlight of the year for Randy McQuay. A talented stringer and singer that offers an authentic dose of delta blues, while paying homage to the greats, including the man he opened for when Blue Bus Entertainment brought a lesson, in the blues to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington, NC on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. He closed out his set paying tribute to the man who would grace the stage after him, legendary bluesman Buddy Guy. He offered a beautiful rendition of Guy’s “Feels Like Rain.”

McQuay is a blues player supported by the Cape Fear Blues Society. Last year McQuay won the local challenge to go to Memphis for the International Blues Competition and came home a winner of that competition as well. Since then life has remained busy for the blues stringer, who is married, in love with his life and expanding his repertoire by adding fatherhood to the journey.

To keep up with McQuay you can find him on Facebook by checking out this link:

For those that are not connected to Facebook, check out the area blues artist by visiting his website at:

McQuay keeps busy around the Wilmington area and ventures to points south. If you like delta blues, you will enjoy this guy a lot.

For those looking to get a little of this artist, you can catch him live at Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry St, Wilmington, NC. Music is offered 8-10 pm this evening!


Excitement Sets In Anticipation Builds

And Then the Stuff that Legends are Made Of

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Just moments after the opening act cleared out and a following a few minor tune-ups, Buddy Guy and the Damn Right Blues Band came to call with one of Guy’s signature songs,  “Damn Right I Got The Blues” which I captured on film for my readers.

Buddy Guy, Damn Right I Got the Blues

Throughout the week, I have been telling everyone that I was either going to see or just saw BUDDY GUY. The only thing that stumps my enthusiasm is when someone says, “Who’s that?”

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My goodness!!! Are you kidding me? Do you have some time to go back to school? I’d love to teach you a thing or two. I mean seriously, let’s talk.

Buddy Guy is a living legend in the blues world. There are not many left, in fact, he is definitely the last of the greats that this heart has loved. I learned his name when I fell in love with the Rolling Stones. It was in the middle of an interview on the radio with Keith Richards that first brought my attention to the slaying ax player! If I was to guess, I would say that was about 1981. I was 12 years old!

Following that introduction, I got my hands on some old recordings from the mid 60’s that featured the duo, Guy with Junior Wells. Those cassette tapes were my introduction to the blues and I was captivated. I was 13 and was still unaware that Stevie Ray Vaughan was getting ready to woodshed my soul! Here on Wednesday night, we saw Buddy Guy in his element, at his podium, poised and telling the crowd about his education in music and even gave a mention of his friends, The Rolling Stones while educating us all on the history of his journey.

I would first come study Guy closely during my days as a national blues reporter, just before the release of  “LIVE! The Real Deal!” A live release featuring Guy with GE Smith and The Saturday Night Live Band. When my editor told me, I would be sitting down to meet Buddy Guy at a hotel in two weeks, it took about both weeks for me to contain myself enough just to do the interview. It was definitely one of the great highlights of my journey through the blues as a reporter. Back then he was eager to share stories of the greats he came to know on stage.  And we covered them all like he still does today from the stage!

Some of my fondest memories of this blues player are 22 years old and probably well faded into the mind of this amazing man, but for me, they burn like visions of yesterday. This man sat down and spoke to me for 40 minutes in the lobby of a beautiful mid-town hotel and shared moments of his life with me and two of my friends.

Two months following that interview I would experience Buddy Guy live for the first time at Tramps in New York City. Again, these are moments that won’t ever leave my memory. I had media access and took advantage of crossing the line to get as close as I could. He was 60 years old and I was 27! I stood there in awe all night, especially when he walked through the crowd, stopped and addressed me with a sweet loving greeting! Not much has changed over the years, as I stood there again in complete amazement by the sights and sounds I was witnessing.

Through all of the moves and changes that life has thrown at me, I never lost sight of that tape or the words Guy shared with me that day. In fact, anytime I ever wanted to give up on writing and all of my dreams of capturing the stories of great music makers, I would take that tape out and restart my dream engine.

He told me about his days in school, and how different it was back then when he lived in Louisiana. We talked about how parents raise kids today and how kids report parents for bad behavior! He admitted not being a very good student and confessed how he never even learned to read music.

He preached a little about how he never gave up on playing and confessed how much life changed for him after he received a call from his friend Eric Clapton. “I know I was thinking about putting it down for a minute but then, that’s when  Eric Clapton called and invited me to be a part of his 24 Night at Royal Albert Hall. That phone call changed my life.” Guy recalled. Following those shows, Guy would return ready to set the world on fire with his blues and his career has been on GO ever since! He would sign to Silvertone Records and release some of his greatest works! I can’t wait for the next one!

Steadfast in tradition, Guy still takes the time to walk through and play to the crowd. He still does this during another staple song,  the title track from his 1994 release, “Slippin’ In”

If you really don’t know Buddy Guy, or if you know who he is but still have yet to experience him live, please check out his upcoming dates and go see this man perform. He will turn 82 in July and still offers a fierce and fiery show that should be experienced by all fans of music. For it is the blues where all music is based, and this man is the finest professor out there today!


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Live Music Options for

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Rockin’ Around The Region


Honky tonk outlaw and bad ass guitar man Bill Lyerly will be live at AJ McMurphy’s 1914 Turnbury Dr., Greenville, NC. Music is offered from 8:30 -11:30 pm. If you like woodshedding guitar, classic rock grooves and catchy southern fried sounds, come enjoy this awesome artist while he is still stateside. The recording artist keeps busy performing shows throughout his homeland in North Carolina as well as a home away from home across the pond in Spain.



Looking around the triangle area we find Andrew Kasab performing for the folks that gather at Uncorked: Retail Wine & Tasting Shop, 10511 Shadowlawn Dr. Ste 111, Raleigh, NC. Music is served for you from 7-9 pm.



For those looking to get rocked tonight here is a great choice. The AC DC Tribute Band Thunderstruck will be rocking the house at DJ’s Restaurant & SkyLounge, 1502 W Innes St, Salisbury, NC. The party gets started at 9 pm and they party with fan til the break of a new day. If you like AC/DC, this is the band to see. Based out of the triangle area they have been rocking the region for many years, thrilling fans everywhere!



Live tonight at Tippett’s Mill, 15528 Taylors Mill Rd, Zebulon, NC you can catch the fun combo of rowdy souls with Tommy Redd and Too Tall together tonight with music starting at 7 pm and ending around 11 pm. This show is always a fun one, so come out and show your support and rock the night away.



The Tarheel Presents:
Official: David Allan Coe
wsg: Anderson Elswick

Patio Pre-Party Featuring
Tyler Godfrey Music

Saturday, May 12th, 2018
Doors: 7:00 PM | Show: 8:00 PM
Purchase Tickets:

Gold Circle Seating* (LIMITED)
$60 – Row 1 – SOLD OUT
$50 – Row 2-4 – Limited Seating
* Gold Circle Seating Includes:
– One (1) Ticket
– Guaranteed One (1) Seat for Row(s) Purchased
– Separate VIP Entry

Standing Room Only!
$20 GA ADV | $25 GA DOS

$50 Jack Daniels’ Side Stage Lounge* (LIMITED) (21+ ONLY)
* Side Stage Lounge Includes:
– One (1) Ticket
– Access to the Jack Daniels’ Side Stage Lounge
– Access to the JD Private Bar
– Seating – Though chairs and tables are provided in the lounge, seating availability is not guaranteed.

$225 VIP Box Seating* (LIMITED)
* Booth Seating Includes:
– Four (4) Tickets
– Private Elevated Box w/ Four-Bar Chairs
– Separate VIP Entrance
– One (1) Front Door Reserved Parking Space
– Waitress Service



The 8th Annual Carolina Strawberry Festival is going on today in Wallace, NC and look what’s being offered:

Saturday we do it all again….and add vendors, 5k, fair food, helicopter rides, Knights in Shining Armor, Dare Devil Dog Show, Classic Car Show, Little Miss Strawberry Pageant, BBQ Sandwiches and Strawberry Shortcake, Beer & Wine Garden, FREE music from Harvey Dalton Arnold and the Polar Bear Blues Band…TrainWreck…All My Rowdy Friends Hank Williams Jr Tribute Band, and Chocolate Chip & Company Band off the strand at Myrtle Beach! Get ready to dance, play and party!!!!

Learn more at

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A full day of Bluegrass, NC BBQ and Craft Brew – fun for the whole family!!! $10 all day.



Down East Fok Society Presents


Guitarist and fingerstyle champion, Christie Lenée will be performing tonight at the
Unitarian Coastal Fellowship,1300 Evans St, Morehead City, North Carolina. Music will be offered from 7:30 -10 pm. If you missed her in New Bern last night and have other plans for this evening, please note the entertainer has a couple more show around the state. To help you learn more, here is what I found on her website:

“This unique guitar work is often compared to Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie Lenée’s pieces have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim in Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, and Stanley Jordan to name a few. Her album “Live at the Hideaway Cafe” was one of three finalists for “Best Album of 2014” (Indie Acoustic Project Awards), including the song “Love Who You Are” nominated for a 2016 Posi Award in the category “Songs for Personal Transformation.”

Christie’s newly released album “STAY” is a collection of hopeful, inspiring songs featuring special guest Tim Reynolds on the title track “Stay,” “Sun Shines Through” and “Journey of My Own”. The album also contains 3 instrumental pieces produced by the legendary and Multi-Grammy Award Winning Producer Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records). These glorious instrumental pieces vary, from “Soaring Over Glacier Bay” with 27 cellos and a symphonic essence, to “Sunset Rebirth” with a bamboo flute, and the simplicity of “Sweet Little Piece” on the 12 string Soprano Veillette Guitar.

The title track “Stay” shines a bright light on suicide awareness and prevention. Christie’s message is that every person is special and has something unique to contribute to this world. “I intend to translate to the listener that it’s okay to go through rough times. In those moments when you feel like running… whether from a job, a relationship, or running from life itself… Take a breath. Stay, and know that there is another way. You’re the only one who can be you.” – Christie Lenée

The new album “Stay” was released on October 1st and will be followed by expansive touring in the US, Australia, Asia, Canada and Europe in 2017.

For more check out her website at:



Mac & Juice Quartet will perform at the Crystal Coast tonight with a show set for fans at Off the Hook, located at 105 S 7th St., Morehead City. NC. The band will be offering their jams to fans walking the waterfront as they set up on the deck and groove the night away. Music plays from 10 pm until 1:30 am. Come out and support live music and dance on the deck tonight!



Little Cecil will be performing this evening for the fine folks that come out to The Tipsy Turtle Tavern, located at 408 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach, NC. The string will offer his sounds from 9 pm until 1 am.


Checking out the music scene in Swansboro tonight, I have a couple of great options. First up we have 4EverAll offering their sounds to the fans that gather at Bake, Bottle, and Brew, 147 N Front St., Swansboro, NC. The romantic duo will play their music from 6-9 pm.



Following the show at BB&B head up the street to 103 W Moore St Swansboro and enjoy a fun set of music at The Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant with Hank Barbee and his dusty Trio. Barbee was in New Bern last night with the full band. So if you missed that show, here is a great opportunity to enjoy a nice ride to the coast, some savory tastes to feast upon, and delicious music to delight you. They will play from 9 pm until midnight.

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Gettin’ Down Around New Bern

BrUtopia is all Beer and Live Music


Sam Lewis is slotted to deliver the songs you love tonight at Brutopia, 1201 Highway 70 East, New Bern, NC. Music plays from 7-10 pm while the beer flows throughout the day and night, with the freshest beer being offered to fans of the small microbrewery.  It was to be Mari’s Hella Fat Food Truck was to be on site serving the food tonight, but sadly, the food truck burned while parked outside the Brown Pelican last night.


As a way of giving back to this hardworking lady and her family that feeds our community. The Brown Pelican will be collecting donations to get the food truck operation back rolling through the streets again. Please consider dropping by to offer some love to this cause!


Bouncing Over to the Dirty Bird


3..2..1..LAUNCH! FOLKS Journal invites you to join us in celebrating the ARTS, MUSIC, and PEOPLE of New Bern FOLKS Journal style. We are featuring Radiance Aglow and JOE BROWN & The BAND. Help us congratulate Leigh-Ann and Meg as they usher in this new era of creativity and excitement about everything New Bern!

All of the fun is happening tonight at The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., New Bern, NC Fun starts at 7:45 pm Radiance Aglow will dance and following their show, Joe Brown & The Band will rock the house until it is time to head home for the night! As mentioned above there will be a collection for Mari’s Hella Fat Food Truck



Smokehouse will be rocking the stage at Triple Play Sports Bar & Restaurant, 111 Williams Rd., New Bern. The New Bern based rock band gives up the music from 9 pm until closing.



Come out to the patio to enjoy the talented Pete Pawsey Trio, live from 8-11 pm at Circa 1810 Bar at The Harvey Mansion, 221 S Front St., New Bern, NC.

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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

May 7 at 6:36pm

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

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Facebook Events Link

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!

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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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