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Staying Visible Stay Connected

I have been scratching my head over what to write about in this On The Road article while not being ‘on the road.’ It is indeed a strange time for touring musicians. Like most of us road-dog touring artists, the dates and tours are cancelled. Even at that, no one is sure how 2021 will play out. So the question ...

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Darrell Sings Hank

Darrell Scott is more than just a song writer. He is a master story teller. His studies of literature and poetry at Tuffs University as a college student served to solidify his career as a wordsmith of the highest order. He’s written songs for many other artists along the way including Faith Hill, Keb, Mo’, and Montgomery Gentry. One of ...

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Picker, Jon Stickley

Imagine that your life had a personal soundtrack. What would it sound like? Jon Stickley, a native North Carolinian and longtime national touring artist, has been interpreting his surroundings for so long that it’s natural that his music would evolve into a personal soundscape, lush with many miles of experience with his own Jon Stickley Trio. “I think the music ...

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Writing Slowly

This time of Covid, which is how I will always think of these days, has slowed everything down to the old days. The old days meaning a past I never lived until now. Part of me is very thankful for this time. I’ve been cooking every night, no going out to a restaurant or grabbing some fast food. To keep ...

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Outer Banks Music Jubilee

The year 2020 has not been kind to small business. The pandemic has imposed true hardships on the small business community. From our prospective here at AR, none seem to have been hit harder that the music business. Local music stores seem especially vulnerable. Some weeks ago, several of us from AR were spending a few days on North Carolina’s ...

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Cajun Music All Night

While the effects of the pandemic have crippled the music industry, still, for some, there is the occasional opportunity to get out and perform under the right circumstances. Long time friend and musician, Scott Murray, had one such opportunity recently, and it seemed too good of a story not to share. This is Scott’s story. I was living close to ...

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Little Wretches

Robert Wagner’s music roots run back a few years. He says he was part of what would be considered the first wave of punk rock in Pittsburg, PA. “I’ve lived in the Philly area since 2009, but I still bleed black and gold,” he laughed. “The first wave of punk music didn’t really hit Pittsburgh until 1978 or 1979 – ...

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The Grassifieds

Jim Grubbs grew up on a small family farm in Alabama where he loved to listen to his dad and brother play guitar. Jim says he actually has a treasured photograph of his dad from taken in 1946, holding a guitar when he was just a young man. “He played that guitar all my life, and all of his life. ...

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Brick By Brick

Although John Vento is a self proclaimed “late-bloomer” to the professional music scene, he didn’t waste anytime playing catch-up with the caliber of his music. His 2019 album, Love, Lust and Other Wreckage, earned him the IMEA Award for Best Americana Album. And the single, “Rainbows And Lightning,” reached the Top 20 on the iTunes Canada charts. While in his ...

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Ed Taylor Collective

Ed Taylor Collective (The ETC) is the latest musical venture for Auckland, NZ based Country/Americana guitarist, Ed Taylor. Although Ed has been a guitarist for the better part of his life, including attending the Auckland University School Of Music, majoring in Classical Guitar Performance in 1996, he didn’t start writing songs until about 10 years ago. That addition to his musical ...

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