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As founder/owner of the Arlington, Virginia-based Inner Ear Studios, Don Zientara nurtured and helped young, disaffected musicians find their voices and assisted in having those voices heard, worldwide, no less.

The first artist I heard when I moved to the Outer Banks was Natalie Wolfe. She was performing on a Friday night at a venue that shall remain nameless. I had checked out the online menu and knew it was a bit out of my price range, so I kind of slinked in door and tried to inconspicuously han…

I first met John Saturley at Five Guys in early-2016. He was there with his wife Taylor. I was there with my lady, Belinda, and she whispered, “That’s John, the main guy in Zack Mexico.”

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So, I get to the Outer Banks nearly four years ago, and I’m perusing the music listings in COAST and online, and I keep seeing “Dr. Tom” and/or “Pairadocs.” My first thought was, “If this guy is a real doctor, why would he be working as a musician?”

Singer-guitarist Monte Hooker has been a fixture on the Outer Banks for 35 years. When he’s not troubleshooting pump and control panel issues for Environtech — from Corolla to Hatteras, Moyock to Englehard to Swan Quarter — he’s wowing crowds at local hot spots, including Hurricane Mo’s, Art…

When I arrived on the Outer Banks, (3½ years ago), I was already familiar with Harry Harrison, having watched a live acoustic performance in California via the long-dead Meerkat live streaming app. I’d also caught an electric show at a pizza joint in Nags Head, while I was on vacation here. …