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A little more than four years ago, I found myself on this strip of sand we call the Outer Banks, thousands of miles from my Southern Californian birthplace and what I now refer to as “back home.” Geographically and culturally they’re about as far away as one can get. But musically, not so mu…

There’s a palpable connection between musicians who love and perform with each other. You can see it, feel it — and on the best of nights —bask in the magic it brings. I noticed it the first time I was in the same room with Michelle and Jesse Fernandez, and they hadn’t even played a note. Th…

If Scott Franson were a brick and mortar structure, he’d be considered an OBX landmark. Like a lighthouse. Not only is he talented in a plethora of ways, he’s very opinionated with respect to how he views music and his place in it — that’s because he has a story to tell. Sure, as a looper us…

I have been trying to write about the players I haven’t covered before. There are so many who are worthy, and I can’t get to all of them in a season.

There are some excellent guitarists that earn a living and hone their chops on this beach. Dave Matthews’ axeman, Tim Reynolds, is probably the most renown, but I can easily include Joe Mapp, Ruth Wyand, Kevin Roughton, and Matt McGuire on this list. Each top drawer, yet each practicing a to…

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.

Shelli Gates is everywhere. At jams, open mics, concerts…you name it. She’s one busy lady. Besides earning her living as a respiratory therapist, she sings, plays, composes, co-founded a music nonprofit organization, works in various capacities at venues and concerts and — on top of it all —…

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.”

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. …