Saturday, Aug. 1

The Burton Murray Band

The instrumental-vocal duo of Randy Burton and Marc Murray, performing a no-cover, outdoor gig at Roadside Bar and Grill in Duck, doesn’t really sound like anybody else on the Outer Banks.

“We have these different instruments and sound textures,” says the 60-something Burton in explaining the duo’s uniqueness.

Burton is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays mandolin, acoustic guitar, Dobro and a 12-string Rickenbacker electric guitar. The latter instrument is revered for its gorgeous chiming, ringing tone and has adorned recordings by, among others, Tom Petty, The Beatles (George Harrison on “If I Needed Someone,” for starters) and The Byrds.

“It really lends itself to acoustic songs,” says Burton, who lives in Duck. “I plug in, but it’s not overly loud.”

Murray, who also lives in Duck, is a singer-songwriter-guitarist who released a self-titled CD of Americana originals last year.

Both musicians also play solo gigs around town. They started performing together in 2019 and play every Saturday at Roadside.

“He had a bunch of (guitar) songs,” says Burton of the band’s formation, “and we added other instruments.

“It just worked.”

Both men sing lead and they harmonize beautifully.

The duo cuts a wide swath through popular music, taking in British rock, blues, country, folk and rock. Their play list includes The Beatles (“Norwegian Wood” is a standout), Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, the Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam, Lyle Lovett, the Band and Led Zeppelin, as well as some of Murray’s originals.

  • When: 7-10 p.m.
  • Cost: No cover
  • Where: Roadside Bar and Grill, 1193 Duck Road, Duck
  • Info: 252-261-5729

Randy Burton plays a free, solo show from 8- 11 p.m. Fridays at the Shack Coffee Shop and Beer Garden, 1148 Ocean Trail, Corolla; and 6-9 p.m. Sundays and Mondays at Aqua Restaurant, 1174 Duck Road, Duck.

Marc Murray performs a free gig from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Village Table and Tavern, 1314 Duck Road, Duck.

Friday, July 31; Wednesday, Aug. 5- Friday, Aug. 7

Natalie Wolfe

The local musician plays three outdoor, no-cover shows this week.

She’s been a fixture on the Outer Banks music scene since 2011.

Wolfe is a gifted songwriter and first-rate interpreter of artists’ material, which makes her a good choice for most any setting.

Accompanying herself on a Taylor 314-CE acoustic guitar, Wolfe’s presentation is sturdy and stately. Her voice is clear and expressive, equally adaptable for big rock songs, upbeat pop jams, gentle ballads and earnest folk and country tunes.

For club shows, she mixes covers and originals, including the excellent folk-alternative tunes “Alive” and “Miles Away.”

Wolfe’s covers range from Lionel Richie to U2 to John Lennon. Recent additions to her playlist include Kasey Musgraves, Dan Auerbach and Imagine Dragons.

And don’t try to play “Stump the Band” with Wolfe. She’s been known to dust off such nuggets as Dream Academy’s “Life in a Northern Town,” Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” and Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.”

Of late, Wolfe’s been dipping into the thick catalog of the iconic songwriter John Prine, who died in April. Her haunting, reverent treatment of Prine’s “In The Town This Small” is both fragile and strong.

  • Cost: No cover
  • When and Where: 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Tiki Bar at Outer Banks Marina, 708 Harbor Road, Wanchese; 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Village Table and Tavern, 1314 Duck Road, Duck; 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., milepost 8.5, Kill Devil Hills; and 6-9 p.m., Friday at Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop, 305 Queen Elizabeth St., Manteo
  • Info: Outer Banks Marina on Facebook; villagetableandtavern.com, obbrewing.com

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