Thursday, July 1
Southern Accents: A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Unless you’ve been living in a cave in Outer Mongolia, Tom Petty has been in your ears for more than four decades.
He’s a staple on rock and pop radio stations, with dozens of songs in heavy rotation.
And there’s a reason for that.
The late singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist (Petty died in 2017) was the ultimate craftsman, churning out timeless tunes that merged Southern rock with folk, country and blues, accented by lyrics with sharp observations about love, social issues and living on the edge.
Petty’s range was astounding, from the chugging, defiant “Don’t Do Me Like That” to the anthemic “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and the wistful “Wildflowers.”
He also had great instincts, putting together the Heartbreakers, a backing band that hit all the right notes.
As Petty once told a reporter: “The real magic of rock and roll music is that it sounds so free.”
On Thursday, July 1, the Nashville-based Southern Accents (named for the 1985 Petty album) will pay tribute to the legendary artist at the Beach Klub at Koru Village in Avon
The tribute band fondly recreates Petty’s music with a show that mixes the hits with lesser-known material.
In the former category are, among others, “Breadown,” “American Girl,” “The Waiting,” “Into the Great Wide Open” and “Refugee.”
A few of the deep tracks include “A Face in the Crowd,” “Dreams of Flying” and “Rebels.”
The outfit also has been known to remake The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” a nod to George Harrison, Petty’s buddy from The Traveling Wilburys.
So, get ready to sing along and put your hands in the air like you don’t care.
And, of course, have your cell phones fully charged to light up the night sky.
When: Thursday, July 1, 7 p.m.
Where: Beach Klub at Koru Village, 41027 Highway 12, Avon (Hatteras Island)
Tuesday, June 29
Imagine you have two good friends who happen to be superb musicians playing on your back porch. That should give you some sense of a Fixity performance.
The acoustic duo includes Sherri Linn on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Bernie Lee on guitar and vocals. They play outdoors every Tuesday at the Tap Shack in Duck.
The Hampton Roads-based twosome calls themselves “an Americana music machine” on Facebook, and they put an innovative spin on tunes by Joni Mitchell, John Prine, Gillian Welch, Johnny Cash, Bobbie Gentry, Townes Van Zandt, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, among others. The duo also has a deep affection for the Grateful Dead and The Beatles.
Pretty much anything by the two bands is within reach, including “Here Comes the Sun,” “Ripple,” “I’m Only Sleeping” and “Friend of the Devil.”
Linn and Lee breathe life into well-traveled material, such as “Jolene,” “Poncho and Lefty,” “Ode to Billie Joe,” “Walking After Midnight,”Paradise” and “Both Sides, Now.”
When was the last time you heard those gems in a bar?
Fixity’s instrumentation is both casual and skillful, and Lee and Linn’s harmonies are crisp and close.
They are also first-rate songwriters. The duo’s original song “Lay Low” was featured recently on Paul Shugrue’s “Out of Box” program on public radio station WHRV in Norfolk, VA.
When: Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: No cover
Where: Tap Shack, 1209 Duck Road (behind Coastal Cravings), Duck
Info: Fixity page on Facebook
John Harper has written hundreds of stories for Coast since 1994 on subjects ranging from food to art and history. His main focus is entertainment, primarily music. He is a longtime broadcaster and radio program director, as well as an award-winning wedding DJ. Harper currently hosts “Flashback at 11,” which airs Saturdays on the internet station radiofreeobx.com.