By Chris Manson and Nikki Hedrick
There’s hardly enough time to go back and listen to our favorite homegrown CDs of the last 15 years (and, in some cases, prior to the Beachcomber era), much less keep up with all the new stuff. But we tried. Apologies to all the folks that didn’t make the cut. Please inform us of any and all glaring omissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duke Bardwell, Angel’s Wings (CM, NH)
Alan (Pat) Boone, East Pass Sunset (CM)
The 2005 release epitomizes Yacht Rock before that was even a legit genre.
Dread Clampitt (NH)
Dread Clampitt, Geaux Juice (CM)
This one gets a slight edge from Chris for including Duke Bardwell’s heart-wrenching performance of “Potter’s Moon.”
The Helvetica Effect, Calm Amongst the Chaos (NH)
Hotel Oscar, Burgers and Fries (CM)
The band has had some considerable lineup changes since their first full-length album, but “Huckleberry Holiday” will always have a place in our hearts.
Washboard Jackson’s Greatest Hits (CM)
Should be included in all South Walton/30A visitor packets.
Jones and Company, Summer Days (CM)
Dannica Lowery, Mind Games (CM, NH)
The Owsley Brothers, Cobalt (NH)
It’s loud. It’s different. The album that had everyone talking.
Scars and Stripes, The Cost of Living (NH)
You can’t have a best-of list without honoring Fort Walton Beach’s punk music scene. (Runner-up: Nik Flagstar and His Dirty Mangy Dogs’ Chase Pussy, for the title alone.)
Chris and Gileah Taylor (CM)
The Underdogs, Dog Tales (NH)
Forrest Williams, Gonna Take Love (CM, NH)
Various Artists, 2nd Annual Share the Shelter Music Fest (CM)
Companion to the benefit concert for Shelter House and Alaqua Animal Refuge includes great songs from Kelsey Anna, Forrest Williams, Bryan Kennedy, Chris Alvarado, Heritage, Geoff McBride, Heritage and especially Donnie Sundal (“Let Me Come Home”).
- Restaurant Guide
- Vermouth – Out of the Liquor Closet and Into Your Glass
- Where to Spend Your Happy Hours in Beachcomberland
- Kite Film Fest Call for Submissions
- Local Film Screenings
- Review: “Stories” Falls Short on Grownup Scares
- Beachcomber Music Awards #11 Set for Monday, Aug. 26… Call in Sick Tuesday, Aug. 27!
- Live Music
- Remembering Hans McMinamin
- The Pauseandplay.com Record Roundup
- Culinary Arts Greenhouse Honors Kay Litke
- Pat Carlyle Scholarship Established for Children’s Advocacy Center
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Wolf Preserve Commemorates Two Decades
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Don’t Mess with Beachcomber
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Art Classes & Workshops
ARTS AND DESIGN SOCIETY (ADSO) Classes at the Art Center, Fort Walton Beach. More info at artsdesignsociety.org. Mondays and Wednesdays. Clay and Pottery Open Studio, 9 AM-noon both days and 6:30-9 PM Mondays. Beginners...
Where to Spend Your Happy Hours in Beachcomberland
Baxter’s Bar & Grille 605 James Lee Road Fort Walton Beach 850-812-6868 When: 3-6 PM and 10 PM-Midnight daily. Drink Specials: $3 wells, $2 drafts. Camille’s at Crystal Beach 2931 Scenic Highway...
Beachcomber Music Awards #11 Set for Monday, Aug. 26… Call in Sick Tuesday, Aug. 27!
In case you’ve been living on Mars for the last few months, a friendly reminder that Beachcomber Music Awards Chapter 11 will take place Monday, Aug. 26, at Al’s Beach Club &...