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 email@example.com.
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”).
In Memoriam: Harold Destin
By Charles Morgan III Harold Destin died last week. He had lived in Destin for 64 years. Harold’s father, Chubby Destin, ran the Shooting Star for many years. His mother...
Fun Facts About the Harbor Boat Parade
By Chris Manson This year’s event, happening Sunday, Dec. 15, on the Destin Harbor, is the 33rd annual boat parade sponsored by the Destin History & Fishing Museum. It starts at...
By the Numbers: 12Eleven
By Nikki Hedrick With an influx of regular gigs in the Destin area, 12Eleven have steadily made a name for themselves in the region. The average member age is only 22...
G.I. Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro: Have a Round at Marker 21
By Bruce Collier G.I. Jade Tiki Bar & Bistro in Fort Walton Beach has been open just a few months. The restaurant sits on the harbor, at the Marker 21 Marina....
Where to Spend Your Happy Hours
Baxter’s Bar & Grille 605 James Lee Road Fort Walton Beach 850-812-6868 When: 3-6 PM and 10 PM-Midnight daily. Closed Mondays (for now). Drink Specials: $3 wells, $2 drafts. Camille’s at Crystal...
Adopt, Don’t Shop: Tigger
Lorraine Whetsone from PAWS in Fort Walton Beach writes: “Meet Tigger. This handsome Treeing Walker Coonhound mix has been at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society since March. He needs to be home...