Category - Music

Towne: The Records That Changed Our Lives

Jon Decious: While there must be at least 100 records that have changed my life, looking back I think Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind might be the one responsible (to blame) for helping steer me towards dedicating my life to music.   At seven years old, I was already feeling like a rebel trapped...

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Woody Still Matters

By Joe Fuller   In 1962, I was in the sixth grade. Mrs. McGowan was my teacher.   She was a crusty old woman who told me several times a day, “You think you’re funny but you’re not.”   I didn’t care much for her, either. In fact, the only time we got along was when she provided piano...

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VS. – The Battle of Record Store Day 2019

A new feature, in which two Beachcomberland entities face off, and it’s up to our highly biased judges to declare a victor.   Record Store Day (Saturday, April 13 worldwide) was conceived in 2007 as a day to celebrate the unique culture of the record store and the special role independently owned...

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The Pauseandplay.com Record Roundup

John Coltrane Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings Craft Recordings This treasure chest contains 37 tracks from jazz sax icon Coltrane’s “breakthrough” year of 1958. Some of the tracks (all recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s New Jersey studio) have been released on other albums, so the principal virtue...

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Show Us Your Guns!!

By Nikki Hedrick   The band Gunner has been around since 2012, and guitarist-vocalist Phil Allen says the band’s combined history led to the name. “We were all a bunch of military vets, and that’s how the name came about, so we decided our name would pay homage to all the military guys around here...

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Bill Herrin: A Record That Changed My Life

After much thought, I’ve come to a conclusion…although I’ve been a music freak since I was a kid, I’ve never really put much thought into whether or not any record truly changed my life. I’ve had favorite bands, then later resorted to just having a top ten list of favorites because it’s so...

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Casey Kearney: Two Records That Changed My Life

Recently, there have been two songs I have listened to on repeat. I couldn’t make it through either of them without crying—and crying like a baby! Eventually I did, and now I just play and sing them over and over again.   I saw Brandi Carlisle play at the 30A Songwriters Festival. The song...

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Group Therapy Has the Cure for What Ails You

By Nikki Hedrick   Group Therapy has been spreading their musical remedy for only two years, but the band has familiar faces on deck. “Our first gig was January 30, 2017,” says drummer-vocalist Donnie Morgan.    Morgan is a longtime figure in the area music scene. He performs ongoing solo...

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