Sounds on Centre June 3, 2016

Sounds On Centre is this Friday, June 3, 2016. From 6 to 8:00 p.m., this is a dance pary in the street! Join your neighbors, friends, Pirates and more to listen to The Decades Band, Amelia Island’s premier party band comprised of four talented local musicians put together by the bands drummer and manager, Robert Severance. Ray Hetchka, owner of Kayak Amelia, plays bass guitar player, Vic Deacon is the lead guitar player, and James Geiger plays the keyboards.

Like many great bands, there is no single lead singer. All of the members sing lead on different songs. This band is known for their ability to please the crowds with note for note precision and they are proud to call Fernandina Beach “home”!

Located at Centre and Second Streets in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

Bring lawn chairs if you’d like, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Memorial Day Weekend at the Saturday Farmers Market

Memorial Day Weekend at the Saturday Farmers MarketThe farmers market on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach will be a great place to entertain your Memorial Day Weekend company. We are introducing a new vendor this week, Amish Popcorn. The Mlyniec family recently moved to Fernandina Beach and we are looking forward to seeing their different varieties of one of America’s favorite snacks.

This is the final Saturday Steephill Designs will be at the Market Place until they return in the fall with the fresh maple syrup they harvest from their Vermont home, and Island Juice and Java returns this week with their iced coffees, fresh squeezed lemonades, and flavorful smoothies.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open adjacent to the farmers market with a wide selection of local arts and crafts. Come on out and meet the artists while you peruse booths full of jewelry, apparel, wood crafting, furniture, pottery, stained glass and more.

black-frog-design-post-officeThere will be a book signing with the three artists of, “A Day on Amelia Island.” Stephan Leimberg, Dawna Moore, and Scott Moore, have put together a beautiful coffee-table style book featuring their amazing photography.

The City of Fernandina Beach will be on hand to promote the upcoming 6th Annual Boat Show and one of their vendors, Olde Town Marina, will have a boat on display to get you in the mood for some on-the-water, summer fun. Stop by their booth to learn more about this FREE event that is open to the public.

Music this week is provided by the crowd pleasing Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is located on North Seventh Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets, in downtown, historic Fernandina Beach. The Market Place is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you.

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A Duo of Markets in Fernandina Beach May 14, 2016

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will both be open on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is a new palm tree vendor joining the farmers market this week. Paul Bazzell, with A1 Landscape and Tree City, will be bringing a variety of seven gallon palm trees such as Sylvestris, Lady palm, Washintonia, and Roebellini; all palms have been grown from seed right here in Fernandina Beach.

Maria’s Bakery has been perfecting their artisan breads and will have fresh baked sourdough, Italian ciabatta, jalapeno and cheese, rye, and pumpernickel. Kings Kountry Produce is bringing seasonal Patty Pan squash, purple cauliflower, romanesco, and pole and green beans; you’ll fine their early harvests of corn and homegrown tomatoes on their tables, too. Joy of Garlic has added two new flavors to their line-up: spicy mango salsa, and tangerine teriyaki hot sauce, which makes an excellent salad dressing. Also returning this week is Rose’s Authentic Vietnamese Egg Rolls, Savannah Oatmeal, and this is one of the last two markets until fall that you will have the opportunity to pick up some genuine Vermont syrup from Steephill designs.

The arts market is shaping up to be one of our biggest markets to date with over 25 vendors at last count. Enjoy shopping directly from the artists such as BC Gemstones, who turn their stones on-site, paintings by Sarah Bash Gleason, and our newest vendor, Gourds Gone Wild. There will be stained glass, jewelry, pottery, photography, tie dye apparel and much more.

Music this week will be by Jim Barcaro, and Community Hospice will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The markets are located on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach, and will be open rain or shine.

Steve Seskin to Perform at Evening of Story and Song

Steve Seskin is a remarkably talented
singer/songwriter, with seven #1 hits and 20 CDs to his credit.

His compassion for humanity shines through on many of his songs, and his ability to connect with and engage the audience is sure to delight.

If you haven’t already made reservations for this coming Saturday, May 14th, there’s still time!

Send a message to and tell ’em how many seats you will need. The doors will open (along with the wine bar) at 6:45 pm; concert begins at 7:30 pm.

A $20 donation at the door (100% goes to the artist) is requested and very much appreciated!

Saturday, May 14th at 7:30 pm
Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish
(9th & Atlantic in Fernandina Beach)

“An Evening of Story & Song” is made possible thanks to the generous support of First Coast Community Bank and St. Peter’s Outreach Program.

Gin Blossoms to Headline Shrimp Festival on April 30, 2016

Gin Blossoms to Headline Shrimp Festival on April 30, 2016

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The Gin Blossoms will be headlining Saturday’s entertainment at the 53rd Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and will take over the Riverfront Stage on April 30, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. This free concert will have you dancing and singing along to popular hits from the 90’s such as “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away”, and “Found Out About You.” While grunge and hair band genre superstars were taking over the airwaves, the Gin Blossoms emerged with a lighter than alternative rock sound known as “jangle-pop” and found homes in four different radio formats rocketing the band into success, and a fan favorite on MTV.

Taking their name from a caption on a W.C. Fields photo, the Gin Blossoms have toured over 25 different Countries including a five city tour of Iraq in 2010. “It was so much fun to entertain our troops. It’s really insightful to see firsthand how our troops live in a combat zone. It really helped to broaden my understanding on the sacrifices they make to protect us at home and abroad. I hope all Americans understand how important it is for us to extend our thanks,” says Robin Wilson, lead vocalist of the band.

The bands fusion of Pop, melodic rock, Folk and Country elements took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural 90’s mainstay. From their breakout album through today, Robin, Jesse, Bill and Scotty have sold over 10 million records and are one of the most in demand bands. “We’re entertaining and we have chops,” says Wilson, “but it really comes down to the songs. The reason we’re still here is that we have good songs. When young musicians ask me for advice, ‘what’s the best thing to do to further my career’, I always say, ‘Write good songs.’ It always comes down to that.”

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival kicks-off Thursday, April 28th with a 6:00 p.m. Pirate Parade in downtown Fernandina. The festival is open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday evening with a dedicated Kids’ Fun Zone at Central Park. Amelia Island’s riverfront welcomes Chicago Blues with a performance by the son of Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield. You can also enjoy food booths, a tour of the Georgia Bulldog shrimp boat, marine displays, sponsor booths, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, a Pirate Invasion, Fireworks, and Gitlo Lee – the Blues Man of the South.

Saturday’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and nearly 400 vendors will display fine arts and crafts, and antiques. There will be contests, Pirates, an incredible line-up of entertainment, and of course, plenty of shrimp cooked lots of different ways. The festivities continue on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the Laying of the Wreath Ceremony, the Blessing of the Fleet, and a Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade.

Consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events, visit for more information.

Island Chamber Singers’ Mass of the Children


The Island Chamber Singers present a spring concert of John Rutters Mass of the Children, featuring the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. Directed by Jane Lindberg, the Singers will be accompanied by a woodwind quintet, percussion, double bass, and piano.

There are two performances. One on Friday, April 15th, at 7:00 PM, with a reception to follow; and a second performance on Sunday, April 17th, at 3:00 PM.

Mass of the Children will be held at the Amelia Plantation Chapel located at 36 Bowman Road in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Advance admission $20.00
Admission at the door $25.00
K-12 and college students are FREE!

Advance ticket locations:
Peterbrooke Chocolatier
Harrison’s Mercantile at Omni Shops
Amelia Island Visitor Center (Train Depot)
AIFBY Chamber of Commerce (Gateway)

2016 Inaugural Sounds on Centre Features Palmetto Catz

2016 Inaugural Sounds on Centre Features Palmetto CatzThe 2016 Sounds On Centre season begins this coming Friday, April 1, at 6:00 p.m. and features the dynamic sounds of Palmetto Catz!

This free concert and street dance will be held in the middle of the street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, at teh corner of Centre and Second Streets.

Palmetto Catz is comprised of professional, local musicians that know how to put out quality, popular music:

Led by one of the most respected musicians in north Florida, Richard Stratton, on guitar and vocals, he is equally adept at classical, jazz and popular music. Stratton is always in-demand at top venues from Sea Island, Georgia to St. Augustine, Florida as a solo guitarist/vocalist, as classical guitarist with his ‘Trio Dolce’ (flute, violin and guitar) and as band leader of the Palmetto Catz.

Richard is joined by Tommy Gilstrap on bass and vocals. Tommy has played shows with Mary Wells (My Guy), Cecil Womack, Eddie Floyd (Knock on Wood), O.V.Wright and has opened for Archie Bell and the Drells, Kenny Rogers and B.J.Thomas.

Palmetto Catz also features Rick Kirkland on drums. Rick was the drummer (and a featured soloist) for the Ray Charles Show during the 1980’s and has performed with many legends including Benny Goodman, Della Reese, Chet Atkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Doc Severinsen, Glen Campbell, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lou Rawls, Diahann Carroll, Shirley Jones, Englebert Humperdink, Joe Cocker, The Temptations, Red Skelton, George Burns, and many, many more.

Stevie ‘Fingers’ Saracson (keyboards/vocals) earned a Bachelor of Music (cum laude) from Jacksonville University and has worked with Teddy Washington (James Brown Band), Steve Popovich (A&R Columbia Records, President Cleveland International Records), Little Anthony, The Drifters, and The Platters.

Palmetto Catz is an exciting upbeat cover/variety band that leans heavily on classic pop/rock hits from the 1960s and 70s – perfect anytime you want to entertain a diverse crowd: lots of high energy songs with great harmony vocals that everyone knows and loves. With an extensive and diverse repertoire of popular music, Palmetto Catz is always sure to entertain!

Something new this year at Sounds on Centre this year… sno-cones!

We hope to see you all downtown on April Fool’s Day.

Easter Eve at Fernandina’s Farmers Market

Easter Eve at Fernandina's Farmers Market

Musician Larry Lemeir

The farmers market in downtown Fernandina Beach will be open Saturday, March 26th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

This is the last Saturday before Easter and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is a great place to find wonderful items to fill your Easter basket! If you are looking for a delectable dessert to celebrate Easter in a large gathering or a small family dinner, Me, Myself and Pies offer a variety of sweet and savory pies ranging from quiche to Coconut Cream and Lemon Meringue.

Flowers, plants, succulents, trees and bushes abound at the Market Place with Seven Trees bringing starter vegetable plants, colorful geraniums and hydrangeas, and beautiful hanging baskets. Robert and Ever Blooming Gardens has returned to the farmers market and he will be bringing over 600 landscaping plants and tropicals for you to select your favorite.

Bottega by Liz Grenamyer, a catering company selling prepared meals every Saturday at the Market Place will have delicious specialty items such as Deviled Eggs, Seafood Imperial, Asparagus with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Coconut Cupcakes and Easter Egg Cookies.

Chesser Seafood will sell out of their local, wild caught shrimp, so come early or call Debbie or Eddie ahead of time at (904) 509-3337 and they will hold your shrimp for you if you’d rather sleep in on Saturday.

There will be plenty of sweets to satisfy any Easter craving with tasty treats from Topsy Toffee, Maria’s Bakery, Shepperd’s Farm, Nana Teresa’s Bakery, and Something Good offers gluten free sweet breads, too.

Returning this week are Olive My Pickle, An Unbelievable Egg Roll, Bahamian Bird Pepper sauces from B & D Sauce Company, and Jaxma Orchids.

Join your favorite vendors on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach, while listening to the fabulous sounds of Larry Lemeir and the Backtracks. Larry plays something for everyone include covers of Eric Clapton, The Beatles, CCR, Bob Seger, Santana, the Allman Brothers and more. Set to his own backing tracks, you’ll feel you are listening to a full band.

Adjacent to the farmers market this week is the Fernandina Beach Arts Market where nearly 30 artists and craft vendors share their talents in furniture, jewelry, apparel, glass, seashell art, pottery and more. This is a great place to meet the artists and learn what inspires them.

Both markets are a great place to spend a little of your Saturday morning meeting up with friends and neighbors. Well behaved, leashed pets are also welcome.

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Spamalot Now Playing at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Spamalot Now Playing at Amelia Musical Playhouse

Spamalot Now Playing at Amelia Musical PlayhouseSpamalot, the stage version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, opened at the Amelia Musical Playhouse on March 17th. Performances continue March 24, 25, 26, and 31, April 1 and 2nd, with an April 3rd matinee at 2:30.

Directed by Arlene Filkoff, this show is vintage Monty Python and is a fun view of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Veteran local actor Geoffrey King is appropriately imperious as King Arthur and Mary Williams lends her golden voice to the Lady of the Lake. Knights are played by Jimmy Kalista, Judge Bob Williams, Tim Ross and Don Bingham. They are supported, as all proper knights are, by an ensemble of actors and actresses who will sing and dance their way into your hearts. Choreography is by Jennifer McCarthy a fabulous talent in our community. These dancers go from “tap” to cha cha to Fosse type slinking without missing a beat.

Sets were designed and constructed to make the magic happen by Gregg Dillingham, Jimmy Kalista and Steve Filkoff. Music directors Ronnie Luallen and Jill Dillingham, along with conductor Richard Williams lead a fabulous orchestra which once again helps to make Amelia Musical Playhouse unique with live music. Rachel Tyler proves that she is a mistress of costumes extraordinaire and Alexa Bishop has found props for every part of Arthur’s kingdom which is all of Britain and even tiny little bits of Gaul.

Tickets are on sale now at or through the box office at 904-277-3455. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students. Show time is 7:30 except for the April 3rd matinee which is at 2:30.

Spamalot is presented by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

Buddy Mondlock Plays An Evening of Story and Song

Buddy Mondlock Plays An Evening of Story and Song
Saturday, November 21, 2015, Buddy Mondlock will be performing at An Evening of Story and Song.

Buddy Mondlock is a singer/songwriter from Nashville. His songs, recorded by numerous artists like Peter, Paul & Mary, Garth Brooks, Janis Ian, and Joan Baez, unfold like little movies that take you to a distant place. His gift (other than a clear and tender voice along with mastery of the guitar) is the ability to draw you into a richly imagined world.

The concert is at 7:30 PM, at Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, in Fernandina Beach.

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which
human nature cannot do without.”

A $20 donation (100% of which goes to the artist) is requested.

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Georgia, Florida and Halloween Celebrated at Farmers Market in Fernandina

Georgia, Florida and Halloween Celebrated at Farmers Market in Fernandina Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators, and Halloween will all be celebrated at the farmers market on North Seventh Street in Fernandina Beach on October 31, 2015. Each year the Ga/Fl Weekend brings the Best Decorated Booth Contest to the Fernandina Beach Market Place. This is where customers vote for their favorite booth decorations. The winning exhibitor receives a free booth space for the week!

Once again Memorial United Methodist and the First Presbyterian Church are joining forces to present a Fall Festival from 10:00 to 1:00 on North Sixth Street, so look for lots of little witches and goblins trick-or-treating in the farmers market.

Island Juice and Java will be serving up pumpkin latte, homemade ginger ale, locally roasted coffee, and new this month is their strawberry lemonade. Our produce vendors are starting to harvest the cooler weather vegetables such as radish, turnips and baby greens from Cabbage Creek Farms, and Boatright Farms is bringing winter greens and pecans. Bacon’s Select Produce has plenty of arugula, and red or green butterhead, and King’s Kountry produce has squash, sweet pie pumpkins, and a limited crop of strawberries.

Robert, with Everblooming Gardens, has been bringing a wide variety of landscaping plants that are perfect to spruce up your yard before the arrival of holiday guests, and Seven Trees Nursery is bringing their popular, but seasonal, holiday cactus plants.

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Nassau Center will be joining us at the market this Saturday, too. Did you know you can earn your degree or certificate without leaving Nassau County?

Located in Yulee, this state-of-the-art facility offers the general education courses needed to earn an associate in arts degree, which will easily transition to one of the 13 bachelor’s degrees, or to transfer to a state university under Florida’s admission guarantee. You can access over 150 high-quality, relevant programs. Learn more at their booth on Saturday.

Entertainment this week will be provided by the Laid Back Band.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, every Saturday, rain or shine. With nearly 40 vendors there truly is something for everyone. Bring a blanket and the family and join us on the lawn for a morning of fellowship and people watching; your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcomed, too.

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Fall 2015 Nassau Community Band Concert

Nassau Community Band presents their first concert in the newly remodeled St. Michael’s Parish Hall.

The concert begins at 7:00 pm, and light refreshments will be available for donations.

The evening will feature Dr. Marc Dickman, fall 2015 Conductor-in-Residence. A founding member of the Jazz Studies program at the University of North Florida, Dr. Dickman is also a Professor of Low Brass, he conducts the annual “Tuba Christmas” ensemble, and is a Besson Performing Artist.

The Nassau Community Band will soon be arranging instrumentation for holiday performances. Interested musicians can direct questions to Carrie at

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Upcoming Acoustic Session at Fernandina Little Theatre

Upcoming Acoustic Session at Fernandina Little TheatreMonday, September 14th, at 7:30 pm, Acoustic Sessions Fernandina Little Theatre will feature Claude Bassingthwaighte, Louie LeClaire and Tom Leon.

On the second Monday of each month, this live music event happens at our local Little Theatre where they bring in local, regional, and international musicians for two hours of musical entertainment and performance.

Tickets are $9.00, and can be purchased at The UPS Store next to the Fernandina Beach Publix.

Catering by Liz Joins Fernandina’s Farmers’ Market

Catering by Liz Joins Fernandina's Farmers' MarketThe farmers market in historic Fernandina Beach being held on August 29th is shaping up to be one fantastic morning! Customer favorite’s such as Olive My Pickle, Joy of Garlic, King’s Kountry Produce, Cross Creek Honey, and Great Harvest Bread Company will be joined by our newest vendor, Bottego by Liz Grenamyer. Catering by Liz is a full service catering company voted “Best Caterer in Jacksonville” by Jacksonville Magazine for two years in a row and Bottega will be joining us weekly at the Fernandina Beach Market Place. Food enthusiasts and convenience seekers alike now have the opportunity to buy Liz’s delicious creations at the market, to be enjoyed at home. Available will be a selection of prepared entrees, sides and desserts, in oven and microwave safe containers. Heating instructions and ingredients are on the label.

Besides bringing your favorite re-useable shopping bag, we encourage you to bring a small or rolling cooler so you can linger longer. The kids are back in school and the weather should be a little cooler this week as we say, “Goodbye” to August. This is a great opportunity to relax your pace and listen to the music, pet the live goat at White Hawk Farm’s booth, or simply catch up with your friends and neighbors at this family friendly event.

This week’s “Booth with a Cause” is represented by the Fernandina Beach High School Men’s Soccer Team who will be promoting their First Annual Pirate Soccer Golf Tournament. This all ages event is open to anyone who would like to compete at kicking a soccer ball into 21-inch diameter cups at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course.

One of Fernandina’s newest businesses, Crafty Kids Amelia Island, will be at the farmers’ market offering a free activity for our youngest patrons. This new, hands-on studio permits kids to express themselves through a variety of mediums. Projects are daily or weekly, and they have an outdoor movie and craft night, so be sure to stop by their booth to create a quick and crafty project.

Live musical entertainment this week is provided by Jennifer Burns, who incorporates elements of rock, blues and folk into her shows and is often compared to a young Bonnie Raitt.

Our growers, farmers and producers don’t carry a lot of cash to the market, so please remember to bring small bills with you while you shop over 35 booths of seasonal produce, freshly baked breads, and other delicious delicacies.

Located between Alachua and Centre Streets, on North Seventh, the Fernandina Beach Market Place is open every Saturday of the year, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information, please visit

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Last Night Your Shadow Fell Upon My Lonely Room

Webb Wilder: guitarist,singer,songwriter

Webb Wilder: guitarist, singer, songwriter

“Last night your shadow fell upon my lonely room
I touched your golden hair and tasted your perfume
Your eyes were filled with love the way they used to be…”

Oh where to start this story that takes me back to 1967, but isn’t really about me, or child hood memories. When someone sends me a press release to consider for Searchamelia, I usually go a bit further and research backgrounds of the story and a clearer all around picture about the message in the release.

So a couple of days ago I got a release in my inbox from island resident Michael Rothschild, mostly known locally because of his involvement with the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Michael also has a record company he started in 1981 in Atlanta GA, Landslide Records, and since those early days he has made it his life’s work to scout and produce amazing and promising talent, mostly in his favorite arenas of blues, jazz and americana. He stood at the crib of quite a few genre greats such as Bruce Hampton, Tinsley Ellis, Sean Costello, Derek Trucks, Widespread Panic and others.

So when he sent me the following press release about Webb Wilder, I have to admit that I had no idea who he was talking about, but armed with this past experience I went on a hunt for more information. Needless to say the rest of my morning was gone. It was foremost revealing to find that Michael’s greatest music industry pet peeve is, that there’s no radio format here in the US that covers music which falls between the cracks.

My childhood friend Jack Bruning, who in the sixties was a hit DJ for Radio Luxembourg, often complained about the same, as we explored programming concepts such as the Dream Machine. It reminded me that success in popular arts; whether music, movies or painting and writing, was and has always been largely depended on exposure in the right places at the right times, preferably with a mass market appeal.

And honestly this is not a country specific phenomenon. In the Netherlands where I grew up, you had to be in Amsterdam or the Hague in the late 1960s to have any shot at stardom. The Beatles would have never found the spotlight if not for the affiliation with the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, followed by exposure in London’s Soho district. If you were Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell you had to be in the New York Village in the early sixties, just as country stars even today head to Nashville and the love generation musicians found themselves in Haight Ashbury San Francisco.

My friend Joe Bonamassa moved from New York to LA more than 10 years ago and found the right audience to propel him from an amazing guitarist into a world-famous guitar player; Stevie Ray Vaughan, who sadly passed away exactly 25 years ago today (8/27) went to Europe to find recognition for the giant he was on guitar; the same goes for Jimi Hendrix, who made $100 a week as guitarist for the Isley Brothers in New York, but once discovered in London’s Hotspot Soho in 1966, he never looked back and became the highest paid performer at the Woodstock Festival.

My friend Chris Kellam, who fronts Jacksonville’s hard rock bank Blistur on lead guitar and vocals, deserves a global spotlight, but would only get the proper attention if he moved to LA. With wife, daughter, family and friends in Northeast Florida however that’s a hard choice to make, so consequently a lot of his talent unfortunately falls between the cracks of stardom.

Music that falls between the cracks.

Michael Rothschild promotes music and talent that has a propensity to fall between the cracks. I don’t think it was a conscious career choice, but it just turned out that way. A handful of years ago he let me in on a secret called Sean Costello . Since that introduction, I have collected every album Costello put out in his tragically short life. Simply amazing!

Experiencing a same vibe of recognition with this press release, I set out to find more information on Webb Wilder and it did not disappoint me. Rather Webb Wilder strikes me as another greatly underrated music performer who spent a lifetime in the trenches of music, never gaining a tracking momentum outside of the chitlin circuits, yet always hoping for the lucky break. Because that’s what it is, a lucky break, hardly ever related to talent, but almost always directly related to the right time and the right place.

While tackling Webb Wilder’s youTube presence I immediately recognized 2 songs that my band the Surgeons featured in our repertoire line up in 1967: ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, a 19th century blues tune from the Mississippi delta, brought to Europe and the world by then 19 year old Van Morrison as frontman of the Irish blues-rock band Them, and a garage band front-runner of the psychedelic era titled ‘I had too much to dream last night’ by the Electric Prunes. And that’s when I lost a couple of hours reminiscing the sixties, when rock, blues-rock and beat were still new and later superstars were still learning to master their instruments.

Guitar God Jimmy Page, who later starred in Led Zeppelin, was reportedly the session guitarist on Them’s ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’ and “I had too much to dream” was recorded at Leon Russell’s house on a 4-track machine.
Kudos to Webb Wilder for bringing these cherished memories back to me and especially for the quality of his voice and guitar playing. I had fun spending a couple of hours back in 1967 and I will make an effort to attend his new album release party on September 25 in Nashville, TN when we’re visiting our old friends Ric and Kay Ronveaux who moved there 6 months ago from Amelia Island.


Press Release

Webb Wilder IS Mississippi Moderne on New CD Coming September 25 from Landslide Records

NASHVILLE, TN – Landslide Records is proud to announce a September 25th release date for Mississippi Moderne, the all new album from veteran roots rocker, Webb Wilder. A 2011 inductee into the Mississippi Musicians Hall Of Fame, Wilder has crafted a lively recording that pays homage to his home state through a striking set of originals, coupled with distinctive cover renditions that stretch from tunes by the Kinks to Charlie Rich and Jimmy Reed. Given superb backing from his highly accomplished and longtime bandmates, the Beatnecks (Tom Comet, bass, Bob Williams, guitar, and Jimmy Lester, drums), Mississippi Moderne captures the full flavor of Wilder’s raucous style, based on his singular baritone vocal delivery, solid guitar, a tight, punchy rhythmic foundation and some surprising touches of the heart added in as well.

Tracked at Studio 19 (originally Scotty Moore’s Music City Recorders) in Nashville and produced by Wilder, Tom Comet, Bob Williams and Joe McMahan, Mississippi Moderne represents the first new Webb Wilder album since 2009, and it shows that the man has, without question, furthered his charismatic singing style while maintaining a strong group of musicians who are well-schooled in cranking out Wilder’s unique brand of energized rock and roll music. The package also showcases Wilder’s compelling ability to write catchy melodies and lyrics, either on his own or with notable co-writers Dan Penn, John Hadley and Patrick Sweany.

The Hattiesburg, Mississippi native first hit nationally in 1986 with the now iconic classic, ‘It Came from Nashville’, and ever since he has confounded a slew of fans and critics attempting to define and categorize his style. As 20th Century Guitar Magazine noted, Wilder is “a master at scrambling the sounds, songs and threads of country, blues, British rock, rockabilly, and the freedom and emotion of soul music.”

Wilder has always described his sound as simply “a roots band for rock fans and a rock band for roots fans. On Mississippi Moderne, we’ve kept some of our trademark craziness, but there’s also a lot of roots solidity and some balladry to boot.”
To celebrate Mississippi Moderne, Webb Wilder and the Beatnecks will appear in Nashville on September 25th for a CD release party at the Basement East. On September 30 in Franklin, Tennessee, Webb will perform as part of a Music City Roots Benefit Concert for Tommy Womack that also includes Jason & the Scorchers, Todd Snider and Will Kimbrough & Friends at the Factory (

And on September 28 at 7:00 PM Central Time, Webb will be the featured interview guest on the Roots Radio Hour, streaming live on the Music City Roots app and WHPY 94.5 Hippie Radio (
In addition, a full slate of bookings in the United States and overseas will follow that feature Webb Wilder in both a solo setting (including shows as special guest for Dave & Phil Alvin) as well as full-out band shows with the dynamic Beatnecks.

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