Give the Gift of Local Music

2014 local releases and two not-to-be missed upcoming shows

2014 New Local Albums

four great picks from this year's local releases

Local music is a wonderful holiday gift for the music aficionado in your life, whether it’s a new release from your brother’s favorite band or an EP from a group that you’re sure will become his new favorite. The gift of music also supports the hard working people in the Wilmington music scene, many of whom have spent lots of time and money perfecting their art. It’s a win all-around!

Local music expert and Star News WAE blogger Brian Tucker put together a list of the huge number of homegrown albums that dropped in 2014. Click here for Parts 1 and 2 of the list. You can pick up most of these releases by contacting the band directly or visiting our favorite local record store, Gravity Records.

Tonight, December 6th, we recommend stopping by Bourgie Nights, where local favorites Mike Blair and the Stonewalls are celebrating the release of their much anticipated full-length debut. In addition, the opening act is local folk trio Stray Local, who put out a new release of their own in October. For $5 at the door, you get to hear two great Americana acts, and for a few dollars more you can take home two of the year’s most talked-about releases. Click here to check out the Facebook event.

Coming up on Wednesday, December 10th is a show we’re very excited about and also sort of sad about. One of our favorites, Dylan Linehan, is putting on a going away show before she makes the leap to Los Angeles. Her “rock popera” has been a unique and welcome element on the music scene, and we’re going to miss her terribly. Go see Linehan perform all new original songs while accompanied by a full band which, in itself, is an all-star team of Wilmington musicians including: Keith Butler Jr. (drums), Michael Buckley (guitar), Vanessa Lynch (vocals), Nick Simon (bass), Sean Howard (bass), Chris James (vocals), and Hannah Lomas (vocals). Opening acts Chris James and Vanessa Lynch are amazing as well, so get there early. Presented by CioneProStudio, tickets are $10 at the door, $7 in advance. Click here for the Facebook event and here for tickets.

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KFR Live in Wilmington #5: featuring James Ethan Clark

James Ethan Clark debuts Southern Hotel at Brooklyn Arts Center

Last month, James Ethan Clark hosted his CD release party at Brooklyn Arts Center in support of his debut album Southern Hotel. After well-known local openers Sean Thomas Gerard and Mike Blair & The Stonewalls, Clark played his new record in its entirety from start to finish.

We’ve seen James Ethan Clark play numerous times in town, including many times at solo acoustic shows. With a band backing him up, it’s a whole different experience. Not The Renegades we’ve seen before, but a new line-up featuring a couple members of the Stonewalls. In fact, Stonewalls’ guitarist Michael Graham nearly stole the show playing amazing guitar riffs and emanating pure joy as he played. The Stonewalls’ Keith Butler, Jr. and Tripp Cox of Onward, Soldiers formed the rhythm section, on drums and bass respectively. The set also included guest appearances by a violinist and pedal steel guitar player.

While Southern Hotel consists of several mellow tunes, it also includes some raucous americana-influenced rockers and the crowd at the Brooklyn Arts Center went wild during these songs in particular. “Destination” and “Anna Mae” filled the venue with raw rock energy and it was easy to see this impact the crowd. Speaking of the crowd, it was like a who’s who of the Wilmington area music community with Rio Bravo, Justin Lacy, and Graham Wilson among the crowd, just to name a few.

Pick up a copy of Southern Hotel at Gravity Records and then head out to catch the energy of James Ethan Clark and The Renegades live in person.

James Ethan Clark's Southern Hotel CD + booklet