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Gulf Coast Cowboy – Wednesday, April 30 at 7pm

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Gulf Coast Cowboy: April 30

Welcome back to the Gulf Coast Cowboy! How many of you have ever been sailing? It’s one of the most peaceful experiences you can ever have. If you ever have the chance to sail out away from the coast for a few hours, do it. It’s one of my favorite things to do! There’s nothing like letting the wind guide you and enjoying some time away from life’s troubles and your responsibilities for a little while. Heck, I bet if we all went sailing on a regular basis, everyone would be happier. This weeks episode is dedicated to the power of the wind to take up away from all of our worries. Tune in Wednesday, April 30 at 7pm on KBEC!

Track Listing

1. Southern Cross – Jimmy Buffett

2. I Need A Beach – Joe Bennett

3. 40 Foot Yacht – Bob Karwin

4. Paradise, Quickly – John Frinzi

5. Magic Chair – John Reno & The Half-Fast Creekers

6. Shambala – B.W. Stevenson

7. See Ya Later, I’m Gone – Parrot Island Band

8. Paradise At The End Of A1A – A1A

9. Where The Boat Leaves From – Zac Brown Band

10. So He Sails – Eric Stone

11. Trop Rockin’ Man – Glen Mock & The Tropical Dreamers

12. Sail Away – Hanna’s Reef

13. Island Hopping – Al Mosier

Video Previews

Buffett to perform at Coyote Drive-In

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On June 19, Fort Worth will be, for an evening, the center of the Parrothead universe.

From the Star-Telegraph: Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will perform an intimate show at Coyote Drive-In as the inaugural musician in the “Live at the Drive-In” series, an idea conceived and produced by Coyote Drive-In owner-operators Brady Wood and Brandt Wood via their company, Woodhouse, in conjunction with Austin-based juggernaut C3 Presents.

“There is not another artist we’d rather be working with,” Brandt Wood says. “Jimmy has taken a personal interest — he grew up at drive-ins.”

What Wood described as “a big film crew” will be on hand during Buffett’s performance, which will be broadcast live, via DirecTV, to every participating, digitally-equipped drive-in across the country.

The concert will be a regular, full performance, according to Wood, who says this concept, which Woodhouse has been working on for the last year, is the biggest of its kind that’s ever been attempted.

Tickets for the Coyote Drive-In concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Buffett’s website or the Coyote Drive-In box office.

Ticket prices for Fort Worth were not made available Tuesday, although a Woodhouse spokesperson did say tickets would be $18 at other drive-ins nationwide. (Prices for the Fort Worth show will obviously be higher, sources said, given that it’s the site of the actual concert.) The list of the participating national drive-ins will be announced Friday.

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April 2014 Album Releases

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As April ends and May moves in, Spring is in full blossom, and new music especially has especially bloomed. April has delivered a ton of highly anticipated records, many from artists who have not put one out in years. All-in-all The Pier has almost 20 new release to discuss this month.

With new releases based around two holidays, Earth Day and 4/20, a flood of new music has hit the market. Record Store Day on 4/19 also added fuel to the fire this month. The annual event creates awareness for independent record stores, artists, and physical albums with special vinyl, CDs and various promotional products, made exclusively to be released that day, by hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe. This year provided a bunch of excellent limited releases, as well as vinyl-first releases of several beloved albums like 311’s self-titled Blue album.

[Related: National Record Store Day: 4/21/2013]

Besides all the full-releases, many artist have dropped singles through out April. To list a few check out Tatanka’s ”Reward Them,” Matisyahu’s “Confidence” featuring Collie Buddz, “Switch” with Luciano and Anthony Que and a new single by Ky-mani Marley dropped on 4/20, aptly titled ”Get High.” Check out that track on Soundcloud.

Also, Gary “Dread” Jackson of the The Movement has released a new mixtape. Recording a handful of songs from some old Foundation Reggae riddims, Jackson created the piece in honor of “all of the pioneers that paved the way for all forthcoming generations.” Titled Old Skool Come Again, check out the mixtape by heading to Soundcloud.

If there are any albums we missed, drop them in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the album releases from prior months:

  • January 2014 Album Releases
  • February 2014 Album Releases
  • March 2014 Album Releases
  • April 2014 Album Releases

    Sun-Dried Vibes –Back2Square1
    Release Date: April 8th
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    Since the release of their debut album in 2011, the Vibes have been making quite a name for themselves in the Reggae-Rock community. Now Sun-Dried Vibes have released their second full-length album, Back2Square1. The 12-track album features collaborations from many Reggae artists in the Carolina’s including Jeremy Anderson of TreeHouse!, John Bowling former keys player of The Movement, Cameron Brown of Good Nature, Dexter Jenks from South Street and singer/songwriters Tyler Boone The Dubber. The album was recorded in Charleston, SC at Ocean Industries Studios, owned by bassist Mark Bass of rock group Shinedown. B2S1 was produced by Jeff Leonard Jr. mixed by Eric Rickert and was mastered by Micheal White of San Diego, CA

    Sample the album by checking out this YouTube playlist.

    You can pick up Back2Square1 on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Various Artists –HI-Grade Ganja Anthems Vol 4
    Release Date: April 15th
    Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 4 cover

    VP Records, in conjunction with Greensleeves Records, are linking up once again to deliver another volume of Hi-Grade Ganja Anthems! This compilation is composed of 18-tracks featuring the biggest weed hits done by today’s hottest and upcoming artists in the reggae scene.

    Volume 4 comes to us 4 years after the previous release. Just as the other volumes, the most recent collection has a solid lineup consisting of reggae acts from all over the world. Jamaica is well represented on the compilation by artists such as Busy Signal, Horace Andy, and I-Octane, to name a few. American artists include Snoop Lion, Jamaican born, Boston-based, Mighty Mystic and Collie Buddz from Bermuda.

    Alborosie of Italy, and New Zealand’s Katchafire also make an appearance throughout the 18 tracks. The mission behind the Hi-Grade Ganja Anthems is to provide an irie mix of music provided by an all-star lineup of reggae artists who “rally together for the international movement and advocacy for marijuana use.”

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    Sample the album by heading to Soundcloud.

    You can pick up HI-Grade Ganja Anthems Vol 4 on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Ziggy Marley –Fly Rasta
    Release Date: April 15th
    Fly Rasta

    Ziggy Marley, the oldest Marley son, has won several Grammys for his albums, and even produced an album of children’s songs. Now, Ziggy has dropped his brand new solo album, titled Fly Rasta. The record was released on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label, around since Bob Marley’s vision in 1965 of producing, distributing, and promoting his music without the interference of corporate politics. With decades of experience behind him, this will be Ziggy’s third solo studio album, produced with the help of Dave Cooley, J Dilla, and the Silversun Pickups.

    The album will include 10-tracks featuring U-Roy as well as The Melody Makers including Cedella Marley, Sharon Marley, and Rica Newell. With catchy tracks like “I Don’t Wanna Live On Mars” and the title track “Fly Rasta” the record is not surprisingly on top of Billboard’s Reggae chart.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    Read The Pier’s Exclusive Interview with Ziggy Marley HERE!

    You can pick up Fly Rasta on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Sizzla –Radical
    Release Date: April 15th
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    Following the release of his 70th Album The Messiah, on April 15th roots reggae and dancehall veteran, Sizzla, released another brand new album. Titled “Radical” and released under VP Records the album will feature a collection of rare, unreleased material from Sizzla’s earlier days.

    Containing rare recordings from the Xterminator label sessions, Radical is composed of 16 tracks that were originally produced by Philip Fattis Burrell in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Fattis, who has since passed away, was crucial in helping Sizzla create some of his best work to date. Most notably, this includes 1997’s “Praise Ye Jah,” which is now widely considered to be Sizzla’s breakthrough album and one of the most influential conscious reggae albums of its’ time.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    Sample the album by heading to Soundcloud.

    You can pick up Radical on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Pressure –The Sound
    Release Date: April 15th
    The Sound cover

    Conscious reggae artist Pressure has teamed up with I Grade Records and Grammy-nominated roots producers Zion I Kings for the April 15th release of Pressure’s 4th studio album, The Sound. A majority of the album’s 14-tracks were recorded in St. Croix at Aqua Sounds Stuio, with additional recording at the world famous Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica. Mixed by I Grade Producer, Laurent, “Tippy I” Alfred, The Sound delivers diverse Roots-Reggae production and heartfelt songwriting.

    Additionally, a host of guest appearances light up the album with spots by one of the leading artists of the Jamaican dancehall scene, Lutan Fyah on “Stop This Train”, and also Ras Batch NiyoRah on “Cry For Humanity”, Volcano on “Herbsman Town” and Midnite on the track “Nothing No Wrong”.

    Sample the album by heading to Soundcloud.

    You can pick up The Sound on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Perfect Giddimani –Better Off Dread
    Release Date: April 15th
    Perfect Better off Dread

    Released via Jah Youth Productions, April 15th delivers Better Off Dread the ninth studio album from Perfect Giddimani. This latest release contains 14-tracks, alternating around such influences as roots Reggae, Dancehall, Rock and Hip-hop. The album also features several guests. On “Revolution Come” Lutan Fyah is featured along with Guyana’s Jahdan Blakkamoore, also the track “Hail the King” includes Brazilian singer Dada Yute. Be sure to stay tuned to Perfect Giddimania as he is expeting to release another album this fall.

    Sample the album by heading to Soundcloud.

    You can pick up The Sound on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Fortunate Youth – Dub Collections Vol. 1
    Release Date: April 20th
    FY Dub Collections vol1

    With a drop date set on April 21st, fans had the chance to officially download the as early as 9pm on 4/20/14. Fortunate Youth first started dubbing their tracks for the EP in late July before hitting the road on the Automatic Tour. Volume 1 of the Dub Collections features 6 tracks produced and recorded by Lewis Richards at 17th Street Recording Studio in Costa Mesa, California.

    According to Fortunate Youth’s keyboardist and bassist, Jered Draskovich, “We’ve always wanted to dub all our tracks and we finally just had some time to dub a few of them! We were just hanging with Lew in the studio and having fun! Can’t wait to get in there and do Vol. 2! We hope everyone enjoys the vibes.”

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Dub Collections Vol. 1 on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Arden Park Roots – Burning the Midnight Oil
    Release Date: April 20th

    Titled Burning the Midnight Oil, Arden Park Roots’ 4th full length album, after delay, finally released on April 20th. Originally mentioned in The Pier’s 2014 Most Anticipated Albums article, the band told The Pier that the album includes 11 new songs, along with a cover of “Jolene” originally written performed by the band, Cake. The group recorded out of Pus Cavern in Sacramento, CA with producer, Joe Johnston. There’s one collaboration on the album with Legendary Bay Area rapper, Spice 1, who was featured on the song “The Music”.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Burning the Midnight Oil on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Jah9 –For The Love Of Kush Mixtape
    Release Date: April 20th

    Released on April 20th, to coincide with the internationally recognized marijuana holiday, Jah9 made public her brand new mixtape titled, For The Love of Kush. With a focus on the cannabis plant and its many applications in aiding humanity towards sustainable development, this mixtape will take listeners on an educational journey of the plant and “its role in our lives at the psychoactive, nutritional, spiritual and industrial levels.” To help curate this educational journey, Jah9 recruited a lecturer from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr. K’adamawe K’nife. To make the reasoning seep easily into the mind of the listeners, Kingston Dub Club resident DJ, Gabre Selassie was selected to spin some herb-infused dub and roots tracks.

    This audible cannabis journey takes listeners a mere one hour and two minutes to complete, but will leave listeners with priceless information that doesn’t just advocate for cannabis legalization, but rather offers unbiased logic regarding the usefulness of this controversial herb. This information is all the more timely, as all across the world cannabis legalization or decriminalization seems inevitable.

    You can pick up For The Love Of Kush on Dropbox now, by clicking HERE!

    Dale and the ZDubs – Clear the Smoke
    Release Date: April 20th
    Dale and the ZDubs Clear the Smoke cover

    On April 20th, 2014, Dale and the ZDubs released their sophomore LP Clear the Smoke. For their latest release, the group really honed in on their Reggae-Rock tone. As explained by DZD, “our song writing has grown compositionally, instrumentally, and lyrically, and we are so excited to have captured it on this record.”

    It was produced and mixed by Jim Ebert, and engineered by Sean Russell at Cue Recording Studio in Falls Church, VA, and mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters in Memphis, TN. The 10 tracks of this album are FREE to download as DZD just wants their fans to enjoy it and spread the music.

    You can pick up Clear the Smoke on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Big Sam’s Funky Nation – Evolution
    Release Date: April 21st
    bsfn evolution

    Led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and backed by The Funky Nation, a stellar group of world-class musicians, Big Sam’s Funky Nation is back with their first full length studio release since 2010’s King Of The Party. Released just in time for Jazz Fest, BSFN’s 5th full-length album, titled Evolution debuted at #7 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. The 11 tracks of Evolution keep true to its title, proving to be the next level in the development of funk with the distinctive and recognizable “NOLAdelic” stamp of Big Sam’s Funky Nation.

    You can pick up Evolution on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Fishbone – Intrinsically Intertwined
    Release Date: April 22nd
    Fishbone Cover

    Celebrating 25 groundbreaking years, Fishbone has been trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock. Since starting their professional career in the flourishing, Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s, Fishbone still continues to tour all over the world, turning heads at some of the most noteworthy festivals. The band is still composing, creating, recording, releasing and performing original music together as well.

    On April 22nd, just in time for their appearance at Coachella, LA’s Fishbone via Controlled Substance Sound Labs released a new EP titled Intrinsically Intertwined. Recorded in San Francisco at Hyde Street Studios the release features 5 original tracks. There is also a remix of the EP’s fifth song, “Whipper Snapper” available as a separate single.

    If the cover art for this EP seems familiar, its because the artwork was designed by Anthony Ausgang, the artist who did the award winning cover art for MGMT’s 2010 release Congratulations. For the new Fishbone EP, Ausgang once again used his trademark psychedelic cartoon cats, though for this piece creating ‘intertwining’ imagery mirroring and stretching the image on the cats nose, a focal point of the piece.

    Sample the album by heading to Soundcloud.

    You can pick up Intrinsically Intertwined on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    G. Love Special Sauce –Sugar
    Release Date: April 22nd
    glass sugar

    Back in the early ‘90s, while playing the streets and bars of Boston’s music scene, a group of musicians came together, forming a band whose music stays in constant demanded from coast to coast. Now, 20 years later that ensemble, known by many as G. Love and Special Sauce, is once again touring as the original trio and recording new music together for the first time in eight years.

    On the year that marks the 20th anniversary of their debut and eponymously titled album, G. Love Special Sauce will be releasing a brand new LP, titled Sugar. The record takes the “rich, warm” essence of the trio’s classic 1994 album and lays on top a modern composition of sounds, a blend of bits from G. Love’s past records and the relentless energy that pours out of the band’s live sets. Sounds that range from the Bluesy-Folk of his last record, 2011’s Avett Brothers produced Fixin’ to Die, to the gritty Hip-Hop Blues of that original record, a sound G. Love describes as “Live and raw, Down and Dirty.”

    On Sugar we hear the product of G. Love and many of the influential musicians from throughout his career. Along with the return of upright bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, the record features the groups longtime touring keyboardist, Mark Boyce, laying it down on B3 organ. Adding some extra sauce, on Sugar are some very talented guests, including legendary artist, background vocalist and current Oscar nominee Merry Clayton. Some of her most note worthy tracks are iconic hits like The Rolling Stones’, “Gimme Shelter,” Lynrd Skynard’s, “Sweet Home Alabama.” Clayton was even in Ray Charles’ band as a Raylette when she was just 18 years old. Also featured on Sugar are Los Lobos’ guitarist David Hidalgo, Eric Krasno of Soulive, Marc Broussard, Shamarr Allen, Kristy Lee, and several others.

    Recorded primarily at the studio of G. Love’s old friend and collaborator, Jack Johnson’s, Solar Powered Plastic Plant, Brushfire Records, Sugar was produced by legendary producers Mario Caldato and Robert Carranza. The men behind the boards on many of the Beastie Boys’ records.

    Jack Johnson seems to have summed up Sugar well saying “Ever since I heard the song ‘The Things That I Used To Do’ G. Love and Special Sauce have been one of my favorite bands. I don’t know anybody that likes to write, jam, or record more than G. Love. This new album ‘Sugar’ captures that joy in the music that got me hooked on G. Love the 1st time around.”

    You can pick up Sugar on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Jack Johnson –From Here To Now To You Live – EP
    Release Date: April 22nd
    Jack Johnson EP

    Speaking of Jack Johnson, following last September’s release of his latest LP From Here To Now To You, Jack has released “From Here To Now To You Live EP.” The release features six tracks off that record including, “As I Was Saying,” ”Washing Dishes,” ”Don’t Believe A Thing I Say,” ”Shot Reverse Shot.” “Tape Deck” and “Home.” These songs were recorded live, last fall, on Jack’s From Here To Now To You theater tour, where Johnson and his great band treated fans to intimate performances at some of the world’s most renown music theaters. To celebrate Earth Day all, the proceeds from this EP will be donated to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in the schools and communities in Jacks beautiful home state of Hawai’i.

    You can pick up From Here To Now To You Live on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Christos DC –Long Road
    Release Date: April 22nd
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    On April 22nd, Christos DC‘s new album Long Road became available. The record, includes 14 new tracks produced and written by Christos DC at hisHonest Music Studios. The record was mixed by Frank Marchand at Annapolis, Maryland’s Hudson Street Sound and mastered by Thomas Blondet in DC at Rhythm Culture Studios.

    Long Road also features several guest artists. On the albums first track, “Just Talk To Me,” sitting in is Kenyatta Hillm the lead singer from the legendary Jamaican trio, Culture and also son of the late great Joseph Hill, the founder of the group. Appearing on the track “Vasilikos”, is Anastasias Vrenios, and Hugh Hall on the record’s sixth track, “Circles.”

    Sample the album by heading to Soundcloud.

    You can pick up Long Road on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Dubmatrix – In Dub
    Release Date: April 25th

    Canadian composer, producer multi-instrumentalist, Dubmatix, has kept busy recently. Among working on a large diversity of projects in and out of the studio, the artist continues to cater to an international fan base, touring all throughout Europe, as well as Mexico. When home in Toronto, Dubmatix also hosts Bassment Sessions, a two-hour radio show, weekly on CIUT, as well as a bi-weekly Reggae show that is syndicated in the UK, France Germany.

    This Dubmatix celebrates 10 years as a Reggae producer. Its also the 10th anniversary of Dubmatix’s 2004′ debut release, Champion Sound Clash. Following records released in 2009, ‘10, ‘11, all featuring an array of illustrious guests, as well as Canada’s #1 Reggae release, 2013’s Rebel Massive, this month, Dubmatix dropped “In Dub” on April 25th via Echo Beach. The record included 12 pounding dub-tracks that merge seamlessly into each other.

    After years of experimenting, Dubmatix has honed in on a unique signature sound and style, utilizing heavy bass, full horn lines and thick-set percussive grooves. According to the artist, ”the new record dives back into the pure dub tradition, utilizing the narcotic intensity of echo/delay, reverb soaked ambiance and heavy bass low end.”

    You can pick up In Dub on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    String Cheese Incident – Song in My Head
    Release Date: April 29th
    SCI Song In My Head

    Fusing Newgrass with Rock, Jazz, Calypso, Reggae, electronic elements and a variety of many other musical genres, this month, the Colorado Jam ensemble known as The String Cheese Incident releases their ninth studio record, titled Song in My Head. Out April 29th on the groups own SCI Fidelity Records and Loud Proud Records, the record was produced by Jerry Harrison, keyboardist of the Talking Heads. Collaboratively written by the group over the past decade, within Song In My Head are 10 songs that have been heard embedded in the live sets over the past few years.

    Known for their live “Incidents” that garner a loving following of fans, for a band like SCI, with their musical chops and skilled cohesive instrumentation, it’s remarkable that after 20 years of music, the band’s ninth album, and first studio album in nine years, would really demonstrate their signature sound. After years away from the studio, performing live both together and in many of the band members side projects, SCI has finally tapped into the proficiency that two decades’ worth of performing develops. The groups drummer, Michael Travis, explains, “Stylistically, the album feels like the most modern expression of our music. We continue to be the newest version of our expanding stylistic interest. This album feels more genuinely us. It’s everything we’ve learned about making an album.”

    You can pick up Song in My Head on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    Pixies – Indie Cindy
    Release Date: April 29th

    Forming during ’86 in Boston, the Pixies have been a huge influence for many bands, particularly on the explosive ‘90’s alternative rock scene, iconic bands like Nirvana, Radiohead and The Strokes. Following a hiatus that lasted over a decade, in 2004 the band reformed and has been actively touring over the past ten years. In June of last year, co-founder bassist-vocalist Kim Deal officially departed from the band. Shortly after, The Pixies released their first new track in over a decade, followed by their second EP released in January.

    Now after much anticipation, the band has put out a new record titled Indie Cindy, the first album from the band in 23 years. For this album, frontman Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering along with bassist Simon ‘Ding’ Archer sitting in on the session, re-tracked 13 songs from the groups past three EPs. Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, for this record, the band rejoined with their infamous producer, Gil Norton, working with him for their first album in almost 25 years. As done for past Pixies records, the cover art was created by Vaughan Oliver, a British graphic designer known for work with 4AD Records, and an influence on the look of Post-Punk music.

    You can pick up Indie Cindy on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

    The Lambsbread – Bring Them Together
    Release Date: April 29th
    the Lambsbread

    Known for its splendor and beauty, as well as its music and culture, out of the Hawaiian Islands has flowed many musical acts. One band that has been producing Reggae music on the island since 2003 is The Lambsbread. Featuring singer songwriters Kaya and Nadia and supported by a team of some of the top Reggae musicians in Hawaii, the band continues to build their discography, completing their fourth record release. Titled Bring them Together, the album including singles such as “Live It Up Again” and “Stand Firm” featuring Prezident Brown. Composed of 14 tracks, The Lambsbread also collaborated with Perfect, Fanton Mojah, Ras Lil Dread and Rastar. The new record is available on the 29th of April via Jah Youth Productionsand Rumble Rock Records.

    You can pick up Bring Them Together on iTunes now, by clicking HERE!

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    Fun Weekend…

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    Sunshine Cindy and I were on the go the entire weekend. The weather was great allowing us to enjoy some great Spring days. It started on Thursday night. We made a trip to Emerald Lady Jewelry Store to pick out my wedding ring. We found a nice one and got it on order. It should be in by the end of this week.

    From there we stopped at Millers Ale House for some dinner. Miller’s always has some good specials. Thursday’s they have buckets of Bud Light for $8.95. What a deal. We sat at the bar, had some food and a few drinks while watching some of the hockey game that was on. We noticed a guy across the bar with a Key West MOTM tee shirt on. Sunshine talked to him. He was a Parrot Head from Atlanta down here in Destin on vacation. We see Parrot Heads everywhere!

    Friday was my off day. Sunshine Cindy and her Mom went looking for dresses for her Mom. I went down to the harbor to take some tee shirts to Harbor Gifts to refill some they had sold. My first stop was at The Crust Pizzeria to see if Charley and Brenda were ready for the Parrot Head meeting that night. It looked like everything was ready. They were excited having the PH’s there. I walked down the hill and stopped at the Marler Charter Boat booking booth. Matt was working. I talked to him for a while. I then walked over to Harbor Gifts. Sandy was there. We got them restocked. Sandy and I talked for a while about the harbor as we were enjoying the warm sunny day.

    I headed home. Sunshine Cindy and I headed to The Crust a little early. Everything was ready for a fun evening. They had several servers making sure everyone had the drinks they wanted. Charley was manning the bar and he was very busy. Alan took care of us. Turns out Alan is actually one of the stilt walkers at Margaritaville. He was making balloons all night as well as making sure everyone had drinks. Coconut Radio performed for us. We had about 100 folks show up. Charley and Brenda put out a fantastic spread of food too. Pizza, Pasta, Ravioli’s…and they kept it coming.

    As the night wore down, Charley came and sat with us. He appreciated all that Sunshine Cindy and I did to help him prepare for the night. He brought over some Fireball for us to celebrate with. Judie, Kelly, Wayne and Suzanne were all with us as the last Parrot Heads standing.

    Saturday was a different kind of day for us. Parrot Head Rendezvous was going on in Panama City Beach. We usually register for this event but with the upcoming wedding we decided to only go on Saturday. Well, Saturday was also Sunshine Cindy’s birthday. Her family wanted her to stay home and celebrate. We compromised. I went to PCB, she partied with her family and we would go out on Sunday. I wanted to make an appearance at Rendezvous. We have a lot of friends that were there who we have not seen in a while. This was a good chance to catch up with them.

    I got to the beach about noon. It was a perfect day weather wise. About 500 Parrot Heads were there on the beach having a blast. I ran into so many friends that I can’t start to name them all. Some great music was being played and many boat drinks were consumed. A special thanks to Julie, Jan and Loujean for letting me join them at their tent. I headed home about 8 pm wore out from the sun.

    Meanwhile Sunshine Cindy and her daughter Tiffany went to McGuire’s for dinner. They then went down to the harbor. First stop was Harry T’s. From there they went to Crab Island Cantina, Fishheads, AJ’s and The Boathouse. They ran into friends every step of the way.

    Sunday was another nice day in paradise. Sunshine Cindy and I went to Harry T’s for brunch. As we waited for a table we sat at the outside bar and talked to our Bartender of the Month, Michelle. She was working the bar. Michelle told us how thrilled she was to be named the Bartender of the Month in the Crab Island Mambo Mullet Wrapper. She was very deserving. You can read about Michelle here:

    Time to go in and get seated. A great sea breeze was blowing in the salt air making for an enjoyable brunch. They do a good job with their brunch. From there we stopped at Crab Island Cantina. Greg was working the bar. We got to talking to some locals across the bar. They were enjoying the nice day too. We then walked down to Fishheads. Al was playing the sax. Owners Melissa and Tom were there. Melissa wanted us to try a new appetizer they will be selling. It was a smoked fish dip that was great. That will be a big hit for sure. Melissa and Tom are good people who will have a great summer season. They are right under the west end zip line tower.

    We saw Matt and talked to him for a bit then also talked to Sandy at Harbor Gifts. We can’t be down there and not say hi! We made one more stop. We went to Margaritaville’s Chill Bar. Old friend Steve was working the bar. It was not too busy so we got to talk to Steve a little. He was getting off shortly and heading to work at Fud’s on the island. They had a volleyball tournament. He was looking forward to waiting on tall, good looking women! LOL We finally called it a day and headed home to get ready for the upcoming week. Sunshine Cindy enjoyed her birthday weekend!!!

    Have a great week. See ya on Thursday!

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    Meet Ballyhoo!’s New Bassist

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    April 14th, 2014 came the end of an era for a band that boasted the same line-up for 10 years when bassist J.R. Gregory announced that he would be leaving Ballyhoo! to progress to the next chapter of his life. While J.R. will be missed, the next chapter of Ballyhoo! starts with their new bassist Florida native, Nick Lucera

    “I’m so happy to be a part of the Ballyhoo! family. It’s a great opportunity for me, but I have big shoes to fill. I just can’t wait to get on stage with these guys and shred some bass!” shares Nick Lucera, who moved to Maryland from Florida to join the band. He played in a couple bands that Ballyhoo! use to play with in Florida and after management put them in a room together to jam, Nick was already looking for places to live when he was offered the job.
    “He’s a really nice guy and we laugh about the same stuff. It’s gonna be fun to get to know him more once we get back on tour. Hoping he’s not a creepy sleepwalker or “white girl wasted” when he gets drunk. Only time will tell,” shares Howi Spangler, Ballyhoo! Vocalist/Lead Guitarist.

    Ballyhoo!’s first show with Nick on bass will be May 9th at The Depot in York, PA.

    After 10 years of playing in the same line-up, I’m sure it’ll be an adjustment for the group, but one they’re fully capable of adjusting to. While Ballyhoo! was in Denver, CO this past February, we filmed Ballyhoo! for The Pier’s Live Acoustic Series and Passafire bassist Will Kubley filled in for an absent J.R. and the performance sounded amazing.

    Howi continues: “We’ve been having rehearsals for the last couple of weeks. Nick has a lot of songs to learn, but he’ll be ready for the first show May 9th.” With regards to J.R. Howi continues: “It was a pleasure to play with JR to my left for the last ten years. He has a great, melodic style that I love and I know he’ll keep music in his life in whatever path he chooses, going forward. He’s also a very good friend and it’ll be weird when we start making him buy our next albums. Ha ha!”

    Little does Howi know, we had planned to give J.R. a free copy let him review it for The Pier! (Ha ha!)

    We look forward to the next chapter of Ballyhoo! music with their new line-up. Nick has his work cut out for him, replacing J.R. learning a sizable collection of songs that the group put out over the last 10 years! J.R., Mista J – we at The Pier will most certainly miss you, but we’re grateful for the 10+ years of shows a whole collection of music you recorded! Best of luck to you, sir!


    Ballyhoo! Links
    Backstage: A Ballyhoo! Story
    Ballyhoo! Website
    Ballyhoo! Facebook

    Article By: Mike Patti
    Photo of J.R. By: Amanda Zancanella

    Here is J.R. Gregory, aka Mista J’s ‘Goodbye’ Announcement via Facebook:

    “The past ten years of my life have been one wild and crazy adventure. I’ve traveled our great country coast to coast, played out at sea, had many unforgettable experiences (I’m sure there are some I’ve forgotten as well!), and played kick ass music for thousands of people. Made lifelong friends, met fascinating people, and have witnessed some extraordinary things during this 1011793_10152335982943118_6178802846774754830_nadventure. I’m very lucky and grateful to have had the experiences I’ve had with Ballyhoo!. However, after much time spent in thought and self-reflection, I’ve decided it’s time for me to progress to the next chapter in my life. This Spring, I will be leaving Ballyhoo!.

    I want to thank the fans for all of their support throughout the years. Without all of you Hooligans, this would’ve never happened. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you very much!

    To all the great bands that I’ve been lucky enough to share the road with, thank you. You have motivated me to become a better musician and helped me keep my sanity on tour. We’ve had some damn good times together. I look forward to seeing all of you when you come through Baltimore. If you’re lucky, I’ll bring you a can of Old Bay!

    Biggest of Up’s to the crew members that I’ve had the honor to work with. You guys bust your asses every night for us and keep this train a rolling! Remember, never send an idiot to do an idiot check!

    Thank you to my family and friends back home. Y’all were there from the start and have never stopped pushing us to pursue our dreams. Your unconditional support has helped me through the tough times and made the good times that much better. You were the ones coming to the shows before anyone outside of Maryland knew who we were. Because of you, we were able to take this band far beyond the Free State. I can not thank you enough. I’m looking forward to being home and spending time with all of you.

    Finally, thank you to my bandmates, my brothers, my family. This past decade (Holy crap, it really has been a decade!) cannot be put into words. Well it could, but I would have to write a damn novel. Ain’t nobody got time for that! So, I’ll keep it short and sweet. I love you guys. You are and will always be family to me.

    Every story has an end, but in life every end is just a new beginning.

    Safe travels everyone and we’ll announce my final show soon. (It’ll be in Baltimore)”

    J.R. Gregory aka Mista J.

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    Video: Alborosie – Rock The Dancehall

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    On April 15th, International Reggae star, Alborosie released a new music video to this song Rock The Dancehall. The song is the 3rd track off his latest June 2013 release of Sound the System. Alborosie will be doing a Meet N Greet at The Pier booth at this May’s California Roots Music Arts Festival, exclusively at The Pier Booth. Stay tuned for more details and enjoy the song video…

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    MP3 Leak of the Week: Micah Brown

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    Southern CA singer/songwriter, Micah Brown recently contacted The Pier with a new song, fresh out of the studio, titled “Roller Coaster”. He wanted to share it with The Pier Community, for FREE, this week only! Read more about Micah Brown the new song here…

    You can download Micah Brown’s new song “Roller Coaster” for FREE on our home page, under the MP3 Leak of the Week section on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday May 2nd, 2014.

    Micah Brown – “Roller Coaster”
    “Roller Coaster” Background:
    “Roller Coaster” is the latest single released by Micah Brown. Before he puts it up for sale on iTunes, he’s giving it to you the fans for FREE, this week only. We at The Pier always enjoy the background to a song, especially while its new fresh.

    Here’s what Micah Brown had to say about his new song:
    “Roller Coaster” is a song that I wrote upon returning home recently from playing shows in Hawaii. I had these rhythms and melodies stuck in my head after listening to so much island reggae and Jawaiian music on the radio, and came up with idea while still in the 50th State of mind.

    I brought in Stan Frazier (of Sugar Ray) to help me develop and co-produce the song with Lewis Richards, and I think he was the perfect choice to give it that little bit of pop sensibility. We are really happy with the way it turned out.

    I particularly like the way the theme of the lyrics evolves slightly as the song plays out from one verse to the next, and comes full circle by the end.”
    Micah Brown

    You can purchase Micah Brown’s Music on iTunes by clicking HERE!

    Micah Brown Background:
    Micah Brown rolled the dice and left the 9-to-5 workforce in pursuit of a full-time music career in the summer of 2010. Since then, he hasn’t looked back, accruing a colorful resume that includes: three critically-acclaimed studio releases, three Orange County Music Awards, countless North American tour dates and festival appearances, and a catalog of songwriting and performance credits as a session player at 17th Street Recording Studio in Costa Mesa, CA

    Brown’s original music derives from the blues, outlaw country and rock-n-roll that drenched the garage while building hot rods with his dad growing up, largely evident in his debut EP “Down Like Hail”.

    Micah’s first full-length record, “The Isle of Her”, received multiple album-of-the-year nominations following its summer 2012 release, which elaborated on a wider range of influences. The addition of reggae and surf overtones helped Brown garner an underground following of passionate, grass-roots fans; the album debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart.

    Both of Micah’s first two records were produced by Lewis Richards and released under 17th Street Records.

    In early 2013, Micah joined Iration as full-time guitarist and backing vocalist, just in time for a memorable summer that included shows with Steel Pulse at the Orange County Fair and The Descendents at Red Rocks Amphitheatre supporting their latest album “Automatic”.

    Capping off his most productive year on the road, Brown released a limited 7-inch record featuring two brand-new songs entitled “Gambles Prospects”, available exclusively on blue-swirl vinyl through Creme Tangerine Records.

    Micah’s next release is the single “Roller Coaster”, which will be available on iTunes in May of 2014.


    Micah Brown Links:
    Micah Brown Website
    Micah Brown Facebook
    Micah Brown Twitter

    Huge thanks again to Micah Brown for allowing us to share their new song “Roller Coaster” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for free and spread the awareness to your friends!
    Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!

    Article By: Mike Patti

    Watch: Micah Brown Nasambu – “Old Man” (Neil Young Cover)

    Watch: Micah Brown – “Finally Free”

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    Destin is Paradise

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    It’s this time of the year where the weather is perfect making Destin a paradise to live in. Day time temps are about 80 with lows in the mid 60’s. The top is down on Badass and it can stay down!

    Sunshine Cindy and I got out a few times this week. Julie had some friends in town staying with her. Tim and Nancy from Tennessee and Dean from Louisiana are here. They have all became friends of ours too. Tuesday night we met them at The Boathouse. They wanted some oysters and the Boathouse has the best. We had a great time. Howling Jack was singing, Tara took good care of us and a big crowd was inside enjoying the salt air. It was a fun evening catching up with all of them.

    Wednesday night Sunshine Cindy and I went to Landshark Pizza. We wanted to catch up with “B” to make sure he is able to get us the cups and napkins for our wedding. When we walked in most of the tables were full but the bar was empty. Glen and Brian were at a table. Bruce came in and BS’d with us then he also joined Glen and Brian. About 15 minutes after we got there the bar packed out and the place was jumping. It got so busy Brian had to go back and help out cooking.

    Wednesday’s is wing night at Landshark. Jason was making big batches of wings as they were selling like hot cakes. A lot of pizza’s were also being made as so many people were there they ran out of places to sit. They ended up selling over 1000 wings. Wow! We hung out with B for the night. He is taking care of us and we thanked him profusely. It’s great having good friends! Other folks came and went. James and Jonelle stopped in. Jonelle showed off some pictures of a big Cobia she caught earlier in the day. I think it was about 50 pounds. A great fish. It was a fun time at Landshark.

    Speaking of fish….the last several weeks have seen a big increase of huge Mako Sharks being caught in the waters off of Destin. There have been several in the 600 to 800 pound range brought in. A couple of guys in Nararre were on the beach and caught a 805 pound Mako the other day. Many of these sharks are only a couple of hundred yards off the beach. They are there all the time but almost never bother humans. The theory is the sharks are following the Cobia. Makes sense.

    We also had a pod of Manatee’s swim through Destin the other day. We don’t get a lot of Manatee’s in our area but they do come through once in a while. Seeing a whole pod is unusual. I have had the chance to see them in the waters around Destin a few times and I had an up close look at one in Key West last year. They are a gentle and awesome creature.

    I received some news about a couple of new additions to the Destin Commons expansion. The World of Beer will be opening a new place by the middle of summer. They will have a full kitchen and live music. Next door to the World of Beer will be a place called, The Blend. This will be a liquor bar serving all types of high end liquors. They plan to open about the same time. This will be a nice addition to the Destin scene.

    Also this week I was able to confirm Lucy Buffett’s “Lulu’s” has actually started construction. It is going to be next to Legendary Marine at the base of the Mid-Bay bridge. I have been told the foundation is poured and the building will start to come out of the ground soon. Grand opening is planned for February 2015. It is going to be a big place from all accounts.

    This will be a busy weekend. Thursday is fireworks on the harbor and the first Mattie Kelly concert. Friday the ECPHC meets at The Crust Pizzeria on the harbor for our monthly meeting. Coconut Radio will be the playing music. It will be a fun time. All weekend is the PCPHC’s Rendezvous on the beach in Panama City. We will be there Saturday to see all of our Trop Rock friends. Saturday is also Sunshine Cindy’s birthday. We will be celebrating all weekend!!!

    Have a great weekend and I will see ya Monday with a full recap of the fun along the Emerald Coast!

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    Video: Dale & The ZDubs – Nothing At All

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    Out of the nation’s capital is Dale and the ZDubs who are coming up with their own blend of reggae-rock. This is a music video for their single “Nothing At All” from their 2013 digital release of Leave the Drama. On April 20th, 2014, DZD released their latest album Clear the Smoke and we have 4 songs, from that new album, available for FREE download inside our MP3 Massive section by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song video…

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    Slightly Stoopid Summer Sessions 2014

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    It’s lining up to be another big season of live shows for one of Reggae-Rocks top headliners, Slightly Stoopid, as the group has finally announced all the details surrounding their Summer Sessions 2014 tour.

    There are many traditions associated with summer and for the past seven years, performing at amphitheaters around the US has become a tradition for Slightly Stoopid and their fans. This summer, the San Diego based ensemble will bring their Summer Sessions 2014 tour to 25 cities nationwide. Helping them deliver ultimate jam sessions will be some of Stoopid’s friends, and favorite artists, adored acts that have been on various tours with the group in years past.

    Performing for the entire Summer Sessions journey will be none other than 7-time Grammy winner Stephen “Ragga” Marley. Marley has been promoting his upcoming album, Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life, of which there’s no set release date. After his spring run, Marley is lined up for a set June 26 at the Electric Forest Festival before joining up with Stoopid in Eugene, Oregon to kicks things off on July 9th.


    Also joining Slightly Stoopid on tour during select dates only will be D.I.Y. legends NOFX, hip-hop icons Cypress Hill, and Stoopid’s long-time musical conspirator’s G. Love Special Sauce. NOFX will play as direct support on just four California dates, including shows at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA and the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine. Cypress Hill will be added for just three dates, shows in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Santa Barbara. The Summer Sessions 2014 tour will round out its west coast dates with an annual hometown show at San Diego, CA’s Sleep Train Amphitheater on Saturday, July 26. From there, the band will head over to the East Coast, performing in Boston before playing the Gathering of the Vibes music festival in Bridgeport, CT. From there, the band will make their way down the coast to Philadelphia, Asbury Park, Baltimore, Raleigh, Atlanta and Boca Raton, among many other cities, before wrapping August 23.

    Going into May, Slightly Stoopid plays a week of shows around the southeast before heading back to Florida to play Livenation’s Big Guva Music Festival, and then right to Texas for a spot at the Suburbia Music Festival.

    Slighlty Stoopid’s schedule picks back up during the end of May, right in the heat of the music festival season. On Friday, May 23rd the group can be seen in Chillicothe, Illinois for a spot at the Summer Camp Music Festival. From there they head back west to take part in the Skunk Records 25th Anniversary set at the 5th annual California Roots music and arts festival. In June, Slightly Stoopid keeps the party rolling with performances at The X Games’ X Music Festival in Austin, the Houston Beerfest and the infamous Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival of Manchester Tennessee. After only a few weeks of rest, nine days into July, Slightly Stoopid will hit the pavement once again, traversing the US on their highly anticipated Summer Sessions 2014 tour.

    General tickets are on sale now, and as a special incentive to loyal fans, for Summer Sessions 2014, the band is offering pre-Show VIP BBQ Meet n’ Greet packages as well as merchandise bundles!

    For more about Slightly Stoopid, their music and details about their tour dates, check out the information below.


    Slightly Stoopid Links:
    Exclusive Slightly Stoopid Blog
    Slightly Stoopid Website
    Slightly Stoopid Facebook
    Slightly Stoopid Twitter

    Article By: Aaron Solomon

    Watch: Slightly Stoopid – “Don’t Stop”

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