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Bald Head Island - a quiet, beautiful place.

Want to know what’s weird? I have a blog post up on The Island Times, Bald Head Island Limited’s blog, about silence. It has some recordings you should listen to. Recordings of silence.

I know what you’re thinking – Recordings of silence? Impossible? But no, not impossible. Just like Bob Weir recording “heavy air” and “light air” to use on the Anthem of the Sun album, I have some recordings of silence on Bald Head Island.

Before you go read the post and listen to the sounds of silence (sorry S&G-funkle), read my story, Silence, in this year’s haven magazine. The link is here. Once you’ve read the story and have an idea of what I mean by silence, visit The Island Times, read the post and listen for yourself. Then go out and find some silence of your own.


Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s, The Old Ceremony has a new album out. I reviewed Tender Age for Read it here.

I’ve been listening to Athens, GA five-piece Venice is Sinking’s new release Sand & Lines nonstop this week. Recorded in the historic Georgia Theatre – host to nearly every one of the Athens biggies from the B-52’s to REM to The Police to Colonel Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit – shortly before it burned down in 2009. Sand & Lines was recorded live in the empty dance hall and captures the tone and space of the room, giving the sound a depth not found on many albums. I reviewed the album for Deckfight, a blog of southern and independent music and literature. If you’re interested in buying Sand & Lines, the album is available at and all proceeds from the album’s sale are going to help the Georgia Theater‘s rebuilding efforts. has posted my review of Chapel Hill, North Carolina’s The Honored Guests‘ EP Into Nostalgia. It’s short, so you can read it in one sitting. Go here for the review and here for the free EP.

Beta Radio, Wilmington’s latest injection into the Americana-Folk music scene, released their debut album, Seven Sisters, a few weeks ago and I reviewed it for Deckfight. The review is here. This is easily one of my favorite albums this year and I think you should do two things: read the review and buy the album.


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