Bud and Alley's Spring Music Series 2013

April 9, 2013 by Jill Tanner

Spring is here and we are all ready for a little outdoor live music. Bud and Alley’s Waterfront restaurant in Seaside has quite the lineup and we can’t think of a better place to chill and enjoy some tunes. Enjoy small plates from a special menu while you sip cocktails or have dinner at the Tarpon Club upstairs or the restaurant downstairs. 

Mary Gauthier: Thursday, April 4 Bud and Alley’s kicks off the Spring Music Series with Louisiana native, turned Nashville resident, Mary Gauthier. Her songs have earned praise from Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton and many others. “They’re living things,” Gauthier says of her work. “You record ‘em one way, but that’s just the way you played it that day. Some words change, the tempo changes. It has to go with the flow of the room and the flow of the night,” Gauthier says. “As a songwriter, I’m always trying to go to the deepest possible place inside of me. Past the navel-gazing, past the self-conscious, to get to that ‘we,’” Gauthier explains. “’Cause deep inside of all of us is the universal. And that is an artist’s job, to transcend the self. … I’m in there, but then hopefully, it goes past that and it hits something far, far bigger and more important than me. That’s what I’m aimin’ for every time I write.”Stop by to listen to Mary Gauthier at Bud and Alley’s. The doors open at 4:00 and Mary will play through sunset.

Holly Williams: Saturday, April 13 
Part of the key to Holly Williams’ success as a singer-songwriter is that it’s never been her mission to try and live up to the legacy cast by her famous and prolific father and grandfather – Hank Jr. and Sr., respectively – nor has she spent a lot of time trying to live it down. The respect that Holly has garnered as an artist over the course of many years spent building an international fan base, and the release of two acclaimed albums, 2004’s The Ones We Never Knew (Universal South) and 2009’s Here With Me (Mercury Records), has come on her own terms, based on her own sound. Indeed, to paraphrase Freud, sometimes a last name is just a last name.  
The Highway finds the 31-year-old artist putting a distinctly personal spin on universal themes like love, loss, conflict, family and desire. The Highway is heavy with references to memories of simpler times and beloved relatives; ruminations on lives destroyed by addiction; our shared need to love and be loved; and an earnest longing for the road. Throughout the process, the Nashville-based songwriter was surrounded by a hyper-talented supporting cast, including co-producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars), her multi-instrumentalist husband Chris Coleman, bassist Glenn Worff (Mark Knopfler), pedal steel guru Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Stevie Nicks), and friends like Dierks Bentley, Jakob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Gwyneth Paltrow who all make guest appearances on the record.


Willie Sugarcapps: Friday, April 19 Willie Sugarcapps consists of five musicians including Grayson Capps, Will Kimbrough, Corky Hughes, and Sugarcane Jane (Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee Crawford). The combining of these five talented artists happened at random during a Frog Pond show. They all knew about each other, and finally had the opportunity to play together. The performance was organic and natural and the crowd didn’t budge as these five played all day and into the night. Now, they are touring together to share their music with everyone.

Will Kimbrough is a singer songwriter with six solo albums to his name, along with six other albums by his bands, Will and the Bushmen, The Bis-Quits, and DADDY.  Will's songs have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Little Feat, Jack Ingram, Todd Snider, Gretchen Peters, Kim Richey and Kate Campbell. Will was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and lives in Nashville with his wife and two daughters.

Grayson Capps hails from South Alabama and has spent over a decade in New Orleans. A revered singer-songwriter Grayson has found listeners all over the world enthralled by his stinging tales of the Southern Gothic. In his own words, he explains: "I write songs which have the voice of dead prophets masquerading as town drunks screaming 'look at us we're pretty, too!'"
Sugarcane Jane, Anthony Crawford and Savana Lee Crawford, are singer songwriters with four albums and a DVD to their names, along with Anthony's four solo albums.  Anthony's songs have been recorded by Steve Winwood, Pegi Young, Kenny Rogers, Lee Greenwood, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sawyer Brown, Billy Burnett, and Lorrie Morgan. His newfound love and musical partner, Savana Lee, has allowed him to focus on his own songs again, while staying close to home and enjoying their two children, Loretta Raine and Levon Cash. Their latest album, Listen with Headphones, released in 2012, was inspired by their family life, including a song titled Loretta Raine.

Corky Hughes began his professional career playing throughout the south in the 70’s with R&B artist Theodore Arthur Jr. and the later with his own rock group, Excalibur. He became lead guitarist for legendary rockers, Black Oak Arkansas in 1984. He has played and recorded with numerous artists. Since returning to Mobile, Ala. in 1992 Corky has played guitar for a diverse group of artists including Kung Fu Mama, Carlos Washington’s Giant People, Star Cullars, Molly Thomas, Jimmy Hall, and Wet Willie, and Bo Diddley.
The show will begin at 4:00 and Willie Sugarcapps will play through sunset.
Jennifer Steele: Friday, April 26 Jennifer played the title role in the Seaside Repertory Theatre’s first staged production of Always…Patsy Cline in the summer of 2004 and then revived the role during the Rep’s 10th anniversary season. Previous stage roles include Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Isabel in The Fisherman and His Wife, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Meg in Crimes of the Heart, Ophelia in Hamlet, Belinda in Man of Mode, Annie Kate in The Dream Jar (premiere), Mrs. Webb in Our Town and Cathy in The Last Five Years. A co-founder of the Repertory Theater, Jennifer served as the company’s managing director for seven years before joining the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County as its executive director and a producer of the ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival, 30A Songwriters Festival and other festivals and events.The doors open at 4:00 and Jennifer will play through sunset. 
Tickets for these three shows are on sale online through Ticket Alternative and will be available at Bud & Alley's, as well. $25 in advance and $30 day of the show.

See Live Music for a complete calendar of local music in and around South Walton.


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Jill is a long-time SoWal local transplanted from Georgia. Jill enjoys writing movie scripts in her bit of spare time.

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