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Cool towns with soothing sounds

The Lowcountry was, is and probably always will be a haven for music lovers.

Publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb played the flute in her younger years. While she doesn’t hit the high notes as much these days, she still shows her love for music by wearing this amazing musical note mask she got at The Spirited Hand, a unique shop next to the PGA Tour Superstore in Bluffton. Go see Nancy if you are interested in one-of-a-kind gifts.

The Lowcountry is home to a wide range of musicians and musical styles. It makes sense, considering our charming towns are a beautiful potpourri of races, religions, lifetime locals and transplants. Blues, jazz, bluegrass, pop, hip hop, Southern rock, folk, classical, country, metal, electronic, Latin — it doesn’t matter what genres you are into, we have something substantial to offer.

Back in the day, long before Netflix and the internet existed, live music was the top entertainment choice for myself and many other locals.

Countless nights were spent singing and dancing at The Quarterdeck with the Simpson Brothers, Wingo’s with David Wingo and his friends, the Crows Nest with Earl Williams, the Old Post Office with Jason D. Williams, the Mariner’s Inn with Bobby Ryder, Plantation Club with Freddie Cole, The Jazz Corner with Bob Masteller, the Blue Note (now Captain Woody’s) and The Golden Rose (you had to know somebody to get in).

I’ve seen so many famous musicians and bands pass through over the years — Jimmy Buffett played at the high school, and Hootie & The Blowfish performed on the Sea Pines tennis courts, of all places (I also saw Darius play solo at Long Cove Club). Other headlining acts to grace our small stages have included Tina Turner, The Platters, The Ink Spots, Alice Cooper, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, B.B. King, Blake Shelton and Snoop Dogg, just to name a few.

Today, our musical offerings cover all the bases — from the army of musicians it takes to perform Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra events at First Presbyterian, all the way down to Bobby Magyarosi ripping through an inspired solo set at The Whiskey Room. Great music and musicians live here.

This issue celebrates local music in all of its glory. We share unforgettable stories from local legends (did you know American Idol winner Candice Glover of Saint Helena Island was stuck on a cruise ship she was performing on for a month due to COVID?). We identify live music hot spots, explore the benefits of music therapy, showcase music art from local galleries and suggest books for music lovers. Interested in learning an instrument? Find a handy guide to help you pick the perfect one, along with suggestions for local instruction. We kept the theme rolling in our food section with recipes that rock from local chefs.

It wasn’t our easiest issue to produce due to all that is going on in the world, but we’re very proud of how it turned out. It might make our “Greatest Hits” collection! We hope you agree. Now heed the Doobie Brothers’ advice and go listen to some music!

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Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” – Alphonse de Lamartine

Cooking with Music

For me, music is to cooking like coffee is to a Monday morning — it injects me with a level of energy and fuels my creative spirit. Before preparing a meal, I ask Alexa to “Play Happy Radio on Pandora.” She always delivers, streaming uplifting tunes from Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Adele and similar artists. They say a watched pot never boils, but I know for a fact one will do just fine if you are singing and dancing. Make tonight’s dinner more memorable by listening to good music while you make it — a glass of good wine in one hand and a spatula in the other.