Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2019

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2019 25 and slaw Po' Boy sandwich, and immersed in a book, in this case James Paterson's •ctional thriller "Hope to Die." A song by Earth Wind & Fire, coinciden- tally, can be heard over the little radio. "Got to have my tunes out here," he said. "We're kind of a cross between Earth Wind & Fire and ‹e Stones." "It keeps me busy," he said of Shrimp Mate, "and I umpire Little League baseball, started Monday, little 9-year-olds." He reminisces about the band's heyday, when they landed a $350,000 contract with EPIC Records. "‹at's how we bought all the equipment," he said. "Me being the lead singer, all I got was a microphone." And all those press write-ups, such as the 1980 arti- cle in Hit Parader magazine titled "Nantuck- et: Heart throbs and human energy." "Back in the '70s, we were in all those teen maga- zines, small articles, but we were all in there." His advice to up-and-coming bands? "If you don't enjoy it in your heart, •nd something else to do. Don't do it to be cool," he said. And be mindful of what he calls the three T's: tune, timing, tone. As for Michael Connell's: "It's going to be cliché, but to not be too readily discouraged, just stick to it." And Earnhart's: "Diversify. ‹at's the best advice … compose, produce, write, and play. … You have to augment things. You just can't be a session player anymore." Yet the allure of recording always seems to beckon. "We've been thinking about going back into the studio, doing another single," Uzzell said. And what about ‹e Connells? "We're getting pretty close to •nishing our •rst record in 20 years (with 11 or 12 songs)," Michael Connell said. And the bands' relatively new arrivals, they said, are nothing to sneeze at. "He's phenomenal," Uzzell said of Nantucket's new guitarist, Walt Garland. "My jaw dropped." "He's slumming it to play with us," Con- nell said of his band's drummer, Rodd Ladd. It being a small world, Nantucket's Uzzell said he not long ago ran into Steve Potak, the keyboardist for ‹e Connells, at Locals Seafood in Raleigh. "I freaked out when I learned who he was … both doing the same thing." PHILIP M. READ Wishbone Ash, a British band whose beginnings trace to 1969, in May played the Blue Note Grill in downtown Durham.

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