Bands of 30A
We have been fortunate to have some of the finest musical talent on the Emerald Coast to volunteer their time to help raise money for our selected causes. Each one of these bands or solo artists have performed in at least one or more of our various concerts. Check out the links to get more information about these generous musicians.
Forrest Williams Band
Forrest picked up the guitar when he was 14 years old and has been playing ever since. The Forrest Williams Band is a staple in the 30A music community.
Will Thompson is a singer/songwriter/musician/producer living in Panama City, Fl. As a fifth generation musician, Will has been surrounded by music his entire life. Learning to play numerous instruments and exploring many different musical styles, has enabled him to be a very versatile artist. Will produced his first country album with Firstnote Entertainment entitled "Turn It Up". This album showcases his unique voice as well as a soulful country sound.
Chris Alvarado is a Florida native who is currently located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 he was invited to perform at the 30A Songwriter’s Festival, an event that draws some of the nations most accomplished Singer/Songwriters. In 2012, the National Recording Academy selected Chris to perform at the Florida Grammy Showcase in Orlando, Florida where a panel of industry judges and executives selected him as the winner out of the six acts that were selected from the entire state of Florida. Chris was also invited by BMI to headline at the BMI Acoustic Brunch during the 2012 Florida Music Festival in front of leading music industry professionals.
- Winner, 2012 Florida GRAMMY showcase
- Winner, 2011 Beachcomber Music Awards "Best Singer/Songwriter"
- 3rd Place in the Dallas Songwriters Association's "2012 DSA songwriting competition"
- Performed, 2012 BMI Acoustic Brunch at the 2012 Florida Music Festival
- Performed, 2012 Florida Music Festival
- Performed, 2011, 2012, & 2013 30A Songwriters Festival
Blue-eyed soul grass. Hipbilly. Funky bluegrass fusion. These words have been used to describe Dread Clampitt. With clever and heartfelt lyrics, Dread combines humor and a realistic outlook of the world with the sounds of bluegrass, rock & roll, blues, jazz and some Louisiana Bayou funk.
The Blu Jays consist of three individual talents that come together to form a unique sound that is as varied as those creating it. People from different walks of life have converged to a single point that creates something a little bit country, blues, jazz, and funky rock-n-roll. Yes, they are a family band-- just not how you think!
Jay Gibson (a former Army RANGER, guitarist, and songwriter) contributes to the driving force of Blu Jays through his varied skills as a guitarist.
Susan McGill has been singing and writing songs for most of her life. During her twenties, she was the featured entertainment for several up-scale events, including an appearance on The Country Boy Eddie Show. Susan is well-versed in the "back-stage" of the music business from years of living in Nashville.
Amy Gibson is the daughter of Susan McGill and wife of Jay Gibson. Years of classical training infused with her mother's originals and favorites have created a musician that can't quite be called a fiddler or a violinist. Amy's playing style is a beast all its own. It is the classical meets country dipped in just a little bit of rock that ties the sound of Blu Jays together. Of course, the sound of blood harmony between mother and daughter helps a little too.
Casey Kearney is a fresh take on the country music scene. Her personal songs effortlessly convey both the sweetness of a Southern belle and the steel backbone of a strong country woman with a little touch of rock and grit. Her music ranges from slow heartfelt ballads to upbeat crowd favorites and playful melodies. Her sound is a great representation of vibrant women everywhere.
In 2017 she was a Top 6 Finalist in the Pepsi Southern Original Contest for the Gulf Coast Jam and a Top 5 NASH Next Finalist for NASH 105.5.
Casey was recently named 2018 "Best Country Artist" by Beachcomber Magazine.
Casey released her debut EP, recorded in Nashville with an award winning producer and top musicians. Her music was featured on
several mainstream stations and is currently played on indie stations
all over the country. A new full album of Casey's original music is in the works and set to be released late 2018.
The Allman Goldflies Band
The Allman Goldflies Band stems from the friendship of two lifelong musicians, Gary Allman and David Goldflies.
Gary Allman’s music contains stories from his life, including recent songs that describe Gary’s journey through the United States Criminal Justice system; his pain, loss, and finally, his redemption. These songs, many of which were written in prison, have formed the core of the original music of the Allman Goldflies Band.
David Goldflies, a lifelong musician, distinguished himself at an early age by being a part of multiple acclaimed tours and albums, including his Grammy award-winning tenure with the Allman Brothers Band. David’s visceral understanding of the emotion and drive of authentic southern rock and blues can be heard in both his playing and original music.
The band also includes drummer Shawn “Shack” Shackelford, guitarist Joe Weiss, and guitarist Matt Siegel.
The Allman Goldflies Band is reinvigorating southern music with honest, hard driving, inspired performances.
The Graytones are a 5-piece jam/rock band formed in the Gulf Coast of Florida in 2017.
The Luke Langford Band
The Luke Langford Band is a high energy country music band based in the Florida panhandle. Their style comes from Texas & Red Dirt Music Scene as well as outlaw, classic & modern country music. Some of our favorite artists include Pat Green, Randy Rogers Band, Reckless Kelly, Aaron Watson, Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson Band, Stoney Larue and others.
Schatzi + The String Boffin
Schatzi + The String Boffin, based out of Northwest Florida, was formed by siblings, Dannica Lowery and Ben Parsons, who cultivated their musicianship from an early age... under the (benevolent) scrutiny of Mark Lowery, musical patriarch. "We were exposed to music from day one, with our Daddy, aunts, uncles, cousins, grand- parents- literally, everyone on our father's side- playing music," The duo demonstrates a unique sound, chemistry and lyrical content that comes from a rich family history and love of music.
Brian believes music channels emotions and amplifies the joys of life. His story starts with his Dad introducing him to the piano at a young age. "When performing music I always felt I belonged." says Bryan. Around age 24 he joined a country band that later musically shifted to rock. With a deep knowledge of country music, learning to sing rock was different but fun for him. He still loves to sing George Jones followed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers showing his diversity as an artist. During the three years with the band they were able to compete and win a battle of the bands contest in Destin, Florida and build a great local fan base. Bryan's wife, kids, family, and friends have always believed and encouraged him. Bryan says "To them I owe the strength I needed to pursue my dream, and to them, I promise to give myself to the music." Bryan's goal is to produce music that is real. Taking periods of his life, the uncertainty, the confidence, being afraid, and being brave, to help people be comfortable with who they are. Bryan says of his journey "Life often contradicts life, but love and music free the soul."
New Earth Army
New Earth Army has seen many variations since guitarist Chavis Hobbs and bassist Michael Flatau created the band back in 2011. After releasing 2 albums, playing in several festivals, and touring around the southeast, NEA is in it's prime with vocalist Melissa Joiner at the helm! Drummer Breyson "Boogie" Robinson keeps the back bone of the band bumping! With frequent guest musicians like guitarist Hub Chason and saxophonist Matt McCarty, you never know what funky musical voyage lies ahead
In the year 2000, percussionist Louie Antoon and lead guitarist Clayton Bonjean began the formation of what is now Cadillac Willy. It all started in Clayton Bonjean's project studio. Bonjean and Antoon were honored to have Allman Brothers bassist Dave Goldflies sit in on the first recording sessions. Later, John David Sullivan moved to Destin and was asked to play rhythm guitar and sing. Drummer Josh Pace and bass player Patrick Wilson later joined the band and Cadillac Willy was ready for the road. Tim O'Shea joined a little bit later as singer/rhythm guitarist, but left in 2008. In the spring of 2008, Cadillac Willy was without a lead singer, so Clayton, unbeknownst to the rest of the band put an ad in craigslist ( Louie loves to tell this story, ask him about it). At the same time Metz Barnes was perusing craigslist for a job and happened to find that same ad in the musician's section. He and Clayton emailed back and forth for awhile and he finally sat in with the band at Hog's Breath for the first time in July 2008. Things went pretty well and he's been singing with them ever since. The drummer position has kind of been a revolving door, mostly manned by JP and Charles Pagano over the years, but recently has been filled by Shawn Shackleford who brings his wild style and many cymbals to the mix. John Mark Turner, a veteran of the road, fills in on lead guitar and bass when needed. When you need live music with heart and soul that makes you move your feet--call Cadillac Willy.
TK & Duke Bardwell
Featuring Mark Gillespie
Duke Bardwell, originally from Baton Rouge, has lived in South Walton County for 33 years and has been playing music here for nearly that entire time. Prior to moving to Florida, he played bass guitar for several world-renowned musicians such as Jose Feliciano, Tom Rush, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Pressley. His unique soulful style and humor has entertained thousands of locals and visitors through the years. He owns and operates Second Home Services, a property management company, has three children, nine grandchildren and one grand-dog.
Mark Gillespie is originally from Memphis and moved to the Emerald Coast with friend and bandmate, John Hoorman in 1990 after studying guitar at G.I.T. in Hollywood. After spending 20 years in Nashville, Mark returned to the Emerald Coast and married the beautiful and talented Krissa Quill Gillespie. Mark spent time touring with bands Trixx, Diamond Alley and notably, Trace Adkins for 14 years. He is one of the most talented and versatile guitarists to ever grace this area.
TK Bardwell, son of Duke, grew up along the Emerald Coast before moving to Alabama in 1995 to attend college. He returned in 2015 with his wife and three children to raise his family here, as well as to play music with Duke and others which he has done for the past three years. His style, like Duke, is soulful, energetic and dynamic…combined, their harmonies are memorable. TK runs the third-party logistics division of a 60-year-old trucking and warehousing firm out of Alabama.
Max McCann Band
Thirty plus years of touring has included performances with The Jerry Garcia’s Band, ELO, WAR, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Johnson,The Rippingtons, Peter White, Mindi Abir, Jeff Healy, Big Mountain, Bad Finger, Bad Company, Randall Bramblett and more . Amsterdam and Germany have provided shows at some of the largest festivals in the European region.
Five Original Full Length self produced Recordings include “Filet of Soul”, ”Live on the Rock”, ”Mileage” and “Fret Less” and a new release, ”30A AMIGOS
The streets of Key West and Mallory Square sparked an extensive writing and performing career as a style of “BEACH MOUNTAIN BLUES “. Collabroating with world class musicians formats can include, Single, Duo, Trio, and Four to Seven piece bands.
Max began writing songs with Mom’s old and rusted Acoustic guitar as early as age 10. He then stole his brother’s Electric Guitar at 12, hitched a ride from Pennsylvania to California at 17 then proceeded to graduate from Musician’s Institute (GIT) Hollywood Ca.. In 1991 Max took a one day trip to Key West that lasted over 10 years. He has been writing, recording and performing around the world in one way shape or form ever since.
Performing for the sixth year in the highly acclaimed, 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton County, Florida and Currently Pursuing New Writings and Recordings and constantly Performing Local and Nationally.
We've made it our goal to reach the hearts and minds of our fellow humans through music, conversation, and honesty! In return, we only ask that you be well.
Mel has been playing music on the Gulf Coast for a little over a decade now. Although he has been known to play bass for many of the Coast’s finest musicians which earned him the nickname “funky – fingers”, he now in more recent years has spent time to hone his skills as a solo artist, guitarist and writer.
he is currently the bass player for the band “Nick and the overalls quote and also makes frequent trips down to the US Virgin islands performing as a solo artist. He has been honored to share the stage with some of his face favorite songwriters, but this year he is honored to be invited as a songwriter to perform his original music.
Niceville, FL's cover band of choice.
Come on out, drink a beer and dance with us!