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The Power of Music

The Power of Music

Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” crescendos and you find yourself getting lost. Simultaneously, fingers and head start to snap in keeping with the beat. You feel compelled to rap and, out of nowhere, you...

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Merry & Bright: These local events and people are spreading Christmas cheer in the Lowcountry

Merry & Bright: These local events and people are spreading Christmas cheer in the Lowcountry

There isn’t a more festive time in the Lowcountry than right now. Immediately after Halloween, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton explode with festivals, parades and holiday happenings that are sure to melt even the coldest Grinch heart. On the following pages, we share a few of our favorite things to do this time of year and tip our hats to the people behind the festivities.

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Editor’s Note: October 2021

Editor’s Note: October 2021

Arts + Music Last October, we put out our first Arts + Music issue, and it was such a big hit that we decided to keep it running—perhaps in perpetuity, like the Pet issue every February. Since last...

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Pretty Darn Gets “Casual”: Behind the scenes of a cinematic showcase of island talent

Pretty Darn Gets “Casual”: Behind the scenes of a cinematic showcase of island talent

Were it not for the cameras, it could be mistaken for any other night on Hilton Head Island. While locals and tourists milled about the long dock at the end of Simmons Road, drinks from Up the Creek Pub in hand, the first tendrils of sunset streaked pink against the sky’s lustrous orange tint. Broad Creek sparkled in its brilliance. A heron warily eyed the outgoing tide, preying on the minnows that darted between waves.

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Harbourfest 2021:  The Return was Legendary

Harbourfest 2021: The Return was Legendary

It is a three-decade-long-and-running tradition, the most popular multi-week summer event on Hilton Head Island. Named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeastern Tourism Society and a “Best of Southern Fests” by South Magazine, generations of families continue to plan vacations around it.

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Editor’s Note: July 2021

Editor’s Note: July 2021

Hunter and I ran into Lori Smith, a former CH2 Bachelorette nominee, at Target last week. After some quick chit-chat, our conversation turned to how liberated we all felt walking into Target without masks. I commented that perhaps tough things needed to happen every now and again to make everyone appreciate how fortunate we really are.

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Man Cave Mania: 10 tips for creating a guy’s getaway at home

Man Cave Mania: 10 tips for creating a guy’s getaway at home

Every guy deserves a dedicated space at home to be himself, relax, entertain his buddies with billiards or TV, or pursue some other passion. Plus, it seems that when it comes to stress recovery, men benefit from withdrawing a bit more than women do. A recent university study found that men’s cortisol levels dropped significantly when they had more solo leisure time in their own homes. Also, a poll conducted by houzz.com revealed that more than one-third of homes have a dedicated man cave, so it seems to be a sound investment of space and money.

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Good Vibrations: Island musicians rally around a message of hope, unity and above all things… love.

Good Vibrations: Island musicians rally around a message of hope, unity and above all things… love.

Sound, in and of itself, is a miraculous thing. Taken at its simplest, most granular level, it is merely a vibration, a rippling of the air molecules all around us that generates a sympathetic vibration in everything it touches. Sound can shatter glass, or it can heal emotional wounds. It can move the soul, or it can start an avalanche. Sometimes, it does all those things at once.

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Taking Back Soundboy Sunday

Taking Back Soundboy Sunday

Before they were the Traveling Wilburys, they were just Jeff, Bob, Roy, George and Tom—five guys who had already changed the world of music. When they came together to form the legendary supergroup, it wasn’t because of each individual’s status in the pantheon of rock gods. It was because they just enjoyed hanging out with each other.

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7 Musicians, 7 Questions, 49 Answers

7 Musicians, 7 Questions, 49 Answers

We asked seven popular Lowcountry musicians to come up with seven questions for their musically- inclined peers. They opened up about everything from the importance of original songwriting and what songs make them cry to what local musicians they like to listen to and their least favorite part of the job.

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Kyle Wareham: Happy days, Magical sounds

Kyle Wareham: Happy days, Magical sounds

In just a short time as part of the Lowcountry music scene, Kyle Wareham has become an icon among diehard fans and fellow musicians. He melts crowds with his piercing crooner vocals and lyrics as part of bands like Pretty Darn and Soundboy and has elevated the sounds of some of the island’s best singers as an increasingly trusted album producer—all in about six years on Hilton Head Island.

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Women Who Rock: The Lowcountry’s greatest hits

Women Who Rock: The Lowcountry’s greatest hits

The past few years have seen a surge of women worldwide making strides and breaking records in just about every industry imaginable. Although trending hashtags are #girlpower and #bosslady, sadly, a Google search for famous women musicians from South Carolina offers scarce results. However, three lovely Lowcountry ladies are on a mission to change that statistic by making waves on both sides of the river.

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Mike Kavanaugh: From ‘No Cover’ to Unlike Any Other

Mike Kavanaugh: From ‘No Cover’ to Unlike Any Other

That is the magic of Mike Kavanaugh, the architect of the island’s most beloved band, JoJo Squirrell and the Home Pickles. He has played more than 6,000 shows in the Lowcountry and booked another 40,000 performances in the 25 years of his second stint on the island—our numbers, not Mike’s; his Buffalo-bred work ethic leaves little time for reflecting or self-promoting.

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Musings from a Woman in the Music Biz

Musings from a Woman in the Music Biz

The middle-aged man with the dri-fit polo and five o’clock shadow looks me up and down. “You sound great, if only you would just smile for us more.” I grimace and reluctantly glance in his direction. “Thanks for the tip,” I tell him, trying not to roll my eyes. He nods and sips his beer, not catching my sarcasm. It isn’t the first time I’ve gotten this comment, and nine out of 10 times, it’s come from a man.

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News from ‘The Sound’

News from ‘The Sound’

Despite the limitations of Covid-19, and with necessity birthing some much-needed online software tools (thank you Zoom, Audio Movers and ListenTo!), the summer and fall of 2020 ushers in the release of some brand new music projects, all produced at my studio, The Sound, located right here on Hilton Head Island.

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An Eye for Music: Known for their imaginatively dazzling commercial videos, Harden Creative cuts its teeth on music videos, and the beat goes on

An Eye for Music: Known for their imaginatively dazzling commercial videos, Harden Creative cuts its teeth on music videos, and the beat goes on

It’s around 9 a.m. on a Monday, and musician Jevon Daly is submerged up to his shoulders in the briny waters of the May River. He’s attempting to go completely under the waves, but the floppy hood of his shark costume refuses to cooperate, jeopardizing the entire video shoot for his song, “Sharks are our Homies.”

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