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Nationally Known Nantucket Band Has Roots At the Beach

Posted in Music Stories by darielb on May 18, 2011

Even if you’re not Carolina-grown, you may remember the rockin’ sounds of Nantucket. If you plan to be on the Grand Strand on May 19, you can hear them again. Nantucket is heading to Duck’s Beach Club on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach for a high-energy night of signature Nantucket tunes and a brand new CD of beach music that includes the group’s recent tribute to soul-beach icon, “General” Norman Johnson, who passed away on Oct. 13, 2010.

Formed in Jacksonvile, N.C. back in the late sixties, Nantucket was first known as Stax of Gold and later Nantucket Sleighride (after the song by Mountain).
Playing mostly covers, the group became a huge draw throughout North Carolina and later, the entire southeast.

After signing with Epic Records in 1977, they released their self-titled album which included the hit tune “Heartbreaker,”  By that time they were touring nationally and opening for top acts such as KISS, Journey, Styx and the Doobie Brothers.

Touring now throughout the Carolinas, the group has just played the Red Rose Festival in Lancaster, S.C.  and Thunder In the Smokies in Maggie Valley, N.C. After Ducks in Ocean Drive, they’ll head to Carolina Harley Davidson in New Bern, N.C. on May 21 and the Clayton concert series in Clayton, N.C. on June 2.

Today’s Nantucket features original members Mike Uzzell on keyboard bass and organ; Larry Uzzell singing lead vocals and playing trumpet, harmonica and percussion and Tommy Redd on rhythm guitar and vocals. Edddie Blair plays saxophone, keyboards and provides vocal suppport; and Jason Patterson is on drums.

The new seven-track CD is titled You Need a Ride to Raleigh. The show at Duck’s Beach Club at 229 Main Street begins at 9 p.m.


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  1. Anonymous said, on June 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Enjoyed seeing you guys perform this weekend miss and love you all

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