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By J. Christopher Caravello

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When a band’s labelled a “jam band” — either self-proclaimed or by the listening public — sometimes there’s a misnomer that they aren’t to be taken toooo seriously as artists. That certainly can’t be applied to Cadillac Willy though, as the band not only draws huge party crowds at every venue, but they also land plenty of awards and accolades for their lively performances.

“We’re proud of the awards,” said singer Metz Barnes. “We can’t believe we won them, but we’re proud of them. As long as we can make people dance and have a good time, that’s what we’re about.”

As winners of the 2012 Beachcomber Music Award for “Best Jam Band” (as well as clinching several other categories), Cadillac Willy’s rocked the Emerald Coast for twelve boogie-filled years. Founded in 2000 by Louie Antoon and Clayton Bonjean, the band consists of local musicians and draws its influences from the Gulf Coast scene, and especially New Orleans (think “Galactic”). The band’s ever-evolving set list features a wide library of tunes, including covers ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Bob Dylan to Black Sabbath.

In addition to Barnes, Antoon (percussion), and Bonjean (lead guitar), the band’s somewhat fluid line-up also includes Patrick Wilson on pedal steel, John Mark Turner on bass, Shawn “Shack” Shackelford on drums andJohn David Sullivan on guitar.

Cadillac Willy can be found rocking many local hot spots such as Pandora’sRed Bar, the Alys Beach amphitheater and both Funky Blues Shack locations (Destin and Baytowne). Upcoming shows are featured on Cadillac Willy’s official website, as well as on 30A.com’s daily events calendar.

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Forrest Williams

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When Forrest Williams moved to Florida after spending most of his life in Arkansas, he knew things would change. Journeying from the Natural State to the Gulf Coast inspired both changes in his life, as well as his musical ambitions. “We’ve been really motivated by the people down here and the beauty of this place. I had never really written any reggae or any beach type music until I got down here,” Williams states. A laid back atmosphere generated from the beach going crowd of all ages that make up Williams’ fan base has helped shape this style, which is on full display with his latest record, Gonna Take Love, released October 13 and recorded right here in Santa Rosa Beach. The record features 10 songs and includes two of his older fan-favorites, “Goodtime Sunshine” and “Funky Groove”.

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Fans of Williams shouldn’t have to wait long to hear more new tunes from him, as he is already planning the follow up to Gonna Take Love. The self-taught musician proclaims his upcoming record will be more of a country style effort going back to his Arkansas roots. “As far as good, heartfelt music, I’ve got a good message in it and I’m excited to go in and do this album,” says Williams. The record, which is already written, should be out around next Spring.

Those wanting to see Forrest Williams Band preform live can go to Pandora’s in Grayton Beach on Wednesday nights or check his Facebook page for upcoming shows. His latest CD is available at his live gigs and at Central Square Records in Seaside.

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On a cool Fall night in Seaside along scenic highway 30A, Southern Gothic legend Grayson Capps treated those in attendance to his blend of hauntingly beautiful melodies infused with a touch of bayou-esque blues. Playing on the back porch of the iconic Bud & Alleys right on the snow white sands of the gulf, Capps looked right at home on a stage set up to resemble a rustic country porch, complete with the scattered bottles of beer and living room lamp. It was as if a little stretch of his world had been plopped right onto 30A, fitting for a town that once was home to the set of The Truman Show (1998 starring Jim Carrey). After the intimate set, which was played alongside piano player Randall Bramblett and Capp’s accompanying guitarist Corky Hughes, we were fortunate enough to be granted an interview with the eclectic Mr. Capps.

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