The warmth and closeness of the Key West music brotherhood is uplifting

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Ross Brown  “The warmth and closeness of the music brotherhood is uplifting.” Ross Brown grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His father and grandfather were musicians. His father always seemed to have a Blues band. Ross has been playing music all his life. He graduated from Drexel University, in Philadelphia with a degree in Computer Science. […]

Royal Minstrel of the Conch Republic

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CW Colt – Royal Minstrel of the Conch Republic. Coul William Colt (aka: CW Colt) has been in Key West so long that when asked where he’s from, he quickly answers “here.” Music had deep roots in his family. His grandfather had an orchestra in Indiana. He was young when he began singing in the school […]

Legendary Levon Helm Was His First Mentor

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Myles Mancuso – legendary Levon Helm was Myles first mentor In 1995, Myles Mancuso was born near Poughkeepsie, NY into a family of Italian heritage. His parents, Rebecca and Nick Mancuso, have always been his biggest fans. At age eight, his father introduced him to the iconic 1978 film, “The Last Waltz”, a Martin Scorsese […]

Playing Songs People Forgot They Remember

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John LaMere   “Playing songs people forgot they remember” by Ralph De Palma     John LaMere grew up in Glen Cove, a city on Long Island, just outside the Big Apple. His great-grandfather, Stanley Melinson, sang tenor on Broadway with Al Jolson in the 1920s. He has a 1927 recording of his grandfather. At age […]

You Don’t Choose Key West

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Rick Fusco –   You Don’t Choose Key West by Ralph De Palma Rick is from Wilmington, Delaware and comes from a large Italian family, full of musicians and vocalists. He is the sixth out of seven children. His grandfather, Antonio Fusco, came from Italy through Ellis Island. Rick remembers carrying an older brother’s ukulele around […]

It’s not what you play – it’s what you don’t play

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Alfonse Subarsky By Ralph De Palma As a twelve-year old growing up on the Jersey Shore, Alphonse Subarsky watched the Ozzie and Harriet TV show and was mesmerized by the smooth sounds of Ricky Nelson, who would play a song at the end of each show. He committed himself to becoming a guitar player. He […]