Richard Hatch — It’s Key West, you just never know.

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Local restauranteur Richard Hatch was born in Miami and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He played both violin and standup bass in grade school through high school. He loved music but said he was not a gifted musician and his violin teacher was just plain mean. He attended University of North Carolina and studied political […]

Second Edition Now Available!

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Soul of Key West Volume 1, second edition Now Available An updated version of the original Soul of Key West, Volume I, first released in 2013, has arrived and currently shipping. This was the first book ever written about our amazing Key West music scene. The Soul of Key West is a 104 page anthology […]

Bo and His Flying-V

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Bo Fodor    “Plan your work and work your plan” Bo Fodor says he’s another Army brat musician who moved a lot with his family, which consisted of two brothers and a sister. In 1974, at the age of 14, he started playing guitar in Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Park High School […]

heard the violin from the first moment he was born

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Martin Sedlak    “…heard the violin from the first moment he was born” In 1987, Martin Sedlak was born in Benesov, Czechoslovakia, (now Czech Republic), a small town about 25 miles south of Prague. He has two sisters and is the middle child. He remembers vividly the sound of his grandfather, Antonin Sedlak, playing the violin […]

Something Special Inside

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Terry Wetmore     “…There is something special inside the people you meet in Key West.” Terry Wetmore was born in Schenectady, New York.  When he was growing up, the local school district emphasized the arts instead of sports. The school would win state awards for vocals, wind ensembles, and string ensembles. As part of his free […]

Rich “In Spirit” McKay – Adventures of an American Hippie

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Rich “In Spirit” McKay – Adventures of an American Hippie Rich McKay grew up in City Island in the Bronx in New York City. His family discouraged music study but Rich and his brother insisted. He graduated from Mount Saint Michael’s High School in 1962. McKay started playing guitar while attending Marist College in the […]

Michael McCloud – Leaving Key West after 40 years.

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Michael McCloud – a plethora of useless information Michael McCloud grew up in Beckley West Virginia and decided he wanted to play music very early in childhood. His father was a man of music, but he was not a musician. His Grandmother was a piano player from Wales, she sang in Welsh. Early on his […]

Kim Gordon – angelic gently

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Kim Gordon  – angelic gently Kim Gordon was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  She was a precocious little curly red haired child who started singing in musical theater at four years old, continuing as a young singer and dancer in many of the local children’s productions. Her mother, Bernyce Gordon, taught several generations of […]

Marjory Lee – Living On An Island

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Marjory Lee     “Living on an Island” You have to travel South Carolina’s SR 21 through Beaufort, Lady’s Island, St. Helena Island, and Hunting Island before getting to the end of the road to reach the small barrier island called Fripp Island where Marjory Lee grew up. I mention this only to give a glimpse at […]

The Famous Psychedelic Tuba

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The Famous Psychedelic Tuba Everyone has seen Robert Barton’s (aka Bubba Lownotes) psychedelic tuba. It’s actually a sousaphone, commonly called tuba. It has appeared at almost every large Key West event, usually with Bubba’s buddy, Jeep Caillouet. Bubba Lownotes played tuba in the high school band and was always fooling around with the tuba; he […]

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