The weather may have cooled off but Jim Quick and the newly revamped Coastline band will bring their particular blend of hot, swampy, southern soul music to the third Alive After Five concert on Thursday. Except for music director Casey Meyer, who has been with Jim Quick since 2001, the Coastline band has been changed up since they were in Lincolnton last year.
“We have a new group of guys,” Quick said. “I’ve switched Coastline around maybe four or five times in the past 20 years. It’s really swampy soul and R&B now.”
Now based out of Nashville, writing, recording and producing there, Quick travels back and forth to perform with the band.
“My music is still very southern Americana,” he said. “To me beach music is a lifestyle and a lot of people in the Carolinas like these beach bands but the truth of the matter is Coastline has always been more of an original music band and the ‘shaggers’ tend to like us. Coastline is a combination of everything that’s southern.”
Much of what Coastline plays while on tour is original music and they have a league of fans who call themselves the “Coastline Crazies.” Because they don’t play the cover music that a lot of bands play, Quick said that they’ve taken the hard road to acquiring fans by “shoving their music down their throats.”
“Coastline is getting bigger every year and with these new musicians, we decided to step things up a little,” he said. “Some of the new guys are phenomenal. They’re like royalty in some regard.”
Southern to Quick means a hybrid all of the great country, blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, beach music, jazz and gospel that originated in the south. It’s in his roots, he said. Quick grew up between the swamplands and the sand hills of southeastern North Carolina.
“I like Nashville,” he said. “It’s truly a music city, everywhere you go somebody’s got their finger in it in one way or another. I didn’t go because I felt the desire to go, I went because I got invited to go.”
The new drummer, “Stormin’” Norman Allred is a legend in the Carolinas, Quick said. Derek Wesley Arnold, bass player, whose father, Harvey Dalton Arnold, was the bassist for legendary Southern Rock band, the Outlaws. Daniel Anderson is a guitarist along with Casey Meyer.
The concert is free to attend. Streets in the first two blocks of East Main Street behind the courthouse will be shut down beginning at 4 p.m. DJ John Barkley will entertain concert goers from 6 - 7 p.m. when Jim Quick and Coastline will begin playing. They’ll play until 10 p.m. taking periodic breaks between sets. Vendors will be set up serving food and beverages and the Downtown Development Association will have a beer garden.
There’s no entry fee for the cruise-in and they can be old or new cars. The rain location is the Lincoln County Farmer’s Market. For more information, contact the Downtown Development Association at (704) 900-9659 or via their Facebook page.