Like many New Yorkers, singer, guitarist and Long Island native Sean Hanley (facebook.com/seanhanleyinfo) relocated to South Florida. But it was neither to retire (he was 5 years old) nor to perform, something the Boynton Beach-based singer/songwriter didn’t start doing until 2005.
“I’ve been singing since I was a kid,” the 45-year-old Hanley says, “but got late starts in playing out and songwriting. I’m in the process of recording my debut CD at Marc Ward’s Elegbaland Studios in Lake Worth.”
Hanley’s originals and covers exhibit influences of classic rock, pop and folk (Tom Petty, The Beatles, Bob Dylan), but also tinges of artists like Bob Marley and Tom Waits.
Material by post-’70s composers Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer (of The Clash) and Neil Finn (Crowded House), plus traditional Irish tunes, make his song list less predictable and more interesting. All are accentuated by Hanley’s expressive voice and 1963 Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar.
See Sean Hanley from 7-10 p.m. every Thursday at Havana Hideout, 509 Lake Ave., Lake Worth (561-585-8444); from 8-11 p.m. every other Friday (June 14 and 28) at Rudy’s Stand Up Saloon, 9 N. J St., Lake Worth (561-602-5307), and from 7-10 p.m. on June 23 at the Mellow Mushroom, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach (561-653-1351).
With James Brown no longer “The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business,” Friday’s area champion is one-man swamp-blues band Ben Prestage (benprestagemusic.com). He’ll sing and play a variety of stringed instruments, while accompanying himself on drums with his feet, during a noon-midnight marathon today at the Old Northwood site Harold’s Coffee Lounge, 509 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach (561-833-6366).
Yet the area’s overall reigning champ has to be West Palm Beach blues vocalist/guitarist Joey George (myspace.com/joeygeorgemusic). He plays solo at 7 p.m. every Friday at Hurricane Grill and Wings, 11071 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach (561-753-4868), from 3-9 p.m. every Saturday at Paddy McGee’s, 307 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach (561-265-6868), from 1-7 p.m. every Sunday at Havana Hideout, 509 Lake Ave., Lake Worth (561-585-8444), from 3-7 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at B. B. King’s, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach (561-420-8600), and at 6 p.m. every Thursday at Kavasutra, 508 Lake Ave., Lake Worth (561-932-7220).
Boynton Beach jazz drummer Christian Buckholz and his CBIII trio (with Grammy-winning pianist Marian Petrescu and South Florida’s ace of bass, Jamie Ousley) have released “Brush Your Cares Away.” Recorded at Buckholz’s Lake Shore Recording Studios (lakeshorerecordingstudios.com), the CD features the drummer’s expert brushwork, plus dynamic performances by his partners, on standards by Victor Young, Jerome Kern and Hoagy Carmichael.