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Last Night At Muddy Creek #BenjiMartinNC #NCmusic #openmic

Hello, #Martinisers! How are you doing? I am doing great, especially after my performance at the Muddy Creek Cafe in Bethania yesterday evening. I was pleased to see everyone there, including the event’s emcee, Country Dan Collins, but I was surprised to see three other fellow musicians there from the Garage: Johnny “Hootie” Hoots (who is one of the most excellent bassists I have ever heard), Richard Boyd of the Bo-Stevens, and Fish (the artist formerly known as Catfish). If you do not know these guys, Google them for more information. My set at the Muddy Creek last night included Beth (Y’d U Have 2 Leave Me), an original that I wrote more than a decade ago but reedited a couple of years ago after a girl l liked very much broke my heart, plus I Wish I Knew You by the Revivalists and Wonderful Christmastime by Sir Paul McCartney and Wings. I cannot express enough what a great time I had singing and hearing the other musicians’ performances, nor can I say enough how pleased I was to see Hootie, Fish, and Richard again after being away from the open mic stage for several years.

To close, I also want to add that I will take next week off from performing due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope that you and your family have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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Good To Be Back #openmic #concert

I just got home from playing at my first #openmicnight in five years. It was at R Lo’s Pub & Grub in my hometown of Thomasville, North Carolina, and it was hosted by my friends, the PeaceTrain Band. Between their sets, which included renditions of classics by the likes of Neil Young, Eric Clapton, and John Denver, I was fortunate to play two sets, which altogether included verions of hits by U2, Sir Paul McCartney, Vance Joy, and the late George Michael, plus one of my original songs, (U) Spit Me Out. Aside from the positive feedback that I received from everyone who enjoyed my performance, I had a great time enjoying and playing some awesome music.

Remember that if you’re a Piedmont Triad area musician, come on out to R Lo’s on the first Sunday of every month and share your God-given talents! R Lo’s Pub & Grub is located at 207 Fisher Ferry Street in Thomasville. Be there or be square!

Meat Free Monday #meatfreemonday

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These past few months, I have been taking part in Meat Free Monday, which is a movement during which people refrain from consuming meat products whether those individuals are vegan, vegetarian, or neither. I tried to go veggie almost 20 years ago, but it was not working for me because I was brought up on meat. Looking back, I believe that fully pledged vegetarianism takes strong will and commitment, neither of which I had. Now with Meat Free Monday, I can at least take one day out of the week to eat healthier.

Leona Lewis, Gwyneth Paltrow, and my idol, Sir Paul McCartney and his family are among the many celebrities who endorse Meat Free Monday. For more information, visit MeatFreeMonday.com.