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Singer/songwriter Jim Quick is the front man for Jim Quick & Coastline, a band rooted in the Cape Fear region and along the Grand Strand.
Coastline, though not a true beach band, performs more R&B and shag songs.
Quick, inspired by his childhood years growing up “between the swamplands and sand hills of southeastern North Carolina,” has been touring the Southeast for more than 15 years, playing nearly 300 shows a year. He has released more than 11 albums, including his latest, “Down South.”
Quick also fronts King Tyrone & the Graveyard Ramblers, which is something of an alter ego for Coastline, although the lines between them are often blurred.
King Tyrone puts out a funkier swamp sound and records some of the more irreverent tunes Quick has penned, such as “Mama’s Drinkin’ Liquor Again” and “(I Didn’t Buy This Beer, But I’m) Payin’ the Price,” which the band co-wrote with Ed Carrigan.
Quick has been named Carolina Beach Music Awards Entertainer of the Year nine times as well as garnering Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year awards. At last count, the band has won Group of the Year at least five times, in addition to several other honors.
About his songwriting, Quick says, “I can remember making up songs when I was a little kid, maybe 3 years old. But I was probably about 9 when I started messing around with my dad’s guitar. I was much more prolific in high school, using the keyboard. I went through a stage of just making it rhyme. I think I was 19 when it changed. John Hiatt flipped the switch for me. I got it. I understood that you have this whole world that you create.”
Quick explains his songwriting “from the inside out — where I get everything from how deep I have to put myself in the type of music to how to convey the meaning to taking it and putting it together.”
The band has opened for country duo Montgomery Gentry in Cancun, Mexico, national recording artist Delbert McClinton at Myrtle Beach’s House of Blues, and Darius Rucker.