Myrtle Beach pops up in song lyrics occasionally, said program director Brian Sims of WWQQ and The Wave, because of the shag-dancing connection. Tex Craddock recorded a song “Carolina Beach,” which was later covered by Da Howlies. Wilmington, however, hasn’t been as lucky.
The best we could come with is a song called “Going Back to Wilmington” by David Dondero, the guitarist, songwriter and former lead singer for the band Sunbrain. According to features editor and music maven John Staton, the tune has received some airplay on campus radio stations.
“Going Back to Wilmington” appeared on Dondero’s 2003 LP, “The Transient” from Future Farmer Recordings.
Visit “The Transient” page to listen to “Coming Back to Wilmington.”
The folk-styled song includes lyrics about leaving one’s love in the skeleton at The Barbary Coast, the establishment at 116 S. Front St., Wilmington [Map this], which bills itself as Wilmington’s oldest bar. (The Barbary Coast was also featured, memorably, in the film “Blue Velvet.”)
Dondero, 41, was once hailed by National Public Radio‘s “All Songs Considered” series as one of the “best living songwriters” along with Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Born in Duluth, Minn., he currently lives in Austin, Texas, and Sunbrain was based in Clemson, S.C. As far as we can tell, though, Dondero was only a brief visitor in the Port City.
A local duo, the Del Zorros, wrote a number of Port City-related songs, including “The King of Wilmington,” that popped up on YouTube.
Their song “Halfway to Heaven” includes a number of Wilmington street names.
Date posted: February 4, 2011
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