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Local band to shoot music video tonight in La Grange

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Greene County’s own Dakota Blue country/rock band, made up of Ty Williamson, Jacob Sutton, Al Beaman, Chase Jones and John Grant, from left, invite fans to be a part of their professional music video shoot Friday in La Grange.

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Brenda Monty
The Standard Laconic

Friday, September 9, 2016

SNOW HILL — Dakota Blue, a Greene County band, invites members of the “Blue Crew” and other local residents to be a part of the filming of a professional YouTube music video today.

The five-member country/rock band will perform at the La Grange Spot Jam from 6-9 p.m. in La Grange Community Park. Ballistic Production of Sanford will be on hand to film scenes from the performance for the group’s first professional music video.

The band consists of four Greene County natives — lead singer Al Beaman, Chase Jones on rhythm guitar, John Grant on drums and Ty Williamson on base guitar — and Jacob Sutton of Kinston on lead guitar.

In the two years since Dakota Blue was organized, the group has been writing and performing its own material with a few covers mixed in.

The band, named after two Doberman puppies, Dakota and Blue, has played at venues and festivals throughout the region, produced two albums and is working on songs for a third.

Dakota Blue made its public debut in fall 2014 in a band competition at Hooligan’s in Jacksonville, performing original music and taking the title over more experienced bands.

As part of the contest prize, Dakota Blue opened for Colt Ford at the N.C. Seafood Festival and for Nashville acts Bryan Mayer and the female duo Mattie and Tae.

In 2015, Dakota Blue was the featured performer at the annual street music event hosted by the Greene County Museum.

Dakota Blue is a regular at The Red Room in Kinston and Buccaneer Music Hall in Greenville. The group will open its fall schedule at the Gray Goose in the Scuffleton community of Greene County.

Dakota Blue is scheduled to perform Sept. 17 at the Rockin-H-Rodeo at the Craven County Fairgrounds.

Dakota Blue signed a management contract in June with BAD Management, made up of Danny Grant, musician, Greene County businessman and father of the band’s drummer, musician Bill Lyerly and accomplished music sales manager Alonzo Marrow.

“Alonzo heard the boys play and came out of retirement to try to get them a record deal,” Grant said. “They are that good.”

BAD Management is networking with video professionals who produce television content for ESPN and hunting adventures and worked on music videos with country music singer Craig Morgan.

“Dakota Blue is now being noticed by some pretty heavy hitters in the music industry,” Grant said.

Tonight in La Grange, the band will perform fan favorites “Love Letter,” “Country Side of Life” and “Ride With Me.” The music video will be shot during the song “Emerald Isle.”

“If they want to be in our video, fight their way to the front of the crowd and sing along with the songs,” Grant said.

To learn more about the band, search “Dakota Blue” on Facebook or visit www.reverbnation.com/dakotablue.

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