Michael Dougherty: Social Revival By Way of ‘Live Music Connection’

SING FROM THE SOUL: Musician Michael Dougherty hopes his music can position his listeners right ‘in the instant.’ (Equipped Photograph)
Right after a year rife with isolation, paranoia and a basic, cumulative feeling of actual physical, mental and psychological unease, Prolonged Seashore Island native musician Michael Dougherty thinks he and others are serving up the resolution by way of are living tunes. The alternative? Relationship.
“The dwell tunes relationship,” he emphasized. “A real main connection.”
According to Dougherty, “Music is the binding glue that we all have within.” He elaborated, “I feel when we experience that minute of almost everything slipping absent, and nothing appears to be to make sense, it’s the ‘musical glue within’ that retains us alongside one another.”
Dougherty’s mission as a performer is “bringing folks jointly in a way that leaves us fulfilled with a link – no matter of race, faith, beliefs, economics, demographics, and so forth.!”
Born in 1980, Dougherty grew up on LBI and proudly remembers being barefoot just about every yr amongst June and September.
“I expended most of my time in the ocean, on the ocean or by the ocean,” he mentioned. “Too substantially surf wax and sand caught to my feet to leave,” he shared with a giggle.
The artist now lives in West Creek with his wife, Nicole, and their two little ones, Hayley and Liam. Since 2007, Dougherty has been an worker of the Seashore Haven Section of Public Operates.
“Laborer for the duration of the working day, and laborer of what I really like at night time and in the course of the weekends,” the impassioned musician explained of himself. “This will get exceptionally difficult through the summertime months with a seven-day work routine with a 6 a.m. start off!” He joked, “Thank God for How You Brewin? Cold Brew!”
The guitarist and vocalist performs every little thing throughout the rock ’n’ roll spectrum, honoring the greats from blues, reggae, psychedelic, folk and vintage genres, this kind of as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, the Beatles, Neil Younger and Led Zeppelin. Dougherty also covers every little thing from basic region to “outlaw” state, paying out tribute to these types of artists as Marty Robbins and Hank Williams to Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson, and even what he calls “island country,” these types of as Zac Brown and Kenny Chesney.
Having said that, Dougherty credits jam bands as getting the most significant influence on his sound. In addition to the Grateful Useless, he cited Phish, String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band as “my extended family, if you will.”
Quoting lyrics from the Grateful Dead’s 1971 “The Other 1,” Dougherty claimed, “The bus came by and I got on, that is in which it all started!” He elaborated on his like for the cross-cultural, live improvisational expression that motivated him at a youthful age.
“The Grateful Lifeless opened my eyes to a kind of tunes that was open and free of (the) regular boundaries of musical idea. Spontaneous and in-the-minute jams that would area you ideal in the middle of dwell, musical creativeness. As a result the cause for seeking to go to the upcoming clearly show, and the next …”
Dougherty explained he hopes to achieve a comparable experience for his audience as a performer. “I enjoy from my coronary heart and sing from my soul.”
Amongst his preferred jams to carry out are the Allman Brothers’ “Melissa,” The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence,” Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and, of training course, The Grateful Dead’s “Goin’ Down the Highway Emotion Terrible.” The splendor to jam is the potential for the performer to make every single tune his individual, and every one suited to the audience. “Never the exact way once,” Dougherty lovingly explained.
Dougherty’s father, Alan Dougherty, who is a pianist, instilled a deep really like of tunes in him from childhood.
“My dad was a spouse and children influence in musical appreciation,” he shared. Encouraged by his father to find out an instrument, Dougherty examined piano and trombone in quality college in advance of finally buying up the guitar as a teenager.
“I even now don’t forget my initially gigs, taking part in the oldies along with my father at a few of his gigs,” he reminisced.
Dougherty was also inspired to perform by his uncle Jim Devaney, who is the drummer for longtime regional band Third Observe. Dougherty stated that as a boy or girl, he would enjoy Devaney perform with his band James Deely and the Valiants at The Tide in Beach Haven (now Ship Base Brewery) and DeFrieta’s Bar and Liquor Shop (now Kubel’s Also, in Prolonged Beach Township).
“Being all-around for a number of of his rehearsals and even obtaining to observe him file up in Purple Financial institution qualified (in me) a commitment to myself to go after the songs existence,” Dougherty stated. “This opened up for me in a way I under no circumstances considered,” he elaborated, recalling how he started taking part in old hymns with a handful of individuals from his neighborhood church. “We would go out to neighborhood nursing households and convey them their Sunday gospel. We’d also carry out outside Busby’s in Chatsworth throughout their cranberry festivities.”
Dougherty lamented acquiring to miss out on out on those two experiences in 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis. “It was at the nursing residence that I saw what electric power songs had,” he stated. “It introduced existence into what some would contemplate lifeless. It was wonderful.”
About 4 decades in the past, Dougherty started accomplishing as The Dougherty Duo, with Gary Scheimreif, a buddy, coworker and fellow
‘FROM THE Heart OF ME’: Michael Dougherty performs a sunset set at Polly’s Dock though his son, Liam, listens intently. In the course of the summertime, Polly’s Dock is Dougherty’s ‘home’ every single Sunday. (Supplied photograph)
guitarist. “I would perform and sing, and Gary did some wonderful backfilling to each and every music we did, earning our sound special,” Dougherty remembered fondly.
The duo carried out all more than the location for individuals four years, until finally the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic forced Dougherty to come to be a solo performer. It was “something deep down I understood I desired to do if I was heading to make it, and also a thing I by no means would have finished devoid of Gary’s influence and assist,” he claimed with gratitude.
“So I rolled up my sleeves and pushed on by way of 2020.”
He seemed again on the 12 months, and the higher span of his musical career, recalling memories built at venues on and off the Island.
“All the spots I’ve performed have a special flavor to them, so it’s really hard to decide which I related with the most.” Even so, his Sunday evening residency through the summer months at Polly’s Dock, in Beach Haven, ranks high.
“It’s my home every Sunday evening in the summer season from 6 p.m. until the moon comes out,” he reported. “There is anything about a summertime sunset at the end of Dock Road in Beach front Haven that touches the soul the way songs can.”
Till summertime returns, locals can catch Dougherty at Sunset Harbor Seafood and Grill, in Barnegat, on Saturday, Feb. 13, and at Buckalew’s, in Seashore Haven, on March 19. To keep up to day with his reveals, stop by Facebook: @mdoughertymusic.
In an address to his listeners, Dougherty shared a sentiment he concludes each and every exhibit with: “From my coronary heart to your ears, I thank you.”
— Monique M. Demopoulos

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