Newbury Syndicate Reunion

By John Mullen

June 3, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - Cynthia Adams of LiveMusicLineUp.com says she has seen a clamoring of late to get the old gang back together with the Newbury Syndicate.

“Throughout the music community I see people posting all the time ‘Newbury Syndicate, we want Newbury Syndicate,’” Adams said. “It took a long time to come up with the date.”

Cynthia AdamsThe date is June 9 and the place is the courtyard at the iconic The Point Restaurant in Perdido Key. Former players who will be on stage for the reunion are a who’s who of all-star musicians from the Gulf Coast Music scene including leader Chris Newbury.

Chris is the son of legendary singer/songwriter Mickey Newbury who wrote Kenny Rogers first hit song, 'Just Dropped In' (to see what condition my condition was in) and the Elvis Presley classic, 'Trilogy', to mention a couple.

“I’ll be the least of it,” Newbury said. “That’s one thing I’ve learned is I surround myself with better players than me.”

Those players include long-time Flora-Bama sound man and guitar beast Mike Locklin along with two others well-known for their guitar prowess, Buzz Kiefer and Jonathan Newton. Preston Stanfill will be manning the drum set and multi-instrumentalist Mel Knapp will be strapping on his favorite and slapping out some bass.

“Mel’s always been my bass player,” Newbury said. “The first time I heard him play he was playing guitar with Sam Glass. I thought that kid is amazing. Somebody said that’s not even his main instrument. He plays bass. I was like well he’s hired because we needed a bass player. He turned out to be the rock of my band.”

All those stars will be performing on an upgraded stage for this one show to utilize most of the room in the courtyard.

“We have David Cote who owned Cote’s Music Store up in Robertsdale, he’s doing the stage production,” Adams said. “We’re super pumped about that and that’s courtesy of The OBA Community Website. We wanted to do something big like that where the whole stage is relocated to the end of the courtyard. They have the little walkouts for like Mike Locklin. He goes crazy on his guitar and so does Jonathan Newton and so does Buzz. We’ve got one of those walkways they’ll be coming out on and there’ll be lights and more than what is typical.”

Chris Newbury of the Newbury Syndicate.After first playing together in 2011 the bandmates kind of just drifted off into other things. Kiefer left and was replaced by Newton and all of the players had other gigs and spots in other bands.

“They have not played together in two and a half to three years,” Adams said. “Everyone’s just been going in different directions. Mel travels out to St. John’s quite often, Chris travels to Oregon, Jonathan Newton is busy playing with the bands he plays with. Preston is busy playing with Big Earl and Buzz doesn’t live here so getting everybody together was hard. Coming up with a date was really tough to do and getting everyone on board and committed.”

Buying a ticket in advance for $15 will also get you one drink. Day-of-show tickets are the same price but don’t include a drink. Tickets are available at The Point, Perdido Pack and Ship, on Adams’ website at LiveMusicLineUp.com or from Adams or Sam Glass in person.

Sponsors include The Point, Sports Bar of Perdido Key, Perdido Pack and Ship, Hub Stacey’s at the Point, Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce, Splash Sportswear, Dee Horton Photography, Gulf Coast Musicians Medical Fund, The OBA Community Website and LiveMusicLineUp.com.

Newbury Syndicate Reunion Concert Poster