Musician to play at Kegs in Havelock on Saturday night

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 04:47 PM.

He ended up in Oak Island and was playing guitar on a pier when a bartender encouraged him to play inside for tips.

“I played for maybe an hour or an hour and a half and made 40 or 50 bucks in tips,” Mayer said. “She asked me what I was doing the next weekend, and I said ‘nothing,’ and she told me she just canceled the band and I was going to play Friday and Saturday night.

“Once I got that taste of someone actually paying me to do something that I really enjoy and love, I was bit there. After some odd jobs of working in a fish market, delivering pizza and bartending and waiting tables, I became a full-time singer and song writer in 2005.”

Mayer, who some may know by the nickname “Stretch,” has performed across the Southeast. He’s opened for performers such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trace Adkins, Edward McCain, Craig Morgan, Colbie Caillat and the Marshall Tucker Band. He opened the WRNS Guitar Pull for Jana Kramer and Thompson Square Wednesday at Cherry Point.

Mayer’s CD, “Long Story Short,” has been out since late 2011 on QAM Records and is available through iTunes and Amazon, among others.

He later wrote the single “This is Me,” which has reached No. 127 on the country music charts mainly through local play on WRNS.

“I hope one day it will be a top 40 song, but to get to that you need to get that song spun on multiple radio stations,” Mayer said. “That’s not the end of it. The hope is that I can get some national spins in the near future and make it a top 40 song.”

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