PCB native returns for series of acoustic concerts

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Even beach girls sing the blues. Just ask Jenne Weaver, one-third of The Violet Blues, a Nashville, Tenn.-based band coming to Spring Break venues during the next several days.

Weaver, 26, grew up in Panama City Beach, attending West Bay Elementary, Surfside Middle and Arnold High schools before studying music and singing at Gulf Coast State College. She performed in the college show choir and often on stage at the Ocean Opry with the Rader family.

“I played all over town,” she said. “Music was actually paying the bills. I sang with Rocky Akins at Blue Moose Lounge. But I knew I needed to move to Nashville and make it happen.”

Weaver made the move three years ago and soon met up with Ashleigh Smith and Elizabeth Beighey. They arrived in the country music capital separately, but found their way into each other’s lives through what they call a “cosmic connection of soul sisters.”

The trio began collaborating, writing about everything from heartbreak to flights of birds. Their initial EP as The Violet Blues, “LIVE at Jay’s Place,” was recorded on famous Music Row.

“It’s been fantastic singing with these ladies,” Weaver said. “We sing blues/Americana, everything from Cold Play to En Vogue. We’re songwriters and performers, and our three-part harmony of girl voices is a real strong.”

Weaver and Beighey will be playing at venues in Panama City and the beaches through March 11. Smith is not joining them on this trip.

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