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.
The duo will make a couple of TV appearances on local morning and midday news shows Friday to announce their updated tour times. They will play at Finn’s Island Style Grub in St. Andrews during the day on Saturday, then set up for a Saturday evening show at the Finn’s location on Thomas Drive by Mr. Surf’s Surf Shop in Panama City Beach.
They will play Newby’s Backdoor Lounge on March 4 and 11, and at Hook’d Pier Bar March 7 and 9, both in PCB. They’re finalizing other performance locations and dates. Check the events listings at PanamaCity.com for showtimes as those are announced.
The tour focuses on acoustic sounds and intimate venues, Weaver said, and when it ends, they will return to the studio to record a full-length album of “light, beautiful music.” For more on the band, visit TheVioletBlues.com.