The Cat5 Band burst onto the Carolina Beach Music scene in 2019 on the strength of veteran musicians who came together with a new musical vision and a new attitude. In a four-part conversation, we profile these Beach Music hitmakers who dominated the Carolina Beach Music Association awards last year and topped the Beach and Shag charts with “The Beach and the Boulevard.”

In this Part 1 installment, we talk backstage with veteran Beach Music road warrior Jerry Thomas West.