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Musicians sing the blues over gas prices

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Ray Martin loves to rock. Problem is, he can't afford to roll. "You have to make it balance out where, you know, we're not going in the hole every time we're paying for gas," said Martin, who has been a traveling musician for fifteen years. Martin drives from Virginia to Wilmington twice a month to perform. That's nearly eight hundred miles on the road. He says with gas close to four dollars a gallon, the drive eats up more than thirty percent of his profit. "It's not like we're touring from a bus or a label that's paying expenses," said Martin. "This is our budget." "It's definitely a concern for everybody I think," said Danny Mcleod, who owns the Palm Room in Wrightsville Beach. Mcleod says he tries to have live music at the Palm Room a few times a week. But lately, he says out of town bands want more money to cover expenses. That means he has to charge more at the door to make up the difference. "Once you get around five or six dollars cover charge, that starts affecting the customers," Mcleod said. "We're gonna have to figure out a way to make it feasible for the bands and feasible for the customer." Meantime, musicians like Martin may need to stay local. "I hate to say it, but that's just how it is, you know," Martin said. "I'm not ready for it." Martin says charging higher rates is probably not an option. At this point, he's just hoping gas prices go down.

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