Preview: Trevor Hall at the Newport

From the October 20, 2011 edition

To hear such a strange Dave Matthews-on-muscle-relaxers croak coming from Trevor Hall’s friendly surfer-bro visage is more than a little shocking, but that’s the way Hall rolls. He is incredibly beachy, having grown up on Hilton Head Island until age 16 before he went off to music boarding school in L.A. and signed with Geffen his senior year.

That industry schooling is probably why he’s such a strictly straightforward pop songwriter, so the songs he performs Thursday at the Newport ought to be mighty catchy.