Doug Woolverton has been a big piece of the live music and entertainment scene in Newport and across Rhode Island since 2004 with his involvement in Roomful of Blues, Newport Groove Merchants, The Ravers, his Tribute to Miles Davis, and much more.

For Woolverton, the time has come to head west and take the chance at launching his music career. In our conversation, Woolverton chats about his 14 years in Newport, what’s ahead for The Groove Merchants at Fifth Element, the local music scene, and a whole lot more.

Woolverton joined me for the first 30 minutes, followed by fellow musician Mark Gorman, followed by random ramblings from me.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).