Archive for October, 2009
We’ve added some new .mp3s, free for you to download, to our library over the past month or so. Every so often, I like to put them together in one place as a local music library, if you will. Here’s what we have in total:
Angel Zuniga Martinez, “Definitely Love”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Angel will release his new album, “The Cage,” at a joint CD release show (with Kevin Hyfantis and The Bishops Band) on Jan. 15, 2010, at The Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville
Angel Zuniga Martinez on Myspace: Click here
Senryu, “Jericho Ruins Everything”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Help yourself to all of Senryu’s catalog (for free!): Senryu’s Band Camp site
Read a recent story on Senryu: Click here
Pegasi51, “Time Slows Down”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Pegasi51, “Take a Seat in the Back”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Pegasi51 on Myspace
Cain and Annabelle, “Side Porch Swing”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Cain and Annabelle, “Sycamore Tree”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “The Lake Takes,” by Cain and Annabelle: Click here
Royal Bangs, “My Car Is Haunted”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Visit the site for the band’s label, Audio Eagle Records, to purchase Royal Bangs goodness and other tunage.
Against the Opposition, “Pursue the Enemy”: right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
The Dirty Guv’nahs, “We’ll Be The Light”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Dirty Guv’nahs, “Saguaro”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Dirty Guv’nahs, “Brown Little Bird”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy “The Dirty Guv’nahs,” the band’s self-titled new album: Click here
Mic Harrison and The High Score, “Long Time”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Mic Harrison and The High Score, “Never Gonna Drink Again”: (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy albums by Mic Harrison, from his solo work to his collaborations with The High Score: click here
The High Score, “She’s a Heartbreak”: Right-click here (select “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, “Lookin’ for a Thrill”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” to download)
Buy “Spills and Thrills,” the new album by JPK and the One Four Fives: On Amazon.com, or on iTunes.
Melungeons, “Blackwater Swamp”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
R.B. Morris, “Empire”: right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
R.B. Morris, “City”: right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “Empire” by R.B. Morris: click here
Free music by regional/national artists!
“Barstool,” by Chris Berardo and The DesBerardos: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
“The One,” by Chris Berardo and The DesBerardos: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
“So Good So Far,” by Chris Berardo and The DesBerardos: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Read a recent story on Chris and the boys: Click here
The DesBerardos online: Click here
Buy music: Click here
“Evacuate,” by The Boxer Rebellion: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
(Boxer Rebellion singer Nathan Nicholson is a native of Maryville! Read a recent story: Click here)
The Boxer Rebellion online: Click here
Buy “Union,” by The Boxer Rebellion: Click here
“Friday (Pay Day),” by Space Capone: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
“I Just Wanna Dance,” by Space Capone: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Space Capone on Myspace (where you can find a link to buying his music on iTunes): Click here
Halloween is Saturday night, but if you don’t want to wait in the garden to try and get a glimpse of The Great Pumpkin, there’s plenty of other activities taking place to help you celebrate:
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
- Blount Mansion will present its annual “Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour” of downtown Knoxville at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Costumed guides will lead groups by lantern light through downtown streets to the places where tales of bravery, murder and intrigue originally took place. Admission is $8 for adults ($6 for students), and the mansion is located at 200 W. Hill Ave. in downtown Knoxville. For more information, call 525-2375.
- James White’s Fort will be the launching point for “Hearthscares: The Ghost Tour of Downtown Knoxville,” which takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, starting at the fort, located at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive in downtown Knoxville. The tours will cover about a mile. Admission is $8 for adults 13 and older and $6 for children ages 5-12. Call 525-6514.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
- Maple Lane Farms (1040 Maple Lane, Greenback) is turning its 11th Annual Corn Maze into a haunted attraction starting at dusk on Friday and Saturday. Chick-Fil-A is sponsoring this year’s (not-haunted) theme of “Eat More Chikin,” and the events feature a 10-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a rock wall and more. No pets are allowed, and the event wraps up this weekend. Admission is $11 for 12 and up, $9 for kids 6-11 and not recommended for 5 and under. For more information, call 856-3517.
- The Oakes Farm Corn Maze “Trail of Doom,” 8240 Corryton Road in Corryton, will operate Thursday through Saturday. Admission is $15 for adults and $13 for kids ages 10 and younger, although it’s billed as “not for the faint of heart.” The “Trail of Doom” opens at sundown. (Not recommended for small children). Go online to http://oakesfarm.com/trail_of_doom or call 688-6200.
- The “FrightWorks” haunted house is set up at 6634 Central Avenue Pike in Knoxville and is open 7-11 p.m. Thursday and 7 to midnight Friday and Saturday. Admission is $13 ($16 for a “fast pass” that bypasses long lines). For more information, visit www.frightworks.com or call 769-7273.
- “Frightmare Manor” is a double attraction located in the old Dandridge Seafood Restaurant on Highway 11-E between Jefferson City and Morristown (physical address: 7588 W. Andrew Johnson Highway, Talbott). Billed as “an intense, startling, often in-your-face haunted attraction.” Hours are 7-11 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 for one attraction or $15 for both; for more information, visit www.frightmaremanor.com or e-mail email@example.com.
- “Dead Man’s Farm,” a haunted house set up at 9567 Highway 11 in Lenoir City, is open 7-11 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 per person. Visit www.deadmansfarm.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. “This attraction is not recommended for people with health problems, pregnant women or for very young children.”
- Children’s Theatre of Knoxville will present the stage play “The Canterville Ghost” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday at the playhouse at 800 Tyson St. in Knoxville; tickets are $11 per show.
- The Wild Thyme Players theater company will present the stage play “A Kinder, Gentler Vampire” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5401 Tiffany Lane in Knoxville. Tickets are $15/$10 for seniors. For more information, call 932-6738.
- The Knoxville Police Department will hold its Halloween in the City from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Safety City, off Concord Street (between Kingston Pike and Sutherland Avenue) in Knoxville. Festivities will include free food and beverages, a costume contest, a magic show, a model train display, clowns, games and candy. Admission is free. For more information, call 215-7103.
- For the Last Friday Art Walk in downtown Maryville on Friday night, the 16-piece big band known as The Streamliners will transform into “The Screamliners” for a special Halloween show at The Capitol Theatre, 127 W. Broadway Ave. in downtown Maryville. Patrons are encouraged to dress up and swing to popular Halloween dance hits beneath classic horror videos on the big screen. It begins at 9 p.m.; admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 980-1966.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
- The Roane State Playmakers theater company will present the stage play “Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’” at 8 p.m. Friday and 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday on Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Suggested donation is $5. For more information, visit www.roanestate.edu/theatre.
- The second annual Trunks & Treats Halloween celebration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at New Midland Plaza, located in Alcoa. Several churches have combined through Blount Family Ministries to host the event. Last year, 5,000 people attended, and organizers said they plan to hand out half a million pieces of candy. Everyone in the community is invited, and everything will be free of charge.
- If the temps are too chilly for your trick-or-treaters, the Mall at Knoxville Center (3001 Knoxville Center Drive, Knoxville) and West Town Mall (7600 Kingston Pike, Knoxville) both offer free alternatives on Saturday. At West Town, Dr. Despicable will be on hand to entertain the kids with a magic show in the amphitheater. Trick-or-treating will be open at Knoxville Center from 4-7 p.m., while the hours at West Town are from 5-8 p.m., with the magic show at 8. For more information, call 544-1501.
And here’s a roundup of your live music options for Saturday night, Oct. 31:
- AMERICAN LEGION POST 13, 224 Waters Road, Maryville: Stonemosis as KISS Halloween party at 8 p.m.; $5
- 4620 REINVENTED, 4620-A Kingston Pike in Knoxville: Soundtrack Black with Bootstraps Burlesque at 9 p.m.; $10
- BAKER-PETERS JAZZ CLUB, 9000 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: Tracy Ozier at 8:30 p.m.; free
- BARLEY’S TAPROOM, 200 E. Jackson Ave., Knoxville’s Old City: The Coveralls at 10 p.m.; $5
- BIG DADDY’S SCOOTS AND SPORTS BAR AND GRILL, 2641 U.S. 411 South, Maryville: Southbound at 9 p.m.; free
- BISTRO AT THE BIJOU, 807 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville: Quartjar Halloween show at 9 p.m.; free
- BRACKINS BLUES BAR, 112 E. Broadway Ave., downtown Maryville: Blue Mother Tupelo at 9 p.m.; $7
- DOWNTOWN GRILL AND BREWERY, 424 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville: Genuine Nothing at 10 p.m.; $3
- THE HILL, 1105 Forest Ave., Knoxville’s Fort Sanders neighborhood: Same As It Ever Was at 11 p.m.; $5
- LEVEL 10, 4525 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: SRV Experience at 9 p.m.; $5
- LONGBRANCH SALOON, 1848 Cumberland Ave. (“The Strip”), Knoxville: Bloodsoaked with Toetagged and Coathanger Abortion at 9 p.m.; $5
- MIDTOWN MUSIC VENUE, 513 Cooper St., Knoxville: Ninth Annual Halloween Masquerade Show, sponsored by The Pilot Light, feat. “Miinorr Thrreatt, Thhe Smiithhs, Kelltik Frrosst, Fliiperr” and Cheep Triick” at 10 p.m.; $10
- OLD CITY COURTYARD, behind Southbound Bar and Grill, 106 S. Central St., Knoxville’s Old City: “Twisted Hillbilly Halloween Metal Massacre” at 4 p.m. feat. Crome Molly, Shallowpoint, Scorned, Interdimensional, Headstone, One vs. One and Pick Up the Snake; $5/$7 under 21
- PATRICK SULLIVAN’S SALOON, 100 N. Central St., Knoxville’s Old City: 500 Miles to Memphis with Relentless Blues Band at 7 p.m.; $5
- PAUL’S OASIS, 8021 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: Frazier, Collins and West at 9 p.m.; free
- “THE PICKIN’ PORCH” at Wood-n-Strings Dulcimer Shop, 7645 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend: Don Pedi at 7 p.m.; free
- PRESERVATION PUB, 28 Market Square, downtown Knoxville: “Where the Wild Things Are” party featuring Faux Ferocious, Bangtail Cats and Slow Claw at 10 p.m.; $5
- THE PRINCE SPORTS BAR AND MUSIC HALL, 509 Lovell Road, Knoxville: Afterlife at 9 p.m.; $5
- RAY’S ESG, 7355 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: The Retroholics at 10 p.m.; $5 guys/$3 girls
- REMEDY COFFEE, 125 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville’s Old City: Richard Duke at 7 p.m.; free
- ROAMING GNOME PUB, 202 Collier Drive, Sevierville: “Whores and Gore” party featuring Gnome Patrol at 10 p.m.; free
- ROOKIE’S, 221 N. Peters Road, Knoxville: The Quorum at 10 p.m.; $3 guys/$2 girls
- “THE SHED” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville: Mr. Nice Guy (Alice Cooper tribute) with White Lightnin’ Burlesque Troupe at 8 p.m.; $10/$5 bikers
- SIDE SPLITTERS COMEDY CLUB, 9746 Park West Blvd., Knoxville: Maurice Jovan performs stand-up at 8 p.m.; $6-$8 online/$8-$10 by phone/at the door
- SMOKY MOUNTAIN BREWERY, 11305 Parkside Drive, West Knoxville: The Reigns Trio at 9 p.m.; free
- SOBU LOUNGE, 6213 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: The Crystal Method at 10 p.m.; $20
- THE SPEAKEASY, 5712 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: Letters to Scarlet with Your Favorite Hero at 8 p.m.; $5
- TIN ROOF KNOXVILLE, 1915 Cumberland Ave. (”The Strip”), Knoxville: Clayton Anderson Band at 10:30 p.m.; $5
- TWO DOORS DOWN, 118 E. Broadway Ave., downtown Maryville: Dixie Highway Band at 9 p.m.; free
- THE VALARIUM, 940 Blackstock Drive, Knoxville’s Warehouse District: Annual Freakers Ball at 8 p.m.; $10
- WATERFRONT BAR AND GRILL, 404 Greenbelt Drive, Maryville: Avenue C Band at 9 p.m.; free
- WILD WING CAFE, 11335 Campbell Lakes Drive, West Knoxville: Super Dave 5 at 9 p.m.; free
Word from Christopher “Syn” Wright, frontman for the Blount County-based metal band Facelock, is that the group is no more.
Dust. Done. Committed to the ground. But don’t panic — from that dirt rises another band with the same lineup — Psychosystem.
“Our original idea was to come out as the new band (by surprise) at the Halloween show as well as play Facelock’s last show,” Wright told us this week, referring to a now-canceled all-ages Halloween show that was going to be held at Alnwick Gym in Maryville. A new rate to rent the gym, he said, meant the plug had to be pulled on the show.
“I made the decision (to form a new band) because the new material was so much different than Facelock, and honestly better in my opinion,” he continued. “The members are the same as Facelock’s current lineup. With all the work these guys were doing, it felt to me it all deserved its own original lineup instead of them always being a ‘replacement’ in the band. We learned a lot as Facelock, (and) it’s time to take it to the next step.”
Psychosystem is slated to go into the studio Nov. 9, he added.
Read a story on Facelock from back in the spring here. And download a couple of free mp3s by the band:
Good news for fans of electronic-rock outfit The Crystal Method — the show that was originally scheduled for Club Catalyst, which shut down abruptly a couple of weeks ago, has been relocated.
It’s still on Saturday night; still at 9 p.m.; still limited to those 18 and older; and admission is still $20. But the new venue is Sobu Lounge, 6213 Kingston Pike in Knoxville.
More from former Club Catalyst publicist Andrea Kerns, who went to work at Southbound Bar and Grill in the Old City doing the same thing but worked her ass off to get this show a new home:
“SOBU LOUNGE is about the size of World Grotto and conveniently located off the Interstate at Papermill Road exit, right on Kingston Pike, next to Crispy Creme Dounut. It features 3 different lounge areas decorated in Miami – Asian-esque chic which makes one believe one is ‘not in Knoxville anymore’ upon entering. It also features a great covered patio which will be utilized and heated. An outside bar will make it easier to get a drink on the patio as well. Plenty of parking is conveniently located next to the venue and across the street. The owners Annie and Simon Ho were gracious enough to let us use the space and we are working with promoters to ensure the venue will do the sound of TCM justice. As some of you know, we have been working on finding an alternate venue for this event non stop since Tuesday, Oct. 14 and with Halloween being such a big night of the year and most venues already booked, it has been no easy task. William Morris and Three Artist Management have been very gracious in understanding the circumstances and encouraged us to keep the show in Knoxville since it has been promoted here (and TCM loves college football I heard). All tickets purchased on line at the Catalyst site will be honored at SOBU Lounge. Once we set up a ticketing system for SOBU in the next day or two, tickets should also be available at www.brownpapartickets.com. Tickets at the door will be $20 and we will offer limited table service VIP. Please call 865-805-2011 for further info. Remember, SOBU is not huge, so get there early if you plan to attend this event.
The band — which we interviewed about a year ago — does the theme for “Bones,” the hit Fox show. The group has also started a pumpkin-carving contest on its website: Click here. Kerns adds, “So, in the spirit of Halloween, carve a pumpkin, send them a picture and bring your pumpkin to the show to show it off and maybe get it signed!”
The Speakeasy Bar and Venue, located at 5712 Kingston Pike and opened back in early summer, is already changing hands. It’s been sold, according to our sources, and will be under new management and a new name — The Sugar Shack Bar — starting Nov 1. Shows will continue to be booked, but live shows will be on hold until later on in November/early December. “New show dates will be posted as they are confirmed,” so keep checking the current Myspace page for more info. Eventually, the current Myspace page will be changed to reflect the new venue.
Three shows remain under the Speakeasy tent this weekend: A killer indie-pop show at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 featuring Pegasi51, Cold Hands and Gamenight at 9 p.m.; cover is $5 … The Hotshot Freight Train with Travis Singleton and Carroll Hallow at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30; cover is $5 … and a “Raising the Dead” Halloween party at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, featuring a reunion show by Letters to Scarlet with Your Favorite Hero (admission also $5).
Download a couple of free mp3s by those bands:
Cold Hands, “Taking a Ride”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “Sex. Beats. Romance.” by Cold Hands: Click here
Read an October 2008 interview with Cold Hands frontman Henry Gibson: Click here
Cold Hands on Myspace: Click here
Download “Time Slows Down,” by Pegasi51: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Download “Take a Seat in the Back,” by Pegasi51: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Pegasi51 on Myspace
A June 2008 interview we did with the band
If you’ve browsed the online calendar on the website of local venue The Valarium, you might have noticed a cryptic entry for Thursday, Nov. 5:
“SECRET SHOW ~ GUEST LIST ONLY”
It goes on to say: “We’d love to tell you the juicy details, but it’s a secret… well, somewhat Flip through a Metropulse, or follow the links to figure out what’s going on, or just pick up the phone and call us… somebody might just tell you! 865-522-2820. See you VIP’s there!”
Turns out, the “Secret Show” is by the band Jack’s Mannequin, and it’s being presented as part of a Jack Daniel’s promotion. You can click here to find out about the show and get on the list to get in. The band, incidentally, is the side project of Andrew McMahon, who — along with the rest of his old bandmates — is on indefinite hiatus from the alterna-rock outfit Something Corporate.
So I’m back from a week off after extensive coverage of the Foothills Fall Festival, and rather than post a bunch of blog entries to catch you up on everything, here’s what’s been shaking of late …
- Remember when I told you about Club Catalyst in the Old City (the short-lived club located where Blue Cats used to be) closing its doors? Several upcoming shows originally scheduled to take place there have been relocated to other venues. (And, more importantly, kick-ass PR girl and all-around great music scene supporter Andrea Kerns has found work at Southbound Bar and Grill, also in the Old City, essentially doing the same PR gig.) On the shuffled schedule: Unknown Hinson with Jocephus and the George Jonestown Massacre will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Southbound, 106 S. Central St. in the Old City. Tickets are $15 in advance/$18 at the door, and you can read all about our past coverage of Mr. Hinson here. He’s quite the showman. A show headlined by local rockers Crome Molly (along with Swing Shot, Corpse Wax Dollies, Numb and Headstone) will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on the outside stage behind Southbound; tickets to that show are $5. The show by Hank III and Assjack, featuring openers Those Poor Bastards, will also take place at Southbound at 7 p.m. Nov. 2; tickets are also $15 and 18. Finally, Satisfaction: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones will take place at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at Southbound; tickets are $10 in advance/$12 at the door.
- Speaking of Southbound, the venue is not hosting a new dance-oriented bar: 90 Proof Nightclub is located at 104 S. Central St., over Southbound proper. On its website, the venue bills itself as “a nightclub dedicated to playing nothing but the ’90s. At 90 Proof, you can request any songs that helped shape the music of this great time. Every Friday and Saturday night, you can come here the DJ playing songs by Will Smith, N Sync, Puff Daddy, Mase, Tupac, etc. … We have Knoxville’s only New Orleans-style balcony overlooking the Old City. We are a 21 and up club and proper dress is required.”
- Remember our cover story on local honky-tonk heroes The Drunk Uncles from back in August? Well, the boys — three of whom call Blount County home — finally have a new CD, “Smashed Hits,” ready for public consumption. (No word if it comes with a warning sticker.) Here’s more from “Uncle” Jeff Barbra: “Howdy all. Here’s the special: If you are one of the first 100 people to pre-order ‘Smashed Hits,’ here’s what you get — a special $12 price, FREE SHIPPING, The Drunk Uncles autograph it for you and you get your name in the credits on the CD. Remember folks, these make GREAT stocking stuffers for Christmas, too!” Here’s the link to pre-order.
- From my buddy Randall Brown, calendar/music guru extraordinaire over at the Sentinel and long-time local musician currently fronting the band Quartjar: “Live at The Bistro at the Bijou (807 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville), it’s the 2009 Quartjar Halloween Special! Our second annual gig of spookiness. This year’s show will feature Quartjar, Knoxville’s premier blues-rock-with-original-lyrics-jam-punk-trio; frighteningly fun new songs; crazy classic hits; terrifyingly impromptu instrumentals; The Phantom Drummer; hauntingly historic atmosphere; eerily amiable banter; fine cuisine and the mystery: Will Scary Santa frighten the crowds again this year? No one knows!” When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Admission cost: free. (Please note that this is a full-band Quartjar performance, as opposed to a solo Randall Brown performance.) Check out Quartjar on Myspace.
- News from Christina Horn, the lovely frontwoman of melodic pop-rock outfit Hudson K: “We have a new member. His name is Jeff Christmas and he plays the guitar and bass. Not at the same time of course! We are honored and thrilled to have him on board. You can hear him on November 7th The Pilot Light (106 S. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City) show. (Local singer-songwriter) Erick Baker has asked Nate (Barrett) and I to join him on his next string of shows. If you live in Chattanooga we will be playing Rhythm and Brews on October 28th. Please come out to that show if you live in Chattanooga as it will be a good one. We will also have the experience of playing on the same stage as Kiss, Eminem, the Flaming Lips and P-Funk….WHOA! Hold on to your Halloween costumes. I hope I can make it and not FREAK out! This means our Pres Pub show on October 29th has been cancelled. HOWEVER, the Stereofidelics will be playing. They are awesome and we consider them one of our favorite bands. So if you live in Knoxville, check out that show starting at 10pm. We will make our hometown show up by playing the PILOT LIGHT on November 7th! Please come out, it will be a special show! Hudson K was also chosen to compete in Sound Off! Our scheduled date is December 2nd at The Square Room (4 Market Square, downtown Knoxville). The show starts at 8 p.m. and there will be music industry judges there to pick a winner! We need your help. Audience applause is a big part of the scoring!”
- One of our favorite local rock/country/musical chicks, Kata Hay (of Kata and The Blaze and The Grassabillies), has paired with Daisy Rock Guitars, Elixir Strings and Lakota Leathers for a special YouTube contest. Those who enter must cover one of Kata’s original songs, and the winner (chosen by Kata herself) will receive a Daisy Rock acoustic guitar and accessory pack, including some Elixir strings and a Lakota Leathers hand-made bison guitar strap. It’s just one of many good things happening with the fiery-haired goddess of Sevier County — she and the band just played to a packed house at Nashville’s fabled Bluebird Cafe, and on Nov. 3, they’ll headline “Billy Block’s Western Beats,” live from 12th and Porter in Nashville. Those interested in entering the YouTube contest should check out details on Kata’s website.
Last weekend, the big paper in Knoxville reported that local singer-songwriter/author/playwright/poet R.B. Morris will be one of a handful of writers inducted into the Friends of Literacy East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame during a celebration dinner on Thursday, Oct. 29, at Crowne Plaza in Knoxville.
We’ve written about R.B. several times, including a recent cover story back in May. And although it gets mentioned numerous times, we probably haven’t paid the proper attention to Morris’s written works as we should. His poetry, in fact, is what’s garnered him the nomination for induction, “for … contributions to local culture and history.”
Currently, Morris is looking to fund a new album of songs (titled “Spies, Lies and Burning Eyes”) through pre-order on his website. You can download a couple of free songs from his last EP, “Empire,” here:
R.B. Morris, “Empire”: right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
R.B. Morris, “City”: right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “Empire” by R.B. Morris: click here
Other writers scheduled for the Oct. 29 induction: News-Sentinel columnist Sam Venable (for nonfiction writing), Pulitzer Prize-nominated author David Madden (for fiction) and the late author Richard Marius for lifetime achievement.
Good things are happening for Taylor Brown and Company these days. I interviewed Taylor back in February, around the time of his CD release of “Coal Road Sunset,” and now he’s ready with another album. It’s an EP titled “No More Songs,” which you can get by visiting his website. Send five friends to the link or pay what you want … including nothing. Either way, we feel pretty confident you won’t be disappointed; he’s a talented singer-songwriter.
But that’s not all the big news. Last week, the band was called up from the list of alternates for the ongoing “Sound Off” band competition … and won the whole night. That moves the group on to the seminfinals. Read Matthew T. Everett (arts and entertainment editor for Metro Pulse)’s take on the night, and Brown’s win, here.
We regret to inform everyone that Club Catalyst, 125 E. Jackson Ave. in Knoxville’s Old City, is closing its doors. The club located in the former Blue Cats building has struggled of late. This press release just arrived …
as some of you might have already heard, Club Catalyst has encountered some tough times and while trying to remain open and finish our last few big shows through part of November, we are financially not able to do so.
While our landlord has been very lenient and many of our shows were well attended, the majority of shows simply underperformed and without substantial financial backing it was impossible to sustain losses lasting more than a couple of weeks.
This Press Release is especially difficult to submit since we are all still mourning the demise of the World Grotto and we now have to face the fact that we didn’t reach our first year anniversary, which would have been this Saturday, Oct. 17.
It seems that after discussing our situation with other promoters we also found that the entertainment industry as a whole is suffering, making it tougher to compete with a mid sized venue.
The owners of Club Catalyst, Nathan Brown and Randee Maxwell, as well as myself and the entire staff wish to extend our Thanks for all the support we have received from Press, Radio, Artists, Outside Promoters, and of course all those who came to our shows! Knoxville has a very loyal fan base for the kind of music we wanted to continue bringing to this city and I hope we will be able to continue their music elsewhere.
Some of our shows will be moved to either the Cider House or Southbound, among others. We will update you via website.
Tickets purchased for shows we were not able to move within Knoxville will be refunded.
For information on those, or any other inquiries, please send your email to