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Birthday celebration for Charlie Acuff

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If you’re a fan of traditional country, a historian who fondly recalls the days of the old WNOX radio show “Mid Day Merry Go Round” or even just someone who likes to hear a fiddle being played, then clear your calendar for next Saturday, Dec. 12. There’s a celebration taking place marking the 90th birthday of Charlie Acuff. Here’s what we received this morning:

Charlie Acuff will soon celebrate his 90th Birthday.  He is one of Tennessee’s most cherished “living legends” and “musical treasures” (and is a second cousin to country music legend Roy Acuff).  He is the beloved “left handed fiddler” and elder statesman of Knoxville’s old-time music scene and is revered in “Old Time String Band” Circles.  Charlie has been a recipient of the prestigious Tennessee Governor’s Heritage Award, was bestowed the 1st Annual Nashville Old-Time String Band Association’s Heritage Award, and has performed on “A Prairie Home Companion”, as well as regularly performed as the “resident fiddler” at the ”Museum of Appalachia”.

Charlie and his “Friends” are excited to invite everyone to help him celebrate this momentous occasion in his life at his 90th Birthday Celebration hosted by owners Lowell and Brenda Hamby at Music Row of Maryville, 2808 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville.

This “Special Evening with Charlie Acuff and Friends” will be held on Saturday, December 12th at “Music Row” and there will be a nominal donation requested of $3 at the door.  Although this will be an informal event, Charlie is planning to perform on stage at 8 pm and will be participating in an open “jam session” with anyone who would like to bring their instruments to join in the fun.  There will be other stage performances by local musicians that evening as well.

Some of Charlie’s “Friends” planning to attend and will “jam” and play with him “on stage” are:

Rebekah Weiler (claw-hammer banjo)
Current  Winner of the “Old-Time Banjo” Champion title at the Bluegrass  & Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention (Mt. Airy, NC)
She  also won the State of Kentucky Old-Time Banjo  Championship.
She  became the first female in the 36-year-history of The  Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree (Smithville, TN.) to win the title of  “Old-Time Banjo Champion” as well as in the State of Tennessee at  Clarksville.
Rebekah  has held titles for “Old-Time Banjo” from the Tennessee Valley Old  Time Fiddlers Convention (Athens, Alabama) and the West  Tennessee Fiddler’s Championship.
In  2006, she became an endorsing artist with Gold Tone  instruments.
She  has been invited by the “Country Music Hall of Fame” in  Nashville to present an “Old-Time Banjo” Demonstration on November  29th, 2009.
Joseph  Decosimo (fiddle and banjo)
Has won the National Old  Time Banjo Champion,
Uncle Dave Macon Days Old Time  Fiddle Champion,
Tennessee Valley Fiddler’s  Convention Old Time Fiddle Champion,
Tennessee Valley Fiddler’s  Convention Old Time String Band Champion … (and more).
John Alvis (guitar and fiddle) from the  “Museum of Appalachia”
Juanita  Johnson (bass) member of the popular “That Girl Band”
Red Hickey and Matt Morelock and other Friend’s are from Charlie’s  many performances on WDVX’s “Blue Plate Special” planning  to attend.
John Rice Irwin and  Carlock Stookesbury and other friends from the “Museum of Appalachia” are planning to attend)
Lowell and Brenda  Hamby (owners), Terry Nell  Morris (fiddle) and other FRIENDS from “Music  Row”

Show up and celebrate. And happy early birthday, Charlie.

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November 30th, 2009 at 11:23 am

Scene vet returning to East Tennessee

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Some of you long-time followers of the local music scene may remember the band P-Jones (or, as it became known in later years, Project Jones). The band played at various venues such as the long-gone club The Spot, among others, and now band co-founder Wes Newborn — who went from East Tennessee to Clarksville to the Dallas area — is moving back to Knoxville. They’re planning on a “Welcome Home” bash for him at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at The Prince Sports Bar and Music Hall, 509 Lovell Road in West Knox.

Get the low-down on the event here; you can also check out Project Jones on Myspace.

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November 30th, 2009 at 11:18 am

Announcing … “The Shed” Unplugged!

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Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, that fine venue that hosted so many great shows in the spring and summer at its outdoor pavilion (affectionately known as “The Shed”), isn’t letting the cold weather stop the music.

Starting Friday, Dec. 4, tickets will go on sale for three intimate shows at “The Shed” during the coming winter months:

  • Jan. 16, Bonepony
  • Feb. 13, Ray Wylie Hubbard (playing with his son)
  • March 20, Fred Eaglesmith.

There will be 100 reserved seats and 100 general admission seats available, and it’s first-come, first-serve. Reserved seats are $75 for all three shows (you’ll have the same seats for them all); GA seats are $50 for all three. If any remain, single tickets will go on sale Jan. 4. Tickets will only be sold through the dealership’s website.

This is a solid lineup, people. We last wrote about Bonepony — one of my personal favorite bands that, in an intimate setting, will make you feel so good it won’t matter what the temperature outside might be — in 2008. Ray Wylie Hubbard graced the cover of our Weekend entertainment section back in June, and we’ve interview Fred a couple of times over the years, most recently back in 2007.

Call the dealership at 977-1669 for more information.

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November 24th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Better get your eardrums in shape …

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… especially if you plan on attempting to endure the aural assault of Japanese psychedelic rock band Acid Mothers Temple. The touring website Pollstar is reporting that the band will make a stop on April 12 of next year at the beloved Old City indie club The Pilot Light.

Granted, for many of you this may seem like just another band you’ve never heard of making music that sounds like two cats rutting inside a plugged-in woodchipper. But I assure you, fans of indie rock, noise rock, guitar rock, Japanese rock … any number of genres, actually … will start salivating at this news. Over on the local Internet bulletin board Knox Blab, the band is something of a favorite of several regular posters. Unfortunately, the site is down right now, so I can’t make my board friends pee themselves with the news.

Check out AMT online.

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November 20th, 2009 at 7:27 am

All-ages shows suffer another blow

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Remember last week’s Weekend section, when we profiled a new club over in Eagleton called Vice City? The one where all-ages shows were going to be held on Friday nights? Well, after exactly one show featuring Alcoa rapper Brandon “Hollywood” Holliman, future shows have been cancelled, according to Javier Migoya, co-owner of Aroma Cafe — located next door to the club, which he also co-owned.

The turnout was moderate, according to Hollywood — not bad for a weekend of football playoffs and, by his account, one of the best shows he’s ever done. On top of first-night problems, an exhausting schedule for the Migoyas — Javier and his wife, Alicia — and other complications have given them pause for continuing Vice City.

“The parking situation was just horrendous, and add that to the mix that it was exhausting for me and my wife being here on Friday and Saturday nights, it just gave us second thoughts,” Javier told us. “We’re still going to rent out the facility for parties and events, and we’re thinking about finding a different place to do the teen nights.”

That’s not the only all-ages venue that fizzled out after one show — Remedy Coffee, 125 W. Jackson Ave. in Knoxville’s Old City, tried to do something similar last Saturday night as well, with a three-band bill booked by Dishwater Blonde frontman Davis Mitchell. (We blogged about it last week.) A late start and residences located over the coffeehouse, however, meant that the show had to shut down at 10 p.m., and now the folks at Remedy have postponed the other two all-ages shows scheduled through the end of the year.

“I wanna help them find a spot they can hang and be creative; however, I don’t think it’s gonna be at Remedy,” Mitchell wrote to us earlier in the week. “ We’re not really equipped or a fit for that but it was worth a try.”

There’s been a shortage of all-ages venues in the East Tennessee area since Old City Java, another Old City coffeehouse, changed hands a few years ago and ceased to hold Friday and Saturday night shows. Occasionally, someone comes along and tries to fill that gap; Level 10 on Kingston Pike still occasionally holds all-ages performances, but others — places like The OSE, The Boneyard in Loudon, The Rock Studios in Maryville — they either didn’t make it, or their all-ages shows aren’t regular occurrences.

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November 18th, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Big Ears 2010: The roll-out begins!

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From AC Entertainment, the patriarchs of the Big Ears Festival:

For Immediate Release

Big Ears Festival Returns in 2010
March 26-27-28
Composer Terry Riley Confirmed As Artist In Residence

KNOXVILLE, TN.  The BIG EARS FESTIVAL is proud to announce another weekend of visionary music, exploratory art, and southern hospitality for March 26, 27, and 28 in historic Knoxville, Tennessee.

This time, BIG EARS is especially proud to host the legendary American composer TERRY RILEY as Artist in Residence for the weekend with a series of
concerts throughout the weekend celebrating Riley’s 75th Birthday year.  In addition, the weekend will feature an exciting array of artists and performers from the worlds of rock, jazz, classical, and avant garde music along with installations, exhibitions, interactive experiences, talks, and workshops.

One of the most influential musicians and composers of the past century, TERRY RILEY’s impact and influence on contemporary music and art cannot be overstated.  In 1964, his revolutionary composition IN C launched the Minimalist movement in music, his influence still heard today in the work of Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams and other classical composers.  His subsequent early works, A Rainbow in Curved Air and Poppy Nogood, with their kaleidoscopic, psychedelic atmospheres, sent waves across the musical worlds of the 1960s, strongly reflected in the music of The Who, Pink Floyd, and other rock bands of the time.  That influence continues today, in the music of Radiohead and Animal Collective and even The National and Bon Iver. It’s no surprise that TERRY RILEY was recently selected by the London Times as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century.”

“It’s a tremendous honor to have Terry Riley participate in our festival this year. It’s a dream come true.” says Big Ears founder, Ashley Capps, also a creator and producer of the renown Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

RILEY himself will perform in several different concerts of his work during the weekend, with a variety of musicians.  Also, the Calder String Quartet will present a program of his work.  And a sure highlight of the weekend will come when many of the artists performing during the weekend join together for an unforgettable performance of IN C, “one of the definitive masterpieces of the 20th century.”

The full BIG EARS 2010 line up will be announced and tickets will be available in early December.

Big Ears online

Read our cover story on the inaugural Big Ears Festival from back in February: Click here

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November 17th, 2009 at 11:20 am

Local rockers Vertigo call it quits

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First the Tenderhooks, now female-fronted pop-rockers Vertigo are giving up the ghost.

Vocalist Lindsey Stamey posted a blog on the band’s Myspace page yesterday with the announcement:

“Words can not really describe the roller coaster that has been Vertigo these past few years. We have had many amazing accomplishments, but it’s time for us to start new chapters in our lives. We have been so blessed with very caring people who would do anything to help us and for that we say thank you. We have been very blessed with the best fans in the world who supported us and came out to our shows. We have 2 more shows left. The info you can find on our main page. We hope to see you there. We love you all very dearly and please keep and ear out for new things we may all do.

Lindsey”

The band’s final Knoxville show will be Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 4620 Reinvented, 4620-A Kingston Pike in Knoxville’s Bearden neighborhood. Cover is $5. The final show ever will be Friday, Nov. 20 at The Downtown in Morristown.

We interviewed the group last year when they played Thunderworld USA in Maryville. You can read that here.

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November 17th, 2009 at 7:54 am

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Sweet! Akron/Family coming back to town

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A few years ago, I did a story on a fantastic indie band — Akron/Family — that came through to town, playing The Pilot Light. The band’s 2007 album, “Love Is Simple,” remains a staple on my iPod; the songs “Ed Is a Portal” and “There’s So Many Colors” are hedonistic in their wild abandon, just primal and ferocious and exuberant.

Turns out, the band is headed back to town. Got this e-mail from Dead Oceans, a PR firm that handles a lot of Secretly Canadian clients, the band’s label:

Akron/Family will bring their transcendent, engaging live show to the Southern United States this February. “Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free,” the band’s 2009 LP triumph, continues to be Akron/Family’s bold new chapter in their always-evolving and ethralling sound.

Akron/Family’s live spirit is best described by Time Out New York:

This “everyone’s invited” attitude is the crux of Akron/Family’s performance philosophy, and it seems to work; word-of-mouth enthusiasm about its live show builds like a grassroots movement.  Auxiliary brass, audience-participation percussion, the occasional impromptu parade into the street, all while managing to play the songs that fans want to hear – small wonder these shows are some of the only occasions when you can literally witness 200 New Yorkers smiling in unison.

All dates are with Warpaint:
2/17/2010   Greensboro, NC – Artiska Cafe
2/18/2010   Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
2/19/2010   Orlando, FL – Back Booth
2/20/2010   Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
2/21/2010   New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
2/23/2010   Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington
2/24/2010   Austin, TX – The Parish
2/25/2010   Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
2/26/2010   Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
2/27/2010   Nashville, TN – Exit / In
2/28/2010   Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
3/3/2010     Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

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November 16th, 2009 at 7:35 am

Free music! The Daily Times .mp3 library!

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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:

Kata and the Blaze, “Lie to Me”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kata and the Blaze, “Wanted 2″: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kata and the Blaze online: Click here
Buy music from Kata and the Blaze: Click here

Hollywood, “Get It Gyrl”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Hollywood, “Kool-Aid”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Read a recent story on the Alcoa rapper: Click here
Hollywood on Myspace: Click here

Dishwater Blonde, “Pour Out Your Favor”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Dishwater Blonde online: Click here
Buy music by Dishwater Blonde: Click here

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

Homer Hart, “Whiskey and Your Memory”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Read a recent story on Homer: Click here
Homer Hart on Myspace: Click here

Skyfall, “Everything to Me”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Read a recent story on Skyfall: Click here
The Skyfall website: 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 online

Pegasi51 on Myspace

The Bearded, “House Sparrow”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Visit The Bearded online: Click here

Bellfield, “Crooked Mile”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy Bellfield’s music on iTunes: Click here
Visit Bellfield on Myspace: Click here

Ian Thomas, “Little Children”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Visit Ian Thomas online: Click here
Purchase Ian Thomas music: Click here

The American Plague, “Black Love”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “Kiss of Death” and other CDs by The American Plague: Click here

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.

Soundtrack Black, “Out to Dry”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy “First Born,” by Soundtrack Black: Click here

Cutthroat Shamrock, “Dry Bones”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy music by Cutthroat Shamrock: Click here

1220, “The Motor Mile”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy 1220 music: Check the 1220 Myspace site frequently for links

Kevin Abernathy Band, “All Her Tears”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy Kevin Abernathy’s CDs on CD Baby: Click here

Against the Opposition, “Pursue the Enemy”: right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)

Jeff Barbra, “Blame It on Vern”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy “Country Music for Country People” by Jeff Barbra: Click here

The Black Lillies, “Midnight”: Right click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “Whiskey Angel,” by The Black Lillies: Click here

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

Diacon-Panthers, “Curses”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “Make It Feel Better” by the Diacon-Panthers: Click here

The Dirty Gunnz, “Shake Your Sugar”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
The Dirty Gunnz on Myspace: Click here

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

The Dirty Works, “Wife Beater”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “Biscuits and Liquor” by The Dirty Works: Click here

The Drunk Uncles, “Drunk Talkin’”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Drunk Uncles, “The Man I Couldn’t Be”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Drunk Uncles on Myspace: Click here

Facelock, “Cervical Dislocation”: right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Facelock, “Defy”: right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)

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.

Scott McMahan, “The Loneliest Blues”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Scott McMahan on Myspace: Click here

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

Seeing Skies, “Don’t Stop Breathing In”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Check out Seeing Skies on Myspace: Click here

Christopher Scum, “Fifty Acres”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Christopher Scum on Myspace: Click here

Jonathan Sexton and The Big Love Choir, “The Mountain”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy “Big Love,” by Jonathan Sexton: Click here

Teenage Love13, “Fun Religion”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy “No Excuses,” Teenage Love’s most recent album: Click here

Tim Lee 3, “Chuck Berry in Space”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy music by the Tim Lee 3: Click here

The LoneTones, “Gone Again”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy LoneTones music: Click here

Free music by regional/national artists!

“Hardcore Dollar,” by Malcolm Holcombe: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Read a recent story on Malcolm: Click here
Malcolm Holcombe online: Click here
Buy Malcolm’s music: Click here

“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”)
The DesBerardos online: Click here
Buy music: Click here

“Something to Believe In,” by Mark Wagner: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “Sun’s Gonna Rise,” the new album by Mark Wagner: Click here
Mark Wagner online: 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

“Tupelo,” by Scissormen: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy Scissormen music: Click here

“Pilgrim,” by Red Collar: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy Red Collar’s CD: Click here

“Heavy Load,” by the Deadstring Brothers: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy Deadstring Brothers music: Click here

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November 14th, 2009 at 9:32 pm

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RIP, Bob Heintz

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In case you missed it over on The Daily Times website proper, I wrote an obituary story for today’s edition on Bob Heintz, founder and president of the East Tennessee Jazz Society. He passed away on Tuesday and will be sorely missed. RIP, Bob.

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November 12th, 2009 at 10:14 am