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Knoxville jazz cats get more exposure

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Blue Night Records, based in Hanover, Ill., just released “Swing 220,” featuring Chicago jazz mandolinist Don Stiernberg (a frequent instructor at Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, held every June on the Maryville Collegge campus.) Local bass maestro Rusty Holloway plays bass on all 14 tracks (with several “killer solos,” according to Blue Night President Steven Briggs), as does Jeff Jenkins, another Knoxville scene veteran, on guitar (with solos on every track).  “It’s all swing, all acoustic, all instrumental,” Briggs writes.

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June 30th, 2010 at 9:32 am

Catching up with Wes Murphy

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Back in December 2008, we interviewed Roger Murphy, long-time local educator, about his son, Blount County boy and actor Wes Murphy. At the time, Wes was a struggling actor who had obtained a significant role in the short film “The Boys of Summerville,” but we haven’t heard much from him since — until he called me today.

It seems Wes recently auditioned for and landed the role of co-host for the “Nothing Like This” summer tour by country group Rascal Flatts. The tour kicked off last week in Raleigh, N.C., and after a four-round tryout process, Murphy was brought on board to work the crowd, conduct fan interviews and basically get folks in attendance fired up for the big show. (The tour also features country stars Chris Young and Kellie Pickler.)

“My partner Lauren and I do audience interviews, silly games (ex. biggest beer belly, water chugging, singing contests, etc) to keep the fans entertained in between acts.  Our big faces are on the jumbo tron for three segments (about 10-15 minutes each segment).  We also introduce the band before they come onstage.  It’s been hilarious!  We were looking for the ‘tallest’ person in the crowd in Raleigh NC.  A man named Big D came up to me.  He was 6′8′, 365 lbs.  I asked him if he could ‘bench press me like a small school boy?’  When he said yes, I told him to lay down and do it, to which he surprisingly complied. I survived but won’t tell you where he put his hands in order to press me.  We got very close is all I can say.  Another time, I was interviewing a man with the ‘longest marriage’ in Atlanta GA.  He kissed his wife at the end of the interview.  I was feeling the love, so I went in for the kiss (as a joke of course).  He put his hand up real quick and said, ‘No sir, that’s for me only.’  He was about 70 years old and had been married for 45 years!  I’ll shut up by saying I understand my value in not defined by work, but by God (for me) and how I treat others,” Wes wrote to me in a follow-up e-mail.

After the first show, Wes got a little face time with his new bosses, who complimented the hosts’ abilities at getting fans fired up, and before long, Murphy had worked his way into the pre-concert Rascal Flatts basketball game. It was three-on-three, he said, and he and his two teammates handily defeated Rascal Flatts members Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney. (Afterward, according to Murphy, Jay remarked, “I don’t know if I like you any more.”)

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June 30th, 2010 at 8:15 am

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Partyin’ around Panic

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It appears Southbound Bar and Grill, 106 S. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City, has laid claim to the official Widespread Panic After-Party, scheduled for the legendary jam band’s three-night stint at The Tennessee Theatre (604 S. Gay St. in downtown Knoxville) at the end of the month.

Panic will be our cover story on July 23 in advance of the gigs, taking place July 26-28. I interviewed long-time Panic keyboardist JoJo Hermann, who recalled Panic’s previous visits to Knoxville, from one more than a decade ago in World’s Fair Park with Sister Hazel to the band’s days performing at the long-closed Flamingo’s on the Strip to the group’s April 2007 two-night run at the Tennessee. (Thanks to Tennessee Theatre reps for pointing out that the band last performed there in July 2008. Last fall, the group joined The Allman Brothers Band for a show at World’s Fair Park.)

“I think it was the second night, and man, we played for like four hours,” Hermann said. “Jimmy (Herring, who joined in 2006) was still somewhat new to the band, and that was a night where we really just clicked as a unit. That was part of the process of Jimmy just becoming one of us. It was a big night at the Tennessee, and it’s such a beautiful theater.”

Anyhoo … here’s the skinny on the Panic events at Southbound: It’s being billed as the “Shiny Side Up Before-During-After Panic Party” (a play on the band’s most recent studio album, “Dirty Side Down”), and it takes place from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. every day that Panic is in town. Tickets are $20 per night/$15 with a Panic show ticket stub. Here’s the lineup:

  • July 26: Matt Woods at 3 p.m.; Mike McGill Band at 4 p.m.; Wax Planet at 5 p.m.; Eric Sommer at 7 p.m.; Wax Planet at 8 p.m.; Big Something at 10 p.m.; Grand Theft Maid Cart at 11:45 p.m.
  • July 27: Sharon Parks Band at 2:45 p.m.; Eric Sommer at 3:45 p.m.; Big Something at 4:45 p.m.; Terry Phillips, Tom Smith and the Free Jay Band at 7 p.m.; Big Something at 9 p.m.; Wax Planet at 10 p.m.; Grand Theft Maid Cart “all-star jam” at 11:45 p.m.
  • July 28: Andy Pirkle Band at 2:45 p.m.; Traveling Light at 4 p.m.; The Axis of Evil at 7 p.m.; White Lightnin’ Burlesque Troupe at 9 p.m.; Wax Planet (or Grandpa’s Stash) at 10 p.m.; Big Something at 11:45 p.m.

And, according to the Southbound website: “Midnight Voyage in conjunction with Knoxtronica will provide some bad a** electronic beats to keep you going way past Panic Those DJs will be announced as soon as they are confirmed, but will most likely feature some of Knoxville’s own favorite spinners, button twisters and knob pushers, Ableton lovers and iTunes jukeboxers whom we have all come to know and love.”

Manhattan’s closing its doors

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Intrepid entertainment reporter “Ramblin’” Randall Brown over at the Knoxvul daily reports that Manhattan’s Bistro and Bar, 101 s. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City, is shutting its doors after this weekend. Get the full scoop on Randall’s blog (and check it daily for awesome updates on the local scene). And plan on going to Manhattan’s on Saturday night, when Stewart Pack and the Silent K’s perform at the venue’s final show. Mr. Pack dropped me a line a week or so ago with a sample of some of the new material he’s working on, and I gotta tell ya — it’s good stuff.

Show starts at 10 p.m.; Silver Jubilee opens.

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June 25th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Kimber Cleveland: addendum

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This week’s cover girl is the lovely Kimber Cleveland, a fixture in the East Tennessee music scene since she first sat in with Uncle Funky at Baker-Peter’s Jazz Club.

Friday’s cover story will tell you what you need to know about her background and her new album, “Comin’ on Strong,” but hers is such an amazing story that we didn’t have room for everything. So here’s a little supplemental information.

  • Some of the songs for this album were submitted to Disney’s A&R department, and the response was extremely favorable, she told us. The head of the department e-mailed Cleveland and her husband, Doug Frasure (who’s co-producing “Comin’ on Strong”) expressing his interest, and the couple flew to Los Angeles to meet with him, as well as the head of Disney Publishing. “She said she really liked the songs, but she doesn’t take songs if she doesn’t have an immediate place to put them,” Cleveland said. “But she said she wants to keep meeting and hearing our songs, and she said I have an open door with them.”
  • Her instrument of choice? McPherson Guitars because she loves “the fullness of the sound and the unique look.” She’s recently been endorsed by the company as well, and she’s developing endorsement relationships with A-Line Acoustics sound equipment, HBH Profiles (fashion, make-up and style) and What’s-In-Store (accessories).
  • Little over a year ago, Cleveland was the flagship artist for an unaired TV pilot called “Songwriters USA,” in which she was mentored by Jewel, followed with cameras and interviewed at length, but after the producer of the pilot fell ill, it slowly died. The experience, however, was worthwhile, she said.
  • She’s currently been cast as the lead in a small independent film, a musical drama called “Beautiful Noise.” She recently returned from Sarasota, Fla., where she read through the script with the rest of the cast, and filming is set to begin in June. Several of her songs have been released for use in the film as well.
  • Speaking of films, she wrote the song “Strong For You” for a documentary titled “Beyond the Myth: A Film About Pit Bulls and Breed Discrimination,” shot by Knoxville filmmaker Libby Sherrill. It premiered in Miami  week ago, and Cleveland was on hand to perform the song. The doc examines breed-specific legislation, talking to those on both sides of the issues, and looks at the implications of laws targeting specific breeds, as well as the media’s role in the public perception of pit bulls as a menacing breed. It’s a topic close to her heart, since she’s been rescuing dogs — mostly pit bulls — for a decade. The song can be downloaded on the film’s website for a nominal fee; proceeds go to help various rescue organizations.

Check her out online at www.kimbercleveland.net

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June 24th, 2010 at 9:48 am

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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:

Sam Quinn, “Late the Other Night”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Sam Quinn online: click here
Buy Sam’s new album: click here

Kirk Fleta, “Vision of a Woman”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kirk Fleta on Facebook: click here
Kirk Fleta on Myspace: click here

Jake Winstrom, “Local Boys Done Good Don’t Go to Jail”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Jake Winstrom on Myspace: click here

The Black Cadillacs, “The End”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Black Cadillacs online: click here
Buy Black Cadillacs music: click here

Will Tate and 6ix Mile Express, “Angeline the Baker”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Will Tate and 6ix Mile Express, “Ernest T. Grass”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
6ix Mile Express on Myspace: click here

Big Trouble, “Prophecy”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Big Trouble, “Black Widow”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Big Trouble, “Freedom”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Big Trouble on Myspace: click here
Buy Big Trouble music: click here

On My Honor, “The Pan Song”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
On My Honor on Myspace: click here
Buy On My Honor merchandise: click here

Scott Miller, “Appalachian Refugee”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Scott Miller online: click here
Buy Scott Miller’s CDs: click here

Jay Clark, “Spinnin’ and Grinnin’” (live): right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Jay Clark online: click here
Buy Jay’s music: click here

Robby and The Passing Tones, “Music Critique”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Robby and The Passing Tones on Myspace: click here

Hudson K, “Champion”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Hudson K on Myspace: click here
Buy Hudson K music: click here

CoolRunnings, “Burnout”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Cool Runnings on Myspace: click here

John Myers, “Highway Rider”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
John Myers, “Liza Jane”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
John Myers on Myspace: click here

Jag Star, “Talk to Me”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Jag Star online: click here
Buy “Static Bliss,” the new Jag Star album: click here

Medford’s Black Record Collection, “Gravedigger Blues”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Medford’s Black Record Collection online: click here
Buy MBRC music: click here

The Songbirds, “Go In Peace”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Songbirds on Myspace: click here

The Mountain Folk Reunion, “500 Miles”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Mountain Folk Reunion online: click here

Mixed With Rain, “Buying Back Buffy”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Mixed With Rain on Myspace: click here

R.B. Morris, “Amsterdam”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
R.B. Morris, “Plato’s Perfect World”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
R.B. Morris, “Spy in My Brain”: 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 albums by R.B. Morris (including his most recent, “Spies Lies and Burning Eyes”): click here

Angel Zuniga Martinez, “Definitely Love”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Angel Zuniga Martinez, “The Man”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Angel Zuniga Martinez on Myspace: Click here

Skytown Riot, “I’ll Go Myself”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Skytown Riot on Myspace: Click here

The Basement Lights, “Tragic Joke”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Basement Lights on Myspace: Click here

The John Titlow Band, “Girl From Morganton Road”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
John Titlow Band online: click here

Meg ‘n’ Dredd, “Pain”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Meg ‘n’ Dredd online: Click here
Meg ‘n’ Dredd on Myspace: Click here

Greg Horne, “I Liked You Better”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Greg Horne online: Click here
Buy Greg’s music: Click here

Kat Brock, “Head a Home”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kat Brock on Myspace: Click here
Kat Brock on Bandcamp: Click here

The Hotshot Freight Train, “The Misfit”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Hotshot Freight Train on Myspace: Click here
Buy music by THSFT: Click here

Steve Brown, “Gymnopodie IV”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Steve Brown online/buy music: Click here

Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, “Preservation Roof”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Todd Steed online: Click here
Buy music by Todd Steed: Click here

Robinella, “Can I Go Too”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Robinella online/buy the new album “Fly Away Bird”: Click here

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”)
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

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

Skyfall, “Everything to Me”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Skyfall, “Bliss”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Skyfall, “A Breath Away”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Skyfall, “Then It’s Settled”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Skyfall website: Click here
Purchase “Break Out,” the new album by Skyfall: click here

Senryu, “Jericho Ruins Everything”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Senryu, “Inklings”: 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

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”: right-click here (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” (live): Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Melungeons, “Blackwater Swamp” (studio version, 2010): right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Melungeons online/purchase “Blackwater Swamp”: 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”)
Tim Lee 3 w/Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls), “Cortez the Killer” (live from The Earl in Atlanta): Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Tim Lee 3 online: Click here
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!

The Deep Dark Woods, “All the Money I Had Is Gone”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Deep Dark Woods online: click here
Buy The Deep Dark Woods music: click here

Matt Urmy, “I Need a Healer”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Matt Urmy online: click here

Po’ Girl, “No Shame”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Po’ Girl online (click on “Music” to buy CDs): Click here

Bonepony, “Jubilee”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Bonepony online: Click here
Bonepony music and more: Click here

Jump Back Jake, “The Flood”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Jump Back Jake online: Click here
Buy Jump Back Jake music: Click here

The Civil Wars, “Poison and Wine”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Civil Wars online: Click here
Buy Civil Wars music: Click here

Amanda Palmer, “Astronaut: A Short History of Nearly Nothing” (feat. Zoe Keating and Ben Folds): Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Amanda Palmer online: Click here

Louise Mosrie, “Home”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Louise Mosrie online: Click here
Buy Louise Mosrie music: Click here

“Hardcore Dollar,” by Malcolm Holcombe: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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”)
“Here for You,” 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”)
“My Christmas Wish,” by Scissormen: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target 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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June 21st, 2010 at 1:14 pm

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Square Room announces dinner concert series

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On sale Friday: At The Square Room, 4 Market Square in downtown Knoxville, a “Dinner and a Concert Series” goes on sale. Tickets are $42 and $52 for individual shows, or $140 and $115 for the whole series. Tickets include meal, tax, gratuity and the performance. Here are the dates and the performers:

  • Friday, July 30: Robinella
  • Friday, August 13: Paul Thorn
  • Friday, September 17: Brad Blackwell and Stephen Hunley

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; for more information, call 544-4199. To purchase, visit The Square Room online ticket office.

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June 9th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Bijou Jubilee activities announced

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The lovely Emmylou Harris was already announced as the anchor performer for “Jubilee 2010,” the annual celebration of The Bijou Theatre (803 S. Gay St. in downtown Knoxville), but now Bijou officials have fleshed out some other activities to make it a Jubilee weekend.

The Emmylou concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 26; tickets are $58.50 and $250 (and it’s a fundraiser for the Bijou). If that’s a little steep, the more affordable events take place all day on Sunday, June 27, starting at 11 a.m. Here’s what’s on tap:

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bijou’s historic nooks and crannies. Tours held ever half-hour. Free.
  • 2-3 p.m.: Three of Knoxville’s most talented songwriters — Scott Miller, R.B. Morris and Jill Andrews — hold a workshop in a casual setting, talking about their creative process. $10.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: WUOT’s jazz coordinator Todd Steed hosts “Jazz 101″ in the Bijou’s upstairs gallery. Learn how to be a more educated listener and hear some of “must haves” from this connoisseur’s collection. $5.
  • 3:30–5 p.m.: Singer-songwriters Jill Andrews and Todd Steed have done their share of performing on the road, and WDVX program director Tony Lawson has listened
    to countless records. These music biz pros share their experience of touring, management, promotion, and ideas for getting radio play. $10.
  • 7-8:30 p.m.: Knoxville favorites Todd Steed, Scott Miller, R.B. Morris, and Jill Andrews have performed all over the world. Hear their stories and songs in unique
    collaborations perfect for the intimate setting of the Bijou Theatre. $10.

The public is also invited to buy day passes for Sunday’s community events for $25, which includes a one-year membership to Friends of the Bijou. Passes and tickets are available now at the Tennessee Theatre box office, by phone at 865-684-1200, Ext. 2, or online at www.knoxbijou.com. Sunday’s events are sponsored by the Tennessee Arts
Commission.

Written by wildsmith

June 3rd, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Music and nature team up to benefit an East Tennessee treasure

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If you don’t have plans Saturday — or even if you do but don’t consider them very important — you might want to check out a great fundraiser taking place this weekend, June 5, at Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave. in South Knoxville:

IjamsFest

Celebrate the coming of summer and the great outdoors. IjamsFest offers crafts, food, drink, and several local bands including Jack Wolfe, Catfish Mercury Load, The Lonetones, The Bearded, Cain and Annabelle, Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere and the Natti Love Joys outside on the meadow surrounding the Plaza Pavilion. Tickets are $10 for an all-day pass with all the proceeds supporting Ijams Nature Center. Bring blankets or chairs. No coolers allowed. For more information or to buy advanced tickets, go to: www.ijams.org. (It takes place from 3-10 p.m.)

Maryville’s Capitol Theatre broadens its horizons

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Ever since owner Heath Claiborne renovated and reopened the opulent Capitol Theatre (127 W. Broadway Ave.) in downtown Maryville, it’s been the site of at least one concert a month.

Sure, others have taken place there — everything from magic shows by such artists as Bean and Bailey to all-ages rock shows featuring bands like Seeing Skies to Christian concerts by bands like Disciple. But every month, local residents can count on a big ol’ swing dance party on the final Friday featuring The Streamliners, a treat that’s a part of the Last Friday Art Walk.

Now, Claiborne is going to mix things up, at least for the summer. The schedule will feature a number of acts performing at the Capitol for the first time, starting June 25. (And don’t forget — comedian James Gregory will be there on Friday, June 18. He’ll perform at 7 p.m.; tickets are $27.)

Here’s the rest of the summer schedule:

Call The Capitol at 980-1966 for more information.

Written by wildsmith

June 1st, 2010 at 8:31 am

Posted in Local venues, Music