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Archive for November, 2010

Out with John Cowan … in with ROBINELLA AND THE CCSTRINGBAND

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So … New Grass Revival alum John Cowan was supposed to be at The Square Room, 4 Market Square in downtown Knoxville, on Thursday for a holiday installment of the venue’s “Dinner and a Concert Series,” right? But then he cancelled the December leg of his tour unexpectedly. Which left venue organizers scrambling to fill the slot. Which brings a one-time reunion of one of East Tennessee’s most beloved bands!

The original lineup of Robinella and the CC Stringband hasn’t been together since Robin Ella Tipton Bailey and Cruz Contreras divorced five years ago. They’ve remained friends (and parents of a great little kid, Cash), but both have moved on to other things — Robin solo, Cruz with his band, The Black Lillies. But for one night only, Robin, Cruz, fiddler Billy Contreras (currently on tour with George Jones) and bass player Taylor Coker will reunite.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $52 to $68 and include a four-course meal. In addition to Robinella and the CC Stringband originals, they’ll do some holiday songs as well.

This is monumental. GO.

Written by wildsmith

November 30th, 2010 at 9:53 am

All-star fundraiser set for Laurel High School

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According to the school’s website: “Since 1971, Laurel High School has offered an option for students with curiosity, energy, and independence of spirit.  Students are prepared to make sound decisions after graduation because they have had ample opportunity to make decisions while at Laurel. They  help shape school policies, pursue their individual interests, and help determine their own class schedules.”

Of course, like all schools, it can be tough in these times. Poke around enough on the school’s website, and you’ll see a number of problems that faculty and staff are trying to fix: the refrigerator no longer works and isn’t cost-effective to repair … pots, pans, cooking utensils and more are needed for the kitchen … school supplies … classroom furniture (keep in mind this is a non-traditional school) … art supplies … and a whole lot more. You can e-mail info@laurelhighschool.org or call (865) 525-3885 to donate or to obtain more information, or you could show up at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, to Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St. in the historic Downtown North neighborhood of Knoxville (also known as “Happy Holler”). Because that’s when the big guns will come out to lend a hand.

On the lineup for that night …

R.B. Morris with the Tim Lee 3
Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere
Jill Andrews
(solo)
Sandsation Dancers (belly dancers)
hosted by Benny Smith, program director and general manager of WUTK-FM, 90.3 “The Rock”

The suggested donation is $10 at the door. Not a bad deal, especially when you consider Mr. Steed and his group of ruffians will be debuting new music off of his “Unmind” project … and that the project’s director/visionary/leader/imam Manfred Minsk will be there as well!


e-mail: info@laurelhighschool.org or call 865-525-3885 to discuss, we can pick up donations!  Thank you!

Painting with a Twist … literally

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Here’s an interesting concept — brown-bag it to an art studio and take some art lessons while you imbibe. It’s the premise behind Painting with a Twist, opening at 10932 Murdock Road in Knoxville.

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According to a press release, no previous art experience is necessary; local artists will offer “step-by-step instructions to the class and will patiently walk through each step of creating the painting. To enroll, participants simply check the calendar to see the available classes and sign-up on-line for the painting they wish to paint.  Here’s the twist: Bring your own beverage and snacks, bring your friends, but there is no need to bring your inner Van Gogh. We supply the canvas, paint, aprons and encouragement.”

You can get a sneak peek at the new business from 2-4 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 2) and meet owners Angie Wallace and Patty Walden. According to the release, “both are experienced business women with a desire to bring a fun entertainment option to the area. While most evening classes are restricted to adults, special classes are offered for kids and families. Private parties can also be booked at the location.”

The concept, according to their PR, by the pair in the New Orleans area with the purpose of offering “an opportunity to those whose lives had been so dramatically impacted by Katrina.”

For more information, call (865) 675-2500 or visit the shop online at www.paintingwithatwist.com.

Written by wildsmith

November 27th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson announces ‘The Shed Sessions’

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Last year, the fine folks out at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, didn’t let winter shut down the live shows.

Most folks around here know that “The Shed,” the covered pavilion adjacent to the dealership, is a bastion of live music during the spring, summer and fall. Last winter, however, organizers put together a series of monthly indoor performances for the months of January, February and March — two of which (Bonepony and Fred Eaglesmith) I can attest to personally were most excellent.

Held indoors, it’s a smaller, more intimate setting with great sound and an up-close-and-personal relationship between audience and performer. Today, SMH-D officials announced they’re doing it again this year. Here’s the skinny …

THE SHED IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ‘THE SHED SESSIONS’

“The Shed Sessions” is a series of indoor acoustic shows from some of the best singer-songwriters on the Americana scene. The line-up includes Fred Eaglesmith on Jan. 22, Ray Wylie and Lucas Hubbard on Feb. 12 and James McMurtry on March 19. Due to limited space, ticket sales are held to 200 tickets: 100 assured seating tickets, and 100 general admission tickets. An assured seat ticket for all four shows is $75, while a general admission ticket for all four shows is $60. Series tickets for all four shows are on sale this Friday only at http://www.smh-d.com. Individual tickets for all shows will be available January 2, 2011. Individual tickets will $30 for assured seating and $25 for general admission.

Fred Eaglesmith: Eaglesmith is currently promoting his new album “Cha Cha Cha.” Like all great artists, Fred Eaglesmith lets his muse call the tune on his 18th album, and this time out, it’s the big beat of rock ’n roll. “Cha Cha Cha” is like a ’50s Hollywood record that collides with the late ’60s/early ’70s rock ‘n’ roll sound and throws it into the swamp for good measure.

Ray Wylie and Lucas Hubbard: When F. Scott Fitzgerald issued his classic conclusion “There are no second acts in American lives,” he failed to envision the career of legendary Texas troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard. This show will be an extremely rare unplugged event also featuring Lucas Hubbard, Ray’s 16-year-old son. Ray fronts the acoustic duo telling short stories in between songs, while Lucas backs him up on an electric guitar plugged into a single amp. This duo played the inside stage last year and left the crowd yearning for more.

James McMurtry: The Washington Post has noted McMurtry’s live prowess: “Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets.” James McMurtry has played at the Shed multiple times before, but never as a solo acoustic set. These recent years have found James McMurtry’s many skills steadily coalescing into an increasingly substantial, formidable whole: the voice, the tunes, the stories and the musicianship have become elementally interwoven to create the inimitable fabric of a distinct, singular artist who’s determined to get to the heart of the matter, shake things up, and do whatever it takes to make a difference.

For more information, call (865) 977-1669 or visit www.SMH-D.com

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November 23rd, 2010 at 7:33 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:

Joe the Show, “Welcome Goodbye”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Joe the Show, “Home”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Joe the Show online: click here

Sean McCollough and Friends, “Jenny Jenkins”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Sean McCollough online: click here
Buy Sean’s music: click here

Westside Daredevils, “You Are the Universe”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Westside Daredevils on Myspace: click here

The Great Great Pines, “Right at Home”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Great Great Pines online: click here

Homemade Wine, “Her Kiss”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Homemade Wine, “Sweet Adele”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Homemade Wine online: click here
Homemade Wine merchandise: click here

“Sneaky Pete” Rizzo, “Meow Cow”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Read about “Sneaky Pete”: click here

Little Red Lung, “Get on the Boat”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Little Red Lung online: click here

Roger Alan Wade, “Deguello Lullabye”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Roger Alan Wade on Myspace: click here

The Grassabillies, “Flowers on the Mountain”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Grassabillies online: click here

Arrison Kirby, “All of Me All of You”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Arrison Kirby online: click here

Marvels of Peru, “It Doesn’t Matter”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Marvels of Peru, “Too Much Too Fast”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Marvels of Peru on Myspace: Click here

Erick Baker, “Comfort You”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Erick Baker online: Click here
Purchase Erick Baker merchandise: Click here

Kelsey’s Woods, “Santa Fe”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kelsey’s Woods: “Long Road to Heaven”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kelsey’s Woods online: Click here

Y’uns, “Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Y’uns online: click here
Buy the Y’uns CD: click here

Madeline Ava, “Telephone Lines”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Madeline Ava on Myspace: click here
Buy Madeline’s music: click here

Gun*Slinger, “Pick Ur Poison”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Gun*Slinger online: click here

Pistol Creek Catch of the Day, “Bondary” live on the WDVX-FM “Blue Plate Special”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Pistol Creek Catch of the Day on Myspace: click here

Jon Worley and Cornbred Blues Band, “No Sunshine”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Cornbred Blues Band on Myspace: click here

Stephen Goff, “Holler Fabulous”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Stephen Goff on Myspace: click here

The Moonshine Cherrys, “Grey Skies Ohio”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Moonshine Cherrys, “Road Dog”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Moonshine Cherrys, “Luv Truck”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Moonshine Cherrys on Myspace: click here
Buy Moonshine Cherrys music: click here

Waves Like Weapons, “See … This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Waves Like Weapons on Myspace: click here

30 Amp Fuse, “St. Patty’s Day”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
30 Amp Fuse on Myspace: click here

Sarah Pirkle, “I Love That”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Sarah Pirkle online: click here 

Steel String Swingers, “Long Gone”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Steel String Swingers on Myspace (with info on how to buy the band’s CD): click here

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 online: 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 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

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 Hay online: Click here
Buy music from Kata Hay, from her solo work to material with 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”)
Senryu, “Papillon”: 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: Click here

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 music 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”)
Royal Bangs online: Click here
Buy Royal Bangs merchandise: Click here 

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”)
Cutthroat Shamrock: Click here
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 on iTunes: Click here

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”)
The Black Lillies online: Click here
Buy music 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’nah, “Wide Awake”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target 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 “Youth Is in Our Blood,” the band’s new album, and other Dirty Guv’nahs merchandise: Click here

The Dirty Works, “Wife Beater”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy music 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 online: Click here
Buy “Smashed Hits,” by The Drunk Uncles: 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, “Jellico”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target 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”)
The High Score online: Click here

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”)
Jonathan Sexton and The Big Love Choir online: Click here
Buy Jonathan Sexton and The Big Love Choir merchandise: 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, “Dig It Up”: 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!

How I Became the Bomb, “Harvest”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
How I Became the Bomb online: Click here

The Delta Saints, “Momma”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The Delta Saints online: 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

Trent Summar and The New Row Mob, “Horseshoes and Hand Grenades”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Trent Summar and The New Row Mob on iTunes: click here

Snowglobe, “Kanaka Rapids”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Snowglobe, “Happy”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy Snowglobe music: click here

Kimber Cleveland, “Misunderstood”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kimber Cleveland online: click here

Kelly Kerr and The Distractions, “Election: 1800″: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Buy the new CD by Kelly Kerr and The Distractions: 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”)
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“Hardcore Dollar,” by Malcolm Holcombe: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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“Barstool,” by Chris Berardo and The DesBerardos: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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“Something to Believe In,” by Mark Wagner: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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“Evacuate,” by The Boxer Rebellion: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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November 19th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

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Todd Steed endorses UNMIND: A Solution For Modern Living (a post about a new project by one of East Tennessee’s more talented, fascinating artists)

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For most people, one of the new projects posted today to iTunes would, on the surface, appear as just another self-help audio book, the latest addition to the “let-us-help-you-because-you-can’t-do-it-on-your-own-and-we-like-your-money” industry that’s been popular for several years now.

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(Editor’s note: Self-help programs, groups, books, etc., are a wonderful thing. It’s no secret I’m a member of a certain 12-Step recovery group, so I in no way mock or deride the self-help industry. But you gotta admit, it’s getting a little out of hand.)

However, local music scene fans will be pleased to know that it’s the latest project by one Mr. Todd Steed, a local music scene icon and veteran of such bands as Smokin’ Dave and the Premo Dopes, Apelife, Opposable Thumbs and his current project, Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere. It’s a complicated thing to explain, so bear with us.

First, the truth, as Steed wrote me this week:

“After my folks passed away (within a year of each other), I went into a low funk. Listened to a lot of ’self help’ audio books and read several as well — a lot of stuff inspired by Eastern philosophy, which I learned a bit about while being abroad.

“Some of the books were really great, but I couldn’t help but see humor in the whole New Age Eastern thing. And I thought, I should create my own self help book! And make it a lot funnier and perhaps a bit political as I was also in a funk due to the really sorry state of affairs brought about by these wars and bad economic policy. So, I just started writing, having freshly quit my job and having lots of time. And sure enough, all that writing turned into this audio book. It’s really an odd project — as it’s truly not all humor, but I don’t know what it is. There actually may be some good advice hidden in it.

“And, ironically, making this thing helped get me out of the funk I was in.”

God bless you, sir, for channeling your grief into art and having the stones to venture into experimental territory where, too often, musicians fear to tread. And so, Todd Steed and long-time co-conspirator/creative partner/long-time friend Bob Deck give you … “UNMIND: A Solution For Modern Living,” presented by The Unmind Institute For Positive Waves and your host, Manfred Minsk (played by Deck).

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Manfred Minsk. Photo found buried in West Virginia.

Before you read this press release, we would like to RELEASE you from the PRESSure.   The PRESSure of modern life.

Avert your addictive scare from your computer screen for just a moment.  Inhale.  Hold.  Release.  See.  That’s easy.  Just do that until you no longer feel like strangling your editor.  Or your ex-roommate or a random political leader.  Or me.

This recording that is now in your possession is the result several hours of hard work with limited tea breaks.  UNMIND: A Solution For Modern Living was created in a lab off I-79 in wild, wonderful West Virginia, complete with an overnight soaking in sacred goat urine and WD-40.  Then erased and re-recorded in Knoxville, TN.

UNMIND is a new philosophy based on forgotten sects of Zen, the behavior of well-trained circus monkeys, Revelations,  the Ghost of Cas Walker, samples of the sacred liquid of goats, and of nature itself in all it’s wet jungle glory and divine desert dryness.

It is our wish that all beings be happy.  Or, at least, that all beings become less likely to explode.

Through the UNMIND technique, we feel that all humans and and a small percentage of dolphins can reach a higher level of consciousness.  From there, they can go on to a more productive and meaningful life, full of laughter and organic cane juice.  Manfred Minsk, noted unthought specialist, will guide you there.

Manfred Minsk Biography

Often forgotten as being the second Test Tube Baby, Manfred Minsk was ‘born’ in Daugavpils, Latvia on the brink of a forgotten European war. From there, he attended Fresno State for two semesters where his academic focus was difficult to describe. On a trip to Japan to retrieve a lost meditation spoon, he accidentally knocked over a defrocked Zen Monk which turned out to be Roshi Umegashima Sencha the 48th.  He followed RUS48 around for a number of years until RUS48 became severely ‘minded’ and scooted him away.  Manfred founded Unmind Institute For Positive Waves when he couldn’t think of anything else.

EDITOR’S NOTE, AGAIN: Steed sent me a track off of “Unmind,” and I have to say … it’s wonderful. Ever since Deck recorded one of the spoken word (the intro, maybe?) pieces on Steed’s last album, “Eskimo Hair,” I’ve thought his voice would be perfect for an extended spoken-word piece. The track, “The Problems of Life,” is both politically witty (”If you still have your curiosity, and don’t sit around like a sheep waiting for Rush Limbaugh to tell you what to think, you are well ahead of most of the country right now!”), funny as hell (”Problems are everywhere these days; as common as Crocs footwear, and almost as annoying …”) and inspiring in an oddball, heartwarming sort of way. Underneath Deck’s animated reading of the script, Steed layers a little slinky jazz guitar, giving the whole thing a snake oil vibe that’s spot-on.

Seriously. This should be entertaining as all get out. Go purchase, now.

As for celebrating a proper CD release, Steed writes, “We have been incorporating bits of this into the Suns of Phere show. People seem to enjoy it, actually. We may do a reading at a bookstore for the release. But for the Christmas show (the annual “I Hate Christmas Songs” Christmas Eve performance on the WDVX-FM “Blue Plate Special,” broadcast live and open to the public at noon on Dec. 24 from WDVX Studios, 301 S. Gay St. in downtown Knoxville), we’ll create segments to be interspersed.”

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November 18th, 2010 at 7:50 am

Catching up with John T. Baker …

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As part of Friday’s cover story package on the Westside Daredevils in Weekend, I’m writing a side piece on local guitar extraordinaire John T. Baker, the newest member of that band.

Here at Weekend World HQ, we did a lengthy interview with John last year, back when our podcast — “Backstage Pass” — was up and running. (It was a great episode; listen to it here.) These days, he’s busier than ever, continuing his work with the local ambient music scene and well as performing — in addition to his work with the Daredevils — in the bands Econopop and Stolen Sheep.

“I’m not happy unless I have multiple projects going,” he told us.

He filled us in on the status of Econopop, which is essentially a vehicle for his solo material: The band is wrapping up work on a new CD, “Woodgrain” — an apropos title, given the stripped-down nature of the music and its focus on the bare-bones ingredients that make up a good song. He expects it to be out after the first of the year — and then he’ll turn his attention to a grand concept album that he’s already started work on. It stems from a single idea that’s grown into a monstrosity, he said.

“I’ve been writing songs long enough now to know that when a song comes to you, the best thing you can do is get out of its way and let it come out,” Baker said. “This album is about a woman whose drunk and abusive husband comes home drunk one time too many, and she can’t control what she does. She strangles him in his sleep, and then she realizes she’s still not satisfied, so she sets about trying to bring him back to life so she can kill him again.

“And that’s just part of it. I’ve written a bunch of plot points, and it has kind of a narrative to it. It’s about two-thirds done and written, and about halfway recorded. I’m bringing everyone I can think of in on it — George (Middlebrooks, bandleader of Stolen Sheep), Tim Lee, Doug Campbell, Jason Thompson. It may be a collaborative project, I don’t know, but it’s at least six months away from being done. I want to get ‘Woodgrain’ done and finished before I pay attention to it.”

As far as the Daredevils go, the talented Baker has run into some problems taking over for guitarist Gray Comer, who’s moved back behind the drum kit.

“He’s got these tiny fingers, so he’s used to playing stuff way, way up on the neck,” Baker said. “Plus, he plays this Rickenbacker guitar, which has tiny frets anyway and a full two-octave fret board. So he plays these really intricate, filigreed parts way up on the neck that I can’t do because my fingers are too big, and I don’t have the equipment he does. So when it comes to the older stuff, I’m just trying to put my own spin on it.”

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November 17th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas …

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We’re blessed with an abundance of holiday-minded musicians around these parts (my personal favorite holiday song by a local artist — “A Winter’s Tale,” by Mr. R.B. Morris), and this year, two of them are releasing holiday albums.

The first, “Christmas Gift” by Scott Miller, is a 7-song EP of holiday tunes — a couple of originals, a few traditional tunes with Miller’s original arrangements and a couple of covers. It’s both playful and solemn, fun and reverent. He writes, “Why a Christmas record?  Because I like Christmas, that’s why.  Plus, it’s a challenge.  Think of all the iconic songs and performances you are going up against.  I chose these songs and didn’t worry about the order because I figured people are going to hit the ’shuffle’ setting and let the snowflakes fall where they may.” Go here to order it and read more.

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The second, slated for a Dec. 1 release, is “The Christmas Album,” by local “sultry Southern swing” trio Christabel and the Jons. “Packed with enough brass to satisfy Herb Alpert and featuring a great lineup of guest artists, including Andy Bean of the Two Man Gentlemen Band on ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ ‘The Christmas Album’ is our most ambitious and best sounding album to date,” the band writes. Go here to pre-order it, and you can get a download code to get it before it’s released.

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Christabel and the Jons will perform a holiday show (with The Actors Co-op) on Saturday, Dec. 18 at The Square Room in Knoxville; click here to order tickets. Scott Miller and the Commonwealth will rock “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson on New Year’s Eve. Click here to get tickets for that.

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November 13th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Smoky Mountain Brewery in Maryville opening soon … real soon …

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The website for Smoky Mountain Brewery, a subsidiary of the Copper Cellar company, says only that the Maryville location is “opening soon” … but “soon” may be a relative term, judging by some dates listed for local bands.

Blount Today broke the story a month or so ago that the chain is opening up at 743 Watkins Road in Maryville — the site formerly occupied by Uno’s — and last month, the Maryville Beer Board granted the venue its beer permit. Although a call to the number listed on the company website for the Maryville location (run by GM Chris Henderson) went unanswered, dates are floating around for some performances by local bands out there …

We assume that, like other S.M. Brewery locations, there will be no cover charge for these shows.

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November 13th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Addendum to our Tim Lee 3 cover story …

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Regular readers of Weekend know that this past Friday (Nov. 12), we featured local rockers the Tim Lee 3 on our cover. (Be sure and check out the kick-ass photos by Daily Times photographer Jabin Botsford.)

The CD release show for “Raucous Americanus” was last night (Nov. 12) at Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon in Knoxville’s Old City; in addition to performances by the Tim Lee 3 and Angela Faye Martin, it also saw the world premiere of a supremely kick-ass video for a song off the band’s new album — “Get There First.”

Jessie Greene of Knox iVi and “Eleven O’Clock Rock” wrote and directed it, and she co-produced it along with local filmmaker Roman Karpynec, a most excellent behind-the-camera dude who’s familiar to local scene fans for his work with the now-defunct Dixie Dirt. It stars another local musician, Andy Pirkle, as a boozing, brawling roustabout who crashes the band’s “set” at Toot’s Little Honky Tonk in Knoxville. It’s gritty, greasy and totally kick-ass.

“It’s got a pre-story and a post-story, and it’s a mix of some live footage and some location stuff,” Tim Lee told us. “The people who have seen it said it’s really, really cool, and if you familiar with the local music scene, you’ll see some recognizable faces in the crowd.”

Go watch it here.