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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:

Laurel Wright, “Think”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Laurel Wright on Facebook: Click here

Christabel and the Jons, “Best Kind of Friend”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Christabel and the Jons online: Click here

Plainclothes Tracy, “Fort Knox Graffiti”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Plainclothes Tracy on Myspace: Click here

Katie and the Bass Drums, “Vegas Dreams”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Katie and the Bass Drums on Bandcamp: Click here

Blue Moon Rising, “Time To Be Movin’ On”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Blue Moon Rising online: Click here

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, “Thunda”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Skytown Riot online: 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”)
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

Written by wildsmith

December 20th, 2010 at 8:05 am

Posted in Music

Laurel Wright, John Titlow play for a good cause

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How much do we love Laurel Wright, that young Blount County songbird who should be the next Taylor Swift if we had anything to do with it?

A lot. A whooooole lot.

We profiled her back in July, when she was kicking off the “WIVK Live” concert at the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus. We videotaped her debuting a new song, “Superman” (about her daddy) at the Foothills Fall Festival. (You can watch that here.) Like we told you back then, ”Her subject matter may sound quaint, but for a girl raised in the rural bliss of the Blount County foothills, they show a good deal of promise. She has a knack for translating images and emotions into well-turned phrases, and that voice … it tends to drop jaws and widen eyes whenever she sings in public.”

We stand by our statement, and with local country radio station WIVK-FM in her corner, we’re feeling pretty confident on her chances of going big places and doing big things. She’s a solid songwriter, an amazing singer and most importantly she’s well-grounded — thanks, in large part, to parents Lori and Ronnie.

Which is why you should probably make plans to see her perform on Saturday, Dec. 18, at Foothills Mall in Maryville, when Wright and the John Titlow Band will perform from noon to 3 p.m. on the center stage. It’s a free concert, but donations will be accepted for needy families in the area.

(And while we’re at it … let us take a moment to sing the praises of Titlow and his bandmates. Titlow’s another Blount County songwriter who calls this area home, and one of the first songs he wrote was for his father, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. military, called “Freedom Don’t Come Free.” In addition to the tried-and-true themes that appeal to the heart of any country music fan, there’s also a handful of local shout-outs to make the hometown crowd proud — “Girl from Morganton Road” is a wistful, soulful song about first love coming of age. Combined with a work ethic that borders on the maniacal, the John Titlow Band has earned quite the local reputation as a solid country outfit with homespun appeal. Whether it’s a birthday party or a charity gig, Titlow and his bandmates just want to play.)

WIVK, incidentally, has Wright’s Christmas song — “Think” — in steady rotation this holiday season. And because she loves us, she’s offered it up to readers as a free download.

FREE MUSIC! Download “Think,” by Laurel Wright: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)

Written by wildsmith

December 16th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Posted in Music, Uncategorized

The Drunk Uncles to send off 2010 in style, look ahead to productive 2011

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w-drunkunclesPhoto courtesy of William Foster

The Drunk Uncles may not be any more sober than fans have come to expect, but like all experienced drinkers, they might be getting a little more philosophical while in their cups.

(NOTE: This is a metaphor. The Drunk Uncles are not, in fact, a bunch of drunks.)

As the slimmed-down old-school country outfit prepares for its final show of the year at Southbound Bar and Grill, 106 S. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City, next Thursday, Dec. 23, the guys — guitarists/songwriters Jeff Barbra and Mike McGill, bassist Aram Takvoryan, fiddler/songwriter Gordy Gilbertson and drummer Eric Keeble — are rethinking how they go about music and looking ahead to a new album in 2011.

“We had a practice the other day in my living room, out of necessity, so we said, ‘Let’s not set up a full drum kit, let’s not break out the electric guitars — let’s jam on some new songs,’” Barbra told The Daily Times this week. “We worked on some originals from Mike and from me, and we sat down and got more done and had more fun than we’ve had in a year. We put down six new original songs and got a list of 19 songs to pick from for the new record.

“We started digging the sound of Mike and I taking leads on the flat-top, swapping back and forth. It leaves more room for vocals to breathe and be out front. When you’re playing electric, by the end of the night everybody’s on 11, and you have to scream the vocals to get them out there.”

In fact, Barbra said, the band is seriously considering doing more low-key shows in that vein — acoustic guitars, Keeble using brushes and a snare, adding some different elements — like his and McGill’s lifelong love of bluegrass — to change up the sound and get out of that rowdy bar band niche that the boys have done so well for several years now.

“It’s nice to do something different, and we’ve all loved bluegrass and played it since we were kids,” Barbra said. “That doesn’t mean we’re not gonna do the country thing — we still love that, and we’re still going to plug in and play the hardcore stuff. But I think we can make that jive with doing some more acoustic stuff and some more bluegrass stuff. It’s not going to turn into this jammy, hippie-sounding thing. We’re not going to turn into Phish — although I wish I had their money.”

Some of the change has to do with the loss of pedal steel from the band’s sound — former member Brock Henderson left the group to focus more on his own band, The Brockefellers, and while the guys dabbled with fill-in steel players (as well as local harp maestro Michael Crawley on harmonica for a few shows), finding a permanent replacement has been rough, Barbra said.

“Everybody’s busy — if you play pedal steel in this area, you’ll never go without work,” he said.

Satisfied with their sound, the guys are also more at peace with the business side of things. After releasing “Smashed Hits” in 2009 — a phenomenal concept record that featured a number of covers and a handful of originals built around a band playing in a bar — the time seemed right for the Uncles to go places. And they did, for a while — playing some out of town dates, capitalizing on the momentum of the CD and earning ink for shows like the Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival held earlier this year, when during their show at The Bijou Theatre, they threw cans of beer to thirsty audience members after the venue’s bar shut down before the Uncles had finished playing.

“We’re all kind of on the same page these days,” Barbra said. “We sat down and just jammed, and it was like, ‘Alright, let’s not over-think things. Let’s not think about any business crap, let’s just sit down and jam on some songs.’ And when we did it was like, ‘Oh hell — that’s why we’re together.’ We figured out we all like the same music, and we’re all going for the same thing.”

In January, the guys hope to get back into the studio with local wizard (and Moonshine Cherrys drummer) Scott Rader at Music Row Studios in Maryville, the same guy who recorded “Smashed Hits” as well as “Walking Tall Through High Weeds,” the solo album released earlier this year by Barbra’s wife, Sarah Pirkle.

“We love working with him, and this time I’d say it’ll be a more traditional record,” Barbra said. “We’re rolling right now with eight to nine original songs, and we may have four covers and a few hidden tracks.”

IF YOU GO

The Drunk Uncles

  • PERFORMING WITH: Van Eaton, Andy Pirkle
  • WHEN: 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23
  • WHERE: Southbound Bar and Grill, 106 S. Central St., Knoxville’s Old City
  • HOW MUCH: $7
  • CALL: (865) 474-1038
  • ONLINE: http://www.thedrunkuncles.com

And the winner is … The Boxer Rebellion?!?

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We’re obviously proud of — and quite fond of the music of — The Boxer Rebellion. Singer Nathan Nicholson is a graduate of Maryville High School who moved to London 10 years ago, fell in with an Australian guitarist and two Brits and has gone on to some respectable acclaim around the world. A recent U.S. tour (that brought the boys to the Clayton Center for the Arts on the Maryville College campus) was sponsored by Filter Magazine, and the band’s new album — “The Cold Still,” coming out early next year — was produced by acclaimed studio wizard Ethan Johns. Now the band is in the running for an Academy Award.

Seriously.

Check out the list of 41 potential winners here at Deadline Hollywood; the song by The Boxer Rebellion is “If You Run,” from the Drew Barrymore/Justin Long film “Going the Distance,” in which the band played a small on-screen role as well. The songs get whittled down to the core nominations on Jan. 6; those nominations will be announced on Jan. 25.

In the meantime, Nicholson and his lovely wife, Helen, are home for the holidays and — if Santa loves me — he has a sneak preview of “The Cold Still” for yours truly. Standby for what I’m sure will be a glowing review, given the songs I’ve already heard and the mind-blowing presentation of them at the Clayton Center.

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December 16th, 2010 at 8:07 am

The 2011 “Shed” concert season is shaping up

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Some big names are coming to Blount County when the 2011 concert sesaon kicks off in April at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville), and that doesn’t even count “The Shed Sessions” winter series (James McMurtry, Fred Eaglesmith, Ray Wylie Hubbard) that we told you about a few weeks ago.

Over on the website for “The Shed,” venue organizers have shared some of the confirmed dates for the forthcoming concert season. They include:

  • April 3: Unknown Hinson
  • April 9: Big Gun (AC/DC tribute)
  • April 23: John Anderson (of “Swingin’” fame)
  • April 30: Todd Snider
  • May 27: Mustang Sally
  • April 28: Marty Stuart
  • June 11: Goose Creek Symphony
  • July 1: Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • July 2: The Outlaws
  • July 30: Blackberry Smoke
  • Aug. 20: Bo Bice
  • Sept. 3: Kentucky Headhunters

Individual ticket sales are still a ways off, obviously, but here’s a bargain for ya — you can go ahead and purchase a “‘Shed’ Series” pass for $175 that will get one person into all shows this season. Only 200 are available, and they’re on sale now — so be thinking about Christmas for the live music fan in your family. Given that the bigger names are usually $15, that pass is a bargain.

But even if you don’t want to go that route, here’s the beautiful thing about “The Shed” — when it comes to ticket prices, what you see is what you get. If it says $15, that’s the exact charge — no fees, no service charges, nada. You pay the amount the concert lists for. Ain’t that a refreshing thing?

Call the dealership at (865) 977-1669 for more information, or visit the website.

Catching up with: T. West and Wooloughby

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Back in May 2008, we talked to Theresa West about her roots-rock project with bass player Wooloughby McGregor, aptly titled the T. West Band. With West’s raspy, Janis Joplin-like growl, it was a fine addition to the local scene, and the band generated a modest amount of buzz performing around town and on shows like “Live At Five at Four.”

Then, West dropped off the radar. The band’s name stopped appearing on local venue calendars. Until a couple of months ago, that is, when West sent out word that she and Wooloughby would be getting back to work, playing out and about as T. West and Wooloughby. I dropped her a line inquiring about her disappearance, which can be attributed to family duties that no one wants to have to tend to.

“I spent most of last year taking care of my mother who died of cancer in July, which made it impossible to perform with the band,” she wrote. “Then, our lead guitar player died a couple months ago of cancer, so the band just decided to take a pause. I was anxious to start performing again since I’d spent the last year writing some new material.

“Me and Wooloughby have played together for years and done many, many duo shows (even a New Year’s Eve show at Oodles Uncorked on Market Square), and we decided with so much that had happened in the last year it would be so nice just to play and not have to deal with anything and just enjoy the experience again … something we’ve always been able to do on stage together … so we decided to go it alone and have the kind of fun we’ve missed for some time — and with a whole new sound, I might add.”

Wooloughby, she continued, is taking a more active role in shaping the music, and the live shows incorporate her original songs with material from his own solo CD, “Better Hemispheres.”

“He’s got me doing so much more fingerstyle playing than I’ve ever done with a full band, and the new cd (“Elements,” release date to be determined) will reflect that, as well as so much of how we’ve grown as musicians,” she said. “It’s really exciting, and we’re looking forward to sharing it with everyone.”

Check out the new duo’s Myspace site, where you can hear some of the new music … then make plans to head down to Bistro at The Bijou, 807 S. Gay St. in downtown Knoxville, where T. West and Wooloughby will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Admission is free. For background, here’s that interview we first did with her back in 2008 …

T. West Band brings love of songs, playing to ‘The Shed’

Daily Times, The (Maryville, TN) – Friday, May 23, 2008
Author: Steve Wildsmith ; of The Daily Times Staff

It was pop singer Cyndi Lauper, of all people, who changed the way Theresa West thought about songwriting.

A guitar player since she was 16, she had quit playing for 10 years before picking it back up again. And when she started writing again, she remembered some sage advice from an interview Lauper had done.

“I thought it was really interesting that she said, ‘When you get to the top, one thing you really hope to accomplish is that you have something to say when you get there,’” West told The Daily Times this week. “That’s when I thought, I shouldn’t be writing crap. I should be writing stuff that I really want to say. And so I took a right turn there and changed direction.

“I thought that if it’s going to be in the public, it should be worth saying, and I still stick to that. I don’t know if I’m at the top or I ever will be, and I don’t care. I’m having fun doing it, and I’m saying something that means something to me.”

She’s doing it these days as part of the T. West Band — a group effort, she emphasizes, that includes her long-time musical partner Wooloughby on bass, Ace Charles on saxophone and Andy Wood on drums. The group has been performing around East Tennessee for a couple of years now, but West’s roots in music run deeper.

She grew up in Dayton, Ohio, moving to East Tennessee when she was 16 with her step-father, who raised her. She comes from a musical family, she said, and both of her brothers were huge influences on her — one in inspiring her to pick up the guitar and another in urging her to get out and perform.

After attending Bulls Gap High and East Tennessee State University, she gradually became more and more interested in performing. But a 10-year break to start a family put those things on hold; after 10 years had passed, however, she was itching to return to music and the stage more than ever.

At first, she made forays in the Johnson City scene because she lived between Morristown and Greeneville, and about four years ago, she started migrating into the Knoxville scene. Gigs at Downtown Grill and Brewery, New Knoxville Brewery and other venues introduced her to other musicians in the local scene. She had been writing songs since she was a teen — out of necessity, back then.

“The first song I ever learned was ‘House of the Rising Sun,’ and after that, I was pretty much on my own,” she said. “Back then, we didn’t have the Internet, so there weren’t a lot of means for learning really good music unless you went out and bought a songbook, which could be expensive. So I started creating my own songs. I’m an artist as well, so it sort of comes naturally.”

In the Knoxville scene, West decided she wanted a bigger band, as well as a more dedicated one. The lineup she wound up with is a tight one — a group that takes the sounds flowing from West’s voice and guitar, the meaning-laden lyrics streaming from her pen, and turns them into rootsy, Americana-sounding gold. It’s hard to come up with a point of reference to describe the outfit — a hodge-podge of near-misses comes to mind, everything from a cross between Van Morrison and Big Brother and the Holding Company to The Eagles with Sheryl Crow on lead after chain-smoking a couple of cartons of Winstons — but nothing quite captures the big picture.

And that’s a good thing, because the T. West Band is its own entity — the smoky hum of West’s voice vibrating like a freshly-fueled engine against the sleek backdrop of a tightly tuned instrumental section.

“In my life and career, everything I’m doing with the music has to be fun, but I’m also looking for serious people dedicated to the music and understood what it means to make it fun,” she said.

Her first partner-in-crime was Wooloughby, a jovial guy who plays a seven-string bass the size of a battle axe and holds down the low-end of the T. West Band along with Wood. His bedrock rhythm is essential, West said, as are all the contributions of her band members.

“We’re all just very close,” she said. “I’ve known all of these people for years and years, and we’ve played together in small circles and family-type atmospheres. These guys love it as much as I do.

“Music is just something I grew up with. It’s in my body, my soul, my mind, and that’s not something that’s ever going to change. My husband and my kids understand that and know it — ‘Oh, mom’s doing this,’ or, ‘Theresa’s dragging me to another concert.’ I just can’t help it — it’s who I am, because music is a part of me.”

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December 9th, 2010 at 10:15 am

Skytown Riot gears up for big changes

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Almost a year after changing names and directions, the members of Skytown Riot are finally satisfied with the progress they’re making.

That’s saying a lot — after all, these guys aren’t easy to please. After scrapping their old project — Bellfield — the same members reformed earlier this year under a new moniker and started working on harder material. A planned EP, however, didn’t meet their exacting quality control standards, so they went back to the drawing board.

Now, guitarist Rob Morrow told The Daily Times this week, it feels like Skytown Riot is ready to take the next step.

“Initially, there was a lot of changes that we underwent,” he said. “Stylistically, we were approaching the writing process entirely differently, and we ended up writing a whole new body of material. But we weren’t too concerned with starting over, because we weren’t happy with the sound or the direction of the material that we had as Bellfield. And it’s been worth it. Within a year as Skytown Riot, we’ve played three shows that have been bigger than any of our shows as Bellfield.”

They look to add to that streak on Friday, when Skytown Riot opens up for metal outfit Finger Eleven at The Valarium in Knoxville. It’s the latest stop on a growing quest to spread the word about the band’s new material, Morrow said — and to continue to win over fans of the old project as well as add new ones.

The band that started out as Bellfield began when Morrow and bandmate Van Gallik lived near one another as kids, along with a mutual friend who died in an auto accident after high school. At his funeral, Gallik and Morrow re-connected and got together to jam. The chemistry was immediate, and Bellfield was born. Taking a love of bands like O.A.R., the Dave Matthews Band and Will Hoge, as well as a penchant for jazz picked up during his days as a trumpet player in high school, Gallik decided to learn everything he could from Morrow, who was already experienced at writing songs and poetry.

In the beginning, the band’s sound was all over the board; a little more than two years ago, however, drummer Jimi Touché was brought on board, and Morrow and Gallik were ready to start playing out and about more. They trimmed the lineup even further — finally deciding on the classic four-piece, and in the fall of 2009, the rented The Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville and recorded a live album.

It should have been a time of exuberance, but something felt flat. Ultimately, Morrow said, none of the members felt any sort of allegiance to the material — and that led to some a rocky place where they could just as easily have lost allegiance to one another.

But they regrouped, recording a four-song EP — “Highway Nightmare” — that felt like a disappointing first effort as Skytown Riot, Morrow said.

“When we finished it, it felt like, sonically, it wasn’t what we needed it to be for the direction and style we were headed,” Morrow said. “We released it, but we haven’t really pushed it at all.”

Over the past several months, the guys threw their hats in the ring for a battle of the bands competition at the West Knoxville dance club Cotton Eyed Joe, sponsored by local hard rock radio station WNFZ-FM, 94.3 The X. Out of 12 bands competing for studio time with fabled local producer Travis Wyrick, Skytown Riot took home the brass ring.

“We did some tracks with Travis that are much more representative of what we’re going for, and we’ve gotten a lot more play on 94.3,” Morrow said. “We’ve recorded a few more songs at (local studio) The Sound Lair, and we’ve been playing a lot of shows at The Valarium.”

Some of those shows have been particularly high profile — opening for such bands as Halestorm, Filter, 10 Years and Smashing Pumpkins. The guys are currently working with Chris Harris, the former tour manager and film editor for local-boys-gone-major-label 10 Years, who’s shooting a video for one of the songs the band recorded with Wyrick. The band plans to coordinate the filming/premiere with the release of a self-titled EP at the beginning of the year, and Skytown Riot will hopefully hit the road to expand its fanbase outside of East Tennessee, he added.

“The new EP is much more direct and concise, and ultimately a much more successful and marketable work,” he said. “We’re committed to writing material that’s a little edgier, heavier and more purposeful lyrically. For us, it’s just kind of one of those things – if we’re going to change it, we’re gonna go all the way with it.”

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Medford’s Black Record Collection calls it quits

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That didn’t last long.

Earlier this year, we wrote about how local Americana act Medford’s Black Record Collection was renewing its efforts to stake out a claim in the local music scene; after a promising start (including a cover story by us in 2008), the band had dropped off the radar before coming back out swinging.

Now comes word that the two guys — Matt Foster and Michael Davis — are calling it quits. This was in my e-mail this morning: 

PRESS RELEASE:
After 5 years on the Knoxville music scene, Americana band Medford’s Black Record Collection will play its final show at Barley’s Taproom in Knoxville on Sat., January 8th at 9pm. Opening the show will be friends and collaborators Roman Reese and Sam Lewis, and the band will be joined by many other guests.
Co-founding member Matt Foster will be re-locating to Austin, TX, while Michael Davis will remain in Knoxville and continue various other musical endeavors including a new project, Michael Davis and the Wandering Plows. The band has also included bassist Forrest Simpson in the past year. Past members include bassist Clint Mullican and drummer Dave Whitaker.
Medford’s independently released 2 albums, 2005’s “The Flattville Murder Album,” and 2008’s “Eccentricity NOS.” The band played throughout the Southeast, and are veterans of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, The Knoxville Brewers’ Jam, and won the 2007 Preservation Pub Singer Songwriter Contest.
The Band will have several appearances before the farewell show, including i105.3’s Homegrown on Dec 15th at the Disc Exchange at 7pm, and WDVX’s Blue Plate Special on Fri., Jan 7th from the Square Room at noon.

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December 1st, 2010 at 5:50 am