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Dirty Guv’nahs launch fundraising drive for new album

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Knoxville’s Dirty Guv’nahs (whom we last interviewed back in August) are headed back to the studio in January to record the follow-up to “Youth Is In Our Blood,” recorded two years ago at Levon Helm’s “Barn” studio in Woodstock, N.Y. They’re seeking fan assistance to fun the project through a Kickstarter campaign, a method through which fans can pre-order physical copies of the album and secure its delivery upon completion.

Over at the Kickstarter website, there’s a really cool video narrated by vocalist James Trimble, featuring concert footage and an introduction to the forthcoming album’s producer, Ross Copperman. A look at the various donor packages includes an interesting Blount County tie —a donation of $125 or more includes, among other things,”The Cabin Sessions EP,” “a limited-edition, acoustic, stripped-down CD … which we will not be selling online, at shows or anywhere else. It will include a handful of ’stripped-down’ versions of songs that we recorded at a cabin in Townsend, TN, and it will also include acoustic versions of old favorites. This is the kind of recording that you’ll listen to late at night and really feel like you were completely connected to our writing process. We are really fired up about this, as it’s a side of the Guv’nahs that no one has ever seen.”

The Guv’nahs will return to The Bijou Theatre for a two-night stand on Feb. 24 and 25; tickets are $21 per show or $38 for both. Click here for more info.

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November 30th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Rocky Branch gets a fine new website courtesy of Walland residents, business owners

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Regular readers of The Daily Times Weekend section know that we’re fans of the Rocky Branch Community Center, the rural club out in Walland that holds bluegrass jam sessions every Friday night. In the past year alone, we’ve documented the life and death of the late Jerry Kincannon, Rocky Branch’s long-time music director; and benefit concerts held there that featured Jack Wilburn and Blue Moon Rising.

Now, one of Blount County’s best-kept secrets is getting some greater exposure, thanks to a Walland-based media company. RockyBranchBluegrass.com was donated to the club by perfectTNmedia, a company specializing in website development and editorial services. The site features news items, profiles of the musicians who play there, videos, photo galleries and more. Plans are also in the works to offer occasional webcasts of the monthly stage performances. The site also includes links to Facebook and Twitter pages as well as a blog by Darryal and Gail Ray, co-owners of perfectTNmedia.

“This website is our gift to Rocky Branch and the community,” Darryal Ray says in a press release. “Gail and I have only been residents of Walland for a short time, but we’ve fallen in love with this place and we wanted to help keep this kind of music alive.”

Rocky Branch Community Center was born out of the closure of Rocky Branch Elementary School in 1996. Residents eager to save the old school from falling into disrepair soon began hosting informal jam sessions by local musicians. The sessions now draw visitors from all over the world, and have been the subject of documentary filmmakers from Sweden, England and most recently, Los Angeles.

“perfectTNmedia appreciates club President Mary Gregory, Vice President Ben Cooper and other club officials for entrusting us with this treasure called Rocky Branch,” said Darryal Ray. “We believe the site will quickly become an invaluable communication tool for club members and the community, and will help spread the word about this wonderful place.”

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November 29th, 2011 at 8:37 am

Joe Bonamassa on the future of the blues

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Blues guitar ace Joe Bonamassa knows what it’s like to be derided by the purists of the genre.

Despite his obvious devotion to the blues and his affinity for everyone from Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton (the guy opened for B.B. King when he was 12 years old, for Pete’s sake), he acknowledged this week in an interview with The Daily Times that his fast-and-loose style, and his affinity to push conventional boundaries, often leads those who define the blues by rigid parameters to dismiss his abilities and contributions.

Which is why, he said, he’s an advocate of throwing the doors open. The blues needs fresh meat, he believes, and those who have their hearts in the right place shouldn’t be denied access.

“What I try to tell people is that whatever’s left of the music business, the blues represents less than 1 percent of the total music sold in the world, so my point is very simple – we can’t afford to be exclusive or some kind of secret society,” Bonamassa said. “We can’t afford to shut out kids who dig Zeppelin more than Howlin’ Wolf. To me, the definition of the blues is that it’s a giant umbrella – everything from Robert Johnson to Led Zeppelin to the Jeff Beck Group to Muddy Waters to Free, and it’s just as much about Paul Rodgers as it is Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang.

“It doesn’t make any sense to spend any energy arguing over it, because if you truly love the music and want to see it survive, we’ve got to be a united community. To me, that is where I see the blues down the line: in the hands of the young generation of players who are going to define it and amalgamate heavy metal or whatever into it while still giving props to B.B. King and Muddy Waters.”

Bonamassa performs Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Civic Auditorium in downtown Knoxville. Look for our full interview with him in the Thursday, Nov. 24, edition of The Daily Times Weekend entertainment section.

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November 22nd, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Posted in Music, Uncategorized

Casting Crowns vocalist on faith and politics

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When the media decides a piece needs a Christian point of view, Casting Crowns vocalist and songwriter Mark Hall often finds himself cringing when he sees who gets picked.

It’s not that Hall feels Christians should shy away from publicly stating their beliefs on political issues; his band, he pointed out, makes no secret of its advocacy for the sanctity of life. But there’s a fine line in speaking the truth and wielding it as a weapon, he told The Daily Times recently.

“I believe that the mainstream media can be pretty strategic in the Christians they pick to talk,” he said. “It’s always that guy, the God guy. I’m generally embarrassed by the people I see on TV talking about these things. If you know our music, you know where we stand on those issues and that our thoughts are passionate and strong and tied to our faith.

“But at the same time, the Bible says it very clearly – if you speak with the tongue of angels and have great wisdom and great things to say but you don’t love the people you’re talking to, it’s just noise. And people have heard that coming from the church for a long time now.”

Casting Crowns performs Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Civic Auditorium in downtown Knoxville. Look for our full interview with Hall in the Thursday, Nov. 24, edition of The Daily Times Weekend entertainment section.

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November 22nd, 2011 at 9:23 pm

FREE MUSIC! The Daily Times .mp3 library

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mp3logoWe’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:

Lil iFFy, “Patron Us”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Lil iFFy online: click here

Smokin’ Dave and the Premo Dopes, “Gimme Keith Richards’ Blood”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
A website for Smokin’ Dave: click here

The Jaystorm Project, “Reddy 2 Ride”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Jaystorm online: click here

Karen E. Reynolds, “What Kind of Everything”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Karen E. Reynolds online: click here

Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle, “I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Jeff and Sarah online: click here

Jeff Jopling Band, “Money”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Jeff Jopling Band on Reverb Nation: click here

Barstool Romeos, “On Hooch”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Barstool Romeos, “Cheap Bourbon Whiskey”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Barstool Romeos online: click here

Jill Andrews, “Sound of the Bells”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Jill Andrews online: click here

Josh Oliver, “Red Rocking Chair”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
John Oliver on Reverb Nation: click here

Boogertown Gap, “Sugar Babe”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Boogertown Gap online: click here

Finkelsteen, “Eagle Eye”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Finkelsteen online: click here

Jack Rentfro and the Apocalypso Quartet, “Things That Ain’t Funny”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Jack Rentfro and the Apocalypso Quartet on Reverb Nation: click here

Lead Knuckle, “Rainbow Tree”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Lead Knuckle on Myspace: click here

Walking in Tradition, “True Life Blues”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Walking in Tradition on Facebook: click here

Taylor Brown and Co., “Danced With the Devil”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Taylor Brown and Co. online: click here

Eric Spurgeon, “It’s Been So Long”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Eric Spurgeon online: click here

Archaic Smile, “Maple Street”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Archaic Smile on Reverb Nation: click here

Matt Woods, “Port St. Lucie”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Matt Woods online: click here

Brimstone Treehouse, “Ralph”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Brimstone Treehouse online: click here

Kvillains, “Karns Is the New California”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kvillains online: click here

Ramajay Intercoastal, “Magic Cruise”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Ramajay Intercoastal online: click here

Valley Young, “Girl in Caroline”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Valley Young online: click here

Chapman Suther, “A Crack in the Mirror”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Chapman Suther 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

Vacationist League, “InSpiral Vision”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Vacationist League online: click here

Quartjar, “Arab Moon”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Quartjar on Reverb Nation: click here

Freequency, “Back to Me”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Freequency online: click here

Fenrir, “Shot in the Dark”/”Six Bullet Salute” (live): right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Fenrir on Reverb Nation: click here

Kudzu, “Bad Side of Me”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kudzu on Reverb Nation: click here

Llama Train, “Delay”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Llama Train on Myspace: click here

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

Travis Singleton, “Breathe”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Travis Singleton online: click here

The New Vernacular, “Soup Kitchen”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The New Vernacular, “Welcome to the Line”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
The New Vernacular on Facebook: click here

Cole Russell, “Wants and Needs”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Cole Russell on Facebook: click here

Stolen Sheep, “Moving Slowly”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Stolen Sheep online: click here

Shortwave Society, “Everafter”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Shortwave Society 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”)
“Sneaky Pete” online: click here

Roger Alan Wade, “Deguello Lullabye”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Roger Alan Wade on Facebook: 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 Bandcamp: 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 online: 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, “Elvis Is Hauntin’ My Bathroom”: 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 online: 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 Reverb Nation: 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 on Myspace: click here

Kirk Fleta, “Vision of a Woman”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Kirk Fleta online: 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, “Who Wet My Mogwai?”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
On My Honor on Facebook: 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, “Joyful, Joyful”: 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 online: 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 Bandcamp: 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

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

Skytown Riot, “I’ll Go Myself”: 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 Facebook: Click here

Greg Horne, “I Liked You Better”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Greg Horne online: 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”)
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Robinella, “Can I Go Too”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
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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”)
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Homer Hart, “Whiskey and Your Memory”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
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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”)
Skyfall online: Click here

Senryu, “Halfwild Boys”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
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”)
Senryu, “Hometown Bounce”: right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Help yourself to most 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”:
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The Bearded, “House Sparrow”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
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Bellfield, “Crooked Mile”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
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Ian Thomas, “Little Children”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
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The American Plague, “Black Love”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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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

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
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1220, “The Motor Mile”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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Kevin Abernathy Band, “All Her Tears”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Kevin Abernathy Band, “Scrap Metal Blues”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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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”)
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The Black Lillies, “Midnight”: Right click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
The Black Lillies, “Two Hearts Down”: right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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Cold Hands, “Taking a Ride”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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Diacon-Panthers, “Curses”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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The Dirty Gunnz, “Shake Your Sugar”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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The Dirty Guv’nahs, “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”:
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The Dirty Guv’nahs, “Brown Little Bird”: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
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The Dirty Works, “Wife Beater”: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
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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”)
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November 14th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

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Maryville College professor releases second solo guitar CD

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A press release from the fine folks at Maryville College

Dr. Sheri Matascik, associate professor of music at Maryville College, released her second solo guitar CD on Oct. 31.

The album, titled “Spirit Wood,” features a “classical/pop fusion” style of music, Matascik said.

“These pieces evoke the many and varied forms of worship and meditation,” Matascik said. “The pieces range from fast, upbeat and lighthearted tunes to slow, contemplative reflections on life, love, nature and world peace.”

The title, “Spirit Wood,” comes from the fact that guitars are made of select hardwood – usually from large, very old trees, she said.

“Once that wood is crafted into a guitar by the skillful hands of a luthier, it sort of becomes alive again: the wood resonates as it is excited through the strings by the player of the instrument,” Matascik said. “One can feel this resonance while playing, since the guitar sits against the person’s body while being played. This represents the ‘Spirit of the Wood’ itself, as well as the intentions of the player.”

The CD is available for purchase on Matascik’s website, and digital downloads are available on iTunes and Amazon. The CD itself has been packaged in environmentally friendly packaging. Called an eco-wallet, the product contains no plastic, and the paper products used in production of the cover are recycled.

In October 2009, Matascik released her first solo guitar CD, “At the End of the Day,” a collection of guitar compositions that celebrate classical, contemporary folk, Appalachian, jazz and Celtic styles. Matascik, who joined the Maryville College faculty in 1995, has a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar performance and a master’s degree in music theory and composition from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. She holds a doctorate in music theory and composition from Kent State.

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November 14th, 2011 at 7:51 am

The bizarre, beautiful and bold ‘Refrigerator’ coming to Knoxville

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teenaNo Face Performance Group Co-Artistic Director Mark McCloughan as Teena Geist

… and no, we ain’t talking about former Chicago Bear William Perry.

We’re talking about “The Beautiful Refrigerator Is Empty,” a piece of performance art courtesy of the Philadelphia-based collective No Face Performance Group. According to Jaime Maseda, one of the company’s co-artistic directors, it’s a “demonic drag cabaret” that has to be seen to truly be appreciated. Check out the video on the group’s website here.

“(Co-Artistic Director) Mark McCloughan performs a 14-year-old character named Teena Geist, and it’s done in masks and with a voice manipulator,” Maseda told The Daily Times this week. “What’s unique about the structure is that another artistic director is doing live design and light manipulation, and a musician is playing music through a synthesizer, so the two of them are controlling the design elements, supporting or going against the monologue.

“It’s highly improvised within the structure, and they’re following each other, but they’ve developed this groove and atmosphere, and the thrill of watching is how they follow each other and how far they go.”

The basic story, he added, follows Teena’s giddy excitement as she prepares to attend prom with Todd, the boyfriend of her best friend, Jessica. Only it’s revealed that Jessica has gone question, and the performance slowly ratchets up the tension, Maseda said.

“The most common reaction is that people are super creeped-out but also laughing, not knowing which one they really feel,” he said. “People are usually sort of dazed, or even a little disturbed but with a smile afterward, too. It’s definitely interesting to see how alienated people feel, but usually they feel pretty drawn in. It’s a pretty weird, crazy experience to sit through it.

“So much of it is really about the depths 14-year-olds go to with all the pressures of high school life. Everybody at that age has this fantasy life going on in their heads, and people definitely respond to that.”

No Face began in 2007 when its four founders were in college and met through theater. After deciding to do their own production, they realized they wanted to push boundaries and come up with something beyond the parameters of traditional stage theater, Maseda said.

“We sort of devised spontaneously throughout the rehearsal process rather than writing the play first or taking someone’s script,” he said. “We were all interested in performing and acting and smashing together different sorts of actor training, some that involved musical training or physical training, so part of it was developing a rehearsal regimen where we train all sorts of different artistic muscles — the primary one being working as an ensemble and creating as an ensemble.

“We compiled texts and visual research and just all sorts of things that were catching our eyes to sort of put them all together and create one big thing we could call our own from all these different genres. Part of it comes from different interests we have as individuals, and of course we wanted to find structures of narrative of performance that are new and are fresh that we can really call our own. We try and push boundaries but have each piece be a total monster.”

It sounds as if they’ve succeeded with “The Beautiful Refrigerator.” No Face performs it at 9:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at The Birdhouse, part of the Neighborhood Center at 800 N. Fourth Ave. in Knoxville’s historic Fourth and Gill neighborhood. Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

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November 8th, 2011 at 9:14 am

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Laurel Wright: Next stop, The Ryman!

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Just call her the little country singer who could.

After telling you about Laurel Wright and her performance last Thursday at Cotton Eyed Joe in West Knoxville as the state winner of the Texaco Country Showdown competition, we’re proud to announce that after Thursday’s performance, she walked away with the Northeast Regional Title, as well as an all-expense paid trip to the National Final of the 30th annual event, scheduled for Jan. 26, 2012, at the fabled Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Here’s more information from the official the press release: Cotton Eyed Joe hosted the event and showcased seven other acts, which had won their local and state competitions. They were: Abby, Emily & Claypool Block (Indiana-WIFE- Connersville), Emily Kinner (Kentucky-WTCR- Huntington), Kelly Parker Band (New England-WQCB- Brewer), Bekah Bradley (Ohio-WZOM- Defiance), Bria Kelley (West Virginia-WKDE- Altavista), Matt Keiter (Pennsylvania- WJUN-Mexico), and T.J. Murphy (New York-WUUF-Newark).

“Before advancing to the state level, Laurel Wright won her local competition representing WIVK in Knoxville. Laurel Wright started singing at age 4 in and around east Tennessee. At age 10 she started playing the guitar and wrote her first song. This 16-year-old singer/songwriter received the highest judges’ scores at the Northeast Regional Final. Laurel Wright performed two original songs, ‘Can’t You See’ and ‘Everything.’

As one of the five Regional Winners from across the country Laurel Wright will compete for $100,000 and the coveted National Title, “Best New Act in Country Music” at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium on January 26, 2012.”

Already, Laurel is in good company — past local, state and regional winners include Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and Billy Ray Cyrus.

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November 8th, 2011 at 8:34 am

Laurel Wright headed to Texaco Country Showdown regionals on Thursday

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After winning the Knoxville competition and mopping up at the state level, local teen country singer Laurel Wright is set to compete in the regionals of the Texaco Country Showdown on Thursday night at Cotton Eyed Joe (11220 Outlet Drive in West Knoxville). A win will send her on to the finals, which will be held at the mother church of country music, the hallowed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

“That would be awesome!” Wright told The Daily Times this week (between breaks from her homeschooling in rural Blount County, where she lives with her wonderful parents, Ronnie and Lori, and her sister, Lindy. “That’s always been my dream, to play at the Ryman.”

The win would also give Wright, last seen on the local stage at the Foothills Fall Festival, a chance to go for some national spotlight. The showdown is billed as “the largest country music talent search in America … designed to find the most promising country music talent and give these performers a chance to launch their professional music careers.”

The grand prize also includes $100,000, which would go a long way toward jump-starting Wright’s career (which has gotten quite a boost from local country radio giant WIVK-FM). She’s working on her debut album with local Mojo Recording Studios owner Lewell Molen out at his headquarters in Greenback, and Molen will back up Wright at the Showdown. They’ll have seven minutes to impress the judges, and Wright plans to give her all to two of her originals, “Can’t You See” and “Everything.”

“It’s just been a great experience, and I’m not nervous — but I probably will be whenever I get up to go on stage,” she said. “Lewell said that if you don’t get at least a little nervous before you sing for people, you should probably stop doing it, because you’re not having fun.”

Everything gets started at 6 p.m. Thursday night (Nov. 3) at the Joe; admission is only $5, and Wright hopes to see as many familiar faces cheering her on as possible.

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November 2nd, 2011 at 2:39 pm