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Everly Brothers get some love from Faun Fables front woman and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy

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If you’re playing Six Degrees of Knoxville, here’s another way to tie in Drag City Records artists (and indie-rock darlings) Faun Fables and Bonnie “Prince” Billy — other than their previous East Tennessee performances, which we chronicled in previous interviews here and here.

Billy (real name: Will Oldham) and Faun Fables founder Dawn McCarthy have teamed up for a new album for Drag City titled “What the Brothers Sang,” due Feb. 19. Don and Phil Everly — famous for such folk gems as “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up, Little Susie” and “Cathy’s Clown” — lived in Knoxville for a short time in the early 1950s, graduating from West High School.

According to the Drag City PR, “these new versions rethink The Everly Brothers for the audience of listeners today, people who naturally might have no knowledge or experience with those songs … ‘What the Brothers Sang’ is made with deep respect for, is inspired by The Everly Brothers, but it pays tribute by being a record that only Dawn and Bonnie could make, and only in the room with the players that had come to join them. Their duets are a sensuous display of give and take that includes everything that’s resonating in the room, every surface that’s being pressed or rubbed or hit is a part of the action. Their harmonies are in the tradition, but they are their own, not cutting-on-the-dotted-line of Everlys magic.”

No word yet on track listings for the album.

Written by wildsmith

November 19th, 2012 at 10:23 am

Shows I’m excited about. And hope to attend.

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Lots of good stuff coming up on the East Tennessee live music horizon. Thought I would pick some of the shows on the calendars of various venues and show promoters and highlight them. Obviously, this isn’t a complete list; I would suggest you go to the touring website Pollstar for a comprehensive roundup of national and regional acts coming our way.

April 13: David Sedaris at The Tennessee Theatre. Amazing writer of “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Barrel Fever” offers a night of social commentary. Tickets are $36.50, $46.50 and $56.50.

April 17: WUTK fund-raiser at Barley’s Taproom. Here’s more from my buddy Benny Smith, the GM of WUTK-FM
WUTK is having another fund raiser, and I would love to see if you may want to provide it some coverage. Here are the details:

WUTK RadioActive Benefit Concert Series
Fri., April 17 *  9 p.m.  *  Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria
$5 minimum donation at the door
All door proceeds will be divided between WUTK and EarthFest.

Bobby is a UT alum.  I went to school with him here in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This is going to be an amazing show.

April 18: Wilco at The Tennessee Theatre. The show is sold out, but I’m crossing my fingers so hard my knuckles are bleeding in hopes of some press passes! The band’s website reports that Wilco’s new album will be released in June on Nonesuch Records; it’s still untitled, but one song includes accompanying vocals from Feist!

Also April 18: “A Blue Shirt in Paris,” featuring R.B. Morris and Hector Qirko at Candoro Cafe, 4450 Candora Ave. in Knoxville’s Vestal community. Here’s more from R.B. himself: “This special show we’re putting together at Candoro is directly connected to an event I’ll be participating in this summer in Paris (June 30-July 3): an homage and symposium to William Burroughs, to be held at the London Institute at Paris. The four-day symposium will also be the book launch for the anthology ‘Naked Lunch at 50: Anniversay Essays’ to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Burroughs’ controversial and unparalleled novel ‘Naked Lunch,’ first published in Paris in ‘59 and banned in the U.S. until ‘66. I was asked to contribute an essay as well as be a featured performer on the evening of July 2. As a warmup to Paris, we decided to create a cafe-like atmosphere — Candoro Cafe — and a musical performance (myself and my euro minstral compadre Hector Qirko) performing material that will be featured in Paris. There will be food and libations and cafe conversation (whatever that is) and a slide show themed around those beaten but beatific Beat writers, and I’ll probably read the essay, a few poems, talk some more, sing another song. I hope you’ll join us and be a part of this Knoxville-Paris performance.” Tickets are $20; it starts at 7:30 p.m.

April 19: Against Me! at The Cider House, 940 Blackstock Ave. in Knoxville’s Warehouse District (adjacent to The Valarium). I don’t know why this group has flown under my radar until now; I love “New Wave,” the band’s most recent album, and am enamored by “Heart Burns,” frontman Tom Gabel’s solo record, and I had a fantastic conversation with him the other day. What a great show for a new venue; plus it’s only $10.

April 23: Jason Isbell and 400 Unit at Barley’s Taproom. Can you believe it’s only going to be $3 to see the former Drive-By Trucker celebrating the release of a new album? Amazing.

April 25: Scott Miller and the Commonwealth at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. Tickets are $15, or $10 if you ride your bike. And wait until you get a load of the photos we took for Scott on our April 24 Weekend cover. Here’s a hint: It involves toddlers.

May 1: The Felice Brothers at Barley’s Taproom. Yeah, yeah, yeah; Barley’s is getting a ton of plugs. We can’t help it they have good shows. The Felice Bros. are a trip to see live — like five hobos who robbed a bluegrass band and play this rough, raw and heartfelt Americana. Only $5, I think.

May 16: Elvis Perkins in Dearland at The Catalyst. The son of “Psycho” star Anthony Perkins is a great singer-songwriter. His last album, “Ash Wednesday,” was heart-achingly gorgeous. His new self-titled one is still growing on me. Still, this’ll be a great show.

May 26: Bonnie “Prince” Billy at The Bijou Theatre. I’m a late-comer to this guy’s music; all I knew about him before a few years ago was that he took the iconic cover art for the Slint album “Spiderland.” I regret not finding him sooner. Tickets are $16, I think …

And that takes us just through the end of May. It appears like it’s going to be a kick-ass spring and summer concert season around these parts.