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North Mississippi Allstars to open ‘Shed’ season


We’ve been on the ball with keeping you abreast of the forthcoming spring/summer/fall concert season at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, but here’s something extremely cool — the North Mississippi Allstars have replaced Unknown Hinson as the season opener.

“Due to unforeseeable circumstances Unknown Hinson is not able to open our Shed Season as he has in the past,” according to Aaron Snukals, marketing and special events director at “The Shed.” “He will return to the Shed to host our Halloween show October 29, 2011.”

The Allstars will open the season on Saturday, April 2. Tickets for all April and May shows go on sale March 1. Here’s that lineup:

  • April 2 – North Mississippi Allstars
  • April 9 – Big Gun
  • April 15 – Al Nelson’s Tribute to Roy Orbison and Rock & Soul Review
  • April 16 – Hayes Carll
  • April 23 – John Anderson
  • April 30 – Todd Snider
  • May 7 – The Nighthawks
  • May 14 – Devon Allman’s Honeytribe
  • May 21 – Scott Miller & The Commonwealth
  • May 27 – Mustang Sally
  • May 28 – Marty Stuart

The North Mississippi Allstars recently released “Keys to the Kingdom,” their first album since the death of Jim Dickinson, the father of NMAS members Cody and Luther Dickinson.

i105 Listener Appreciation concert set

WFIV-FM, i105, has announced that a free listener appreciation concert featuring up-and-coming British band Scars on 45 will take place on March 11 at Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St. in Knoxville.

Travis Singleton in the awards running

It was just last month that we wrote about singer-songwriter Travis Singleton prior to his gig at Maryville’s Vienna Coffeehouse, and now comes word of his continuing success:

He writes on Facebook: “After advancing from Round 1 in the 2011 Peoples Music Awards (over 2000 entrants), Travis Singleton’s song ‘Breathe’ made into Round 2 with nine other artists/bands in the Pop category. That round was voted on by a panel of music industry executives, and their votes and critiques have been tallied: ‘Breathe’ is now a FINALIST in the 2011 Peoples Music Awards Pop category! Beginning March 1st and lasting for 5 weeks, the online vote will be reopened, and listeners from around the world will be able to make their choice from the final 5 artists in the Pop category. The top TWO artists at the end of the five weeks will then perform at the Peoples Music Awards ceremony in London  England this June.”

The organization behind the awards is based in London and showcases up-and-coming artists/bands from around both Europe and North America. To vote for Singleton, go here: http://peoplesmusicawards.com/travissingleton/

WUTK nominated for a ‘Woodie’

WUTK-FM, 90.3 “The Rock is already respected in East Tennessee — the station has been voted “Knoxville’s Best Local Radio Station” in Metro Pulse’s “Best of Knoxville” Readers’ Poll from 2006-2010. Now, it’s getting some national recognition — the station has been nominated for an MTV-U “2011 College Radio Woodie Award,” a prize that honors the best college radio stations in the nation that break the latest, emerging music and “act as pioneers in the industry.” The nomination means that MTV-U recognizes “The Rock” as one of the top 50 stations in the nation, and now WUTK has made it into the top 10.

Now the station is seeking listener help to win the top prize. To vote: Go to http://radiowoodie.ratemyprofessors.com, locate WUTK in the list of nominated stations, and click on the “vote” button. You can also visit the station’s website for more information and links. (You can vote as often as you’d like, by the way.) You can vote through March 1. If WUTK wins, you can tune in to MTV, MTV2 and MTV-U at midnight, March 16, to watch the awards ceremony broadcast.

Save Senryu!

Things are not looking good for Wil Wright, frontman of that most wonderful indie-rock outfit Senryu. We reviewed “Half Wild,” the band’s forthcoming new album, here. We’re no strangers of our love for Wil and this band. Which is why we urge you to help save that most flamboyant, maniacal genius from the clutches of those who hold his life in their collective palms.

Watch the “ransom” video here, then contribute to the band’s Kickstarter campaign so that the new record can be disseminated in the manner that benefits both band and fans. You have 23 days left. The goal has almost been reached, but don’t let that deter you — making it and exceeding it will likely ensure that Senryu continues to make future recordings.

Please. Wil is a friend of mine. I don’t want to be one of the unfortunate few who get one of his body parts/organs mailed to my house. That would seriously ruin my day.