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Wallypalooza: The End. (No. Really! Wally swears!)

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323189_239985662711999_151461354897764_684817_3848353_oWallypalooza founder Wally Miles (left), and local comedian Waylon Whiskey

OK, so local promoter Wally Miles has been saying each Wallypalooza spectacular he’s put on for the past couple of years has been the last one. He readily admits that it’s sounding more and more like a KISS farewell tour every time he does so.

But this one, he promises, is it. And I have a feeling he’ll stay true to his word on this one. After all, Blount County’s answer to “Van Wilder” is headed to school this fall for — what else? — marketing, and he’s already put together some bangin’ shows at The Thirsty Turtle Pub and Grub, 2641 U.S. Highway 411 S. in Maryville.

Speaking of, that’s where the next (and FINAL! REALLY!) Wallypalooza is taking place on March 1 and 2. Without further ado, here’s the lineup:

Friday, March 1: Christopher ScumBetter DazeAfterLifeJoe CoeBelfast 6 PackDivided We StandScent of Remains

Saturday, March 2: Rebel MountainCatalystBig TroubleShallowpointIndie Lagonethe Michael Gunnz BandCrome Molly.

The start time is 7 p.m. both nights; admission is $5 at the door. Given that this Wallypalooza is scaled back to only two nights, we suggest getting there way early, for several reasons: One, it’s going to be PACKED, and second, you don’t want to miss the opening acts … particularly on Friday. It’s a point of honor for me that Wally’s booked Christopher Scum to open up Friday’s festivities; the guy’s a legend in the Knoxville music scene and a hell of a songwriter. (Click here to download and listen to “Fifty Acres,” an unflinching look at a pretty damn horrific childhood. And yes, it’s autobiographical.)

You can read our coverage of previous Wallypaloozas here, here and here. Be there.

2009 in words: Weekend interviews of local bands!

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As the year winds down to a close, it’s only appropriate, we think, to look back on all of the ink we’ve spilled over the past 12 months. Over the next several days, we’ll be rounding up all of the interviews that have graced the pages of The Daily Times Weekend entertainment section … starting with all of the East Tennessee bands and musicians of all genres to whom we’ve devoted space this year. Presenting … the local interviews of 2009!

Southbound (cover story)

The Drunk Uncles: (cover story)

Jonathan Sexton and The Big Love Choir (cover story)

Whitechapel 2 (front page story)

Dirty Guv’nahs 1 (cover story)

Royal Bangs (cover story)

R.B. Morris (cover story)

Maryville Metal Fest (cover story)

Brandy Robinson (cover story)

Scott Miller (cover story)

The Black Lillies (cover story)

Teenage Love13 (cover story)

Jill Andrews

Drunk Uncles 1

Whitechapel 1

The Dirty Guv’nahs


Mic Harrison and The High Score

Homer Hart

“Sneaky” Pete Rizzo

Color of Fate



Ian Thomas

Soundtrack Black

Robinella: Final Barley’s gig

Mountain Folk Reunion

Cain and Annabelle


The Dirty Works

Seeing Skies

Kings County Gumbo

John Myers

The Dirty Gunnz

Christopher Scum

Bright Shining Lie

J.C. and The Dirty Smokers

Sisters of the Silver Sage

Kevin Abernathy Band

Scott McMahan


Awake the Suffering

Madeline Ava

The Retroholics

The LoneTones


Dishwater Blonde

The American Plague

Mr. Kobayashi

Roscoe Morgan

Johnson Swingtet

Cutthroat Shamrock

Van Eaton

Steve Kaufman

Taylor Brown



Allen Swank


Angel Zuniga Martinez

The Akashic Mysteries

Jamie Cook

Dig 6 Down

Avenue C Band

Brad Walker Orchestra

“Rebel Scum” documentary on The Dirty Works to get a screening

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Finally … “Rebel Scum” gets its due.

That kick-ass, long-in-the-works documentary about Knoxville band The Dirty Works, which has been roughly five years in the making, now has a local screening date — Saturday, Jan. 16 at Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon, 100 N. Central St. in Knoxville’s Old City. No word on an exact time or whether there will be an admission charge, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know.

In the meantime, the band is ramping up for a busy 2010, frontman Christopher Scum tells us: “We have the movie premiering in several cities, we have the 7 song EP called ‘Get Wrecked’ coming out, and I will have a brutally honest CD coming out by spring called ‘Tracks,’” he said. “It’s gonna have eight or 10 new songs on it, and then I’m gonna put some old stuff (maybe never before released) on there; I’m thinking about 18-20 songs.”

The last time we wrote about the documentary, he described it as thus: “We just got in the van, went to our gigs across the South and it all got captured on film. Now they’re going to put it in some documentary form. It could be great, or I could hate it, I don’t know.”

Check out some Dirty Works/Scum goodness:

The “Rebel Scum” trailer

“Get Wrecked” video

Download the song “Fifty Acres,” by Christopher Scum: Right-click here (choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”)
Christopher Scum on Myspace: Click here

Download the song “Wife Beater,” by The Dirty Works: Right-click here (choose “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)
Buy “Biscuits and Liquor” by The Dirty Works: Click here

Read a July interview we did with Scum

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December 16th, 2009 at 9:03 am

Changes at the Longbranch Saloon

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Some changes are afoot at the fabled Longbranch Saloon, that institution on “The Strip” that’s been a part of Knoxville’s live music scene for decades.

Out: Coffee Doiel, the guy who booked shows at the club for the past two years, raising the venue’s status as a bastion of edgy rock ‘n’ roll and a place where the area’s punk scene could congregate. According to Doiel, it happened almost two weeks ago — via a note.

“I came in, and there was just a note that basically told me I was fired and that the whole punk rock thing isn’t working out and that they want to do something completely different with it,” Doiel told me this week. “They said the place was getting too trashed. I called them later on that night, and they told me the exact same thing that the note said.”

“They” would be John and Diane Stockman, the venue’s overseers. According to Diane Stockman, Doiel’s services were discontinued because of an overload of punk shows and the destruction left in their wake.

“We were having a little bit of trouble with the punk shows causing damage,” she told me. “We’re still doing kind-of punk, but not necessarily the death-metal punk.”

It wasn’t like the Longbranch — long known as a local dive whose charm can politely be described as “rustic” or “shabby chic” — was being torn apart at the shows, she said; but Doiel and the bands he booked didn’t do such a hot job of cleaning up the joint when the shows were over.

“It was just a combination of things,” she said. “Although he did do a good job and booked a lot of bands, I just felt some of them were a little too much of the skinhead-type of bands. We’re just changing the format a little bit and toning it down a little bit more.”

Now in charge of booking — Jordan Sangid, who’s worked there for about a year and a half. He hopes to make the Longbranch an arena for different types of local music, and he’s committed to honoring the shows that Doiel booked before his termination.

“We’re keeping it a local dive bar, but with a little more pizazz,” he said. “We were having punk rock shows here every night, and when you have shows where people get into it and move around, things get broken. And things were getting broken every night.”

Two shows of note on the Longbranch schedule — both booked by Doiel — the hardcore outfit ANTiSEEN, scheduled for Sept. 19, and The Murder Junkies, the former backing band of the late shock-rocker G.G. Allin led by Allin’s brother, Merle. Sangid also is looking ahead to the first show he’s booked in his new capacity — The Pinstripes and Royal City Riot, a double bill scheduled for January 2010 at the Longbranch.

The fallout from Doiel’s removal, however, remains to be seen. According to him, the punk shows were always well attended, and the bar sold a large amount of beer.

“And it’s not like we were just having punk shows — there were all kinds of shows on the schedule,” he added. “Since I got fired, I’ve had a lot of bands call me, canceling because they don’t want to play. They say if I’m not working there, they don’t want to do the shows.”

While such a statement may sound conceited, local scene legend Christopher Scum hails Doiel’s accomplishments at the Longbranch.

“I see him as like the Rus Harper of the 2000s, because he’s done more for punk rock in this town than anybody since the 1990s,” Scum told me. “He’s sunk his teeth into it and made it his business to have a place for people to go see music. As far as violence goes — I can’t say how many shows I’ve been to since he’s been working there, but I’ve seen one fight that whole time. One fight — and that’s because some college students from Florida wandered in on a football weekend.

“If people were getting slam-dancing mixed up with fighting, that’s a different thing. There was always a little pit, but it was all in fun — you’d knock somebody down and then pick them back up. It was the spirit of 1976, man — a place I was proud, being an older punk myself, to see kids come out and behave and show  spirit in a way I haven’t seen in a long time. I think they made a grave mistake, but that’s their decision to make, obviously.”

For a full schedule of Longbranch shows or to contact Sangid, visit the venue’s new Myspace page.

Written by wildsmith

August 25th, 2009 at 3:04 pm