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The Features come together for Brock

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Here’s a show for a worthy cause: Murfreesboro-based indie rock band The Features will perform at The Valarium in Knoxville on Nov. 11 as part of a benefit concert for local pedal steel player Brock Henderson.

I last talked to Brock more than a year ago, when I did a cover story on The Drunk Uncles (Brock no longer plays with that group). I called him up to get details on the Nov. 11 show and for some reassurances about his health.

“I had surgery that I needed to have for years to have some tissue in my sinuses removed,” he told me. “Luckily, it turned out to be nothing more than a big ol’ cyst. I have insurance, but the deductible is so high that I have to pay for everything — like, $4,000. I’ve been teaching and playing music, so I’ve just been struggling anyway, and this was just another kick in the nuts.”

Enter The Features — or at least Features bass player Roger Dabbs, who recently married Henderson’s sister, Melissa. (Brock refers to Roger as his “brother-in-love.”)

“He called and said, ‘Hey, man — we want to do a benefit for you,’” Henderson said. “They’re the coolest, most down-to-earth guys. They’ve been touring the world, playing with the Kings of Leon.”

In fact, the band released “Some Kind of Salvation” last year on the Kings own label imprint.

Henderson has fallen into the weird position, though, of organizing the benefit. It’s a role he’s not unfamiliar with — a few years ago, he helped put together a show for fellow scene musician/pedal steel ace Tom Pryor — but he admits it feels a little odd organizing one for himself, even if it wasn’t his idea.

Also on the bill for the show on the 11th: singer-songwriter Ian Thomas, band JC and The Dirty Smokers and Henderson’s new-ish project, The Brockefellers.

“I’m putting lot of energy into The Brockefellers kind of thing – it’s a trio, it’s rockabilly-surf-Zappa music, and we’ve got a lot of adult edu-tainment going on,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of fun, silly songs, up-tempo songs, surf songs; the goal being I want to entertain myself and everybody in the audience.”

Doors open at 8 p.m. on the 11th; the cover is $10 ($13 if you’re younger than 21).

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October 23rd, 2010 at 5:45 pm