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Shooter Jennings is more of a He-Man than Skeletor guy

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An astute listener has to ask: Did Shooter Jennings really have a Skeletor lunchbox as a kid?

A semi-autobiographical song on his most recent album, “The Other Life,” would seem to indicate so. The song — “The Low Road” — details a particularly fragile point in young Shooter’s life that led to his daddy giving him some fatherly advice:

“When I was in school some boys was pickin’ on me / pushed me down at the playground and I skinned my knee / Lord I wanted to cry, and it occurred to me / took my Skeletor lunchbox and took out his front teeth …”

No, Jennings said with a chuckle. It wasn’t strictly a Skeletor lunchbox.

“I had a He-Man lunchbox,” he told The Daily Times recently. “Sometimes a fan will tell me, ‘They didn’t make a Skeletor lunchbox!’ I know. They made a Masters of the Universe lunchbox. I’m obsessed with He-Man and Transformers. I’m more interested in that stuff than sports.”

He’s not a total sci-fi geek — the current wave of comic book movies don’t appeal to him so much, but he definitely considers himself a film bufshooterjenningsf.

“I heard ‘Spring Breakers’ is great, and I’ve heard mixed reviews on Rob Zombie’s new movie (”The Lords of Salem”),” he said. “I’m more of a horror buff than I am a comic buff, but I’m into that stuff. And I’m excited to see Zac Snyder’s ‘Superman’ movie.”

The best horror film he’s seen of late? The 2010 Canadian horror film “Beyond the Black Rainbow.”

“It’s really weird, sort Stanley Kubrick-y, and kind of slow, but there are three scary scenes that were absolutely terrifying,” he said.

Jennings performs (with opening act Kelsey’s Woods) at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. Tickets are $20.

“The Shed” gearing up for another jam-packed concert season

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Last month, we talked to Aaron Snukals, marketing and special events director for Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson — 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville — and he revealed some of the names on tap for this year’s “Shed Concert Season,” which kicks off the first weekend in April. He revealed a few names — The Kentucky Headhunters, Blackberry Smoke, Mustang Sally, Todd Snider, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, The Flatlanders, Marty Stuart, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and Leon Russell among them — and now the first two months of dates have been announced.

Tickets to the following shows go on sale March 1:

Obviously, it’s gonna be a busy, crazy spring at “The Shed,” and for the SMH-D folks in general: the Tennessee State H.O.G. Rally takes place in Maryville May 28-June 1, and SMH-D is the rally’s official headquarters and venue. Look for more details on a downtown Maryville street party that will coincide with the rally in the coming weeks. Call “The Shed” at 977-1669 for more information on ticket prices; shows all start at 8 p.m. If you have the scratch, your best bargain is a season pass — $195 for every show at “The Shed” this season (barring extra special events, of course), which runs through October.

‘Free Concert Fridays’ lineup at ‘The Shed’ announced through June

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Last week, we told you about the first month of shows coming up at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, and we mentioned the “Free Concert Fridays” series that we’d blogged about several weeks ago.

Now, SMH-D, The Daily Times and Cherokee Distributing have the first three Free Concert Friday performers locked in. They include:

The concerts will continue through September and will feature local and regional artists performing an early set in a family-friendly environment meant to mimic Knoxville’s Sundown in the City festivities.

“We are excited to partner with The Daily Times and Cherokee Distributing to bring this free concert series to Maryville, and the surrounding communities.  The series is absolutely free, open to the public, and a great way to meet new friends and kick off the weekend.” said Scott Maddux, Owner and General Manager of Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and The Shed, in a press release.

For more information call the dealership at 977-1669.

‘The Shed’ announces its first (UPDATED: two!) month(s) of spring concerts

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A hillbilly vampire, a classic rocker and a guitarist who commands the respect of Dave Matthews — the initial month of the spring/summer/fall concert season at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville) is gonna be a good one.

The season kicks off April 7 and will continue through October; while some acts have been confirmed for later in the year, officials at the dealership and the adjacent concert venue have opted to roll out specifics on just the first month. (Updated March 6: Make that the first two months.) Marketing and Special Events Director Aaron Snukals did reveal some of the performers slated for later in the season to Weekend earlier this year: Jason and the Scorchers, Hayes Carll, Goose Creek Symphony, Mustang Sally, Blackfoot, Blackberry Smoke, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Headhunters, Billy Joe Shaver, Marty Stuart and Bo Bice, among them. (The touring website Pollstar reports the Headhunters will play on Sept. 1 and Billy Joe Shaver on Sept. 15.)

In addition, the announcement includes the first “Free Friday Concert Series,” which will be sponsored in part by The Daily Times and SMH-D. Tickets for the April shows go on sale Tuesday, March 6. Here’s the lineup:

Call “The Shed” at 865-977-1669 for more information.

‘Free Concert Fridays’ coming to ‘The Shed’ in April

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shedfridays“The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, is teaming up with The Daily Times and Cherokee Distributing for a new concert series — “Free Concert Fridays,” which kick off on April 13.

The concept is designed to give working folks a chance to experience some of the wealth of talent in the local music pool in a laid-back setting, with an early start time and a place where the family can grab dinner. The shows will run from 6-9 p.m., and Stinker’s Barbeque Shack, the dealership’s in-house restaurant, will be open. The series will run for seven shows, always on the second Friday of each month to avoid competition with Knoxville First Friday events and the Last Friday Art Walk in Maryville. The lineup will consist of local and regional entertainment, and the lineup will be announced on April 2.

From the press release: “We are excited to partner with The Daily Times and Cherokee Distributing to bring this free concert series to Maryville, and the surrounding communities.  The series is absolutely free, open to the public, and a great way to meet new friends and kick off the weekend.” said Scott Maddux, owner and general manager of Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and “The Shed.”

For more information, call 977-1669.

Written by wildsmith

February 7th, 2012 at 11:21 am

Jenna and Her Cool Friends win local IBC competition; Cream Cheese wins the ‘Rock Off’

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Two regional music competitions were decided last weekend right here in Blount County, and a big round of congratulations are in order for the winners — the bands Cream Cheese and Jenna and Her Cool Friends.

On Saturday night, the former won the WFIV-FM “Rock Off” band competition at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. Winners were selected by the audience, who filled up donation buckets with pennies and more, the proceeds of which went to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. The band beat out Stonemosis in the finals, after both of those groups won over competitors After Life, Dirty Jenkins Brothel, Temper Through Tears and Quartjar. According to “Shed” officials, roughly $2,000 was raised to benefit Second Harvest.

The latter, piloted by front woman Jenna Jefferson, won the Smoky Mountain Blues Society’s regional blues competition to represent the area at the annual International Blues Challenge, scheduled to take place Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2012, in Memphis. The group, which we profiled back in June, competed on Thursday, Oct. 20 before moving on to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 23. That afternoon, the band went up against two strong competitors — The Stella-Vees from Lexington, Ky., and Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers from Chattanooga. The blues showdowns were held at Brackins Blues Bar, 112 E. Broadway Ave. in downtown Maryville.

“It truly was a great competition,” Jefferson told us on Tuesday. “These bands just brought their best to the stage, and everyone was just so gracious to each other. You could tell everyone was there to have fun. To tell you the truth, I thought the other bands had really done well, and it was anybody’s guess there at the end. We were very, very excited and flattered that we’re going to get to go to Memphis and compete with about 110 other bands, maybe more, both nationally and internationally.”

The 2012 International Blues Challenge, sponsored by the Blues Foundation, will be the 28th year that musicians from around the world have competed for cash, prizes and industry recognition.

“It’s one of their largest music festivals in Memphis, and the judges base you on a lot of different criteria — blues content, stage appearance, vocals, artistry and what I call marketability,” Jefferson said.

In 2010, Knoxville-based blues band Labron Lazenby and LA3 made it to the finals of the IBC. In the meantimes, as winner and representatives of the SMBS, Jenna and Her Cool Friends will play the society’s Christmas show and at least one other fundraising concert in the coming year.

Hayes Carll launches ‘Winter Shed Sessions’ in November

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A familiar face at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, will launch an expanded version of the venue’s indoor winter concert series. The intimate performances showcase what a singer-songwriter-driven show is all about — intricate melodies and an emphasis on the lyrics. Packages are on sale now for all five shows — $125 for assured seating and $100 for general admission for all five. If any single tickets are left, they’ll be $25 for general admission, $30 for assured seating.

Here’s the lineup:

Because of space limitations, only 100 of each set of tickets will be released. Individual tickets go on sale Oct. 21. Visit Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson online now to buy package tickets.

Luther Dickinson: Playing with NMAS and The Black Crowes ‘a different beast’

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Luther Dickinson on stage with The Black Crowes at The Tennessee Theatre, September 2010 (Mark A. Large/The Daily Times)

After The Black Crowes wrapped up their “Say Good Night to the Bad Guys” tour at the end of 2010, it didn’t take long for guitarist Luther Dickinson to step back into his role as singer/guitarist for the North Mississippi Allstars, the band he founded with brother Cody and bass player Chris Chew.

I interviewed Luther last week in advance of the Allstars show opening the concert season on Saturday, April 2, at “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, and he described the difference between performing with the two groups as “a different beast.”

“There’s not a lot that really translates,” he told me. “With the Crowes, I was only playing lead guitar. I didn’t make the setlist, I just played lead, and that’s a blast. It was a really big band, a large ensemble group, and that’s a blast. That was the biggest thing I had to adjust to — that and, rhythmically, it’s really different, because you have this behind-the-beat, swampy, roller coaster groove.

“With the Allstars, it’s anywhere from a two-piece to a three-piece at most. I grew up playing in smaller configurations, so it’s a lot more free. And rhythmically, Cody is completely so tight, it’s easy to lock into him. I rely on him so much; he’s got such a great groove, I can just fall right into it. It took me a while to figure out how to stay in a groove with the Crowes, especially when I was soloing, but it came together.

“With the Allstars, I’m playing guitar, singing, making the setlist — and the way (Crowes singer) Chris (Robinson) and I make our setlist is completely different,” he added. “I admire the way he makes setlists, but I can’t work that way. I belabor those mother——-, man.”

Written by wildsmith

March 31st, 2011 at 7:26 am

Blog odds and ends: North Mississippi Allstars, Travis Singleton, i105, Senryu, more

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North Mississippi Allstars to open ‘Shed’ season

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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.

Shows, shows and more shows!

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Big concert announcements are coming down every day. Here are the latest:

  • After selling out headlining concerts in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, ACM and CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum brings its “Need You Now Tour” to the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on May 1. Tickets are $43 and go on sale March 25.
  • AC Entertainment has announced that “Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown” will make a tour stop in Knoxville on June 19 at World’s Fair Park. The tour features Nelson in concert with Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell, Lee Brice, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Admission is $47.50 in advance, $50 on the day of the show.
  • “The Shed” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, has filled in some of the gaps in their spring/summer/fall concert schedule. Some notable additions: Al Nelson’s Tribute to Roy Orbison and his Rock-n-Roll Review on April 15 … Husky Burnette opening for The Nighthawks on May 7 (the ‘hawks are a legendary roots/blues band out of Washington, D.C., founded by Mark Wenner in 1972) … perennial favorites Scott Miller and the Commonwealth will be there May 21 … and classic rock band Blackfoot will perform on Sept. 2.
  • There’s been no announcement that I’m aware of, but the touring website Pollstar is reporting that country diva Miranda Lambert will perform at the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville on March 26.
  • Keith Urban announced he’s added country star Jake Owen, last seen in front of Maryville crowds at the 2010 Foothills Fall Festival, to his Aug. 12 show at Thompson-Boling Arena.