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Dopplegangsta plans farewell blowout before hiatus

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Dopplegangsta: Faulteroy (left) and Reginald Birch

The local crazy-ass rap duo known as Dopplegangsta, which teamed up with wizard-rapper LiL iFFy to put together the Magic Hu$tle collective, has a show on Saturday night at The Well in Knoxville, and it’ll likely be their final performance for a while. Perhaps ever, Lil’ Lord Faulteroy confirmed today.

“(Reginald) Birch is gonna be a daddy; I’m making studio upgrades; and IF we come back, it will likely be to promote a full-length record (and) not a single,” he said via Facebook.

The duo made a splash locally with the summer anthem “Myrtle Beach Ya’ll” back in the summer of 2011; it received heavy airplay on WUTK-FM, 90.3 The Rock, and at the end of that year, Magic Hu$tle was born. The collective has grown to include a number of other rappers, two of whom — Halfdeaf and deejay Black Thunder — will be on the bill Saturday night.

The show features a couple of out-of-town rappers as well — Southern Croat and Blacknerd. It starts at 9 p.m., and admission is $5. Check out the event page on Facebook. You can also check out the guys at 8 p.m. Tuesday night on The Rock, located at 90.3 on your FM dial.

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February 18th, 2013 at 8:49 am

Long-awaited new Ataris album on its way in 2013

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Kris Roe of The Ataris

Pop-punk band The Ataris are coming to East Tennessee for a performance Friday night at The Well in Bearden, and we caught up with front man Kris Roe to talk about it. The story will be out in the Sept. 27 edition of The Daily Times Weekend section, and during our interview, he discussed the long-awaited Ataris full-length, “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.” It’s been in the works for roughly five years now, and fans have been waiting for it with anticipation, only to find out it’s still a work in progress.

That’s still the case, Roe told us, but hopefully for now much longer. Right now, the focus is on getting new music out to fans before the end of the year and releasing “Graveyard of the Atlantic” in 2013.

“We’ve recorded about 20 songs for that, and there will be about 12 or 13 on the actual record; maybe we’ll release the rest on vinyl,” Roe said. “We’ve got a bunch of vocals left to do, but we’ll get it out next year. We are planning to release some new music before the end of the year — 12 songs — on our Bandcamp page, and maybe do a short run of vinyl of old tunes and stray songs.

“And we recorded a couple of our live sets on our last tour. We’re putting them out as a donation-only live set on our Bandcamp. That way, the people coming out to any of the remaining shows on this tour know what to expect live from The Ataris today.”

Friday night’s show also includes Red City Radio, Flatfoot 56 and The Last Crusade; tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Check out The Ataris on Bandcamp here.

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September 26th, 2012 at 7:42 am

Wolfe Jam details announced

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As Knoxville mourned the passing of local jazz legend Rocky Wynder, members of the local music scene were hit with another blow that same week when local drummer/bar owner/colorful character Ed Corts died.

A long-time utility player who pounded skins for such long-gone-never-forgotten outfits as Jacaranda, Corts made the acquaintance of many younger local players who never got the chance to sit in with him when he and his family ran The Corner Lounge in Downtown North Knoxville. The business didn’t make it, but it was a jumping-off point for the “Happy Holler” revitalization, and the Corner became a favorite watering hole of all sorts of local musicians.

This year, the annual “Wolfe Jam” will honor Corts, assist his family and of course uphold the legacy and memory of the man for whom it was named.

Those details first: Wolfe was a Knoxville boy — a resident of Bearden and a 20-year employee of Pick ‘n’ Grin Music off Kingston Pike, one of those establishments that ranks right up there with Covington Music, Murlin’s Music World, Roy’s Record Shop and Guitar Center as a place where local musicians can go and feel confident that they’re among peers, fellow pickers who know their needs and can meet them at a reasonable price.

Wolfe was a sort of jack-of-all-trades at the establishment — manager, teacher, technician, salesman, engineer, musician and confidant. On the side, he was a fixture in the local scene, playing is such groups as the Delta Flyers, Body Heat, The MacDaddies and Crawdaddy, the two of which partnered him up with local harmonica maestro Michael Crawley.

“He was one of those cats, I swear to God, that if you went down to visit him at Pick ‘n’ Grin, you’d have to have an hour and a half to hang with him,” Crawley told me a couple of years ago. “He would tell a couple of jokes, go out and take a smoke break, come back in give you a clinic on guitars. And if he was working on something of yours, he would go into great detail about what he was doing to your instrument. You couldn’t just run in and run out with Rick. For a lot of us, Rick was the only one who ever worked on any of our guitars. We’d always go out and watch him smoke and listen to him tell a joke or two. That’s the way he was, man.”

Pancreatic cancer killed Wolfe in December 2007 at the age of 53, and before the month was up, his friends and loved ones were putting together the inaugural Wolfe Jam.

This year’s event will take place March 10 at The Well, 4620 Kingston Pike in Bearden, costs $5, starts at 7 p.m. and the proceeds will be split between Ed’s family and the Joy of Music School. Performers include Y’uns, the Will Carter Band, Jodie Manross and Friends, Itchy and the Hater Tots, The MacDaddies and an all-star jam.

For more information, visit the Wolfe Jam website.

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February 21st, 2012 at 12:29 pm

The Well, new live music venue, opens next month

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Previous owners haven’t had a lot of luck with the spot at 4620 Kingston Pike in Knoxville’s Bearden neighborhood, but if we were betting peeps over here at The Daily Times, our money would go on Gina Truitt making something vibrant and viable out of it.

She’s certainly going to give it her all — The Well opens next month in that location, formerly the home of 4620 Jazz Club, which couldn’t survive long after owner Melissa Rosenthal died in a car wreck in 2007. It closed briefly, re-opened under new ownership and was purchased by Daniel Leal, who turned it into 4620 Reinvented. That place did OK, hosting artists like Toby Lightman and Wayne Hancock before changing names (and target clientele, becoming a gay bar) to Velvet … but for more than a year, it’s been vacant.

Now, Truitt — who used to run The Spot, a former midtown watering hole and patio bar, for 10 years and most recently managed Sunspot on “The Strip” and Barley’s Taproom in the Old City — is the property’s new proprietor. It helps that she’s plugged into the local music scene in a way few club owners are; after all, her sweetheart is local singer-songwriter Matt Woods, whose music and work locally is known and respected.

A brief description of The Well, from the venue’s website: “Our stage is the newest addition to Knoxville’s strong music scene. Moreover, we are the only place providing original local, regional and national talent west of downtown … The Well is a comfortable spot to enjoy food, drink and original live music. The Well offers a smoke-free environment with a separate smoking room. We are open to patrons 21 and up seven nights a week, hosting music for five. Look for nightly drink specials, half-price food on Sundays, vinyl record nights, afternoons with newly released CDs, guest chef nights and more.”

The grand opening is the week of Jan. 20, and by the look of the calendar on the aforementioned website, things are going to start off with a bang.

Congrats to Gina. Now do your part by supporting.

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December 22nd, 2011 at 9:13 am