Civil Wars Erupts in Knoxville

Not the Civil War – the Civil Wars. Never heard of them? You must be really old. Like maybe twenty-six or seven. Judging from the audience assembled for their performance, the demographic definitely skews young. If that’s the case how does an over-thirty bloggaman find out about them? From his friend’s twenty-something, much-cooler-than-we-are daughter, that’s […]

Fred Eaglesmith with High Kotton at the Blue Plate Special

How could you improve the live radio concerts hosted weekdays at noon on WDVX for several years now? Add a weekend show, that’s how. Many of us can’t be downtown at noon, but judging from the crowd in the visitor’s center Saturday, virtually everyone can make it on a weekend. The room was packed nearly an hour […]

Young People Playing (Very) Old Music, Part Two

 Hilary Hawke and band, Knoxville Visitor’s Center, January 2010 The second artist I heard recently at the Blue Plate Special was Hilary Hawke. She and her band are from upstate New York and their sound is more western swing, with close harmonies and mid-tempo rhythms. Of course, her lilting voice soars above it all. She […]

Young People Playing (Very) Old Music, Part One

Thanks to the snow, I was able to catch a couple of Blue Plate Specials recently. Both featured young bands fronted by talented, personable singers. They also featured very retro-music. I talked about this a bit last week when I featured Katy Free. Katy’s music leaned more heavily in a jazz direction, but her song […]

Turn the Page

After spending about twenty-leven hours today working on a couple of new features for the blog, I’m going to let them be the news for the day. If you’ll look at the top of the blog you will see a link for “The Soundtrack.” These are songs and artists that have been featured on this […]