“The Man Who Lives Here is Loony,” Explores Psychological Depths with Jazzy Wordplay

It’s the kind of artistic encounter that inspires extended rumination and conversation. It rolls around inside your head for days, shifts shapes and turns again, rearing its head at unexpected moments. A quote comes to mind. A gesture. I settled in with Rusty Odom of Blank Newspaper to discuss, “The Man Who lives Here is […]

Blankfest 2015 Blankets Market Square with Tons of Local Goodness

Rusty Odom and Blank Newspaper have, for the second year in a row, put together an incredible celebration of local and regional musicians, comedians and burlesque performers. It’s a continuation of the many years of excellent support the newspaper has given local music and musicians. This past Saturday beginning at 5:00 PM and running to […]

Who’s on First? Knoxville’s Post-Metro Pulse Independent Landscape

Coury Turczyn introduces the Knoxville Mercury, East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville, December 2014 Since the day the news broke about the closure of Metro Pulse, Knoxville’s weekly (sort of) independent, I’ve been asked at least once a day, sometimes more, “What’s going to replace the Metro Pulse?” I haven’t known much more than anyone else […]

Blankfest, Biscuit Fest, Book Fest, Bob Fest: They Just Keep Coming

Residents of downtown Knoxville might be forgiven if they suffer from a little festival fatigue this time of year. We’ve had Earthfest, Outdoorfest, the Dogwood Arts Festival, the Rhythm and Blooms Festival and the Rossini Festival. That’s a festival each for environmentalism, outdoor recreation, the arts, the specific art of music and the specific music […]

An Interview with Rusty Odom of Blank Newspaper and BlankFest

It’s hard to find someone more rooted in East Tennessee than Rusty Odom. Born in Johnson City, raised in Strawberry Plains and now living in South Knoxville, he’s east Tennessee’s own. And he characterizes all the charm and warmth we like to think our area exemplifies. A few seconds after meeting him I felt like […]