Bullet Backstory with Nick Dittmeier


Louisville, KY’s Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters have hit their stride with their gritty, upbeat 2016 release, “Midwest Heart/Southern Blues.” These toe-tapping Americana rock songs feature characters who were developed while staring over the dash of a beat up Ford van cruising through towns in the South and Midwest whose better days are in the rearview mirror.

Tennessee Shines Radio Show is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City. The show is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Tickets are $7 plus applicable fees in advance, available at http://jigandreel.ticketleap.com/ or $10 at the door starting at 6 p.m.

Listen online at http://wdvx.com/listen-live/

In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Nick himself. He was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Nick!

  • Biggest musical influences? Little Feat, the Band, Gram Parsons, the Bottlerockets, and the Replacements.
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I truly have no other job skills and have been fired from every job I’ve ever had.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Don’t beat yourself up over your mistakes or technical shortcomings. Try to own those mistakes and make them part of your sound. Also, be patient.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Walk around Market Square.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Jerry Reed, so I could steal some tele licks. Plus, he’d have some great stories.
  • Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? We’ve always lucked out in Knoxville. It feels every time we’ve been through we’ve had beautiful weather and got to kill time on Market Square