Knoxville’s Radio Past Revealed in 70 year old film footage

We’re excited to share this rare silent 16mm home movie footage shot by local Knoxville radio stars Molly O’Day and her husband Lynn Davis. O’Day was one of the biggest stars on local radio during the 1940s, eventually landing a recording deal with the Columbia Records label.

Molly O’Day and the Gang on WNOX Radio, Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, circa 1946 from TAMIS on Vimeo.

The footage was shot during a live WNOX Mid-Day-Merry-Go-Round performance at Chilhowee Park. Keep an eye out for country music legends Archie Campbell (as”Grandpappy”), Carl Story and His Rambling Mountaineers, Charlie Monroe, Curly Seckler, Clyde and Hack Johnson, Bill and Cliff Carlisle, and master of ceremonies Lowell Blanchard!

A Classic Molly O’Day gingham dress will be on-display at the upcoming exhibit on Knoxville music history entitled “Come To Make Records: Knoxville’s Contributions to American Popular Music,” opening Friday, April 15th, at the East Tennessee History Center. This event is part of the Knoxville Stomp, a four-day festival that celebrates the lost music of Knoxville and our region.

[From the Molly O’Day and Lynn Davis Collection at TAMIS – Knox County Public Library]

Note: Original footage partially reversed.

Knoxville Stomp – WDVX Highlights

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Knoxville has a rich music history, and to celebrate some of that rich history, WDVX is proud to help host the Knoxville Stomp. This event is being made possible through a collaboration between Knox County Public Library, the library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS), the East Tennessee Historical Society, and Visit Knoxville.

WDVX Stomp Highlights include –

Friday, May 6th & Saturday, May 7th Blue Plate Specials

Friday, May 6 – Matt Kinman, Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings
Saturday, May 7 – Carolina Cud Chewers & Author Tony Russell (plus surprise guests!)

Saturday, May 7th – Market Square Stomp

Free Live Performances on Market Square

WDVX will host a foot-stomping evening of live music on Market Square. Get ready to hear a slew of bands perform their own versions of songs from the Knoxville Sessions. The line-up includes local favorites like the Streamliners Swing Orchestra and the Bearded as well as great visitors like New Orleans’ own Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings.

Sunday, May 8th – Tennessee Country Classics is LIVE with Joe Bussard

From 5 – 6 p.m., host Joe Bussard will do his usually pre-taped program live in the WDVX Studio.

[Visit our WDVX Stomp Event Page to Learn more!]

Other WDVX Events for the Knox Stomp

WDVX radio host Bradley Reeves will be doing a special edition of his show, Jazz Me Blues, on Thursday, May 5th with some great previews for the Stomp. His guest that week will be Ron Brown, collector of  extremely rare 78 rpm recordings, and contributor the museum exhibit “Come to Make Records: Knoxville’s Contribution to American Popular Music” that opens April 15 with live music, a film screening, and lots of fun!

Ron can be seen in the 1985 film LOUIE BLUIE, asking Howard Armstrong to autograph his rare 78 copy of Armstrong’s 1930 Knoxville Sessions recording “Knox County Stomp” (released under the name “Tennessee Chocolate Drops”). This autographed sleeve (which is really a work of art) will be on display in the exhibit. Ron will bring along a stack of the rarest blues, jazz, and Cajun 78s on the planet to spin on the May 5th WDVX Jazz Me Blues program.

A four-day festival, the Knoxville Stomp celebrates the re-mastering and release of a newly recovered collection of recordings made at Knoxville, Tennessee’s St. James Hotel in 1929 and 1930 known as the Knoxville Sessions.

For a sneak peak at photos that are going to be featured in the upcoming Bear Family Box set THE KNOXVILLE SESSIONS 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp, click here.

Dom Flemons will headline and the festival also features a museum exhibition, record show, panel discussions and lots of live music.

A Song & A Sip – Electric Darling

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Electric Darling is a soul-rock band that formed in 2015, but its members are not new to the Knoxville music scene. Guitarists Cozmo Holloway and Kevin Hyfantis were formerly with The Dirty Guv’nahs and Matt Nelson and Luke Palmers Bowers make up the rythm section of Cereus Bright. The talents of these four combined with lead vocals by Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin create something truly special.

They’ll be playing at Knoxville’s Rhythm n’ Blooms Festival April 8th, and it’s sure to be an incredible show! See Electric Darling Friday at 12:30 a.m.  at the Jackson Terminal (where WDVX Host Red Hickey will be all day Saturday). You can also enjoy them on  Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Cripple Creek stage.

The WDVX camper will be on hand in that area as well (on Jackson across from the main stage) so come see us, meet your favorite hosts and snag some great merchandise. Visit us at Rhythm n’ Blooms and enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets (we’re giving away 2 pairs) for a VIP Experience to see the Hackensaw Boys at Sugarlands Distilling Company on April 15th!

In the meantime, enjoy this tune from Electric Darling, “Hard Times.”

Electric Darling has soulful flair infused with rock and roll. We think you might enjoy listening to their song while drinking this week’s Sip, which is also infused with some of your favorite flavors.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, brought to you in part from our friends at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

Each week, they share a great drink recipe as part of their #WhatToDrinkWednesday, and we thought it would be fun to pair the drinks with an amazing music performance.

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Blueberry Moroccan Tea:

  • 1.5 oz of Mint Condition Peppermint Moonshine
  • 5 oz of Unsweetened Green Tea
  • 1/4 tsp of honey
  • 5 frozen blueberries

Combine all ingredients (except blueberries) in a mixing tin with ice. Shake well and strain over ice and frozen blueberries. Garnish with a mint leaf.

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – The Royal Hounds

If your bathroom has to be haunted by someone..who better than Elvis? The Royal Hounds open the (shower) curtain on a chronicle of lavatory apparitions in a preview from their upcoming release, “Poker All Night Long”, due out summer 2016. Thank you. Thank you very much!

The Royal Hounds started out right here in East Tennessee, and relocated to Las Vegas when lead singer and bassist Scott Hinds got a role in the Sin City cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The Hounds joined us for a homecoming show on The Blue Plate Special in March and as usual, they rocked the (full) house!

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance radio show held at noon, Monday through Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. So come and play your part as an audience member in the radio show that’s popular worldwide! Listen live at http://wdvx.com/

Enter to Win Tickets to see the Hackensaw Boys at Sugarlands Distilling Company

Would you like to see the Hackensaw Boys in their upcoming show at Sugarlands Distilling Company? WDVX is giving away 2 tickets and a VIP experience for this incredible event. If you win, you and a friend will enjoy VIP transportation from Knoxville to Gatlinburg as well as VIP hospitality and reserved seating at Sugarlands Distillery’s birthday celebration for the release of the Hackensaw Boys new album Charismo (Free Dirt Records).

Enter below for your chance to win!

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Bullet Backstory with Irene Kelly – An Interview

This is the first in a new series we’re starting here on the WDVX blog. It shares five bullet point facts to provide some backstory about an artist in his or her own words. For our inaugural “Bullet Backstory” we sat down with Irene Kelly to share a bit more about her influences and insight about music.

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With her signature mix of Bluegrass, Country and Americana, Irene appeals to music lovers across all genres. A native of Latrobe, PA, she was a teenager when she discovered her penchant for songwriting. She ended up in Nashville where she still resides today. Irene Kelly is a longtime friend of WDVX and we’re always happy when she stops by for a visit or a song.

Don’t miss Irene Kelly, who is the featured performer for our April First Friday Show – April 1st at 7 p.m. in our studio on Gay Street.

  • Biggest musical influences – Dolly Parton is at the top of my list. Has been since I was 18 and she remains to this day.
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I guess it picked me. I got interested in rock and roll music and then ended up singing country after seeing and hearing Dolly Parton on her TV show. Another big influence was the song, “Country Bumpkin” by Cal Smith. That was a number one for him in 1979. My dad would have the radio on his in TV repair shop and when that song came on he’d let me know to come listen cause I loved it. He was happy too cause I was being converted into a country fan.
  • Advice for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft – Keep writing. Keep a journal. I heard it said, “Nothing freezes that moves” so keep it going.
  • Favorite thing to do in Knoxville – Besides visit and sing for the folks at WDVX? Lunch at the Tomato Head and the thrift stores.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? I’ve been very fortunate to get to work with a good many of my heros. The is in part due to their close proximity of me in Nashville and my songs I have had recorded by then. I guess I’d have to say the late great, Keith Whitley. I wish we could record a duet.

A Song & A Sip – Hackensaw Boys

The Hackensaw Boys are an Americana rock n’ roll string band based in central Virginia. With a myriad of musical influences, their tunes are energetic and lively, and the group has entertained crowds around the country with their unique style and showmanship. On April 15th, the band will release its latest album, Charismo.

We’re so excited about the album’s release because it coincides with a special live event featuring the Hackensaw Boys at Sugarlands Distilling Company. On April 15th at 7 p.m., WDVX will stream the Hackensaw Boys’ show from the Sugarlands Spirit Stage in downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn to folks around the world. Listen to the show through the Listen Live page on our new website!

According to the group’s label, Free Dirt Records, this is “the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear.” The album has 11 incredible tracks, which combine their influences from traditional Appalachian and Delta music with “a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.”

Because we’re so thrilled about this upcoming event, we decided to feature the Hackensaw Boys in this week’s A Song & A Sip. The song is “Flora,” recorded live at the venue Paradiso in Amsterdam in 2013. There’s also a studio version of “Flora” on the forthcoming album Charismo. 

The Hackensaw Boys have a distinctly American flair to their music, just like baseball or apple pie. Speaking of these things, something else you might enjoy while listening to the Hackensaw Boys is Creamy Root Beer.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, which is brought to you in part from our friends at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

Each week, they share a great drink recipe as part of their #WhatToDrinkWednesday, and we thought it would be fun to pair the drinks with an amazing music performance.

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Creamy Root Beer:

1.5 oz of Root Beer Moonshine

3 oz of Cream Soda

2 oz of Club Soda

Build ingredients over ice and stir slowly.

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Honey & Houston

Cincinnati’s Honey & Houston visited the Blue Plate Special and treated the appreciative crowd to a slow number that featured the powerful vocals of lead singer Lauren Houston. Hailing from northern Kentucky, she and Heather Turner are the fuel behind the fire of Honey & Houston. They are completed by multi-instrumentalist Mark Cretcher and drummer Daniel Peterson. Their recently released debut album is called Barcelona.

Find out more at: http://www.honeyandhouston.com/

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance radio show held at noon, Monday through Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. Come and play your part as an audience member in the radio show that’s popular worldwide! Listen live at http://wdvx.com/

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – The Royal Hounds

The Royal Hounds – East Tennessee’s Own…by way of Vegas! Starting out right here in East Tennessee, the band relocated to Las Vegas when lead singer and bassist Scott Hinds got a role in the Sin City cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The Hounds joined us for a homecoming show on The Blue Plate Special in March and debuted tunes from their upcoming album, “Poker All Night Long,” which is scheduled for a summer 2016 release. As usual, they rocked the (full) house!

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is a live performance radio show held at noon, Monday through Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. Come and play your part as an audience member in the radio show that’s popular worldwide! Listen live at http://wdvx.com/