A Song & A Sip – Meadow Lark Music Festival Artists

[Photo Courtesy Bill Foster Photography]

[Photo Courtesy Bill Foster Photography]

Meadow Lark Music Festival is Saturday, June 25th. Do you have your tickets yet? One of our favorite ways to enjoy the summer is at a great outdoor festival like this. Live music in the air while the sights and sounds of nature are all around you, with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere. Meadow Lark Music Fest is a full day and evening of music from some of your favorite artists, including Dale Watson and Southern Culture on the Skids. What’s not to love?

There’s still time to treat yourself to the VIP experience. Click here for VIP tickets.

And don’t forget that this year’s festival will have $5 parking at Ijams. FREE parking is available at any of the Downtown Knoxville garages and you can then ride the FREE shuttle from the WDVX Studio (Knoxville Visitors Center on Gay Street) to and from Ijams for the festival.

For more info, check out this blog post on how to make the most of your Meadow Lark Experience!

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 drink with an amazing music performance.

Check out these previous A Song & A Sip posts featuring other Meadow Lark artists!

The Barstool Romeos | Four Leaf Peat | Red Shoes and Rosin

And while you’re waiting for the WDVX | Ijams Meadow Lark Music Festival to begin, in the meantime we hope you’ll enjoy this week’s Sip, the Spiced Pineapple!

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2 oz of Sugarlands Silver Cloud Moonshine

.75 oz of Mark Roger’s American Peach Moonshine

2 oz of Pineapple Juice

2 oz of Grapefruit Juice

.75 oz of Lime Juice

.5 oz of Grenadine

.25 oz of Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients (minus grenadine) in a mixing tin with ice. Shake well and strain over ice in Hurricane glass. Sink grenadine all over the top to create streaking effect. Garnish with pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf. Enjoy!

WDVX Names Katie Cauthen Program Director/Content Manager

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KNOXVILLE (June 22, 2016)—The Board of WDVX public community radio, known worldwide for its daily live radio show “The Blue Plate Special,” has hired Katie Cauthen as the station’s new Program Director/Content Manager.

Cauthen, a Knoxville native and 2011 graduate of the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism & Electronic Media, has been with WDVX since 2008. Among her positions at the station Cauthen has served as AAA Music Director, leading the review of the flood of new tracks that the station receives. A national search was conducted for the program director position.

Cauthen’s knowledge of roots music and artists played on WDVX, and her readiness to meet today’s rapid technological changes in the music industry, led to the decision to hire her.

“WDVX has grown from a station in a camping trailer to a more complex and bigger operation. So our challenges have changed,” said Linda Billman, WDVX general manager. “Katie is a great fit because she not only has the passion for the station that our listeners and donors have, she has the skill set needed to keep moving us forward. Her expertise in content creation, social media, and technology will solidly serve WDVX in engaging people in the way they want to discover and listen to music today.”

Cauthen will take the programming helm immediately. “I am as excited as I am honored to accept the Program Director/Content Manager position. The brilliant disc jockeys and staff of the WDVX team have helped me grow immeasurably over the years. I look forward to leading WDVX into the future while continuing to honor the station’s rich and storied past, and mission to share the vibrant East Tennessee community with the world by way of its music,” said Cauthen.

WDVX is a listener supported radio station popular throughout the world for its American roots mix of music that includes Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, Swing, Celtic, Alt-Country, Classic Country, Classic Rock, and more. The station is a service of non-profit organization Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation. Its broadcast on 89.9 FM reaches eleven counties in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky, on 102.9 in downtown Knoxville, and 93.9 in the Seymour and Kodak areas and its webcast is heard online around the world at wdvx.com.

More information on the station can be found at wdvx.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Sarah Morgan “Seneca Square Dance” and “Waynesboro”

Mountain dulcimer player Sarah Morgan and bassist Andy Brown perform some Old Time fiddle tunes for the Blue Plate Special audience with a medley of “Seneca Square Dance” and “Waynesboro”. Sarah is a native of East Tennessee and has won numerous awards, including 1st place at the 2012 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships held in Winfield, KS., and was a finalist in the 2013 International Acoustic Music Awards. She has also won other titles, including Mid-Eastern Region Mountain Dulcimer Champion, Kentucky State Mountain Dulcimer Champion, and Southern Region Mountain Dulcimer Champion. She is currently studying Traditional Music and Appalachian Studies at Morehead State University. More at http://www.sarahmorganmusic.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 – Boy Named Banjo “Birdman”

Boy Named Banjo is a roots rock band based out of Nashville, made up of members Barton Davies on vocals, banjo and guitar, William Reames on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Willard Logan on vocals, acoustic & electric guitar and mandolin, Sam McCullough on vocals, drums and percussion, and Abraham Scott on vocals and bass guitar. They have an EP and two albums to their credit, the latest “Long Story Short”. When they visited the Blue Plate stage, the band played a couple of unreleased tunes, including this one, called “Birdman”. They also let the appreciative audience know that they are coming back to Knoxville in November, when they will again be on the Blue Plate stage and will open for Darrell Scott at the Bijou Theater. Learn more about Boy Named Banjo at http://www.boynamedbanjo.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/

A Song & A Sip – The DuPont Brothers

photo by Grayson Crounse

photo by Grayson Crounse

Siblings Zack and Sam DuPont are an indie-folk-Americana duo based in Burlington, Vermont. Together they make up the DuPont Brothers and we’re excited to welcome them to the Tennessee Shines Radio Show at 7 p.m. on June 22, 2016.

Want to hear the DuPont Brothers on Tennessee Shines? You can listen live online or on the radio, or come out to Boyd’s Jig & Reel in Knoxville’s Old City to enjoy the show in person. Click here to get reserved tickets for the DuPont Brothers show on WDVX’s Tennessee Shines!

The band was formed in spring of 2013, and since then the brothers have toured heavily throughout the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, South and Mid West in what they call “a fully independent pursuit to get their songs to as many ears as possible.”

Their travels have opened doors to festival appearances at SXSW & Grand Point North in addition to performances in support of some of their musical heroes including Bahamas, Blake Mills, Sturgill Simpson, Ben Sollee, Chris Eldridge & Julian Lage and Jerry Douglas to name a few.

What the DuPont Brothers are most excited about is the next phase. This past year, they have been working on a new album with Vermont producer, Michael Chorney along with an all-star cast of local musicians. Their sophomore full length and first ever vinyl release, A Riddle For You, came out this month. And we know you’re going to enjoy this tune from the album, just in time for summer!

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.

The tunes of the DuPont Brothers are just right for warm weather, including those late nights sitting on the porch. For a great drink that is sure to quench your summertime thirst, try this week’s Sip, a concoction that’s a little sweet, and a little strong for the perfect combination.

This week’s What to Drink Wednesday is our Blackberry Mule.

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2 oz Blockader’s Blackberry Moonshine
Ginger Beer
½ Fresh Squeezed Lime
Lime Wedge
Pour moonshine over ice. Squeeze in half a lime and top off with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge. Enjoy!

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Lacy Green “Nice Things”

Growing up in the tiny town of Pilot Mountain, in the foothills of North Carolina, music was always a staple in the Green house. When she was 13, Lacy was writing her own songs and playing at school, church, town festivals, and anywhere else someone would let her. Then she recorded an EP, played a lot of shows, went to college, released another EP, released a single, went on a radio tour, moved to Nashville, played a lot more shows, and signed her first publishing deal. In addition, she let the Blue Plate Special audience know that she will be appearing at the 2016 CMA Fest. This tune is the title track from Lacy’s newest project called “Nice Things”, and we think you’ll be hearing lots more from this talented artist. Learn more about Lacy Green at http://www.lacygreen.com/home

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 – Carolina Cud Chewers “Her Name was Hula Lou”

From their base of operations in Asheville, NC, Carolina Cud Chewers travel “all over” to play their traditional brand of Carolina string band music. They are at their best when performing the yodeling white country blues of Jimmie Rodgers and rural ragtime of the mountains and the Piedmont. Influenced by great Carolina string bands of the 1920’s such as Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, the Carolina Tar Heels, and Wilmer Watts and His Lonely Eagles, the Cud Chewers play a variety of historic songs from traditional and popular sources. This tune, “Her Name Was Hula Lou” was first recorded by The Carolina Tar Heels on the Victor label in 1927. The Carolina Cud Chewers are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Carolina-Cud…

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/

Bullet Backstory – Reverend Freakchild

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For this edition of the WDVX Bullet Backstory, we sat down with Reverend Freakchild, a New York City-based musician, singer, and songwriter, “known for writing and performing a distinct style of the blues incorporating elements of psychedelic music, country music, and the blues.”

Bullet Backstory tells an artist’s story in his or her own words. The Reverend will be taking the stage today for the Blue Plate Special, so we hope you’ll tune in online or on the radio. Or come on down to the WDVX studio at the Visit Knoxville Visitors Center on Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville.

Take it away Reverend Freakchild!

  • Biggest musical influences – Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Blues
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? Mom was a classical pianist – music in my blood – if I don’t play the blues I start to get depressed.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Play the f*&#ing melody and don’t do drugs.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? I think I went to this Buddhist meditation last time I played in town – it was at a place behind this really tasty BBq joint.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Daniel Lanois or T Bone Burnett – love most of what those dudes do as producers and think the sounds of the Rev would do well to get their treatment

P.S. Here’s a link to new video for Reverend Freakchild’s hit single ‘All I Got Is Now’

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Darrell Scott (Full Performance)

Darrell Scott was in Knoxville during spring of 2016 to perform with John Prine at the Tennessee Theater, and he stopped by the Blue Plate to share a few tunes with a standing-room-only crowd of fans. We’ve got the whole show and interview here for you to enjoy!

Darrell’s latest album is called “Couchfield Sessions” and is available at http://www.darrellscott.com/. He kicks off this show with the first track on that record. This is especially poignant because he mentions his friend Guy Clark, who is featured on the record, and passed away just a few short weeks later.

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Darrell Scott will be performing July 30th at the Dancing Bear Lodge Music & Food Festival in Townsend, Tennessee. Click here to get tickets or learn more about this great upcoming event!

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/

How to make the most of Meadow Lark Music Festival

[Photo Courtesy Bill Foster Photography]

[Photo Courtesy Bill Foster Photography]

WDVX | Ijams Meadow Lark Music Festival is coming up in just a few short weeks. This is such a great event that we look forward to every year. And we hope you’re making plans to attend!

Want to make the most of your Meadow Lark Music Festival experience? Here’s a list of things you might want to consider.

1) Park for Free in Downtown Knoxville & Ride the Shuttle

Limited parking will be available in the other lots surrounding Ijams for $5. But we recommend taking a free shuttle from the Visitor’s Center in downtown Knoxville. The shuttle will run from 11:30 am til midnight ensuring that everyone can get to and from the festival with ease! Parking is free downtown on the weekends. Check out this link for your complete guide to parking downtown.

2) Treat Yourself to the VIP Experience

Not only do VIP Tickets get you premium parking in the main lot at Ijams, but when you attend the festival as a VIP, you can also enjoy the total VIP Experience. 

Our special VIP package is $200 and gets you 4 festival tickets, free reserved parking, a super speedy VIP check-in line, and 8 beverage tickets.

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3) Buy Tickets by June 24th before the Price Goes Up

General admission ticket prices are $25 through June 24th, but they go up to $35 if you wait to get them at the gate. So make your dollars go further by buying tickets early.

4) Be Prepared to Eat Delicious Food & Enjoy Tasty Drinks

We’ve gathered together some of the best food trucks and vendors that Knoxville has to offer, so come hungry! Food will be available for purchase in the festival plaza all day long. Special food needs? Many of our vendors offer vegetarian and vegan food options. Please be aware that some of our vendors may not accept debit/credit cards.

Don’t forget to bring your ID if you want to enjoy adult beverages! In order to purchase beer, you must present your valid photo ID at the gate and receive a 21+ wristband. Absolutely no outside alcohol will be allowed in the festival grounds! Non-alcoholic beverages, including water and soda, will be available for purchase to help you stay hydrated.

5) Leave Fido & Fluffy at Home

We all love our pets, and we know they love great music as much as you do, but pets are not allowed in the festival grounds. Please leave your four-legged friends at home.

Have any other questions not answered by this post? Check out the WDVX | Ijams Meadow Lark Music Festival main page for even more great information.