A Song & A Sip – Barstool Romeos

 

The Barstool Romeos are a honky-tonk rock and roll band that claims Knoxville as their home. We’re excited to have them as part of the lineup for the WDVX | Ijams Meadow Lark Music Festival and we hope you’ll come out and enjoy the festival on June 25th.

Tickets will be $25 through June 24th and $35 at the gate (Children 10 & under are free). You can Click HERE to purchase your tickets today! Plus, we’ve also got some special VIP tickets which include prime parking, beer tickets, speedy check-in, and more!

We think you’ll enjoy this video, for the track “Dreams,” because it evokes something that just feels like summertime. There’s nothing better than good music, enjoyed outside in the summer, surrounded by the beauty of nature. And on June 25th, when you come to Meadow Lark Music Festival, you’ll get to experience that firsthand.

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 Barstool Romeos create a perfect soundtrack for your summer. And if you need a refreshing summer drink to enjoy, try this week’s Sip, which incorporates some of summer’s bounty: fresh blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.

Mix up a batch of these daiquiris and crank up the Barstool Romeos!

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1 oz Sugarlands Silver Cloud Moonshine

1 oz Sugarlands Blockader’s Blackberry Moonshine

2 oz Strawberry Puree

1/2 cup of Blackberries

1/2 cup of Raspberries

2 scoops of Ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend well and pour into Hurricane glass. Garnish with three berries on a spear.

Volunteer Opportunities at WDVX | Ijams Meadow Lark Music Festival!

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Meadow Lark Music Festival is fun, but volunteering is even more fun!

When: Saturday, June 25 (noon-11 pm)
Where: Ijams Nature Center

Take a look at the volunteer positions that are available & send an email to volunteers@wdvx.com if you’re interested in helping out!

Security  – 

This position is basically just sitting in a chair at the top of the hill making sure no one enters the festival without a wristband. We’re scheduling three people at a time for this position so that you can trade off & take a break during your shift. You will have a full view of the festival and all of the music from this position. If working the last shift you may be asked to help clean up the lawn after your shift.

Shifts are from 12-4, 4-8, and 8-11.

 

Beer Tickets – 

This position will work in a team of four to sell beer tickets & water. You will be expected to make change and use an iPad to handle these transactions. You will not have to check IDs. Anyone who is 21+ will receive a special wristband at the gate when they check-in. You may have to stand for extended periods of time. The first shift will help set-up the booth and the last shift will help break it down.

Shift is from 7-11. (pm)

 

Beer Service – 

This position requires a lot of standing, and not much time to take a break. Please keep this in mind. Volunteers who handle beer service will need to check for wristbands, take beer tickets, and serve beer. We may have some beer in cans, but for the most part it will be on draft. This is a fast paced position, but certainly a fun one.

Shift is from 7-11 (pm)

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – The Local Honeys “The Beattyville Bomber”

The Local Honeys is a duo consisting of Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs, both from Kentucky. They are the first women to graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Traditional Music from Morehead State University. Linda Jean and Montana are dedicated to keeping the music of the mountains alive, especially the songs and stories by both living and late artists from Kentucky and the Appalachian region. Their new album, “Little Girls Actin’ Like Men”, has just been released, and includes this Montana penned tune, called “The Beattyville Bomber” (Freida). She sings lead vocal on this one, and the ladies explain that they “…are not convinced of our fictitious Freida’s damnation and applaud her for her bravery to do what has to be done as a woman in this big ole goofy world”.
Learn more about The local Honeys and their new CD at http://www.thelocalhoneys.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/

Dom Flemons on the Blue Plate Special – Full Performance

After his show at the Bijou Theater as part of the Knoxville Stomp Festival of Lost Music, Dom Flemons returned to the Blue Plate stage and treated the full house to roots music that is very much part of the American songbook. As co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and continuing in his solo career, Dom has focused on creating music that is rooted in history. But, by taking a contemporary approach, he hopes to reexamine what traditional music can become. Rounding out the trio on the Blue Plate stage are Brian Farrow on fiddle and bass, along with Tarek Mohammed on percussion. Find out more about the “American Songster” Dom Flemons at http://www.domflemons.com/

We’ve got the whole show for you! Here’s the set list:
Knox County Stomp
Polly Put The Kettle On
Have I Stayed Away Too Long
Keep On Truckin’
I Can’t Do It Any More
Poor Howard/Gwine Dig A Hole To Put The Devil In
Till The Seas Run Dry

Learn more about the Knoxville Stomp Festival of Lost Music at http://knoxstomp.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 – Scott McMahan Full Show

East Tennessee’s own Scott McMahan took the Blue Plate stage and showed us all why he is one of our hometown favorites. The entire show and interview is yours right here! Scott’s first full-length studio album is finished and will be released in June. Find out more at http://www.scottmcmahanmusic.com/. Helping Scott out on electric guitar and backing vocals is fellow East Tennessee native, Tommie John. You can learn more about Tommie at http://www.tommiejohnmusic.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/

Bullet Backstory – David Dwyer

It’s time for another edition of the WDVX Bullet Backstory, and this time we’re sharing the backstory of David Dwyer. If he looks familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen him on the big screen, acting in films such as “The Blind Side” or “Selma.” Dwyer calls Maryville home and is a friend of WDVX, who helps host Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash.

We hope you enjoy learning more of his backstory!

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Dwyer, with his wife Marilyn on the bridge in Selma

  • How did you get involved with the Dylan Birthday Bash? With friends like Stevo Horton, who needs enemies? I was actually honored to be their first emcee and get to share my love of “Bob” with everyone who came to that fledgling effort. And with subsequent gatherings at the World’s Fair Park and now on Market Square linked up with WDVX, the PARTY has grown and become so inclusive. It’s also great to work with Steve Dupree when he doesn’t have to memorize any lines- the things that can come out of his mouth.
  • Why do you think events like this are important to our community? It is OUR community and we have to take ownership. Use it or lose it.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do for fun in East Tennessee? Swim in our beautiful waters with my wife and dog and groove and dance to the excellent sounds available throughout the area.
  • East Tennessee has so many talented people – from musicians to artists, and actors. What advice do you have for young actors who are trying to hone their craft? Find like minded people, practice, learn and have fun. Take criticism well. Have different monologues in your back pocket for appropriate occasions and don’t be afraid to use them.
  • Do you have any projects in the works that you’d like to share? OR Any favorite memories of projects you’ve worked on over the years? Was very proud to be a small part of SELMA a while ago. Still putting my best foot forward with movie /TV auditions and in life. Happy to be doing more VO’s and working in my shop on wooden lamps when home.

DD Selma

Thanks David for answering our questions, and thanks for helping us keep the music going!

A Song & A Sip – Tim Lee 3

Tim Lee 3 has been a longtime favorite of music fans in East Tennessee, and we can’t wait to see them playing at Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash, kicking off at 5 p.m. this Friday, June 3rd on Knoxville’s Market Square. Don’t miss this FREE outdoor music event presented by WDVX!

Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash is the first of a string of dates with TL3 + RB Morris, which starts Morris’ month-long residency at the 5-Spot in Nashville and continuing with three dates in Mississippi. Tim Lee 3 has also been invited to play the Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham in August.

We think you’ll enjoy this video, for the track “Get There First,” because it’s not just good music, but also has some unforgettable visuals. This tune is from the band’s “Raucous Americanus” release and stars Andy Pirkle.

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.

Tim Lee 3 has a familiar sound but always throws something unexpected into the musical mix. That’s exactly what is happening with this week’s Sip, which combines something familiar (vanilla ice cream) with something unexpected.

Mix up an Adult Root Beer Float and enjoy the Tim Lee 3!

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2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

2 oz Sugarlands Root Beer Moonshine

1 oz Sugarlands Butterscotch Gold Moonshine

1 scoop of Ice

4 oz Root Beer

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend thoroughly and top with a little whipped cream to give appearance of foam.

Bullet Backstory – The Whiskey Gentry

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This is a new series we’ve started 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 this edition of “Bullet Backstory” we sat down with  The Whiskey Gentry, who’ll be performing at the Sweethearts of the Smokies Festival June 4th at the Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, Tennessee.

The band has been recording its new record, Dead Ringer, since last fall and it will be out later this year. They recorded it at Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC. They’ll be playing lots of the new tunes at the Sweethearts Festival the 4th and say they can’t wait!

We hope you enjoy their bullet backstory…

1) What are your biggest Musical Influences? My musical influences range from anything from U2 to Dolly Parton to Ryan Adams to Mozart to Outkast. It’s insane and doesn’t make much sense for someone to who plays country/Americana music! I’m really just influenced by all music that moves me in some way. It doesn’t have to be genre specific – I just love music and take inspiration from everything.
2) If you could work with any musician living or dead, who would it be and why? Such a hard question to answer!! Like I said above, my musical influences are literally all over the place, so it’s difficult to narrow it down to one particular person. Since you’re making me, I think I would say Beethoven. I don’t know if I really want to work with him (do you think he would like country music?), as I would like to see him work. I was pretty obsessed with him when I was younger, and I think it would be so incredible to see and experience his genius in the room.
3) What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Visit with family. Jason was born and raised in Oak Ridge, and his family still lives up there, so we love spending time with them when our tours bring us their way.
4) Best advice for a young musician trying to hone his/her craft? I definitely don’t feel qualified to be answering this question! Hah! Still so, so much to learn ourselves, but I guess I would say just to be kind and humble and work hard. Those things seem to be worth their weight in gold in the long run.
5) What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I specifically remember the day I knew that music was the only thing I could see myself doing in the future. I was 15 and I was watching one of my favorite bands play at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, and I never wanted anything more badly in my life. It was like a light bulb went off in my head, and I never looked back. I’ve had other things that I love to do, but playing music and songwriting is the only thing that feels right. When I’m playing music, I feel like my life is on the right path. That’s a really powerful feeling you cannot deny yourself.
Now enjoy this great tune from The Whiskey Gentry! 

 

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Kim Logan “Western Medication”

After a decade in the opera industry, Kim Logan moved from Florida to Nashville to write songs and make records. In addition, Kim has penned published poetry and essays, consulted on and served as muse for a fashion designers and vintage curators, and collaborated with everyone from filmmakers to burlesque and hoop dancers, to portrait artists, in interdisciplinary displays of performance art.

Her self titled debut album was released in 2015, and Kim treated the Blue Plate audience to a preview of “Western Medication”, which is from a new project that will be out in September 2016. Learn more about Kim Logan at: http://www.kimlogan.net/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/

Bullet Backstory – Whiskey Bent Valley Boys

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This is a new series we’ve started 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 this edition of “Bullet Backstory” we sat down with the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys who performed recently on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. Click here to see an extra helping of their performance!
  • Biggest Musical Influences – My parents played in a touring bluegrass band for 17 years so I would brought up around it, but after time really started to get into more of the old time sound , the mountain sound.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians trying to hone their craft? Practice, Practice, Practice.. and just the want and the will and the love for what your trying to accomplish.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Our favorite thing to do in the great city of Knoxville, TN is eat at Tomato Head and bounce in and out of the thrift shops. Mainly the food. Our first trip to Knoxville almost 10 years ago, Matt Morelock took us to Tomato Head and it has been a hit and a band favorite ever since. We lived in the Gatlinburg area playing music for the city and at Dollywood 6 days a week for 5 years and on our off day we would always drive up to Ktown and eat at Tomato Head.. No joke. My favorite thing is the  Black bean and chicken Burrito. Hard to beat that. Hahaha. Also just walking around the farmers market area.
  • If you could work for any musician living or dead who would it be? Oh my that’s a tricky question. I guess the answer is No One. I like working for myself 🙂
  • Anything else you’d like to share? New record is called ON THE FLY we recorded that with Questionable Records. It’s a hard driving old time record, that’s for sure. Got some heat behind those tunes. “Heat=Speed” 😉

Thanks to the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys for sharing a bit of their story!