An Extra Helping of the BPS Road Show Featuring Pistol Creek Catch of the Day w/ Rare Aire Performing “Flip Flop & Fly”

Our sixth Blue Plate Special Road Show took us to the campus of historic Maryville College and the beautiful Clayton Center for the Arts. We will be back home at our newly remodeled Knoxville Visitor’s Center stage on March 3, 2017! The standing room only audience welcomed Blount County’s own Pistol Creek Catch of the Day to the stage. Members include Edward Harper (acoustic guitar), David Rasnake (electric guitar), Carl Gombert (bass), Brad Hitch (drums), and Doug Harris (harmonica). As an extra special treat, PCCOTD was joined by Rare Aire, the Medical Fitness harmonica group of COPD patients at Blount Memorial Hospital that is discovering new ways music can heal (and is led by PCCOTD guitarist Edward Harper). Connect with Pistol Creek Catch of the Day at: https://www.facebook.com/pistolcreekc… and enjoy this article about Rare Aire at http://blountmemorial.org/secondary.p…. Visit Maryville College and the Clayton Center on their websites at: http://www.claytonartscenter.com/ and https://www.maryvillecollege.edu/

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/ Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WDVXradio/ See more live performances and subscribe to our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WDVXRadio

An Extra Helping of the BPS Road Show featuring Jay Clark performing “Mountain In The Sky”

Our sixth Blue Plate Special Road Show took us to the campus of historic Maryville College and the beautiful Clayton Center for the Arts. We will be back home at our newly remodeled Knoxville Visitor’s Center stage on March 3, 2017! Jay Clark, a favorite in the East Tennessee music scene for more than 20 years (and an adjunct professor in the Biology Department at Maryville College) took the stage in front of a SRO crowd. His band, The Tennessee Tree Beavers, features Knoxville’s own Greg Horne on lead guitar & Daniel Kimbro on upright bass. Jay recently released his fifth recording, “Of Mountains & Heartbreak” (2016). This tune, “Mountain In The Sky” is from that album, and in the intro, Jay explains that concept he had when writing the song. Learn more about Jay Clark and his brand of “Original Appalachian Folk” at http://www.jayclarkmusic.com/. Visit Maryville College and the Clayton Center on their websites at: http://www.claytonartscenter.com/ and https://www.maryvillecollege.edu/

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/ Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WDVXradio/ See more live performances and subscribe to our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WDVXRadio

An Extra Helping of the BPS Road Show Featuring Ben Maney performing “Lonely Mountain”

The Blue Plate Special Road Show traveled to The Knoxville Museum Of Art for the fifth “to go” version while our downtown stage nears remodeling completion. On stage was Knoxville’s own Ben Maney, an eclectic pianist well known to audiences as a soloist, as well as from collaborations with other bands. He’s also a piano instructor at Community School of the Arts. It was just Ben and his piano this time, and he treated us to one of his original tunes, “Lonely Mountain”. Be sure and see Ben with his current musical partner, vocalist Yasameen Hoffman-Shahin. They performed at last year’s Big Ears kickoff party, and with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at Ijams Nature Center’s annual Symphony in the Park fundraiser. You can connect with Ben and Yasameen on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?…

See more live performances and subscribe to our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WDVXRadio

An Extra Helping of the BPS Road Show featuring Pale Root performing “Colorado”

The Blue Plate Special Road Show traveled to The Knoxville Museum Of Art for the fifth “to go” version while our downtown stage nears remodeling completion. On stage was Knoxville’s own Americana duo, Pale Root. Pale Root was born out of the collaboration of songwriters Aaron Freeman and Jordan Burris. Together, the two craft tales influenced by their admiration of traditional folk, country, bluegrass as well as modern folk and Americana. The full house heard tunes from their self-titled debut album, including this one, “Colorado”. Pale Root was joined on stage by Asher Smith on bass and Evie Andrus on fiddle. Find out lots more about Pale Root on their website at http://www.paleroot.com/ and connect with them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/palerootmusic/

See more live performances and subscribe to our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WDVXRadio

Johnny Mack’s Tracks

Did you catch last Friday night’s Johnny Mack’s Blues Attack? If you missed it visit our Archives page to hear the full show.  Tune in Friday nights from 9pm until 3am for six hours of the best of the blues! Check out some of the albums that Johnny played last Friday night:

David Bromberg Band, The Blues The Whole Blues & Nothing But The Blues, Red House Records

Colin James, Blue Highways, True North Records

Curtis Salgado, The Beautiful Lowdown, Alligator Records

Mississippi Heat, Cab Driving Man, Delmark Records

Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire, Grown Ass Woman, Delmark Records

Matthew Skoller, Blues Immigrant, Tongue ‘N’ Groove Records

John Mayall, Talk About That, 30 Below Records

Beth Hart, Fire On The Floor, Provogue/Mascot Label Group

Ronnie Baker Brooks, Times Have Changed, Provogue/Mascot Label Group

Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Bonafide, Jesi-Lu Records

The Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesome, Interscope/Universal

Joe Bonamassa, Live At The Greek Theatre, J&R Adventures

Kenny Neal, Bloodline, Cleopatra Records

Thornetta Davis, Honest Woman, Sweet Mama Music

Wee Willie Walker & The Greaseland All Stars, Live! Notodden Blues Festival, Little Village

Foundation

Scott Ramminger, Do What Your Heart Says To, Arbor Lane Music

Donald Ray Johnson & Gas Blues Band, Bluesin’ Around, self release

Mitch Kashmar, West Coast Toast, Delta Groove Music

Listen to “Johnny Mack’s Friday Night Blues Attack” 9pm-3 est www.wdvx.com

My entire playlist is posted on my Facebook page. Send a friend request to Johnny Mack.

Bullet Backstory Featuring Jay Clark

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is going on the road this winter due to remodeling at our Knoxville Visitor Center location. Our next Blue Plate Special Road Show is Friday, February 17th with Pistol Creek Catch of the Day along with Jay Clark & The Tennessee Tree Beavers from Clayton Center for The Arts in Maryville. It’s at noon, it’s free, it’s the really special Blue Plate Special Road Show at the Clayton Center for The Arts. Catch the broadcast or webcast at wdvx.com.

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

Take it away Jay!

  • Biggest musical influences? John Prine, Gillian Welch, Darrell Scott, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, George Jones, my Uncle Jerry
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I have always played in bands and wrote songs since I was 16. However, I went to college for 11.5 years, got a PhD in Wildlife Ecology, & pretty much looked at music and songwriting as a hobby. That is, until my wife, Stacy (also has a PhD but in Forestry), beat me to a full-time research position! If your are married to someone in our field (i.e., natural resource management), it is really difficult for both spouses to end up in the “job of their dreams”. So, we agreed that whoever got the job as close to East TN as possible, the other would fend for themselves. Luckily, we ended up in Knoxville, she got the job of her dreams, & I started recording records & touring. Although I don’t tour like I did for the last 12 years or so, I am still going to do music to some extent for the rest of my life… have to!
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Write what you know! It is too easy to stray from that, especially given what folks hear on mainstream radio. However, my motto has always been, “If I can’t sell a song to myself, then how the hell can I touch someone else with it?”
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? I am kind of a home body. However, going to live shows, usually sponsored by WDVX, gets me out of Blount County. So does UT football!
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Well, that is a hard one. It is easy to say any of the influences listed above. However, I would have to say some of the old mountain folk singers that were active across southern Appalachia during the labor movements associated with the coal mines in the 60s & 70s. I have a lot of that ordeal in my family history & would have loved to have shared the bill and stage with some of those folks that used their music for a cause. However, that kind of music is very much still alive today, you just have to look for it!
  • Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? One of my favorite WDVX memories is when I played the Blue Plate Special dressed as Elvis in 2008. It was a bet I made with Tony Lawson. He lost & had to dress up as Red Hickey!

 

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special Road Show Featuring ORHS Fusion Orchestra performing “Highway Boogie”

In our fourth road show while the Knoxville Visitor’s Center performance area is being remodeled, the Blue Plate Special traveled to the historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge. Opening the show were the students from the Oak Ridge High School Fusion Orchestra. This small group is made up of players from the 200 member ORHS Orchestra, under the direction of instructor Doug Phillips. Mr. Phillips tells us that in Fusion Orchestra, the challenge is to take classically trained musicians and teach them how to improvise on the spot, and it’s also an opportunity to teach songwriting and arranging skills. The tune in this video is called “Highway Boogie”. Mr. Phillips said, “That’s kind of the cool thing about it – I’m not just standing in front of the kids dictating what to do, I just become an equal member of the group with the kids – and so we’re having a lot of fun with it.” (That’s him on drums!) Student members of the ORHS Fusion Orchestra are: Sheila Wilder, Emily Lutner, Zach Trabalka, Julia Steed, Brittany Wensell, Sooah Lee, Matthew Daring-Yerk, and Owen Mull. Learn more about the award winning ORHS Orchestra on their website at: http://orhsorchestra.org/, and on their Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Oak-Ridge-Hi…. Discover the history of The Grove Theater at http://thegrovetheater.org/

See more live performances and subscribe to our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WDVXRadio

An Extra Helping of the BPS Road Road Show featuring the Tune Junkies “Welcome Poor Paddy Home”

In our fourth road show while the Knoxville Visitor’s Center performance area is being remodeled, the Blue Plate Special traveled to the historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge to help kick off the 9th Annual Tune Junkie Weekend. Tune Junkie Weekend is a lively celebration of Irish traditional music, dance and culture, and is open to musicians and music-lovers of all ages and levels. Festivities include dance and music workshops, storytelling, tasty regional food & drink, sessions, and a concert highlighting Scottish and Irish musicians from all over the southeast. The Tune Junkie musicians in this video are made up of instructors and organizers of the event, and they perform “Welcome Poor Paddy Home”, sung by Jason Herrera. The other players are Chad Beauchaine, Rick Hall, Gil Draper, Beanie Odell, Randy Clapper, and Kari Lapins. Learn more about Tune Junkie Weekend at http://www.tunejunkie.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/TuneJunkies/. Discover the history of The Grove Theater at http://thegrovetheater.org/

See more live performances and subscribe to our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WDVXRadio

Johnny Mack’s Tracks

 

Here’s the WDVX’s Blues Playlist for January 2016 from the Johnny Mack Blues Attack specialty show! Tune in on Friday nights from 9pm until three in the morning for your weekly dose of the blues!

1.  The Rolling Stones, Blue & Lonesome, Interscope/Universal
2.  Wee Willie Walker & The Greaseland All Stars, Live! Notodden Blues Festival, Little Village Foundation
3.  Trudy Lynn, I’ll Sing The Blues For You, Connor Ray
4.  Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire, Grown Ass Woman, Delmark
5.  The Knickerbocker All-Stars, Texas Rhody Blues, JP Cadillac
6.  Big Bill Morganfield, Bloodstains On The Wall, Black Shuck
7.  Mississippi Heat, Cab Driving Man, Delmark
8.  Biscuit Miller, Wishbone, Bluesboss
9.  Donald Ray Johnson & Gas Blues Band, Bluesin’ Around, self release
10.  Omar Coleman, Omar Coleman & Westside Soul, 3 On The B
11.  Popa Chubby, The Catfish, Ear Music
12.  Peter Karp, Alabama Town, Rose Cottage
13.  Ronnie Baker Brooks, Times Have Changed, Provogue/Mascot
14.  Tim Gartland, If You Want A Good Woman, Taste Good Music
15.  Elvin Bishop, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Alligator
16.  Various Artists, The Blues Foundation Presents International Blue Challenge #32, The Blues Foundation
17.  Liz Mandeville, The Stars Motel, Blue Kitty
18.  Bobby Rush, Porcupine Meat, Rounder/Concord
19.  The Jimmys, Live From Transylvania, Brown Cow
20.  Raphael Wressnig & Igor Prado, The Soul Connection, ZYX Music
21.  Jack Mack & The Heart Attack Horns, Back To The Shack, Freeroll Music
22.  Mike Zito, Make Blues Not War, Ruf
23.  Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings, The Blues Don’t Care, Blue Hoss
24.  Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Alligator
25.  Jeff Healey, Holding On, Provogue/Macot

Listen to “Johnny Mack’s Friday Night Blues Attack” 9pm-3 est www.wdvx.com

An Extra Helping of the BPS Road Show Featuring Dave Eggar with Hammerstep Performing “Believe/Crooked Road”

The Blue Plate Special Road Shows continue, as remodeling progresses on our downtown stage. Barley’s Knoxville was the location this week, and Dave Eggar brought his band – along with the dance crew Hammerstep. Dave moves seamlessly between all genres, whether classical, reggae, bluegrass, jazz, pop, or world music. Hammerstep consists of a diverse group of elite performers from a variety of disciplines, including: Irish, Tap, Hip Hop, Martial Arts, Stepping and Capoeira. The band closed their show by combining two original tunes, “Believe” and “Crooked Road”, and was then joined by Hammerstep for a big finale. Discover more about Dave Eggar at http://www.daveeggarmusic.com/ and learn about Hammerstep at http://www.hammerstep.com/

See more live performances and subscribe to our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/WDVXRadio