An Extra Helping of the WDVX Blue Plate Special Jimmy “Daddy” Davis Performing “Cast Iron Love”

The Blue Plate Special recently welcomed Jimmy “Daddy” Davis back to the stage. Due to his busy touring schedule, it seems like it’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity catch up with Jimmy Daddy. The wait was rewarded though, as he brought all brand new songs to share with the appreciative audience. He told us that this tune, “Cast Iron Love” was inspired by cast iron skillets he inherited from his grandmothers. Find out lots more about this Memphis native, now based in Wimberley, Texas, and his multi- decade career that has made him a favorite in the Americana world at: http://www.jimmydaddy.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/ 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 WDVX Blue Plate Special featuring The Steel Wheels performing “Sing Me Like A Folk Song”

The Blue Plate Special welcomed The Steel Wheels back to our stage, and the audience was treated to tunes from their new CD, “Wild as We Came Here”, including this one, “Sing Me Like A Folk Song”. The new CD will be available 5/5/17. The Steel Wheels are: Trent Wagler-vocals/banjo/guitar, Eric Brubaker-fiddle/vocals, Jay Lapp-mandolin/guitar/vocals, Brian Dickel-bass/vocals, and Kevin Garcia-keys/percussion. Find out lots more about The Steel Wheels on their website at: https://www.thesteelwheels.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/ 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 on the WDVX Blue Plate Special featuring Mipso performing “Train Down the Line”

From North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s Americana artists Mipso visited the Blue Plate stage. Their music is heard regularly on WDVX, and Mipso is touring to promote the release of their new album “Coming Down The Mountain” (April 7, 2017). On the new CD, Mipso has ventured further than ever from their string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition – including adding drums and electric instruments to their intimate four-part harmonies. This tune, “Train Down The Line”, is from the new release. Mipso is: Libby Rodenbough-fiddle/vocals, Joseph Terrell-guitar/vocals, Wood Robinson-bass/vocals, Jacob Sharp-mandolin/guitar/vocals, and Yan Westerlund-drums. Find out lots more about Mipso on their website at: https://www.mipsomusic.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/ 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

Special WDVX Father’s Day Packages – Featuring a limited edition WDVX Orca Tumbler

Celebrate this Father’s Day WDVX Style!

Happy Father’s Day from WDVX!

Looking for something special to please that father-figure in your life this year? Get yours HERE!

Celebrate his love for WDVX with a limited edition, 20th Anniversary Orca Tumbler! Paired with your choice of WDVX thumb drive full of hand-selected tracks from the WDVX music archives or a WDVX ball cap (perfect for a day out on the links or an early morning fishing trip!), this is a one-of-a-kind way to show him how much you care.

This 27-oz Orca tumbler features:

  • Double-walled vacuum sealed body and dual insulation system with a copper-clad inner chamber
  • Tritan polymer lid with silicone gasket creates a leak-proof seal
  • Condensation free grip retains ice or heat
  • Bpa-Free lid
  • 18/8 stainless steel
  • WDVX 20th Anniversary Logo

To pick up the perfect gift, stop by our store and get yours today!

Johnny Mack’s Tracks

The Johnny Mack Blues Attack takes place every Friday night from 9pm until 3am on WDVX! You can listen live on your radio or online at wdvx.com. Take a look at some of the albums that were played last week:

Ken Swartz & The Palace Of Sin, Smile Away The Blues, Adelphi Records

Terry Robb, Cool Of The Bloom, Niasounds

Harrison Kennedy, Who U Tellin’?, Electro-Fi Records

Big Joe Fitz, Shoulda Known Better, self release

Ruthie Foster, Joy Comes Back, Blue Corn Music

Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’, TajMo, Concord Music Group

Eric Bibb, Migration Blues, Stony Plain Records

Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi, Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train, M. C. Records

Studebaker John, Songs For None, Avanti

Delta Moon, Cabbagetown, Jumping Jack Records/Landslide Records

Biscuit Miller, Wishbone, Bluesboss Music

Janiva Magness, Blue Again, Blue Elan Records

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

Thornbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado, Change My Game, Ruf Records

Samantha Fish, Chills & Fever, Ruf Records

Vanessa Collier, Meeting My Shadow, Ruf Records

Selwyn Birchwood, Pick Your Poison, Alligator Records

Mr. Sipp, Knock A Hole In It, Malaco Records

John McNamara, Rollin’ With It, Bahool Records

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

The Knickerbocker All-Stars, Texas Rhody Blues, JP Cadillac Records

Amy Black, Memphis, Reuben Records

Fabrizio Poggi, Texas Blues Voices, Appaloosa Records (2 songs)

John Primer & Bob Corritore, Ain’t Nothing You Can Do, Delta Groove Music

Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter, Right Place Right Time, Delta Groove Music

Steve Krase, Should’ve Seen It Coming, Connor Ray Music

Nick Schnebelen, Live In Kansas City, VizzTone Label Group

Billy Price, Alive & Strange, VizzTone Label Group

John Nemeth, Feelin’ Freaky, Memphis Grease

Lauren Mitchell, Desire, self release (releases 6/16)

Billy Flynn, Lonesome Highway, Delmark Records

Laura Tate, Let’s Just Be Real, 811 Gold Records

North Mississippi Allstars, Prayer For Peace, SMG (releases 6/2)

Kilborn Alley Blues Band, The Tolano Tapes, Rein It Back Records

Chris Belleau, Swamp Fever, Proud Dog

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Jay-Vee Inc.

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

His entire playlist is posted on Facebook. Send a friend request to Johnny Mack.

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special featuring Marv Ashby & High Octane Performing “I’m On My Way Back to the Old House”

From Berkeley Springs in the West Virginia Panhandle, Marv Ashby and High Octane came to the Blue Plate Special. They brought their hard-driving mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass music, which features Marv’s aggressive flatpicking style and straight-ahead vocal arrangements. High Octane is: Doug (Beardie) Moats on bass, Larry Crawford on fiddle, and Jack VanOrden on banjo. After a short fiddle intro (“Fire On The Mountain”) the band picks “I’m On My Way Back To The Old Home”, from their 2014 project, “The Recipe”. To find more info about, and keep up with Marv Ashby and High Octane, visit https://www.reverbnation.com/marvashb…

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 WDVX Blue Plate Special Featuring Blue Mother Tupelo Performing “Meet Me Down River”

Blue Mother Tupelo returned to the Blue Plate Special recently. BMT is Ricky and Micol Davis – and they began their musical life together as (The) Blue Mother Tupelo at an open mic night at Sassy Ann’s in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1995. A move to Nashville followed, and they have been performing ever since, releasing multiple albums and entertaining crowds with their distinctive Southern soul and stomp. This is “Meet Me Down River”, which appears on Blue Mother Tupelo’s CD, “Only Sunshine” (2014). Be sure and watch for their new album, due to be released in June, 2017. Find out more about Blue Mother Tupelo on their website at: https://www.bluemothertupelo.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/ 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

WDVX Camperfest Reunion May 5-6 Schedule

Darrell Scott, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, and Jill Andrews headline Camperfest Reunion May 5 – 6.  The festival celebrates the iconic WDVX 14-foot Camper Broadcast Studio that started it all in 1997 and the Camperfest Americana Music Festival, which happened from 1998 – 2007.

Join the party that brings listeners and local and national artist from near and far together for a weekend of great music and fellowship at Dumplin Valley Farm* in Kodak, TN just 25 minutes from downtown Knoxville. Directions at the bottom of the page.

Scott Miller & The Commonwealth

The original WDVX 14ft Camper Broadcast Studio will be on site to tour.   RV and tent camping available.     

Jill Andrews

Camperfest Reunion Artists:

Darrell Scott
Scott Miller and the Commonwealth
Jill Andrews
Robinella
Jay Clark and the TN Tree Beavers
The Barstool Romeos
Brendon James Wright and the Wrongs
Four Leaf Peat
Eli Fox
Guy Marshall
Alex Leach & the Clinch Mountain Boys
Red Shoes & Rosin
Kevin Abernathy Band
Night Colors (formerly Hazel)
The Lonetones
Appalachian Hippie Poet

 

EVENT TIMES:                 RAIN OR SHINE! 

Friday, May 5, 2017     Music: 4pm – 11pm   (Gates open 3pm)

Saturday, May 6, 2017     Music:  1pm – 11pm   (Gates open at Noon)

 

FESTIVAL SEATING – BRING YOUR CAMP/LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET!

 

Artist Lineups:

(subject to change)

Friday, May 5, 20174-11PM
Saturday, May 6, 20171-11PM
Eli Fox
4:00 – 4:45PM
Alex Leach & the Clinch Mountain Boys
1:00pm – 1:55PM
Brendon James Wright & the Wrongs
5:00 – 5:45PM

Appalachian Hippie Poet
2:00 – 2:05PM

Jay Clark & the TN Tree Beavers
6:00 – 6:45PM
Four Leaf Peat
2:15 – 3:00Pm
Robinella
7:00 – 7:55PM
Kevin Abernathy Band
3:15 – 3:55PM
Appalachian Hippie Poet
8-8:05pm
Night Colors (formerly Hazel)
4:15 – 5:00PM
Guy Marshall
8:15 – 9:05PM
Red Shoes & Rosin
5:15 – 6:00PM
Darrell Scott
9:30 – 10:45PM
The Lonetones
6:15 – 7:00PM
Barstool Romeos
7:15 – 8:00
Jill  Andrews (full band)
8:15  – 9:15PM
 
Scott Miller & The Commonwealth
9:45PM – 11:00PM

 

Ticket Prices:   Festival Tickets and Camping Reservations must be purchased separately!

PRICING SCHEDULE
Weekend Pass
Friday, May 5
One Day Pass
Saturday May 6
One Day Pass
    Early Bird:     3/17/17 – 4/14/17
(Super Saver)  $40.00
               $22.50
$25.00
4/15/17 – 5/4/17
$45.00
               $25.00
$30.00
Gate Price
$50.00
               $30.00
$35.00


Above prices are per ticket (plus applicable service fee).  Click here to purchase tickets.  

Kids: 12 years old and under get in free!

(Above prices do not include camping – see below)

Seating:  General Admission – (First come, first serve)

Festival seating – Bring lawn chairs/blankets

Parking:  FREE, On-Site parking

Food & Beverages:  Beer, water, and food will be available for purchase.

PROHIBITED in the Barn and on Festival Lawn:  No Coolers, No Pets, No tents/shades structures, wagons or carts, no selfie sticks. No outside food or beverages allowed.  No smoking in Barn.  No large backpacks/bags. All items subject to search.

CAMPING INFORMATION:

On site camping reservations are being made through Dumplin Valley Farm. For information on RV/Tent Camping, go to their webpage, call (865) 397-7942, or email at dumplingrass@comcast.net. (Campers must have purchased Camperfest Tickets for Festival admission.)  


Not into Camping? There are several hotels nearby at Exit 407, and many more closer to Pigeon Forge. Click the links below to see hotel options and check prices.

Bullet Backstory featuring Elijah Cruise of Night Colors

East Tennessee’s Own, Night Colors will be joining us for the Camperfest Reunion! Camperfest Reunion celebrates the iconic WDVX 14ft Camper Broadcast Studio that started it all in 1997 and the Camperfest Americana Music Festival, which happened from 1998 – 2007. This was WDVX’s annual happening where the station threw a great party that brought listeners and local and national artist from near and far together for a weekend of great music and fellowship.

Help support WDVX during our 20 year anniversary celebration by attending the special Camperfest Reunion May 5-6 at Dumplin Valley Farm in Kodak, TN just 25 minutes from downtown Knoxville. Click here for more information and to purchase both day passes and weekend passes. In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory featuring Elijah Cruise of Night Colors! He was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Biggest musical influences? Peter Gabriel, M83, and The Cranberries

What made you decide to pursue music as a career? Music was an escape, it was always a huge part of my life. It made even the worst days beautiful. I couldn’t think of anything else that would bring as much happiness to me, as this does. I remember sitting in the kitchen growing up listening to records with my parents and thinking to myself, “One day this will be me, I just know”.  I feel the same way to this day.

What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? It doesn’t matter what people say about your music. You’ll have fans and you’ll have critics. If it means something to you then do it! Music is such a personal thing that even if no one ever listens to another song, I’ll keep playing. So keep playing because the world is eager for creativity. Learn from the critics & love the people who have always supported you, since they’re the ones that’ll always matter.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Pretentious Beer CO., Good Golly Tamale & playing Frisbee in Sequoyah Hills Park. We also love catching shows at Open Chord, Modern Studio & WDVX to name a few.

If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why?  David Bowie, George Michael, Freddy Mercury, Dan Fogelberg, John Lennon & Amy Winehouse for obvious reasons (they’re the kings/queens)

Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? We can’t wait to play Camperfest! Our last experience with WDVX was at the grand re-opening of WDVX as “Hazel”. Since the name change this will be our first performance with WDVX as “Night Colors” and we can’t wait to show you what we have to offer.

 

Bullet Backstory featuring Chad Beauchaine of Four Leaf Peat

Four Leaf Peat will be joining us for the Camperfest Reunion! Camperfest Reunion celebrates the iconic WDVX 14ft Camper Broadcast Studio that started it all in 1997 and the Camperfest Americana Music Festival, which happened from 1998 – 2007. This was WDVX’s annual happening where the station threw a great party that brought listeners and local and national artist from near and far together for a weekend of great music and fellowship.

Help support WDVX during our 20 year anniversary celebration by attending the special Camperfest Reunion May 5-6 at Dumplin Valley Farm in Kodak, TN just 25 minutes from downtown Knoxville. Click here for more information and to purchase both day passes and weekend passes. In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory featuring Chad Beauchaine of Four Leaf Peat! He was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Biggest musical influences? Tommy Peoples, Tony DeMarco and Liz Knowles. Tommy is always on top of my play list and Tony and Liz are two American/Irish fiddlers that have made a huge impact in the genre. Tony’s playing is just so unique and he pulled from the pure drop traditional music in New York but also, Bluegrass, Jazz and Old Time. Liz is a big influence to me because she is one of the few to transition successfully from classical to traditional music. She is able to utilize all of her training but found a way to have her own voice as a traditional Irish fiddler. Happy to be able to call Tony and Liz good friends as well.

What made you decide to pursue music as a career? Well, I keep the lights on with a business outside of music, with that said, music is way more than a hobby. I hate it when people ask “what do you do?” expecting to hear about your job. Happy to say I have a nice balance. I enjoy my career but music is also part of my fabric and something I work on everyday. I never consciously decided to keep pursuing music…..I just couldn’t stop.

What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Stay in motion, always listen to good music, play with good musicians whenever possible and always find that woodshed time. Also, be true to yourself and the music that you relate to and love, that makes the hard work easier.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Patio Beers with the many friends I am so fortunate and thankful to have, is hard to beat.

If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Andy McGann – He carried on and really helped establish the New York Sligo style of Irish music and despite his status as one of the best and most respected fiddlers of his time, could still be found at the Pub for his favorite weekly session with friends. His recordings are great, but there is nothing like hearing a great musician live….as you well know.

Anything else you would like to share? Favorite WDVX memory, etc? Me and the boys with Four Leaf Peat are always thankful to have WDVX in our backyard and appreciate the support we’ve received from the station over the years from plugging shows to the Tune Junkie Weekend or just letting us have a few tunes on the Blue Plate Special. It’s been great watching the station grow and thrive and help build what has become a flourishing music scene in Knoxville.