An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Sarah Potenza “The Cost Of Living”

Sarah Potenza recently brought her monster vocals to the Blue Plate stage, joined by her husband, Ian Crossman, playing the baritone guitar. After spending seven years with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah and Ian relocated to Nashville. One of her performances on Music City Roots resulted in a phone call from the NBC television show, “The Voice.” Potenza managed to land a four chair turn and out of 50,000 contestants, she made it to the top twenty! Keep an eye out for her new album “Monster,” available in August 2016. Learn more at http://www.sarahpotenza.net/

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 – Dori Freeman “Go On Lovin'”

Dori Freeman is a 24 year-old singer and songwriter from Galax, Virginia. She comes from a family rooted in art and tradition, and the influence of her Appalachian upbringing lies at the core of her music, heard especially in the lulling mountain drawl of her voice. American Roots music- including Bluegrass, Rhythm and Blues, and Old Country – and her early introduction to musicians like Doc Watson, The Louvin Brothers, and Peggy Lee have heavily influenced her modern, yet timeless sound.

Dori, with her father Scott on mandolin, showed an appreciative Blue Plate audience her Old Country influence with “Go On Lovin’, a selection from her recent self-titled release. Learn more about Dori and her music at http://www.dorifreeman.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 – Mink’s Miracle Medicine “Autobiographical Country Song”

Mink’s Miracle Medicine is a twang-inspired Americana group from Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, featuring the songwriting duo of Melissa E. Wright on guitar and vocals, and Danny Zezeski on drums. They recently stopped by the Blue Plate Special and shared a few tunes. This one is an autobiographical country song called (what else?) “Autobiographical Country Song”. Check out their new EP “Countrypolitan”, which Melissa describes as a “little bit country-a little bit rock and roll”. More at http://mink.virb.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 – Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem “Hear Jerusalem Moan”

Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem perform a toe-tappin’, hand clappin’ old gospel/novelty tune (Don’t You) “Hear Jerusalem Moan” from their album “Some Bright Morning”. This tune, around since the 30’s, is a lot of fun and has been and has been covered by a wide variety of artists, from The Skillet Lickers to New Grass Revival to The Judds. You can learn more about Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem at http://www.raniarbo.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 – Eli Fox

16 year old Eli Fox entertained the Blue Plate Special audience with the title track from his debut album “Nothing to Say.” We think Eli has a lot to say, and there is no doubt that you’ll be hearing lots more from him soon. Learn more about this multi-instrumentalist and emerging songwriter who is on his way to becoming an American roots music all-star at http://www.elifoxmusic.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/.

Sweethearts of the Smokies Festival at Dancing Bear Lodge

Make plans to attend the first ever Sweethearts of the Smokies Music Festival taking place June 4th at Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, Tennessee!

This 21 and over, can’t-miss music event will take place at the foothills of the gorgeous Smoky Mountains and will showcase and celebrate bands that are led and co-led by women. The day will be filled with great food, drink, and music, featuring:

Robinella, The Whiskey Gentry, Shannon Whitworth & Barrett SmithCherohala, and Katie Pruitt.

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A portion of the proceeds benefit the Appalachian Bear Rescue.

A Song & A Sip – Shinyribs

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Kevin Russell & band at Kenney,TX. 12/10/2015

We’re excited to have Shinyribs playing on Tennessee Shines April 27th and you can listen live on WDVX and wdvx.com. The band will also be at MerleFest (April 30th) where WDVX will be doing interviews and sessions with festival musicians. A new record, produced by Jimbo Mathus and Shinyribs frontman Kevin Russell, will be released later this year.

Shinyribs frontman Kevin Russell’s musical journey has taken lots of twists and turns to bring him where he is today. The band is currently touring as an 8-piece+, including the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns section, and sometimes they carry four dancers, The Riblets. We think you’ll enjoy this tune, “Walt Disney” from the Okra Candy album (2015).

A Shinyribs show is one to remember, with the group’s signature blend of country and soul, plus some swamp funk added in for good measure. When it comes to blending, this week’s Sip brings together some unique favorites as well.

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. This week’s Sip is the Root Beer Colada! Like the music of Shinyribs, it combines unexpected elements to create an unforgettable result. Enjoy!

Root Beer Colada

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2 oz of Root Beer Moonshine

4 oz Club Soda

1/4 tsp of Coco Real

3 Mint Leaves

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin with ice. Shake well and pour directly in a highball glass. Garnish with toasted coconut and mint sprig.

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Irene Kelly & Nate Lee

Recently, Irene Kelley joined us for “First Friday Live” and shared the now available single, “Carolina Wind” from her upcoming album “These Hills,” which is scheduled for a summer 2016 release. She is joined on stage by multi-instrumentalist and 2015 IBMA Instrumentalist Of The Year Momentum Award winner Nate Lee.

WDVX 1st Friday Live is a free, live performance radio show held at 7 P.M. on the first Friday of each month at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. Come and join us! You can always listen live at http://wdvx.com/

WDVX Kidstuff Host Sean McCollough Shares St. James Sessions with Knox County Students

WDVX Kidstuff radio host and teaching artist Sean McCollough has teamed up with South Knoxville Elementary School and the Arts and Heritage Fund for an exciting project which will share the music and history of the Knoxville Sessions with a group local students. Sean_Kidstuff_Photo_small

Not only will students have a chance to learn more about the lost music of East Tennessee, they will also have the opportunity to attend the Knoxville Stomp festival to perform with McCollough.

Sean McCollough has been working as a teaching artist in schools for over two decades. This is the second residency that he has done through WDVX Kidstuff.

The first was at White Oak Elementary school in Campbell County. Those students performed with Sean at the Louie Bluie Festival and the project was a big success.

Through cooperation with South Knoxville Elementary school’s music teacher Patricia Dueber, Sean will work with all of the K-5 students at the school between now and the festival.

He will teach them about the St. James Sessions, the musicians that were part of the sessions, and other music from that time period.

Sean will also teach them specific songs for them to perform with him at the Knoxville Stomp festival. They will sing and play rhythm instruments (and possibly demonstrate folk dancing and play-party games). The performance will include actual songs that were recorded at the sessions, other songs by the artists from the sessions and songs from the same time period.

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To learn more about WDVX event highlights during the Knoxville Stomp, click here.