Bullet Backstory with Tami Neilson

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Tami Neilson is joining us on the Blue Plate Special with host Red Hickey on September 27th at noon. This event is free to the public and will be held at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Tami Neilson herself. She was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Tami Neilson!

  • Biggest musical influences? Patsy Cline, Mavis Staples, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Loretta Lynn, Etta James, my Dad (Ron Neilson)
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I grew up touring across Canada and the US in my family band (The Neilsons) from the time I was 12 years old, so, I don’t know that there was ever a really conscious decision made, it was always a way of life. I was born into it and, whether it’s a healthy thing or not, music is an integral part of my identity.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft?  Just this morning, on the 18 month anniversary of my Dad’s passing, I was reading through an old email that he sent to me when I first moved across the world to New Zealand 10 years ago. I was feeling very overwhelmed- starting all over in a new country where I knew nobody, having never performed as a solo artist without my family. Even though I’d been in the business my whole life, had opened for people like Johnny Cash and been onstage with Kitty Wells…like a game of snakes and ladders, I was pushed right back to the beginning. This was the advice he gave me: “Walk ahead each day, keep on knocking, keep on asking, keep phoning, keep talking to people, keep emailing, keep on, keep on, keep on.”
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Perform on the Blue Plate Special, of course! Honestly, this will be my first trip to Knoxville and I am so excited to come and experience the history and beauty there. Can’t wait!
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Loretta, Dolly or Mavis. It would be a dream come true to create music with these women, but, the main reason would really be to just sit, talk, listen and try to soak in some of the strength, sass and wisdom of these incredible women. They blazed trails through an industry that was totally run by, and for, men and are still going strong!

Photo by Tony McKay Photography
Hair by Miss Victory Violet
Dress by CurvyCouture by Judy Dee
Make-up by Fran Robertson – Decorator of People and Things
Styling by Bettie Rage

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special by Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

 

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, from Chapel Hill, NC, visited the Blue Plate Special and showed us that real, raw country music is still alive and well. Described as “hard country”, “alt country”, and “outlaw country” the band has been getting rave reviews from their debut album “Sidelong”. The title track is featured in this video. “Sidelong” was named one of 12 “Most Essential” albums of 2015 by Saving Country Music, and one reviewer said “The title track “Sidelong” is arguably the album’s best with such incredible heart-wrenching emotion strained out through Sarah’s broken yodel.” Find out more about Sarah Shook & The Disarmers at: http://www.disarmers.com/

The Disarmers are:
Eric Peterson – guitar
Phil Sullivan – Steel
John Howie, Jr. – Drums
Aaron Oliva – Bass

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/ Lots more videos at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtSg…

Bullet Backstory with Bombadil

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Bombadil will be returning to WDVX’s Tennessee Shines Radio Show on Wednesday, July 26th at 7pm. Durham, NC’s irrepressibly creative band Bombadil brings their infections harmonies and inventive compositions back to our stage. We’ll hear songs from their latest release, “Fences” as well as old favorites.

Tennessee Shines Radio Show is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City. The show is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at http://jigandreel.ticketleap.com/ or at the door starting at 6 p.m.

Listen online at http://wdvx.com/listen-live/

In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Bombadil. It was real sweet of them to take the time to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Bombadil!

  • Biggest musical influences? JS Bach, 18-19th christian church hymns, Bruce Springsteen, Charles Mingus, Esther Marisol, Francoise Hardy, J Dilla, Green Day, Grateful Dead, the everybodyfields, Henry Thomas
  •  What made you decide to pursue music as a career? – a love for music and a wish to share it with the world
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? – do it as much as possible, practice, perform, compose, repeat
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? Sitting in the little alley way with an espresso outside old city java
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Beethoven – he has very strong melodies and a good sense of arrangement
  • Anything else you would like to share? I encourage everyone to plant trees, especially chestnut.
  • Favorite WDVX memory, etc? WE LOVE WDVX! It may have been our first radio show…I always remember the super early mornings driving to get there by 10am. Way too early to play music, but it was always fun.

 

The WDVX-travaganza is SOLD OUT!

Ray Wylie Hubbard and special guest, Elizabeth Cook, will take the stage for the WDVX-Travaganza, and you’re invited to be a part of it!  

The WDVX-Travaganza is the station’s annual fund-raising event. It will be held Friday, October 21 at The Standard on West Jackson Avenue. The WDVX Board of Directors invites you to celebrate your community radio station’s 19 years of diverse music programming, live performance, and X-cellent events!


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Doors will open to the public at 6:30 & the show will start at 7:30. General admission tickets do not guarantee seating during the show.


The evening will also include door prizes, a raffle, and a live auction! This is a party you won’t want to miss!  General Admission Tickets are $30.

Click here to buy your tickets today!


Ray Wylie Hubbard

When it comes to down ’n’ dirty roots ’n’ roll, nobody in the wide world of Americana music today does it better than Ray Wylie Hubbard. From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the ’60s to his wild ride through the ’70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the ’80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter’s songwriter in the ’90s, Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the 21st century. Hubbard is perhaps best known as the writer of songs separated by three decades: “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,” made famous by fellow Texan Jerry Jeff Walker, and “Snake Farm,” which never fails to get live audiences dancing.


Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth Cook is an American country music singer. She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry on March 17, 2000 and has since released five albums — including Welder, which ranked 23 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010. Cook, “the daughter of a hillbilly singer married to a moonshiner who played his upright bass while in a prison band,” was “virtually unknown to the pop masses” before she made a debut appearance on the Late Night With David Letterman show in June 2012. The New York Times called Cook “a sharp and surprising country singer” and an “idiosyncratic traditionalist.” The bold and brilliant Nashville singer-songwriter and country music outlaw, will release her eagerly anticipated Exodus of Venus on June 17. It’s her first since 2010’s acclaimed Welder, which featured the song “El Camino.” NPR Music recently deemed Elizabeth a “treasure” of the Americana scene, and Rolling Stone Country put Exodus on its list of most anticipated 2016 albums. Cook is the host of “Apron Strings” on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country (Channel 60).


Proceeds from this event will go to WDVX.


We are happy to assist those with special needs. Please make arrangements with us in advance by calling 865-544-1029 ext. 231 or by sending an email to info@wdvx.com.


This year’s WDVX-Travaganza is presented by LHP Capital Dewhirst Properties & Boyd’s Jig and Reel

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Johnny Mack’s Tracks

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Check out some of the records that were played on “Johnny Mack’s Friday Night Blues Attack!” last Friday night:

Chris Thomas King, Les Bleus Made In Louisiana, 21st Century Blues Records

Doug MacLeod, Live In Europe, Under The Radar Music Group

Annika Chambers, Wild & Free, Under The Radar Music Group

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Alligator Records (releases 9/23)

Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records

Duke Robillard, Blues Full Circle, Stony Plain Records (2 songs)

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Maxwell Street, Stony Plain Records

Al Basile, Mid-Century Modern, Sweetspot Records

Lurrie Bell, Can’t Shake This Feeling, Delmark Records (releases 9/16)

Omar Coleman, Live! At Rosa’s Lounge, Delmark Records

John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band, That Will Never Do, Wolf Records

Kenny Neal, Bloodline, Cleopatra Records

Mary Jo Curry, Mary Jo Curry, Guitar Angels Records

Wendy Rich, It’s All Nothing, Wendy Rich Music

The McKee Brothers, Enjoy It While You Can, self release

Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, Champagne Velvet, Underworld Records (releases 9/16)

Little Mike, How Long?, ELROB Records (releases 9/23)

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Strong Like That, Severn Records

Dennis Gruenling Featuring Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, Ready Or Not, VizzTone Label

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Deb Ryder, Grit Grease & Tears, Bejeb Music (releases 9/16)

Brian Langlinias, Right Hand Road, Patoutville (releases 9/16)

Peter Karp, The Arson’s Match Live In NYC, Rose Cottage

Will Porter, Tick Tock Tick, Gramofono Sound

Eric Clapton & Guests, Crossroads Revisited: Selections From The Crossroads Guitar

Festivals, Rhino/Reprise Records

Mel Brown & The Homewreckers, Under Yonder: Live At Pop The Gator 1991, Electro-Fi Records

Smoky Greenwell, South Louisiana Blues, Greenwell Records

Gov’t Mule, The Tel-Star Sessions, Evil Teen

Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings, The Blues Don’t Care, Blue Hoss Records

Bobby Rush, Porcupine Meat, Concord Music Group (releases 9/16)

Kat Riggins, Blues Revival, self release

Bruce Katz Band, Out From The Center, American Showplace Music (releases 9/ 16)

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

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Bullet Backstory with Dori Freeman

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Dori Freeman will be performing on the Tennessee Shines Radio Show with host Paige Travis. The show will be held on September 21st at 7 p.m. Raised in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia among a family of musicians, Dori Freeman says she is forever marked by her rural upbringing but also wants to bring a contemporary stamp to her music. “There’s something about seeing two completely contrary things together that I’ve always been really attracted to,” Freeman says. “The sound definitely centers around juxtaposition for me.” Her remarkable and genuine voice brings heart and soul to the songs on her self-titled debut record, produced by Teddy Thompson.

Tennessee Shines Radio Show is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City. The show is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Tickets are $7 plus applicable fees in advance, available at http://jigandreel.ticketleap.com/ or $10 at the door starting at 6 p.m.

Listen online at http://wdvx.com/listen-live/

In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Dori herself. She was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Dori!

  • Biggest musical influences? Rufus Wainwright, Linda Ronstadt, lots of old Country music, Peggy Lee
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I always day dreamed about pursuing music, but didn’t commit to it until I was in my early twenties and realized that music was the thing I really loved and the thing at which I excelled most. I’d say the biggest thing that helped me decide to pursue it was a gradual growth in my confidence over the last few years – believing I could be successful.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? The best advice I would give to young musicians – as oft quoted as it is – would be to be yourself! Don’t try to impress or satisfy anyone or anything. Your talent will show if you bring nothing but yourself and your talent to your performance. The audience will recognize your authenticity.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting Knoxville a few times, but I do love Maker’s Donuts and the Pioneer House of Letterpress and Design.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? If I could work with any musician it would be Rufus Wainwright. He’s one of my biggest and earliest influences and I’m enamored of his songwriting and especially his voice.

 

Bullet Backstory with Joan Shelley

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Joan Shelley with Maiden Radio are joining us on the Tennessee Shines Radio Show on September 14th at 7 p.m.

Joan Shelley quickly followed her acclaimed 2014 album “Electric Ursa” with “Over and Even,” a quieter, more contemplative set recorded in her home state of Kentucky. Shelley has been praised by Rolling Stone, NPR and Pitchfork, and The New York Times recently wrote that “her music is folky and pastoral, with a sense of scale that makes her humble about her place in mankind and the universe, and her songs are serene but never complacent.”

Maiden Radio is the old-time trio of Joan Shelley, Cheyenne Mize, & Julia Purcell. The band hales from Louisville, Kentucky. They favor traditional songs from their home state of Kentucky, re-arranged for three-part harmony (and three of the loveliest voices you may hear). While showing a clear reverence and love for the great singers of the past, their music is timeless & beautiful, and the original compositions played at their shows (and that are occasionally on their recordings) are indistinguishable from the tunes people have been listening to for ages & ages.

Tennessee Shines Radio Show is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City. The show is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Tickets are $10 in advance, available at http://jigandreel.ticketleap.com/ or at the door starting at 6 p.m.

In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from Joan Shelley herself. She was gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.

Take it away Joan!

  • Biggest musical influences?
    Lyrically, I got a lot from listening Leonard Cohen, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Townes Van Zandt, Doug Paisley. I’ve developed how I write and play guitar from listening to and playing with Nathan Salsburg. Great old-time and ballad singers like Addie Graham, Dillard Chandler have informed me as a singer with their unadorned but powerful delivery. And great voices like Billie Holiday, Sandy Denny, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, June Tabor, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon… They wrote and sang so many songs that I’ve loved since I was a kid.
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career?
    Having a nagging suspicion that I’d be good at it. I always thought I didn’t deserve it, but someone told me once, in a way that I believed her, that I should dive in and try it all the way. Somehow that gave me the permission I was seeking.
  • What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft?
    Listen more and play less.
  • What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville?
    One hot day my band and I drove into Knoxville in a van that didn’t have A/C, and we saw this amazing fountain area near the big Sunsphere. We got out and ran around in that and it was heaven.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why?
    Edith Piaf; it would be amazing to get locked in a room with her the way she would do with her chosen composers and work all night drinking wine until we came out with a song. She was so charged and alive as a performer, but still stood behind the songs (rather than having an on-stage persona that stood out in front of the songs, was somehow more important or in some cases better than the songs themselves).
    Her and June Tabor.
  • Anything else you would like to share?
    Just that this is the first tour through Knoxville since the album Over and Even came out, and the new 7inch that just came out. It will be the first time that the trio that I am in, Maiden Radio, will be performing in Knoxville since we stopped through for a blue plate special appearance last year. Maiden Radio is opening the show, so I am doing double duty, and am really excited to have this bill for the first time.

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/

 

Johnny Mack’s Tracks

 

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Check out some of the records that were played on “Johnny Mack’s Friday Night Blues Attack!” last Friday night:

David “Honeyboy” Edwards, I’m Gonna Tell You Somethin’ That I Know, Pro Sho Bidness

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Strong Like That, Severn Records

Wendy Rich, It’s All Nothing, Wendy Rich Music

The McKee Brothers, Enjoy It While You Can, self release

Little Mike, How Long?, ELROB Records (releases 9/23)

Johnny Nicholas, Fresh Air, Johnny Nicholas Music

David Vest, Devestatin’ Rhythm, Ark-O-Matic

Kenny “Blue Boss” Wayne, Jumpin’ & Boppin’, Stony Plain Records

Mary Jo Curry, Mary Jo Curry, Guitar Angels Records

Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records

Albert Castiglia, Big Dog, Ruf Records

Al Basile, Mid-Century Modern, Sweetspot Records

Bruce Katz Band, Out From The Center, American Showplace Music (releases 9/16)

Nancy Wright, Playdate!, Direct Hit/VizzTone Label Group (releases 9/30)

Mick Kolassa, Taylor Made Blues, Swingsuit Records

Kenny Neal, Bloodline, Cleopatra Records

Moreland & Arbuckle, Promised Land Or Bust, Alligator Records

Corey Dennison Band, Corey Dennison Band, Delmark Records

Mike Wheeler Band, Turn Up!!, Delmark Records

Holly Hyatt & Jon Burden, Shufflin’ The Blues, Flood Plane Records (releases 9/23)

Bobby Rush, Porcupine Meat, Concord Music Group (releases 9/16)

Alabama Mike, Upset The Status Quo, Greaseland Records

Kat Riggins, Blues Revival, self release

Terrie Odabi, My Blue Soul, self release

Grady Champion, One Of A Kind, Malaco Records

JJ Thames, Raw Sugar, Malaco Records

Vaneese Thomas, The Long Journey Home, Segue Records (releases 9/16)

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

 

#PeopleofWDVX – Spotlight on Bill Alexander, The Appalachian Hippie Poet

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Here at WDVX, it really is all about community. There are so many folks in this great community who have helped us keep the music going. We’re excited to feature some of them on our blog, and tell a little bit more of their stories. For this edition of #PeopleOfWDVX, we’re shining a spotlight on the Bill Alexander – volunteer, performer, and longtime supporter! 
 
1090848_10100739322938276_1524388780_o Name: Bill Alexander AKA Appalachian Hippie Poet, Berry Basket Bill, Billie Jean
Hometown: Bethesda, Tennessee – I grew up on a working farm and was involved in farm to table more that sixty years ago. I raised the garden and Mamma put it on the table. I am the eighth generation of the Alexander line to live in Tennessee.
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What made you want to get involved with WDVX? I was taking a pottery class at the Oak Ridge Art Center. The teacher had a portable radio with a coat hanger for an antenna and it was tuned to a little radio station in a camper. I latched on to the variety of music that was played on WDVX. I thought it was so much better than commercial radio. I have been a listener and supporter ever since.
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What is your favorite thing about WDVX? I cherish the way WDVX connects music with people and people with music and is central to much of the music scene in Knoxville and East Tennessee.
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Favorite WDVX show/program? I love how the Blue Plate Special has become iconic for local musicians and far away musicians to appear on the show. It has become iconic for local folks and visitors to listen to that show live in the Knoxville Visitors Center six days a week. I also enjoy listening to old favorites and new folks that I might miss if it were not for the Blue Plate Special.
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What does music mean to you? I always thought that music is something that ultimately connects people, and people are the most important part of the equation. WDVX connects music and people so very well that they become one in the same. That is the power of music.

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 Favorite thing to do in East Tennessee? There is so much to do that one can spend a lifetime in East Tennessee and still find things to do and love; mountains, ridges and valleys, rivers, streams, creeks, sports, WDVX, live music, a nice sized city, four, seasons, history, people with sense of time and place.
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Why do you think other folks should get involved with WDVX, either as members or volunteers? WDVX is wonderful on many levels. Being involved as a performing poet, a volunteer, supporter, and hearing radio and live music and connecting with so many people, has given the last few years of my life a sense of love, laughter and purpose. It can do that for others. I expressed my feelings in the following poem:
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 EAST TENNESSEE’S OWN Blue Plate Special—Knoxville, TN January 19, 2011
Music for life
Music for soul
Music for life
Better than gold
Music for life
Music for soul
Music for heart
Better than gold
Music on the radio
Music in the soul
W-D-V-X Better than gold!