An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – The Royal Hounds

If your bathroom has to be haunted by someone..who better than Elvis? The Royal Hounds open the (shower) curtain on a chronicle of lavatory apparitions in a preview from their upcoming release, “Poker All Night Long”, due out summer 2016. Thank you. Thank you very much!

The Royal Hounds started out right here in East Tennessee, and relocated to Las Vegas when lead singer and bassist Scott Hinds got a role in the Sin City cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The Hounds joined us for a homecoming show on The Blue Plate Special in March and as usual, they rocked the (full) house!

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. So come and play your part as an audience member in the radio show that’s popular worldwide! Listen live at http://wdvx.com/

Enter to Win Tickets to see the Hackensaw Boys at Sugarlands Distilling Company

Would you like to see the Hackensaw Boys in their upcoming show at Sugarlands Distilling Company? WDVX is giving away 2 tickets and a VIP experience for this incredible event. If you win, you and a friend will enjoy VIP transportation from Knoxville to Gatlinburg as well as VIP hospitality and reserved seating at Sugarlands Distillery’s birthday celebration for the release of the Hackensaw Boys new album Charismo (Free Dirt Records).

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Bullet Backstory with Irene Kelly – An Interview

This is the first in a new series we’re starting 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 our inaugural “Bullet Backstory” we sat down with Irene Kelly to share a bit more about her influences and insight about music.

Irene Kelly

With her signature mix of Bluegrass, Country and Americana, Irene appeals to music lovers across all genres. A native of Latrobe, PA, she was a teenager when she discovered her penchant for songwriting. She ended up in Nashville where she still resides today. Irene Kelly is a longtime friend of WDVX and we’re always happy when she stops by for a visit or a song.

Don’t miss Irene Kelly, who is the featured performer for our April First Friday Show – April 1st at 7 p.m. in our studio on Gay Street.

  • Biggest musical influences – Dolly Parton is at the top of my list. Has been since I was 18 and she remains to this day.
  • What made you decide to pursue music as a career? I guess it picked me. I got interested in rock and roll music and then ended up singing country after seeing and hearing Dolly Parton on her TV show. Another big influence was the song, “Country Bumpkin” by Cal Smith. That was a number one for him in 1979. My dad would have the radio on his in TV repair shop and when that song came on he’d let me know to come listen cause I loved it. He was happy too cause I was being converted into a country fan.
  • Advice for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft – Keep writing. Keep a journal. I heard it said, “Nothing freezes that moves” so keep it going.
  • Favorite thing to do in Knoxville – Besides visit and sing for the folks at WDVX? Lunch at the Tomato Head and the thrift stores.
  • If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? I’ve been very fortunate to get to work with a good many of my heros. The is in part due to their close proximity of me in Nashville and my songs I have had recorded by then. I guess I’d have to say the late great, Keith Whitley. I wish we could record a duet.

A Song & A Sip – Hackensaw Boys

The Hackensaw Boys are an Americana rock n’ roll string band based in central Virginia. With a myriad of musical influences, their tunes are energetic and lively, and the group has entertained crowds around the country with their unique style and showmanship. On April 15th, the band will release its latest album, Charismo.

We’re so excited about the album’s release because it coincides with a special live event featuring the Hackensaw Boys at Sugarlands Distilling Company. On April 15th at 7 p.m., WDVX will stream the Hackensaw Boys’ show from the Sugarlands Spirit Stage in downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn to folks around the world. Listen to the show through the Listen Live page on our new website!

According to the group’s label, Free Dirt Records, this is “the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear.” The album has 11 incredible tracks, which combine their influences from traditional Appalachian and Delta music with “a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.”

Because we’re so thrilled about this upcoming event, we decided to feature the Hackensaw Boys in this week’s A Song & A Sip. The song is “Flora,” recorded live at the venue Paradiso in Amsterdam in 2013. There’s also a studio version of “Flora” on the forthcoming album Charismo. 

The Hackensaw Boys have a distinctly American flair to their music, just like baseball or apple pie. Speaking of these things, something else you might enjoy while listening to the Hackensaw Boys is Creamy Root Beer.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, which is 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.

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Creamy Root Beer:

1.5 oz of Root Beer Moonshine

3 oz of Cream Soda

2 oz of Club Soda

Build ingredients over ice and stir slowly.

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Honey & Houston

Cincinnati’s Honey & Houston visited the Blue Plate Special and treated the appreciative crowd to a slow number that featured the powerful vocals of lead singer Lauren Houston. Hailing from northern Kentucky, she and Heather Turner are the fuel behind the fire of Honey & Houston. They are completed by multi-instrumentalist Mark Cretcher and drummer Daniel Peterson. Their recently released debut album is called Barcelona.

Find out more at: http://www.honeyandhouston.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 – The Royal Hounds

The Royal Hounds – East Tennessee’s Own…by way of Vegas! Starting out right here in East Tennessee, the band relocated to Las Vegas when lead singer and bassist Scott Hinds got a role in the Sin City cast of “Million Dollar Quartet.”

The Hounds joined us for a homecoming show on The Blue Plate Special in March and debuted tunes from their upcoming album, “Poker All Night Long,” which is scheduled for a summer 2016 release. As usual, they rocked the (full) house!

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/

A Song & A Sip – Jon Stickley Trio

We’re excited to share this week’s featured song for your listening pleasure! Jon Stickley Trio combines musical roots from jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop genres. The result is created in part by Jon Stickley’s nimble fingers on flatpick guitar along with the “wild, yet refined melodies” of Lyndsay Pruett on violin. Add the deep groove of Patrick Armitage on drum and you will understand the true meaning of the word fusion.

The trio has combined their diverse influences and styles to create a collection of “exciting and innovative original music” which includes their track “Rice Dream” from the group’s Lost at Last album.

Jon Stickley Trio’s often experimental compositions don’t fit neatly into a category, however they are authentic and stay true to the musicians’ roots.

“The inspiration of blending the rhythmic, fast-paced techniques of bluegrass with songs from the other end of the musical spectrum led to the formation of Stickley’s eponymous trio,” wrote Alli Marshall with Asheville’s Mountain Xpress.

You can hear the Jon Stickley Trio in Knoxville this Friday (March 25th) on the WDVX Blue Plate Special! Then, they’ll be playing later that evening at Boyd’s Jig & Reel.

We hope you enjoy this performance of Rice Dream. This track was also included on our WDVX Spring 2016 Fund Drive Thumb Drive.

And in the meantime, we also hope you enjoy this week’s spirited beverage recipe, which like the music of the Jon Stickley Trio, takes something familiar and combines it with something altogether new.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, which is 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.

Sugar Plum Lemonade:

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2 oz Old Fashioned Lemonade Moonshine

1 oz Vodka

4 oz Sparkling White Grape Juice

1 oz Cranberry Juice

.25 oz of Fresh Lime Juice

Build ingredients over ice. Stir and garnish with a spear of 3 sugar rolled red grapes. Enjoy!

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Four Leaf Peat

Four Leaf Peat brought a bit o’ the green to the Blue Plate Special! Originally formed in 2004 to play at a fundraiser to preserve the Bijou Theater, Four Leaf Peat has become East Tennessee’s premier traditional Irish band. Their performances are marked by a keen sense of the tradition mixed with just the right amount of influence from the rich musical history of East Tennessee. If you like Celtic music and music influenced by the British Isles, listen to “Across The Ocean” with your host Wendy Smith, Sundays at 10 PM on East Tennessee’s Own WDVX at 89.9 FM or online at http://wdvx.com/

The WDVX Blue Plate Special® is a live performance radio show held at noon, with your host Red Hickey Monday through Friday and Doug Lauderdale on Saturday, at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor Center. It’s always free to join in so please don’t be shy. Make yourself at home as part of the WDVX family. From blues to bluegrass, country to Celtic, folk to funk, rockabilly to hillbilly, local to international, it all part of the live music experience on the WDVX Blue Plate Special. You’re welcome to bring your lunch.

Click here to learn more about the WDVX Blue Plate Special.

Sugarlands Distilling Company to Host 2nd Birthday Bash

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The celebration will feature a live performance by The Hackensaw Boys

Gatlinburg, Tenn.— Sugarlands Distilling Company, crafters of award-winning moonshine in East Tennessee, will commemorate its second anniversary by hosting a celebration April 15 at the distillery in downtown Gatlinburg.

The event will feature a live performance by renowned Americana artists, The Hackensaw Boys.

The band will be celebrating the release of their much-anticipated CD, Charismo (Free Dirt Records). East Tennessee’s own WDVX will stream the concert live from the Sugarlands Spirit Stage, worldwide, at SugarlandsLive.com beginning at 7 p.m.

“We are thrilled for the release of our new recording Charismo and expect to have the best of times at Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg, Tennessee,” said guitarist David Sickmen. “It should be an awesome night and we hope to see you there!”

Attendees will be able to participate in moonshine tastings, enjoy live music, and will be gifted a commemorative pint glass with purchases of $25 or more. The event is free and open to the public, seating is limited.

“WDVX is excited to be a part of the second Annual Birthday Bash at Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg on April 15,” said WDVX marketing director Roger Harb. “In two short years, Sugarlands has made a tremendous impact on setting the standards on distilling quality moonshine products, showcasing and supporting American Roots music artists and giving back with monetary donations to nonprofits.”

Sugarlands Distilling Company opened in March 2014 and now offers 14 varieties of moonshine. Since distillation began, the company has received 21 awards at spirits competitions worldwide.

Sugarlands Distilling Company is a producer of craft quality moonshine and whiskey and is also a popular attraction in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Inside the distillery, guests can taste free samples of authentic Sugarlands Shine, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the production, and purchase a variety of moonshine flavors, mountain merchandise, and apparel. To enhance their experience, guests can enjoy live music, Appalachian storytelling, and book outdoor adventure tours in the Sugarlands, an area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park historically referred to as “moonshiners’ paradise.” The company is East Tennessee-owned, with a focus on bettering the local community through a variety of events and charitable giving. Sugarlands Shine is currently available for purchase in FL, AL, MS, SC, NC, TN, KY, IN, IL, WV, MD, NY, CT, MI, VA, MN and TX.

A Song & A Sip – Four Leaf Peat

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and in honor of the holiday, we’re featuring a great tune by Four Leaf Peat, East Tennessee’s premier Traditional Irish Band! The group, made up of Chad Beauchaine, Gil Draper, Rick Hall, and Jason Herrera, has been playing together for more than ten years.

Music in the traditional Irish style includes lively dance tunes and soulful ballads. Four Leaf Peat’s shows combine tradition with the culture and influences of East Tennessee. In fact, the band’s unique sound comes from its members and their wide range of musical backgrounds. Four Leaf Peat is our featured performer on the Blue Plate Special this Thursday, March 17th. Plus, they’ll also be playing Thursday night in a St. Patricks’ Day Celebration at The Square Room.

We hope you enjoy this spirited performance of Welcome Poor Paddy Home (recorded live at Rhythm N’ Blooms in 2014). Video courtesy of LiveandBreathing.

And in the meantime, we also hope you enjoy this week’s spirited beverage recipe, which incorporates the luck of the Irish.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, which is 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 Cucumber Clover:
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1.5 oz Mint Condition Moonshine
Lemonade
2 Cucumber Wheels
Muddle 2 cucumber wheels in a glass. Add ice and top with your favorite non-alcoholic lemonade. Optional cucumber to garnish.