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 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
2 Cucumber Wheels
Muddle 2 cucumber wheels in a glass. Add ice and top with your favorite non-alcoholic lemonade. Optional cucumber to garnish.

You’re Invited to our Website Launch Party

Hey y’all! We are so excited about the brand new and improved We’re really proud of the new look and feel, but also it’s so much easier for fans, listeners, and artists to use.

The performance and event calendar, the music submission forms, and the live postcards are just a few examples of what this new site has to offer.

And it’s all just in time for the Spring Fund Drive! Or, as we like to call it The Party on the Radio!


WDVX, along with Best Behavior Creative Club, invites you to join us this Friday (March 11th) at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center, around 11:30 a.m. Help us celebrate the launch of and the culmination of the Fund Drive!

Market House Cafe logoHang out with fellow listeners, grab some fun give-aways and enjoy cookies provided by Market House Cafe!
And don’t forget to check out our new website before the Blue Plate Special, featuring Thomm Jutz & Milan Miller/Brett Harris, kicks off at noon!

Here’s your chance to be entered to win an awesome Hackensaw Boys/Sugarlands Prize Package from WDVX and our underwriters. We’ll randomly select one person from our email subscriber list as the winner! But you have to be signed up by Friday to win:

Sign up to our mailing list for a chance to win!

Enter your email in the box & click Subscribe.


A Song & A Sip – The Gibson Brothers & Lonesome River Band

Nobody knows for sure when the word “bluegrass” was first used to describe the old time mountain hillbilly music of our region. Most believe that this music was first called bluegrass in the 1950s, and probably had everything to do with Bill Monroe, whose band the Blue Grass Boys made it popular. Monroe, who named his band in honor of his home state of Kentucky (the Bluegrass State), is known as the father of bluegrass.

Lots of musicians have followed in Monroe’s footsteps and embraced bluegrass music, but two of the most acclaimed modern bluegrass bands are The Gibson Brothers and the Lonesome River Band.


These incredible performers are some of the most respected names in bluegrass. The Gibson Brothers were voted Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass awards show in 2012 and 2013. It wasn’t long before they signed to Rounder Records and released their acclaimed “Brotherhood” album.

The Lonesome River Band is led by five-time International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia County Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor. The band’s most recent release “Turn on a Dime” was nominated for the 2016 SPBGMA awards.

Both incredible groups will take the stage at our World Class Bluegrass series, Friday, March 11th at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Tennessee Theatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at and by phone at 865-684-1200. The World Class Bluegrass series is a production of WDVX and the Knoxville Americana Music Foundation.

What is it about the way our favorite music makes us feel? Science has shown that when we listen to our favorite songs, all sorts of things happen to change our biological make-up, even our skin’s ability to conduct electricity.

If you don’t believe us, just attend Friday’s World Class Bluegrass show. Try not to feel something when these amazing musicians take the stage.

And in the meantime, enjoy this week’s spirited beverage recipe, which also happens to be electric in its own right.

This is the latest in our new 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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2 oz Blueberry Muffin Moonshine
1/2 Lemon
6 oz Lemon Lime Soda
.25 oz Vanilla Extract
Cut Lemon half in to 4 wedges. Squeeze lemons into bottom of glass and leave there. Place crushed ice in glass over lemons. Add remaining ingredients and shake with mixing tin.

New is an Online Destination for Bluegrass & Americana Music Fans

East Tennessee’s Own Listener Supported Radio Launches New Website Just in Time for Fund Drive

March 7, 2016 — Knoxville, Tenn. WDVX, East Tennessee’s own Listener Supported Radio is proud to unveil the all new The new site has been designed to offer the ultimate user-friendly experience, with improved navigation and functionality. By giving listeners better access to everything that matters most to them, the new is an online destination for fans of the station’s eclectic music mix that includes American roots music from Blues to Bluegrass.

“Not only does the station’s new website offer a more robust live show calendar, but it also provides an enhanced experience to listen to live and archived programs,” said Linda Billman, WDVX general manager. “This means that listeners around the globe can enjoy the Americana and roots music played on WDVX anytime day or night.” puts all the information fans want in an easy-to-use format, plus it simplifies the process to submit postcards, connect with program hosts and find things that matter to them.

Another new feature of WDVX’s updated site is increased social media integration. Visitors can learn more about their favorite programs and hosts as well as be part of the online conversation and ultimately the online community.

“As a nonprofit radio station, WDVX depends on its corporate and foundation underwriters and the new website allows the station to offer more visibility to these important partners,” said Roger Harb, WDVX underwriting and marketing director. “Additionally, the site is better aligned with the station’s mission of creating content that promotes the cultural heritage of East Tennessee, shining a spotlight on the amazing artists who help keep the music going,” said Harb.

The launch of the new website coincides with the station’s weeklong “Party on the Radio” Spring Fund Drive. By making it even easier for fans to support this community-focused organization, the all new will serve as an invaluable tool for the station going forward.

WDVX’s new website was created by Best Behavior Creative Club, an award-winning creative agency in downtown Knoxville, that specializes in branding, design, and original content. Learn more at


An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Lara Hope and the Ark Tones

Lara Hope & The Ark Tones brought their unique brand of Retro/Roots/R&B/Rockabilly to the Blue Plate stage and closed with a brand new tune, “Calling My Name.” Speaking of calling out names, Lara gives a “shout out” to our resident Rockabilly DJ, Doug Lauderdale. You can listen to Doug’s show, Rumble, every Saturday from 7-10 PM for the best in Rockabilly – old and new!

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.

A Song & A Sip – Scott McMahan

The music of Alcoa, Tennessee native Scott McMahan has been called honest and direct. His songs are about longing, loss, and the hope of redemption. His warm, gritty baritone is at times weary and emotion-laced, bringing to mind artists like Otis Redding and Van Morrison.

We’re excited to welcome Scott to the WDVX stage for our March 2016 First Friday show. Join us at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 4th. Below, you can get an early listen to one of the songs on Scott’s new album, “Songs For My Muse” set to release in Spring 2016.

There’s nothing like listening to some great music, while enjoying a spirited beverage.

We’re excited to share the latest in our new 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.

Just like the music of Scott McMahan, this week’s drink recipe incorporates something familiar with a new twist.

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Thyme in the Clouds

1 oz Silver Cloud Moonshine

1 oz Old Fashioned Lemonade Moonshine

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Sprigs of Thyme

3 oz of Soda

6 oz Lemon Lime Soda

Place first 4 ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake well, don’t strain but pour in highball. Add more ice. Top with sodas and garnish with a lemon squeeze and sprig of thyme.

Welcome to the new

We hope you like the new WDVX website! It’s easier than ever to listen to the live stream or find out about what’s going on at the station — live performances, events, your favorite hosts, links to live tracks and videos, and photos. Check out these new features:

The events calendar shows you a schedule of live shows and concerts WDVX produces or is sponsoring. They’re color coded so you can see only the show you’re interested in. For example, Blue Plate Special shows are in blue.

The WDVX blog keeps you up to the minute on station happenings.

The Listener Postcard features messages and photos to WDVX.  We’d love to hear from you.

Videos of the Blue Plate Special. And archives of the last two weeks of programming.

Let us know what you think. Send your comments our way to or call 865-544-1029. And there’s always the WDVX Blue Plate Special six days a week at the WDVX studio at 301 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN, 37902.  Thanks for listening! Linda Billman, General Manager


A Song & A Sip – Red Shoes & Rosin

Knoxville’s own newfangled string band Red Shoes & Rosin takes inspiration from old-time, traditional and folk music as well as old houses, home-cooked food, odd jobs and weird neighbors. This performance, from Rhythm & Blooms 2013, features the groups’s “Don’t Throw Sticks.”

These southern ladies might look sweet, but they are tough as nails. You can hear their tunes on WDVX, and look for them to perform at the upcoming Meadow Lark Music Festival, June 25, 2016.

There’s nothing like listening to some incredible music, while enjoying a spirited beverage.

We’re excited to share this new 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.

Just like the ladies of Red Shoes & Rosin, this week’s drink recipe is sweet, but strong.

The Shirley Tom

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1.25 oz Jim Toms Unaged Rye
.75 oz Triple Sec
5 oz Cherry Soda

Build ingredients over ice. Garnish with an orange twist and maraschino cherry. Enjoy!

“The Category Stomp” Playlist 02.22.16 7-10pm

John Hartford – The Category Stomp
Futurebirds – Wild Heart
Marina Orchestra – Jazz Queen Ladies
Bellfuries – She’s A Woman
Eilen Jewell – Pages

Oakley Hall – Marine Life
The Donkeys – Day By Day
Basia Bulat – Time
Wilco – Heavy Metal drummer

Lou Reed – Andy’s Chest
Julee Cruise – Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart
Sufjan Stevens – Should’ve Known Better
Luluc – Small Window

Morgane & Chris Stapleton – You Are My Sunshine
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – American Beauty

Lake Street Dive – Mistake
Dr. Dog – Engineer Says
Jenny Lewis – Pretty Bird
M Ward – Girl From Conejo Valley

Martha Scanlan – Honey Blue
Martin Harley – Cardboard King
Jon Stickley Trio – Rice Dream

The Sea The Sea – In The Altogether
The Clean – In The Dreamlife You Need A Rubber Soul
Waxahatchee – Under A Rock
Destroyer – Painter In Your Pocket

Shinyribs – Red Quasar
Valerie June – Workin’ Woman Blues
Jayhawks – Blue

Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
Sharon Van Etten – Taking Chances
Marlon Williams – Dark Child
Aoife O’Donovan – Magic Hour
Jens Lekman – A Postcard To Nina

Lindi Ortega – Someday Soon
Leon Bridges – River
My Morning Jacket – Slow Slow Tune
Band of Horses – Everything’s Gonna Be Undone

Ryan Adams – When The Stars Go Blue
Mavis Staples – High Note
Dawes – Right On Time

Waylon Jennings – Cedartown, Georgia
John Hartford – Don’t Leave Your Records In The Sun