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June 2022

The WDVX Big Plate live from Barley’s – 6/17 – Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle

June 17 @ 12:00 pm
Barley’s, 200 East Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915 United States

Jeff Barbra and Sarah Pirkle have been married (to each other!) for for 20 years, and make their home in Walland, TN in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains national park. They make music. Jeff and Sarah are 1st PLACE WINNERS of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MERLEFEST. They performed their winning song, "When I Come Home" at Merlefest for a crowd of 50,000+. Their duo album, "The Barb Hollow Sessions" was released on January 1, 2004 and…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special live from Visit Knoxville – 6/18 – Jason Lee Wilson & James County

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

Raised in the legend-filled, limestone land of Tennessee, Jason Lee Wilson naturally blends the spirit of the old west with a little southern “branch” for a refined mixture of rockabilly, traditional country, and gospel music. With the talented James County, he celebrates stories of the legends and the land that shaped them along the Way. https://youtu.be/ed_uNAmXAMs

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 6/21 – Neil O’neil / Nicholas Horner

June 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

On this "Make Music Knoxville Day" join us for Knoxville-based vocalist, songwriter and producer Nicholas Horner. He hails from the mountains north of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His artistic voice can be heard on over 20 recordings and films ranging from folk to rock, jazz, and pop where he has worked on creative teams with some of New York's finest creative talent, including grammy-winning producers/engineers Ron Allaire (Pantera, Keith Richards) and Jon Rosenberg (John Zorn, James Moody). He is also a founder…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 6/22 – Van Wagner & Ethan Weader / Sadie Gustafson-Zook & Jobi Ricco

June 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

Van Wagner is an educator and musical artist. In the classroom, he teaches Environmental Science at Lewisburg High School. He has been selected as Conservation Educator of the Year in 2005 from Schuylkill County and in 2007 and 2009 in Union County. In 2012 he was awarded the Sandy Cochran award for natural resource education from the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. In 2015 the Red Cross presented Van with the Robert N. Pursel Distinguished Service Award. Outside of the classroom he…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 6/23 – Kirk Fleta

June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

Beyond singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Kirk Fleta is a social performer. Kirk has gained quite a loyal following, with as many as 150 people showing up when he plays at local clubs. He has opened up several times for the Goose Creek Symphony, the Wooten Brothers, Shawn Mullins, and shared the stage with Marc Broussard. DJs at local stations have fallen in love with his songs and have put Kirk's songs in regular rotation. His guitar playing has departed from…

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The WDVX Big Plate – 6/24 – Rhyan Sinclair

June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Barley’s, 200 East Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915 United States

Kentucky’s Rhyan Sinclair is one of those rare songwriters who can simultaneously pay tribute to artists who inspire her and create something entirely new, within one song. In 2018, she released her first solo full-length, Barnstormer. Later in 2018, she released the holiday EP, Marshmallow World, which was featured on the Americana Music Association’s Holiday Playlist. In the spring of 2022, this impressive new voice in country returns with Letters to Aliens, which continues the theme of a woman on a journey,…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 6/25 – Chris Long / The Close

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

Singer-songwriter Chris Long, music is an adventure that keeps getting better and better. He grew up with a father who was a musician, and learned to play guitar at age 12. Since then, the adventure’s just kept going. Chris Long writes and performs music from the Heartland, Roots Rock & Americana genres. Chris played in two bands with his father in the late 90s and early 2000s. They played together in the bands Sloe Ginn and Stonewall Gray. Since then,…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 6/28 – Dark Waters Project / Michael McArthur

June 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

The Dark Waters Project is a Nashville based band that plays what they like to call, Darkgrass. Their music is a blend of multiple genre’s but is greatly influenced by Bluegrass and Alternative Rock. The band has a long list of previously played venues and positive reviews from all over North America and from countless people in the music industry. Dark Waters is led by vocal duo, Cherish Hamby and Adam Hamby. Cherish and Adam do a vast majority of…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 6/30 – Leah Ross & Cruz Contreras / Rowdy Around Midnight

June 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer Cruz Contreras has roots in Tennessee and Michigan, but has impacted Americana music worldwide. The frontman, founder, and driving force behind The Black Lillies’ raw and rootsy sound also co-founded Robinella and the CCstringband, and has collaborated with musicians ranging from John Oates and Jim Lauderdale to Langhorne Slim and The Turnpike Troubadours. His projects have topped both the Billboard and Americana radio charts, won Independent Music Awards, and been nominated for the Americana Music…

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July 2022

The WDVX Big Plate – 7/1 – Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic

July 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Barley’s, 200 East Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915 United States

Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, America’s premier youth fiddling show band from Saline, Michigan, astounds audiences every time the group takes the stage. The musicians, all from Saline High School, present an energetic and polished show that features a diverse range of music from American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic traditions. Spirited vocals and Appalachian step dancing combine with the instrumentals to create an unforgettable live performance. This fully equipped, amplified, self-contained performance group is highly adaptable; no venue…

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