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May 2022

The WDVX Blue Plate Special live from Visit Knoxville – 5/19 – Dean Batten & Alexis Joiner / Erinn Peet Lukes

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

Often genre-bending, thought provoking and emotion stoking, Dean Batten's music is most concretely one thing: captivating. From October 2021 to March 2022, Dean released a new single each month; such works as “Would You Like to Come In?”, “Sky Pink”, “The Quiet Sounds of Sewing” and “Dennis”. Dean is currently working on a mysterious new record, hosting a monthly acoustic show in his home town of Daytona Beach and touring the US either on his trusty motorcycle or in his…

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The WDVX Big Plate live from Barley’s – 5/20 – Circus No. 9

May 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Barley’s, 200 East Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915 United States

Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz, and Rock. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, among others. Comprised of musicians Thomas Cassell, Vince Ilagan, and Ben Garnett, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today. "Circus No. 9 represents everything that's good about the new generation of acoustic…

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Kidstuff Live – 5/21 – at the Children’s Festival of Reading at Worlds Fair Park

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
World’s Fair Park, 1060 World’s Fair Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37916 United States

Join WDVX at the World’s Fair Park on Saturday Morning May 21st at Ten for a live WDVX Kidstuff with your host Sean McCollough. County Public Library hosts the Children’s Festival of Reading. The whole day will be packed with storytelling, live music and more.. Plus you will have an opportunity to meet many of the authors who are attending the festival. All the fun starts at 10am and goes til 5pm. The Children’s Festival of Reading is a free…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special live from Visit Knoxville – 5/21 – Michael Shaw

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

Surrounded by the majestic beauty and rugged wildness of the Northern Rockies, songwriter Michael Shaw worked as a horseman and wilderness ranger in Western Montana for more than a decade. That unpredictable natural landscape—and the isolation that goes along with it—shapes his debut album, He Rode On. “I’ve always felt drawn to wildness—wild people, wild places, wild emotions,” he says. Indeed, Shaw’s earliest memory is from the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, where his father would sneak him down…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special live from Visit Knoxville – 5/24 – Melissa Hale / Gary Gilleran

May 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

Gary Gilleran  was born and raised in Chicago. He started playing drums at 13 and started playing guitar and writing songs at 18. He was influenced early on by Cat Stevens, John Prine, Bob Dylan and other popular folk/rock artists from the late '60's and early '70's. He moved to Nashville in 1973 to pursue a music career where he met his wife of now almost 50 years. They have raised 5 children and are blessed with 11 grandchildren....so far!…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special live from Visit Knoxville – 5/25 – East Tennessee Bluegrass Association

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

The East Tennessee Bluegrass Association strives to promote and advance traditional bluegrass music through education, outreach and community for all generations. Support and aid other groups which advocate bluegrass music and to foster a multi-generational community to learn and grow musically.  

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special live from Visit Knoxville – 5/26 – Ash & Eric / Band Of Drifters

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

The Band of Drifters plays Modern American Roots Music and they encourage you to dance. Based mostly in Montana & Tennessee, the band also includes players from all over the country; keeping the music varied in arrangement, instrumentation, and regional influences. Their sets draw from country, folk and blues traditions with an emphasis on original songs, done in the old style. Their latest release is Heavy On The Lightfoot: Songs Of Gordon Lightfoot (September 2021), a collection of 13 songs…

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The WDVX Big Plate live from Barley’s – 5/27 – Brennen Leigh

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Barley’s, 200 East Jackson Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37915 United States

Brennen Leigh is an American songwriter, guitar player, mandolin player and singer whose to-the-point storytelling style has elevated her to cult icon status in Europe, Scandinavia, across the United States, South America and the United Kingdom. Her songs have been recorded by Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Crowell, Sunny Sweeney, Charley Crockett, and many others. As renowned for her musicianship as for her writing, it’s easy to see how Leigh caught the ear of greats like Guy Clark, who colorfully endorsed…

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special live from Visit Knoxville – 5/31 – Suzie Brown and Scot Sax / Sahara Moon

May 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WDVX, 301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States

A 1970s-inspired folk-pop songwriter, Suzie Brown responds to the seismic changes of the modern moment with 2022's Some See The Flowers, out May 20th. Written somewhere between her shifts as an Advanced Heart Failure/Heart Transplant cardiologist at Vanderbilt Hospital and her responsibilities as a mother of two, it's a record about resilience, resolve, and maintaining perspective in difficult times. It also finds Brown — an award-winning musician whose songs have earned recognition from the Great American Songwriting Competition, Forbes Magazine,…

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June 2022

The WDVX Blue Plate Special live from Visit Knoxville – 6/1 – Cristina Vane / John Salaway

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

Born in Italy to a Sicilian-American father and a Guatemalan mother, Cristina Vane has always had a tenuous relationship with identity and place. She grew up between England, France and Italy, and was fluent in four languages by the time she moved to her fathers’ native United States for university at 18. Despite this, (and perhaps because of it) she had no sense of belonging to any one culture or country. What she did have, however, was an intense love…

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