A Song & A Sip – The Deadbeat Scoundrels

The Deadbeat Scoundrels are joining us for the 6 O’Clock Swerve on August 4th at Barley’s in Knoxville’s Old City. Click here to learn more or get tickets. From the mountains of east Tennessee, this band is blazing a musical trail across the country. The Deadbeat Scoundrels combine punk, folk, bluegrass, and rock to create a sound that is on the rise in popular music. The band is known for its energetic live shows, which include foot stomping originals, high energy, and cover songs in the band’s unique style. We hope you enjoy this track “Hey Lil Mama” from the Deadbeat Scoundrels!

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, 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 tunes of the Deadbeat Scoundrels are perfect for summer, with lots of energy and spirit, just like this week’s Sip, a concoction that’s a little sweet, and a little strong for the perfect combination.

This What to Drink Wednesday we are also celebrating National Watermelon Day with a Watermelon Mojito made with Silver Cloud Moonshine!

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1.5 oz of Silver Cloud

.75 oz of Lemonade

4 oz of Pureed Watermelon chunks

.5 oz of Lime Juice

5 mint leaves (2 for garnish)

Muddle Mint in the Silver Cloud in the bottom of the glass. Fill to top with ice. Add Lemonade and lime juice. Top with watermelon puree and shake in same glass with mixing tin. Top with a splash of lemon lime soda and garnish with mint and watermelon spear.

Sips up!

A Song & A Sip – Andrew Leahey & the Homestead

WDVX is thrilled to welcome Rockin’ Americana band Andrew Leahey & the Homestead of Nashville to the Tennessee Shines Radio Show August 3rd! The show, part of the band’s Skyline in Central Time CD release tour, will be just in time for the album’s release (Aug. 5th). You can get tickets here (or listen online or on the radio!).

In the meantime, enjoy this track called ‘Little In Love.’ Produced by  Ken Coomer, Wilco’s original drummer, Andrew wrote the song while driving home from SXSW a few years ago. The video was shot in one day in a miniature toy store in Berry Hill, just south of Nashville.

The new album, ‘Skyline in Central Time,’ being released by Thirty Tigers, is the first record that the band hasn’t released independently. Andrew Leahey says he’s really happy about that. Something else Leahey has to be happy about (and we’re also very happy for him) is that this is the band’s first release since he underwent a brain surgery operation in 2013 to remove a life-threatening tumor.

Also of note is that Andrew’s wife will be attending UT for the next four years in the veterinary program, which gives him lots of good excuses to spend more time in Knoxville. He considers himself a part-time Knoxvillian…given that they’ve played 5 Knoxville shows in 2016 already. So, in his words, “good stuff all around.”

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, 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. This week it’s the Blue Hawaiian!

Just like the song from Andrew Leahey and the Homestead, this concoction is a little sweet and definitely memorable. Now play the song again and whip up a Blue Hawaiian for a great combination of song & sip!

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Blue Hawaiian:

2 oz Blueberry Muffin Moonshine
3 oz of Pineapple Juice
.5 oz of Silver Cloud Moonshine
2 oz of Coconut Cream

Combine Moonshine, coconut cream and pineapple juice in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain over ice in rocks glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a pineapple leaf.

Sips up!

A Song & A Sip – The Mobros

The Mobros will be playing the WDVX Blue Plate Special on July 28th and we can’t wait! Until the show, you can enjoy their stylings with this tune, Excuse Me.

The band is comprised of brothers, Kelly & Patrick Morris. An electric songwriting duo, they  grew up in rural South Carolina where they learned to draw from their surroundings, blending the sounds of Soul, Rock & Roll, and Americana. Their music is a bit dark, but also light in nature.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, 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. This week it’s the Blackberry Rosè Lemonade! Just like the music of the Mobros, this concoction is a little dark and mysterious, a little light and refreshing. It might seem like an odd combination, but it totally works! Crank up some music from the Mobros and sip on something delicious. Life doesn’t get any better than that!

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1.5 oz of Old Fashioned Lemonade Moonshine

1.5 oz of Blackberry Moonshine

2 oz of Rosè

Build ingredients as follows in Champagne flute with crushed ice, Old Fashioned Lemonade Moonshine, Rosè and then top with Blackberry Moonshine. Garnish with frozen blackberry. Enjoy!

A Song & A Sip – Jay Clark

Jay Clark is a great friend of WDVX and we always enjoy having him in the studio. He’ll be joining us July 8th on the Blue Plate Special so don’t miss it! Jay has a new album, his fifth, that was released in June 2016, called Of Mountains and Heartbreak. Below is a track from the new album, called Mountain in the Sky, and it’s our featured Song for this regular series on the WDVX blog.

Although Jay Clark went to college for 11.5 years and has a PhD in wildlife ecology, he somehow ended up striking a balance between careers in music & science. Jay grew up in Winchester, Tennessee, near where the western escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau crosses from Tennessee into Alabama. His dad was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister for 42 years. His mom an English teacher. Church played a huge role in Jay’s upbringing. It was in the church where Jay learned to sing & in the mountains where he felt closest to God. Jay wrote his first song in 1990. He didn’t know how to play guitar, so he taught himself to play in order to put music to his first song. That song was the first of many.

Jay has been a staple in the East Tennessee music scene for more than 20 years. During his college years, Jay not only trapped & conducted research on black bears in the Smokies, but also played in a couple of different bluegrass bands, most notably a brother-style duo with Keith Garrett (currently of The Boxcars) and later in a bluegrass band, The Stringbeans, with Robinella and Cruz Contreras (currently of The Black Lillies). Since releasing his first record in 2004 (Pen to Paper), Jay has supplemented his career as a scientist with performing his songs across the Southeast & southern Appalachia. Presently, Jay plays a number of his shows with his band, Jay Clark & the Tennessee Tree Beavers, which features Greg Horne on lead guitar & Daniel Kimbro on upright bass.

He still uses the other side of his brain as an adjunct professor in the Biology Department at Maryville College. Jay resides in the foothills of the Smokies on 31.5 acres in Rockford, TN, with his wife, Stacy, and their pack of rescue hounds. For more info, visit www.jayclarkmusic.com.
This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, 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. This week it’s the LemonCran Shineade for you! It’s a classic combination perfect for summer, just like the tunes of Jay Clark. Crank up some Jay Clark and sip on something delicious. Life doesn’t get any better than that!
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LemonCran Shineade:
2 oz Old Fashioned Lemonade Moonshine
Cranberry Juice
1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lemon
Lemon Wedge
Pour 2 oz Old Fashioned Lemonade Moonshine over ice. Add fresh squeezed lemon and top with Cranberry Juice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

A Song & A Sip – Kirk Fleta

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Kirk Fleta is a longtime friend of WDVX and he’ll be taking the stage on the WDVX Blue Plate Special tomorrow, June 30th at noon. Click here to learn more.

A native of Gatlinburg, Fleta is a singer-songwriter who is well known around the region for his laid back style, strong vocals and guitar tunes. He has sold over 10,000 copies of his self produced albums and played all over the world. Kirk plays at a variety of venues regularly, likened by one media outlet to “a gypsy musician with thousands of fans spread out across the world.”

We think you’ll enjoy this video, for the track “Blackberry Wine,” because it captures some of what we love about summer: good music, good friends, and being outside surrounded by the beauty of East Tennessee.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, 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 tunes of Kirk Fleta should definitely be included in your playlist this summer. And if you need a refreshing summer drink to enjoy, try this week’s Sip, which incorporates some of summer’s bounty: fresh blueberries!

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2 oz of Sugarlands Blueberry Muffin Moonshine

1.5 oz of Lime Juice

1 oz of Lemon Juice

1 oz of Orange Juice

.5 oz of Simple Syrup

Sugar rim of margarita glass. Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin with ice. Shake well and strain over ice, or blend with ice for a frozen option, in a margarita glass. Garnish with a spear of blueberries and small lime segments.

Sips up!

A Song & A Sip – Meadow Lark Music Festival Artists

[Photo Courtesy Bill Foster Photography]

[Photo Courtesy Bill Foster Photography]

Meadow Lark Music Festival is Saturday, June 25th. Do you have your tickets yet? One of our favorite ways to enjoy the summer is at a great outdoor festival like this. Live music in the air while the sights and sounds of nature are all around you, with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere. Meadow Lark Music Fest is a full day and evening of music from some of your favorite artists, including Dale Watson and Southern Culture on the Skids. What’s not to love?

There’s still time to treat yourself to the VIP experience. Click here for VIP tickets.

And don’t forget that this year’s festival will have $5 parking at Ijams. FREE parking is available at any of the Downtown Knoxville garages and you can then ride the FREE shuttle from the WDVX Studio (Knoxville Visitors Center on Gay Street) to and from Ijams for the festival.

For more info, check out this blog post on how to make the most of your Meadow Lark Experience!

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, 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 drink with an amazing music performance.

Check out these previous A Song & A Sip posts featuring other Meadow Lark artists!

The Barstool Romeos | Four Leaf Peat | Red Shoes and Rosin

And while you’re waiting for the WDVX | Ijams Meadow Lark Music Festival to begin, in the meantime we hope you’ll enjoy this week’s Sip, the Spiced Pineapple!

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2 oz of Sugarlands Silver Cloud Moonshine

.75 oz of Mark Roger’s American Peach Moonshine

2 oz of Pineapple Juice

2 oz of Grapefruit Juice

.75 oz of Lime Juice

.5 oz of Grenadine

.25 oz of Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients (minus grenadine) in a mixing tin with ice. Shake well and strain over ice in Hurricane glass. Sink grenadine all over the top to create streaking effect. Garnish with pineapple wedge and pineapple leaf. Enjoy!

A Song & A Sip – The DuPont Brothers

photo by Grayson Crounse

photo by Grayson Crounse

Siblings Zack and Sam DuPont are an indie-folk-Americana duo based in Burlington, Vermont. Together they make up the DuPont Brothers and we’re excited to welcome them to the Tennessee Shines Radio Show at 7 p.m. on June 22, 2016.

Want to hear the DuPont Brothers on Tennessee Shines? You can listen live online or on the radio, or come out to Boyd’s Jig & Reel in Knoxville’s Old City to enjoy the show in person. Click here to get reserved tickets for the DuPont Brothers show on WDVX’s Tennessee Shines!

The band was formed in spring of 2013, and since then the brothers have toured heavily throughout the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, South and Mid West in what they call “a fully independent pursuit to get their songs to as many ears as possible.”

Their travels have opened doors to festival appearances at SXSW & Grand Point North in addition to performances in support of some of their musical heroes including Bahamas, Blake Mills, Sturgill Simpson, Ben Sollee, Chris Eldridge & Julian Lage and Jerry Douglas to name a few.

What the DuPont Brothers are most excited about is the next phase. This past year, they have been working on a new album with Vermont producer, Michael Chorney along with an all-star cast of local musicians. Their sophomore full length and first ever vinyl release, A Riddle For You, came out this month. And we know you’re going to enjoy this tune from the album, just in time for summer!

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, 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 tunes of the DuPont Brothers are just right for warm weather, including those late nights sitting on the porch. For a great drink that is sure to quench your summertime thirst, try this week’s Sip, a concoction that’s a little sweet, and a little strong for the perfect combination.

This week’s What to Drink Wednesday is our Blackberry Mule.

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2 oz Blockader’s Blackberry Moonshine
Ginger Beer
½ Fresh Squeezed Lime
Lime Wedge
Pour moonshine over ice. Squeeze in half a lime and top off with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge. Enjoy!

A Song & A Sip – Barstool Romeos

 

The Barstool Romeos are a honky-tonk rock and roll band that claims Knoxville as their home. We’re excited to have them as part of the lineup for the WDVX | Ijams Meadow Lark Music Festival and we hope you’ll come out and enjoy the festival on June 25th.

Tickets will be $25 through June 24th and $35 at the gate (Children 10 & under are free). You can Click HERE to purchase your tickets today! Plus, we’ve also got some special VIP tickets which include prime parking, beer tickets, speedy check-in, and more!

We think you’ll enjoy this video, for the track “Dreams,” because it evokes something that just feels like summertime. There’s nothing better than good music, enjoyed outside in the summer, surrounded by the beauty of nature. And on June 25th, when you come to Meadow Lark Music Festival, you’ll get to experience that firsthand.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, 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 tunes of the Barstool Romeos create a perfect soundtrack for your summer. And if you need a refreshing summer drink to enjoy, try this week’s Sip, which incorporates some of summer’s bounty: fresh blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.

Mix up a batch of these daiquiris and crank up the Barstool Romeos!

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1 oz Sugarlands Silver Cloud Moonshine

1 oz Sugarlands Blockader’s Blackberry Moonshine

2 oz Strawberry Puree

1/2 cup of Blackberries

1/2 cup of Raspberries

2 scoops of Ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend well and pour into Hurricane glass. Garnish with three berries on a spear.

A Song & A Sip – Tim Lee 3

Tim Lee 3 has been a longtime favorite of music fans in East Tennessee, and we can’t wait to see them playing at Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash, kicking off at 5 p.m. this Friday, June 3rd on Knoxville’s Market Square. Don’t miss this FREE outdoor music event presented by WDVX!

Bob Dylan’s Birthday Bash is the first of a string of dates with TL3 + RB Morris, which starts Morris’ month-long residency at the 5-Spot in Nashville and continuing with three dates in Mississippi. Tim Lee 3 has also been invited to play the Secret Stages Festival in Birmingham in August.

We think you’ll enjoy this video, for the track “Get There First,” because it’s not just good music, but also has some unforgettable visuals. This tune is from the band’s “Raucous Americanus” release and stars Andy Pirkle.

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

Tim Lee 3 has a familiar sound but always throws something unexpected into the musical mix. That’s exactly what is happening with this week’s Sip, which combines something familiar (vanilla ice cream) with something unexpected.

Mix up an Adult Root Beer Float and enjoy the Tim Lee 3!

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2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream

2 oz Sugarlands Root Beer Moonshine

1 oz Sugarlands Butterscotch Gold Moonshine

1 scoop of Ice

4 oz Root Beer

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend thoroughly and top with a little whipped cream to give appearance of foam.

A Song & A Sip – Cherohala

This edition of A Song & A Sip includes a great track from Cherohala, which is made up of sisters Griffin Cavender Vann and Milly Cavender.

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The band will be performing at the inaugural Sweethearts of the Smokies Festival taking place rain or shine on Saturday, June 4th at the Dancing Bear Lodge Outdoor Pavilion Stage. Not only is this is a chance to enjoy great music, good food & drink, but you can feel good knowing a portion of the proceeds help the Appalachian Bear Rescue.

What better backdrop than the foothills of the gorgeous Smoky Mountains to showcase and celebrate bands that are led and co-led by women?

Other performers include Robinella, The Whiskey Gentry, Shannon Whitworth & Barrett Smith, and Katie Pruitt.

Siblings Griffin and Milly say they’ve been making music together forever, but Cherohala started about 10 years ago. Their musical influences include growing up listening to a lot of oldies, such as The Temptations, The Supremes, etc. They also listened to a lot of country music like Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Alan Jackson.

More recent influences are Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott. They both love these artists and say they’ve had a huge influence on Griffin’s songwriting. The ladies are excited about the Sweethearts festival, and the chance to play as Cherohala. They also play quite a bit with their other band The Naughty Knots.

Said Milly, “We like to use the huge amount of talent in Knoxville, so we have a rotating group of musicians we like to have join us at our shows. There are so many people we love to play music with, so it’s fun to always have a show be slightly different because of who we have playing with us. It allows us to play with our style a little bit, we might be really country sounding at one gig and then have some jazz influence in another. It makes it a lot of fun. Also, Griffin just won the International Biscuit Festival songwriting competition for her song “Kitchen.”

Have a listen to this great Cherohala tune, Josephine!

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

This week’s What to Drink Wednesday is the Peach Tennessee Cosmo. A drink that’s both sweet and strong, we think it pairs perfectly with Cherohala’s tune, as well as the music of all the great Sweethearts of the Smokies artists!

Peach Tennessee Cosmo:

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2 oz of Mark Roger’s American Peach Moonshine

2 oz Cranberry Juice

1 oz Orange Juice

.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz Water

.25 oz of Honey

Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice in a Collins glass and garnish with a lime zest twist.