An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Mink’s Miracle Medicine “Autobiographical Country Song”

Mink’s Miracle Medicine is a twang-inspired Americana group from Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, featuring the songwriting duo of Melissa E. Wright on guitar and vocals, and Danny Zezeski on drums. They recently stopped by the Blue Plate Special and shared a few tunes. This one is an autobiographical country song called (what else?) “Autobiographical Country Song”. Check out their new EP “Countrypolitan”, which Melissa describes as a “little bit country-a little bit rock and roll”. More at http://mink.virb.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 – Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem “Hear Jerusalem Moan”

Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem perform a toe-tappin’, hand clappin’ old gospel/novelty tune (Don’t You) “Hear Jerusalem Moan” from their album “Some Bright Morning”. This tune, around since the 30’s, is a lot of fun and has been and has been covered by a wide variety of artists, from The Skillet Lickers to New Grass Revival to The Judds. You can learn more about Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem at http://www.raniarbo.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 – Eli Fox

16 year old Eli Fox entertained the Blue Plate Special audience with the title track from his debut album “Nothing to Say.” We think Eli has a lot to say, and there is no doubt that you’ll be hearing lots more from him soon. Learn more about this multi-instrumentalist and emerging songwriter who is on his way to becoming an American roots music all-star at http://www.elifoxmusic.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 – Irene Kelly & Nate Lee

Recently, Irene Kelley joined us for “First Friday Live” and shared the now available single, “Carolina Wind” from her upcoming album “These Hills,” which is scheduled for a summer 2016 release. She is joined on stage by multi-instrumentalist and 2015 IBMA Instrumentalist Of The Year Momentum Award winner Nate Lee.

WDVX 1st Friday Live is a free, live performance radio show held at 7 P.M. on the first Friday of each month at the WDVX studio inside the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. Come and join us! You can always listen live at http://wdvx.com/

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Cactus Blossoms

The Cactus Blossoms combine rock ‘n’ roll and classic country with their tight harmonies and thoughtful songwriting to give a classic style a modern sound. Here they treat the Blue Plate Special audience to their version of “No More Crying The Blues”, originally recorded by Alton Lott and Jimmy Harrell on April 5th, 1959 on the Sun label.

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/

Interview with David Wax Museum

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Our own Katie Cauthen sat down with the David Wax Museum (11.12.15) to talk about the band’s newest album, GUESTHOUSE. They share more about the process of recording the album and what else they’ve been up to, as well as provide a performance! We hope you enjoy!

GUESTHOUSE is the band’s fourth studio album, and features the sound of “a band reconciling the accountability of marriage and parenthood with the uncertainty and challenges of life on the road.

In typical David Wax Museum fashion, the songs on Guesthouse are simplistic and sophisticated, elegant and plainspoken all at once. Rather than succumbing to the weight of the newfound responsibilities that landed on their doorstep, the band has leaned into the challenges to capture a brilliant portrait of the messy beauty of it all.

An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special – Anne E. DeChant

Anne E. DeChant is a Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. DeChant has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums, including her most recent, “The Sun Coming In,” with portraits of small-town, working class America that are alternately edgy and tender – sometimes both in the same song … and always real. This tune, “Hey Daddy,” is from the new album, and you will see and hear what we mean.

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 – Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem “Keep It In Mind”

Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, a New England based quartet, visited the Blue Plate Special and had the audience clapping and singing along from the very first note. Here, they perform “Keep It In Mind”, a tune from their latest release, “Violets Are Blue”. The band is: Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). Learn more at:http://www.raniarbo.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 – Four Leaf Peat

An old Celtic ballad about unfaithfulness, cross-dressing and murder? Four Leaf Peat treats the Blue Plate Special audience to a tale of a young girl who, when her true love (Willie Taylor) is taken away to go and fight in the navy, dresses up as a sailor and sets off to find him. As the story develops, she has an incident with her clothing which “exposes” the fact that she’s not a man. After that, the story gets interesting. Especially for young Willie Taylor!

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/

Knoxville’s Radio Past Revealed in 70 year old film footage

We’re excited to share this rare silent 16mm home movie footage shot by local Knoxville radio stars Molly O’Day and her husband Lynn Davis. O’Day was one of the biggest stars on local radio during the 1940s, eventually landing a recording deal with the Columbia Records label.

Molly O’Day and the Gang on WNOX Radio, Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, circa 1946 from TAMIS on Vimeo.

The footage was shot during a live WNOX Mid-Day-Merry-Go-Round performance at Chilhowee Park. Keep an eye out for country music legends Archie Campbell (as”Grandpappy”), Carl Story and His Rambling Mountaineers, Charlie Monroe, Curly Seckler, Clyde and Hack Johnson, Bill and Cliff Carlisle, and master of ceremonies Lowell Blanchard!

A Classic Molly O’Day gingham dress will be on-display at the upcoming exhibit on Knoxville music history entitled “Come To Make Records: Knoxville’s Contributions to American Popular Music,” opening Friday, April 15th, at the East Tennessee History Center. This event is part of the Knoxville Stomp, a four-day festival that celebrates the lost music of Knoxville and our region.

[From the Molly O’Day and Lynn Davis Collection at TAMIS – Knox County Public Library]

Note: Original footage partially reversed.