Upcoming WDVX Events : Playlist


Hey y’all, Happy New Year!

We have plenty of Real Live Music headed your way in 2017, and just in case you miss it on the airwaves, we made this Spotify playlist to keep you in the know. All of these artists are playing a WDVX event in January, whether it’s a Blue Plate Special Road Show, Tennessee Shines, Six O’Clock Swerve, First Friday Live, or a World Class Bluegrass show.

Check out our event calendar here for more information. Happy listenin’!

Katie’s 2016 Favorites


Katie Cauthen
Hey y’all – Katie here, WDVX Program Director and host of “The Category Stomp” on Monday nights 7-10pm. In the past, I have always been a bit hesitant when it comes to making “Best Of” year-end lists. It is always a daunting task to sort through all of the great music we are exposed to at WDVX in any given year. That being said, I managed to put together a list of some of my favorite albums & songs of 2016. They aren’t in any specific order – cue my indecisiveness – but I hope you enjoy and tune in to hear music included on the below lists (and beyond) every Monday night on “The Category Stomp”. Here goes nothin’…. (again, in no particular order!)

2016 albums

Bon Iver – 22, A Million
Standout track : “8 (circle)
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Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Standout track : “Golden Days
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Mandolin Orange – Blindfaller
Standout track : “Wildfire
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Standout track : “Atomic Number
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Dylan LeBlanc – Cautionary Tale
Standout track : “Beyond The Veil
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Lake Street Dive – Side Pony
Standout track : “Mistakes
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Hackensaw Boys – Charismo
Standout track : “Don’t Bet Against Me
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Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
Standout track : “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)
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Dori Freeman – Dori Freeman
Standout track : “Go On Lovin‘”
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The Cactus Blossoms – You’re Dreaming
Standout track : “Mississippi
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Michael Daves – Orchids and Violence (double album)
Standout acoustic track : “The Dirt That You Throw
Standout electric track :  “Dark Angel
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2016 songs

Sara Watkins – “Move Me
(album: Young In All The Wrong Ways)
Dr. Dog – “Bring My Baby Back
(album : The Psychedelic Swamp)
Amanda Shires – “Harmless
(album: My Piece of Land)
Father John Misty – “Real Love Baby
(single: Real Love Baby)
Margo Price – “Four Years of Chances
(album: Midwest Farmer’s Daughter)
Stray Birds – “Shining In The Distance
(album: Magic Fire)
Band of Horses – “Dull Time/The Moon
(album : Why Are You OK)
Lori McKenna – “Wreck You
(album : The Bird and the Rifle)
Marlon Williams – “Dark Child
(album: Marlon Williams)
(EP : Best Wishes)
Basia Bulat : “Fool
(album : Good Advice”)

The WDVX Blue Plate Special is Hitting the Road


Every new year brings change and in 2017 it’s going to happen at the Blue Plate Special where real live music has been entertaining you nearly every day for the past 12 years. It’s going to be good…once the dust settles!  The Visitor Center, where the Blue Plate Special stage is located, is being remodeled beginning in January to create a more useful and comfortable space for visitors and Blue Plate Special audiences. That means the Blue Plate Special live shows are going to take a break beginning January 2. You’ll still hear Blue Plate Special programs on the radio at noon, we will have live in studio guests, and we’re planning some very special Blue Plate Special Road Shows throughout the community. Thanks to all of you who are part of the show as audience members…we will miss seeing you. But we’ll be back soon. And there will be a big party when the new space is done in a couple months…so just keep listening to WDVX for news about that and the Blue Plate Special Road Shows starting in January.

Here’s the remaining Blue Plate Special schedule:

12/29 – Knox County Jug Stompers / Sam Hatmaker

12/30 – Lacy Green / Barefoot Sanctuary

12/31  – Kim Smith and David Boettcher / Cassidy Diana

Help WDVX while you shop!

There are many different ways to support WDVX. Some of our partners allow you to support us with purchases you make at their stores and online. It might seem like a small percentage, but every contribution adds up to help us fulfill our mission and goals. While you are Christmas shopping, you can be supporting WDVX!


Amazon Smile

How Does Amazon Smile Work?

Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon. The site operates the same way that Amazon does, but has a Foundation which will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases. This may seem like a small amount, but it adds up in the end. If you are planning to purchase something online already, then we encourage you to make the switch to Amazon Smile. Follow the 5 simple steps below.

Step 1

Go to smile.amazon.com.

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Step 2

You will need to either create an account or log in to your existing account.



Step 3

Search for WDVX using the “pick your own organization” bar.


Step 4

Select Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation from the list.



 Step 5

In the upper left hand corner you’ll see that you’re supporting Cumberland Communities Communications Corporation. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to WDVX!


Kroger Community


We’ve currently got 152 households registered with the Kroger Community Rewards Program.

Thanks to these 152 households Kroger has contributed $1,355.02 in the past three months!

Click here to register online or re-enroll today

Click on “Sign In” or “Create an Account”

  • If you don’t have an existing Kroger Rewards Card you can sign up online in less than 5 minutes! Fill out the information on the screen & you will get an email confirmation that your account has been created. Head back over to the Kroger Rewards website now.


  • If you have an existing online account or if you just created one please sign in.

  • Now you’re ready to enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Click on the “Enroll Now” button.

  • Make sure that your Kroger information is up to date & then click on the “enroll” button at the bottom of the page. 

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  • Type WDVX into the search area.

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  • Select WDVX from list and click on “enroll”.

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  • Once you’ve enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards program you will see a green bar at the top of the page confirming that you’re in. Congrats & thank you for supporting WDVX!!

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REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after you register your card(s). You must live within Knox County or the surrounding areas in order to support WDVX with your rewards card. Contributing to WDVX via this program will not affect your gas points.

Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

Thanks for supporting WDVX!


The Suzy Bogguss’ Swingin’ Little Christmas Show is next Friday, December 16th


DECEMBER 16 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM $25



Click here to buy tickets.

Please call 865-544-1029 or email info@wdvx.com with any questions.

This event will be held at The Standard on Jackson Avenue. Doors will open at 6:30 & the show will start at 7:30. Beer, wine, water, and a limited selection of soft drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. Please bring a valid ID to purchase & consume alcohol. Seating will be general admission. You’re welcome to arrive at 6:30 to ensure your selection of seats. This is a non-smoking venue. Children are allowed with adult supervision and a general admission ticket.

Suzy Bogguss’ Swingin’ Little Christmas is a joyous, festive evening of traditional songs and spontaneity with one of country music’s most pristine and evocative vocalists. With the release of the Illinois native’s 1989 major label debut, Somewhere Between, Suzy quickly became one of the key artists that defined those golden days of ’90s country. She scored a string of Top 10 singles with country radio staples like “Outbound Plane,” “Drive South,” “Hey Cinderella,” “Letting Go” and “Aces,” and her 1991 album of that name was certified platinum.

The musicianship showcased in Suzy’s Christmas show is jaw-dropping, and her rich and fluid voice takes listeners through sentimental songs like: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to her own raucous “Two Step Round The Christmas Tree.” It’s a fun-filled night of all the Christmas classics sprinkled with some of Suzy’s hits through the years and select songs from her recent release, Lucky. The whole family will enjoy this Swingin’ Little Christmas Show!

Grammy award-winning and Platinum selling artist Suzy Bogguss is one to constantly chase the muse wherever it may lead. She has covered Country, Swing, Jazz, Folk, Americana and Roots music with style and grace. The live performance of her American Folk Songbook album has been lauded by fans, critics and buyers as “a show not to miss!” Her latest album Lucky is a heartfelt homage to the songwriting of Merle Haggard. With her holiday show, the musicianship is jaw-dropping as always while Suzy’s rich and fluid voice takes us through sentimental songs like: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to her own raucous “Two Step Round The Christmas Tree”.  It’s a fun-filled night of all the holiday classics sprinkled with some of Suzy’s hits through the years. The whole family will enjoy this Swinging’ Little Christmas Show!

Suzy’s appeal has never wavered and her fan base continues to grow with constant touring around the globe including regular appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion tour and the Grand Ole Opry! Rolling Stone magazine included her in The Top 48 Things We Saw At SXSW 2014 and said “She’s as country as they come.” Her 2015 set was also a Top Pick by Rolling Stone again as well as the Austin Chronicle. She truly is an artist that knows no boundaries and always leaves everyone wondering what she’ll do next!


Listen to I’ll Be Home For Christmas and Two-Step Around The Christmas Tree


Thank you for your pledge of support during the 2016 Fall Fund Drive


East Tennessee’s Own WDVX thanks everyone who pledged and volunteered during the Fall Fund Drive! Your continued support has made it possible for WDVX to produce and promote our regions music and heritage for 19 plus years. If you would still like to donate to the 2016 Fall Fund Drive click here. You can always make a tax deductible contribution on our website at WDVX.com.

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An Extra Helping of the Blue Plate Special : Hollis Creek Revival “Home”

Hollis Creek Revival made the drive to Knoxville from Dothan, Alabama to be on the Blue Plate Special, and shared songs like this one, “Home”, from their debut album, “In The River”. Founder Brandon Kelley Kelley formed the band in 2014 with his friends Jacob Patillo (electric/acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin) and Clint Singleton (bass, acoustic/electric guitar). (Clint is from Knoxville, by the way!) Brandon, who spent several years doing missionary work, told us that all of the proceeds from album and merchandise sales are being donated to fund music schools in Central and South America. Learn more about Hollis Creek Revival at their website http://www.holliscreekrevival.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/ Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WDVXradio/ See more live performances and subscribe to our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/WDVXRadi…

WDVX 2016 Fall Fund Drive Thumb Drive


Are you a fan of our thumb drives? Check out some of the artists that will be featured on the Fall 2016 Fund Drive Thumb Drive! For a pledge of $150 you will receive the thumb drive loaded with #RealLiveMusic from WDVX. You can make your pledge of support by calling 865-544-1029 or you can donate online.

• Darrell Scott – BPS April 2016
• Marty Raybon – World Class Bluegrass at Bijou March 2015
• Mandolin Orange – Live interview at Concourse October 2016
• Tami Nielson – BPS September 2016
• The Vivants (Alex Leach on banjo) – BPS July 2016
• Verlon Thompson – BPS April 2016
• Dori Freeman – BPS April 2016
• Miss Tess – BPS September 2016
• Matt Kinman – BPS May 2016
• Guy Marshall – BPS November 2016
• Royal Hounds – BPS March 2016
• Eli Fox – BPS April 2016
• Bill and the Belles – Merlefest 2016 Addison Sessions

The Fall Fund Drive is in Full Swing!


WDVX Fall Fund Drive: Real. Live. Music.

Keepin’ It Real on WDVX!

Fall 2016 Fund Drive – November 12th through 18th, 2016


To donate online, use the link above – or call us at 865.544.1029 today!

Thanks to your investment in WDVX, the station has made big steps in the past few months!

• Katie Cauthen has been added as WDVX’s new program director.
• Station founder Tony Lawson has returned to WDVX airwaves.
• WDVX is in the process of installing new equipment to improve the connection between studios.

Real. Live. Music.


Real Hosts:

“I start out my day listening to bluegrass with the chicken man, and long about lunchtime I’m listening to a live show on the Blue Plate Special, then on my drive home I’m listening to Americana … and they pull all of this off by listener supported funds. How cool is that?
Love me some WDVX!”
– Lorraine


Real Local:

“It’s so awesome to have a radio station that plays so many of your friends’ music on it.”
– Susan

Real Music:

“Had a wonderful time! Took our 12 year old who plays/loves bluegrass and it was a wonderful experience for him!”
– Bill and Jenny

Real Special:

“It’s a true American gem right here in our very own Knoxville, TN. Big thanks from Loudon County.”
– James

Keep Real Live Music Goin’ Year Round — Become a WDVX Sustainer!


Musician Jay Clark is a WDVX Sustainer.

“Thanks to WDVX, local artists like myself are able to pursue a legitimate career in music knowing that we have the support of the radio station & all the Americana music fans across East Tennessee. Although I appreciate WDVX spinning my records and asking my to perform, I am a WDVX supporter because I love Americana roots music & the community that has been created by the station.”

Become a sustainer for as little as $5.00 per month.

Your monthly support lets WDVX focus less on fundraising and more on programming. Have some questions about becoming a WDVX sustainer? Contact Megan Lange at mlange@wdvx.com to learn more!

For a one time-donation, catch us on-air from Saturday, November 12th through Friday, November 18th or donate here. Are you located outside of the United States? If so, please go here for our alternate donation site!

DarrellScottAre you a fan of our thumb drives? Check out the line up for Thumb Drive Ten!

• Darrell Scott – BPS April 2016
• Marty Raybon – World Class Bluegrass at Bijou March 2015
• Mandolin Orange – Live interview at Concourse October 2016
• Tami Nielson – BPS September 2016
• The Vivants (Alex Leach on banjo) – BPS July 2016
• Verlon Thompson – BPS April 2016
• Dori Freeman – BPS April 2016
• Miss Tess – BPS September 2016
• Matt Kinman – BPS May 2016
• Guy Marshall – BPS November 2016
• Royal Hounds – BPS March 2016
• Eli Fox – BPS April 2016
• Bill and the Belles – Merlefest 2016 Addison Sessions

Johnny Mack’s Tracks

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Here’s a list of some of the albums that were played on “Johnny Mack’s Friday Night Blues Attack!” last Friday night (11/4/2016):

Rory Block, Keepin’ Outta Trouble A Tribute To Bukka White, Stony Plain Records

(releases 11/18)

Tas Cru, Simmered & Stewed, VizzTone Label Group (releases 11/11)

Doug MacLeod, Live In Europe, Under The Radar Music Group

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes & Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Twice As Hard, Broke & Hungry Records

Joe Bonamassa, Live At The Greek Theatre, J&R Adventures

Michael Burks, I’m A Bluesman, Iron Man Records

Popa Chubby, The Catfish, e-a-r Music/Verycords

Big Head Blues Club, Way Down Inside Songs Of Willie Dixon, Big Records

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Alligator Records

Donald Ray Johnson & Gas Bag Band, Bluesin’ Around, self release

The Jimmys, Live From Transylvania, Brown Cow Productions

Billy Seward, South Shore, Midnight Pass

Mississippi Heat, Cab Driving Man, Delmark Records

Trudy Lynn, I’ll Sing The Blues For You, Connor Ray Music

Tune in to “Johnny Mack’s Friday Night Blues Attack” 9pm-3 ET www.wdvx.com