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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 2/6 – Trisha Gene Brady & Ben Maney

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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With her former band TGB followed a rigorous road schedule and had many adventures!!  Trisha Gene Brady is a roots musician from Knoxville, TN known best for her seven year run as the female vocalist (guitar, mandolin, percussion) of the nationally touring act, The Black Lillies. Her split from the well known Americana outfit seems to be an open door to the next step in her career.

She has been featured in publications including Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Billboard, Wall Street Journal, Consequence of Sound, Garden & Gun, Huffington Post, Relix Magazine, USA Today, PASTE Magazine, No Depression & Country Weekly, NPR’s Mountain Stage (twice) and five separate PBS concert specials, a GAC featurette, Texas Music Scene and a CMT television episode airing nationally.

Trisha Gene is one of the only independent artists invited to play the Grand Ole Opry more than thirty times (debuted June, 2011).

She has performed at festivals including Bonnaroo Music + Arts, SXSW, Americana Music Association’s Americana Fest, 30-A Songwriter’s Festival, Country Music Association’s CMA Festival & Fan Fair, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Pickathon, Strawberry Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, MerleFest, Old Settler’s Festival, The Luck Reunion, and more.


Ben Maney is a pianist/keyboardist, singer/songwriter and composer based in Knoxville, TN. Ben has been performing on the Knoxville music scene for nearly 30 years exposing him to a variety musicians and musical styles ranging from Prog Rock to Delta Blues and from Jazz Fusion to Americana. While performing with various bands, Ben has opened for nationally and internationally touring artists such as Johnny Winter, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Delbert McLinton, John Scofield, Pinetop Perkins, Acoustic Alchemy and The Turtles.

In 2005 Ben fronted Countless Sheep, a group comprised of some of Knoxville’s most talented and experimental musicians. The band’s first recording entitled “Drinking the World from a Glass” consisted of Ben’s original compositions and was critically heralded for its eclecticism and musical virtuosity. Ben has also been the front-man for a jazz quartet which has been performing regularly for almost 5 years.

Additionally Ben is also a prolific composer. Ben has composed over 200 original pieces specifically for production music use. A large portion of his catalog is currently available through ROBA Production Music. Ben recently completed a project with the Nashville Composers Association in conjunction with Belmont University to provide production music for a short film. Ben has also performed one of his compositions, “Peace Awaits” with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

Ben’s compositions are jazzy and classically-influenced and consist of solo piano pieces, ambient and atmospheric pieces. He has also composed more robust compositions incorporating strings, drums and additional instrumentation. His style can be described as spontaneous composition because he can improvise new melodies based on an original theme in real time.

Ben has the ability to record solo compositions on high-quality keyboards or acoustic piano and has access to studio time with relatively short notice. He also has access to a large base of professional musicians who he can collaborate with when necessary. In addition to his existing catalog available through ROBA, he can create more customized pieces based on the needs of his production music clients.







February 6
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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