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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 7/15 – James Leigh & The Rest / Carla Ulbrich

July 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Simply put, James Leigh and The Rest is a rock band but the recipe is a bit interesting. They took their love of punk, country, 50s rock, alternative, pop, good ole Rock N’ Roll, and blended it all together for some sweet sounds. They’ll make you smile, cry, dance, sing, and feel every emotion in between. They’re not big on bios, they just let their music and live show do the talking.

Carla Ulbrich is a comical singer-songwriter and guitarist whose songs cover topics such as Waffle House, Klingons, psycho exes, how rich she would be if she had a copyright on the F Word…

A displaced Southerner, this South Carolinian now resides in New Jersey. Carla’s songs have been aired on numerous radio stations, including WSM, the BBC, Dr. Demento, SiriusXM Comedy Radio, NPR’s Morning Edition and well over 100 college and community stations around the globe.

Carla is a graduate of Brevard College, where she frequently got in trouble with her music teachers for writing songs while she should have been practicing “real” music. She has taught guitar at Lander University, North Greenville Baptist University, Hummingbird Music Camp and the National Guitar Workshop.

Carla’s first CD, “Her Fabulous Debut,” came out in 1999, and was very well-received by fans, reviewers and DJs alike. She has played in venues ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival to the Bluebird Cafe and has appeared as a musical guest on the TV shows “The Revolution” (ABC), “Homegrown Music” (WVIA TV), “Up All Night with Rhonda” (USA Network) and “The Other Side” (WGN).

In 2002, Carla suffered a catastrophic illness (doing much better now!), resulting in her 3rd CD, “Sick Humor,” a collection of humorous parodies about surviving illness- and the US health care system. She is also the author of the book “How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This” (TellMe Press).

Carla is a past winner of the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter Competition, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase, The Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield) Song Contest, The Logan Awards (for excellence in comedy music), and The Just Plain Folk Awards (Best Novelty/ Comedy Album). She is also a past finalist in the Kerrville NewSong Competition, The International Song Contest, and the USA Song Contest, and took 2nd place in the Chris Austin (Merlefest) Song Contest.

Her 9th CD, “Twang,” was released March 1, 2022 and features a bevy of award-winning country musicians backing up her dry wit, including 4-time Grammy Winner Andy Leftwich (fiddle) and 15-time IBMA Dobro player of the year Rob Ickes.


July 15, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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