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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 7/16 – Randie O’Neil / Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns

July 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Matt Mullins & the Bringdowns are an Appalachian Rock band that have found a niche all their own. The stories in their songs are almost as diverse as the influences you hear in the music. Fueled by a driving rhythm section made up of drummer Dylan McInturff and bassist Bob Campion, Stuart Hill creates sonic tapestries with his guitar that will leave you in awe. Add to that the lyrical prowess of raspy voiced singer/guitarist Matt Mullins and you have what the group feels to be the most honest music they have ever collectively created.

Smooth, charming, with a little sass Americana/Folk-Pop artist Randie O’Neil puts her whole self into her writing and performances, using honest and witty lyrics about heartache and strength, paired with catchy melodies. With her roots-inspired sound, she has independently released multiple albums over the years. She will be following up from the widely acclaimed EP “I’m Not That Girl” and “Here I Stand” with her much anticipated “Full Moon Rising.” She is sure to keep you tapping along and singing to the moon. For fans of Miranda Lambert, Pat Benatar and Mumford and Sons

Long bio: O’Neil’s storytelling comes from a sincere place. Her work as an adolescent intervention specialist brings a real-world perspective to her lyrics. Drawing on her own life story of having to survive an abusive alcoholic environment as a child, she helps students navigate a complicated world. Through her songs, she conveys a message of understanding and courage to face problems that almost all of us experience at some point in our lives.

Full Moon Rising really explores finding your way through tough times and explores relationships during those tough times. During the dark times of Covid 19, Randie found a way to stay connected to her friends and community. She found a way to explore and expand and even inspire. Full Moon Rising deals with being cooped up and isolated but determined to stay connected to those who matter most. She felt like every day was full moon and Randie was restless to go out and be able to explore. She used that energy to write. “Queen (of the Barstool Two-Step)” examined the nightlife that had changed during covid. Going to bars was not an option for people and what do you do with the loneliness. People go out to be with people and not feel so alone. Some people were brought together during this time and others found a distance between them. “Whispers takes a look at people who were together yet not able to quiet connect.” “Treat me Right is an infectious song with a lot of sass that just lays it out what a girl wants from a relationship.” “Sidewalks” is a catchy singalong. What Randie missed most was her ability to go out and meet people, to follow the sidewalks to where she wanted to go. “Daddy’s Pride” is a powerful song that explores her relationship with her abusive alcoholic stepfather. A parent should nurture and instill pride in a child, Randie was able to find it on her own.


July 16
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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