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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 9/26 – Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane / Batty Jr.

September 26, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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International touring award winning Canadian (Yukon) artist has arrived. This authentic road poet travels North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, UK/Ireland and Scandinavia with 8 records behind him either solo or with legendary sideman Jaxon Haldane (famed Winnipeg band-D-Rangers) never repeating himself on stage. From Celtic Connections (Glasgow, Scotland) to the National Folk Festival (Canberra, AU) his ability to hold an audience, weave melody, while juggling the dark with the light is infectious.

​Grit, Resilience, Heart. Gordie Tentrees

GRIT- Born in Hamilton, Ontario the product of a broken home raised on a family farm before bouncing around in foster home homes finding focus in sport even becoming a golden glove boxer. From the ring to the stage with stops in between as a school teacher and youth worker grateful for every moment.
“I feel fortunate to have had such unfortunate moments that have enabled me to become who I am today”

RESILIENCE- Penned his first song at the age of 24 after moving to the Yukon. “I was always felt comfortable putting words together inspired by a family of writers led by my grandmother 70’s west coast Canadian poet Rosemary Hollingshead, my evolution as a songster & musician is directly related to my focus as a boxer. I knew it would take 10,000 hrs to learn finger style guitar much like it took to throw the perfect hook in the ring” He explains. “Breaking down each process then building it up over endless repetition hooked me on music. After his first 3 records Fred Eaglesmith took him on the road to Europe/UK and even a historic tour of Route 66 in the US from Chicago to Santa Monica offering helpful advice and support with an early introduction to the reality of the business of music while encouraging him to make his own way. He has since shared the stage with Mary Gauthier, James Cotten, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steve Poltz, Fred Penner, Danny Michel, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and Kelly Joe Phelps studying every sound they made on and off the stage

HEART- He is the proud father of 4 kids and is greatly inspired by his wife. When not on the road he works as a member of a land based after recovery team Shawthan Nazhi writing healing songs with indigenous families on their journey towards reconciliation. The program won the 2023 Arctic Inspiration Prize given out to members by celebrating and providing seed-funding to Northern teams with innovative project ideas they want to see in their community. “As a non-indigenous Canadian I am grateful to live in place where the opportunity to help build capacity and support my community is possible”

His song ‘EVERY CHILD” won a 2023 International Acoustic Music Award inspired by his journey as a parent to indigenous children while working with families for 25 years.
Gordie has recorded 8 records, performed over 3000 concerts in 14 countries, signed a publishing deal with Bluewater Music (Nashville), nominated for Western Canadian Roots Album of the Year Award, and Americana category finalist in the International Song Competition judged by Tom Waits, Jerry Lee Lewis & Loretta Lynn. Tentrees is just getting started.

Batty Jr. is a psychedelic-freak-folk-scrap-dish-music band, born and raised in Austin, TX. Fronted by songwriter Tansen “Zeke” Jarmon (guitar), they have been captivating audiences in Austin and beyond since 2015. Sadie Wolfe (cello), Conner Church (drum kit), and Ry Black (bass) round out the sound – often described as high-pitch, barely audible screeches that they project onto the walls in order to locate objects in the room.

Their albums have been warmly received by the local music community- described as having “brilliant lyrics, identity, melody, humor” (Shakey Graves), and “the freshness and the authenticity of someone who probably doesn’t look in the mirror too much,” (Do512). After having composed and recorded their first score for film, The Batt’s will be on tour this summer in support of their new album “DO A U E!”



September 26, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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