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The WDVX Blue Plate Special live from Visit Knoxville – 5/10 – Rachel Yeatts / Kris Schultz
May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rachel Yeatts started the Blue GrassFire band in 2014 and have played around the Denton, Texas and DFW area at the Denton Arts & Jazz, Denton Folk Festival, The House of Blues, Coyote Drive-In, Six Springs Tavern, Ft. Worth Mayfest, and more.
Her love for the music from American hills and hollows shows in original songs and in traditional songs rendered anew. Poetry and creative writing have long been part of her life, and spent fifteen years teaching in the English Department at the University of North Texas until she stepped more deeply into the songwriting she does now.
Whether playing solo mandolin and clawhammer banjo or duos and trios with upright bass and guitar, it’s a high-lonesome front porch music that brings you to a down-home, good place to be.
After spending much of her life on the road in one form or another, it’s no surprise that Kris Schultz likes to take the scenic route. And that is exactly how she made her way to writing, playing and singing songs.
Growing up in Topeka, Kansas, she was obsessed at an early age with the songs on the jukebox at a bar she visited regularly with her parents. The blend of classic country and 70s and early 80s singer/songwriter tunes gave her a deep love for sad songs about heartbreak and loss.
At an early age, she showed promise in several sports, and by mid-childhood it was obvious Track & Field (specifically the “field”part) was her niche. Soon, she was criss-crossing the country in a tiny car with her mother and twin sister, competing in track meets, adopting accents and falling in love with the cities, towns, highways and roadside stops she would daydream about when back in Topeka.