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WDVX Summer Nights – 5/31 – Dom Flemons & Matt Morelock
May 31 @ 7:00 pm
Support for WDVX comes from the new Yee Haw Brewing Company at 745 North Broadway in Knoxville. Yee Haw presents the WDVX Summer Nights, live free music series beginning on May 31st
with special guests Dom Flemons and Matt Morelock with your host Alex Leach. The shows begin at 7pm with the first hour broadcast on WDVX.
GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, 2020 U.S. Artists Fellow. Dom Flemons is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Chicago area with his family. He has branded the moniker The American Songster® since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of early American popular music. Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, slam poet, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife and rhythm bones. Flemons was selected for the prestigious 2020 United States Artists Fellowship Award for the Traditional Arts category which was generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
In 2020, Dom Flemons re-issued his album titled Prospect Hill: “The American Songster Omnibus on Omnivore Recordings. The two CD album features three parts: the original Prospect Hill album, the 2015 EP What Got Over, and The Drum Major Instinct which includes twelve previously unissued instrumental tracks. His original song “I Can’t Do It Anymore” was released on a limited edition wax cylinder recording. Recently, he released a cover of the Elmore James classic “Shake Your Money Maker”, recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis, alongside Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band and featured guest, legendary guitarist Steve Cropper. He played his six-string banjo (Big Head Joe), Quills, and Bones on Tyler Childers groundbreaking album Long Violent History and played jug alongside Brandford Marsalis on the soundtrack to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix.
Flemons currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, Music Maker Relief Foundation and is a Governor on the Board of Directors for the Washington, D.C Chapter of the Recording Academy.
Knoxville native, former WDVX DJ, and banjo-wielding musical chameleon, Matt Morelock always shows up with a few surprises up his sleeves…if he’s even wearing a shirt with sleeves…and it’s probably gonna be hot outside on May 31, so there’s no telling what the heck’ll happen. Matt and Dom have been pals and collaborators for almost 20 years! Brace yourselves for a fun fun show.
More Summer Nights to come!
6/21 – Jim Lauderdale Band
7/19 – Blue Moon Rising
8/23 – The Alex Leach Band with Special Guests