A Song & A Sip – Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings

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AARON JONAH LEWIS · JOY PATTERSON · TIM FINDLEN · LINDSAY MCCAW · MATT BELL

This Friday (May 6th), we’re excited to have Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings on the Blue Plate Special, along with Matt Kinman. You can come down to our studio in the Knoxville Visitors Center and watch the show or listen live on the radio or at http://wdvx.com/listen-live/.

They’ll also take the stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for Stomp on the Square, part of the Knoxville Stomp – the Festival of Lost Music happening May 5-8, 2016.

Band members of Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings profess to share a love of “antiquated pop tunes” such as those recorded in Knoxville in 1929 and 1930 and the reason for The Knoxville Stomp.

The band recently took on the challenge of recording their songs in the medium available in that bygone era and one that they feel does them justice: wax cylinder. While the songs may be old, they help tell the stories of an era most of us have never experienced. They might seem a little silly, but it’s important to remember that everything old was once new.

Roochie Toochie says they try to find the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century and record them for a new audience. Check out this tune, which is this week’s featured song.

You can visit http://roochie.com/videos/ for parts 2 & 3 of the tune.

In music, everything new gets old, but everything old eventually becomes new again. Same goes for food. You might think there’s nothing new about a fruit cup, but this week’s Sip begs to differ.

This is the latest in our blog series, A Song & A Sip, brought to you in part from our friends at Sugarlands Distilling Company. Each week, they share a great drink recipe as part of their #WhatToDrinkWednesday, and we thought it would be fun to pair the drinks with an amazing music performance.

Not only can you drink this week’s What to Drink Wednesday but you can eat it too! The Rye Pear Fizz makes a refreshing summer cocktail and a delicious adult fruit cup.

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Rye Pear Fizz:

1.5 oz of Mark and Diggers Rye Apple
2 oz of Pear Juice
1.5 oz of Cranberry Juice
2 oz of Cava or Prosecco

Combine first 3 ingredients in mixing tin with ice. Strain into champagne flute and top with your choice of Cava or Prosecco. Garnish with pear spear. You can also pour this over your choice of mixed fruit to make adult fruit cups!