Shapeshifters “Somebody Stop Me”

Here’s another Shapeshifters tune. This one’s called Somebody Stop Me.” If you don’t care for straight up “Kiss Style” rock, then don’t bother clicking. This was a fun song to play. One of those riffs that makes you realize how wonderful it all was when you first started playing guitar. I played a Les Paul through a 100 watt Marshall Super Lead ll on this one.

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Shapeshifters “Seen The Future”

From ’96 til 2000 I was in a band called the Shapeshifters in Nashville. We released one CD, played a lot of gigs and had a grand time. I thought I’d share a few songs starting today. It’s a straight up rock and roll kind of thang. It might make you smile. I did.

Seen The Future was a band and crowd favorite which ended up on a soundtrack of an indie film called “Films That Suck.” I remember playing this song at the Bristol Theatre when we opened for Junior Brown. His country crowd didn’t know what to think of us. People in the front were covering their ears. Good times indeed.

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Boyd’s w/ JWT > Swerve w/ JMB > Shed in August

The band and I will be heading back into the studio this month to do some more work on a few new songs, so stay tuned for more details on that.

Friday the 4th I’ll be playing an acoustic show at Boyd’s Jig & Reel with our friends the Jon Whitlock Trio. The beautiful and talented Sean McCollough and Mike Murphy will be backing me up with their wooden stringy instruments. You should come!

Thursday the 24th I’ll once again be playing guitar with the fabulous John Myers Band. We’ll be at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square for The WDVX 6 O’clock Swerve. The ‘Swerve’ is an hour long radio show broadcast live around the globe, so if you can’t join us in person make sure to tune in online via streaming audio at www.wdvx.com.

We’re also very happy to announce that we’ll be opening for Mr. Paul Thorn at The Shed in Maryville later this summer! Tickets for this show go on sale Friday, March 11th at 10:00 AM.

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February (FEB-ew-ERR-ee)

First off, what a great time we had at WayneStock over the weekend! Thank you again to everyone involved!

Now, February is reserved for writing, playing with dogs, and watching the Super Bowl… c’mon Peyton… but 2016 is a leap year, so c’mon folks, take advantage of the extra day.

And while we’re here, let’s jump ahead to March where I’ll be playing Friday the 4th at Boyd’s Jig & Reel in the Old City with our buddies the Jon Whitlock Trio. I’ll be playing an acoustic set featuring the dynamic duo of Sean McCollough and Mike Murphy. This is a free show so please make plans to join us.

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WayneStock 6 schedule announced

The band and I are really looking forward to another wonderful WayneStock this year. We’ll be playing our set Friday night, where I’ll also be sitting in with the Tim Lee 3, then Saturday night I’ll be sitting in with Todd Steed for the “Knoxville Tells” Reunion. Even if you can’t make it out to the Relix Variety Theatre you can still donate to this years beneficiary, Knoxville Girls Rock Camp, by visiting the Donate page at www.waynestock.org. Here’s the line-up for WayneStock 6:

Thursday, January 28
7:00 PM – Jonathan Sexton
8:00 PM – The Jank
9:00 PM – Handsome And The Humbles
10:00 PM – Hellaphant

Friday, January 29
7:00 PM – The Pinklets
8:00 PM – The Lonetones
9:00 PM – Kevin Abernathy
10:00 PM – Tim Lee 3
11:00 PM – Psychic Baos
12:00 AM – Senryu

Saturday, January 30
7:00 PM – EmiSunshine
8:00 PM – Jennifer Niceley
9:00 PM – Lonesome Coyotes
10:00 PM – Heiskell
11:00 PM – “Knoxville Tells” Reunion

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John Myers Birthday > The WDVX 6 O’Clock Swerve > Scruffy City Hall³ > McGill’s Christmas Special Spectacular

I’m happy to be playing again with the John Myers Band on Saturday the 5th as we celebrate John’s 80th birthday with a free, early concert, also at Scruffy City Hall¹. The Lonetones and Exit 65 will bookend a performance by the JMB. Come on out and wish John a happy birthday.

Your good friend, and mine, Mr. Wayne Bledsoe, is hosting a new show broadcast live on WDVX called The 6 O’Clock Swerve. The band and I will be playing the show on Thursday the 10th. You can join us live at Scruffy City Hall² on Market Square, or tune in on your radio at 89.9 FM (102.9 FM in downtown Knoxville and 93.9 FM in Seymour and Seven Islands) and online at www.wdvx.com. All ages welcome.

Friday the 18th my band and I will be rocking the night away at Scruffy City Hall³ with fellow Knoxrockers The French and Tractorhead!

Then on Sunday the 20th I’ll be participating in Mike McGill’s 3rd Annual Christmas Special Spectacular at Barley’s Taproom in the Old City. I had a great time at the first one a couple years ago and look forward to rockin’ out with McMcGill and a plethora of local musicians. Maybe ole Saint Nick will pop in to give us a listen!

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Santy McGill makin' the girls cry

Santy McGill makin’ all the good girls cry

“A Hard Knox Life” by Laura Blackley

A Hard Knox Life

Kevin Abernathy shamelessly proffers his rock-and-roll roots on his spring release of Ain’t Learned Yet. Produced by Abernathy and longtime fellow Knoxville rocker Tim Lee, the album is heavier on melodic rock than Abernathy’s most recent release, 2012’s Some Stories. The seasoned songwriter skirts the balance between the telling and the doing—appealing both to audiences that like their rock music loud and those that still want to hear a compelling story of hard luck. With a uniquely Southern style and sensibility, Abernathy inhabits his songs with the sorts of grifters, drifters, and assorted rounders he runs into on the gritty and hardscrabble streets of Knoxville. “I like loud distorted electric guitar just as much as the folkier acoustic country blues,” Abernathy says. “People who are familiar with my music know there’s always been two sides to me, and I think this album is the best mixture of the two.”

by Laura Blackley for Smoky Mountain Living | October 1, 2015

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