We had a great end of August here at Abernathy HQ – a successful surprise birthday party was pulled off by my family, it’s finally football time in Tennessee, and we’re wrapping up recording for the next record. Moving forward, the boys and I have a couple full band shows coming up later this month.
Saturday the 20th we’ll be in Columbus, Ohio at Victory’s playing with our old buddy Tal Lohr, who will be backed up by the great Columbus band, The Boondogglers, who will perform some of their own songs as well. Back in 2010 I did an acoustic set with Sean McCollough and Greg Horne opening for Tal’s old band, The Cur Dogs, which sparked the fire that led us to make the Some Stories record. Tal’s a solid dude and we look forward to sharing the stage with him again. Also on this bill, closing out the night, will be the first live outing for Out Of The Pine, a new band featuring former members of Far Away Strays.
Friday the 26th we return to Capone’s in Johnson City hosting our good friends Ned Van Go and Marc Higgins, with his new band, The Chainsaw Bears. We do several shows a year with both Ned and Marc so it’s always a blast when we can all three get together at the same time. A great night of rock-n-roll will be had.
Also this month I’ll be playing guitar with the John Myers Band. We’ll be playing the WDVX Blue Plate Special on Tuesday the 23rd, then on Saturday the 27th we’ll be playing the 8th Annual Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival in Caryville, TN.
It’s August already?? For reals!?!? Daaaang!
Tomorrow night the boys and I will be playing in Nashville at The Rutledge with Ned Van Go, Josh Nolan and Les Honky More Tonkies. This is an early show, starting promptly at 8 o’clock, so pile on up and come out to see us.
Saturday the 9th I’ll be playing the inaugural Star Hill House Concert in Sweetwater at the home of our friends Tom and Mary Hendershot. Sean McCollough and Mike Murphy will be joining me for this acoustic set. House concerts are a good time and I’m looking forward to seeing hometown family and friends.
Make sure to visit the Shows page for details on all upcoming shows.
Okay, so this July it’s actually more like reading, relaxing and recording for me. I’ll be doing some more recording and mixing this month for the new album while also taking the kids to the Atlantic coast to get some sand on their toes. Since I won’t be playing any live shows this month I want to go ahead and mention two early August shows.
Saturday, August 2nd I’ll be sharing the stage with some old and new friends at The Rutledge in Nashville. Our pals Ned Van Go will be hosting my band as well as Kentucky’s Josh Nolan, PLUS the return of the mighty Les Honky More Tonkies! This is gonna be a rock-n-roll throwdown so make sure to mark your calendars now!
On Saturday, August 9th I’ll be having another homecoming show, so-to-speak, performing at the very first Star Hill House Concert in Sweetwater. Our friends, and generous supporters of live music, the Hendershots have been talking for a while now about opening their home up to and small number of people to host house concerts. Jason and I went down to their house one day a couple months ago and talked to them about our previous house concert experiences and I’m honored to be the first participant.
Make sure to check out the Shows page for all the details regarding reservations for the house concert, and all of my upcoming shows. Have a great month, get them yung’ens back in school and we’ll see y’all in August.
ROCK-N-ROLL ON THE PIKE! Saturday the 28th the band and I, along with Psychic Baos, The French, Tim Lee 3, The Loudermilks, Dixieghost and Black Atticus, will be playing the Big Fatty’s Bands, BBQ & Beer Bash, presented by Blank Newspaper and WUTK. Come on out and see which bands were brave enough to take the stage in short britches!
Tha Stupor rides again! Derek Senter, Manning Jenkins, Vance Hillard, Brad Henderson and I are playing another punk tribute show Saturday the 7th at The Pilot Light. Superdrag bassist and all around badass, Senator Pappas, and his Tom Pappas Collection will close out the night. Come act like you’re 17 with us.
Saturday the 14th I’ll be heading back up to Richmond to play the 1724 House Concerts (presented by Shit Your Pants Productions – HA!). I first played at Zach and Paige’s place last summer when Mic Harrison and I were on the Full Body acoustic duo tour. We had an absolute blast! Our gracious hosts were spectacular, but what made the show was their neighbors and friends, most of whom had never heard mine or Mic’s music, came over to support the event and simply have a good time. We had so much fun that we went back up and played the final Full Body show there in December… to equaled support and enthusiasm. Mic & the High Score are in the studio this spring so this time I’ll be bringing my band, Gray Comer on drums and Mike Murphy on bass. I’ll play some acoustic stuff like the times before but we’re also gonna rock it out a little bit for ya. Grab some hooch and a dish to share and come on over. Clean britches optional.
I’m excited to say that I’ll be going into the studio this month to start work on the next record, tentatively to be released later this year. We’re also going to start work on the first video for the new album, for the song Moto Kids, so stay tuned for details on that!
On Saturday the 10th, after I finish up my stage managing duties at Vestival, I’ll be heading over to Market Square to play Blank Fest. The boys and I will be sharing the Preservation Pub stage with The Sheiks, Lipliplip Hands, Hudson K, Cutthroat Shamrock and Dixieghost. Visit the Blank website and Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates and visit the Shows page here on my website for all my upcoming shows.
Late addition to the calendar… I’ll be playing guitar with the John Myers Band at The Well on Saturday the 26th for Chris Durman’s Earth Day Birthday Bash. Also on the bill are The Lonetones and Chris’ band Exit 65. Check out the Shows page for all the details.
I always look forward to sharing the stage with the amazing songwriter Chris Knight. His fans have always been great to me and I look forward to meeting some new ones on Friday the 4th when I open for him at Puckett’s Farm Equipment in Charlotte, NC. Side-note… the KAB played at Puckett’s several times back in 2009–2010 and we were WAY too loud to be playing there. Gary, the owner, and bartender James told us every time we played there that we needed to be playing The Milestone, but we never could get booked in there, so Gary kept letting us come back to Puckett’s. HA! Hope they’re both there Friday night.
On Thursday the 10th I’m very excited to be participating in the opening night of the SpringSkunk Music Festival in Greer, SC. This will be my first time playing there but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it from fellow Knoxville musicians who’ve played it in the past. I’ll be sharing the stage with Love Canon, New Country Rehab, the Jon Stickley Trio, Underhill Rose and Darby Wilcox. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the full three day lineup at www.albinoskunk.com
Saturday the 19th is gonna be a busy day for us with two shows 250 miles apart from each other. First, we’ll be playing at Lost & Found Records in Knoxville as part of their annual Record Store Day party. The Pinklets will be kicking off this free event at 11:00 AM then my band will be playing at 11:45 AM. Also participating are the Greg Horne Band, Dick Wagner, the Tim Lee 3, Black Atticus, Blaine Band and The Mutations.
Later that night we’ll be playing with our pals Ned Van Go at the Third Street Dive in Louisville, KY. We’ve played many’a show with ole NVG over the years – ALWAYS a good time! Brandon Atwell And The Broken Ground open the show. For more details on these shows, and all the others, make sure to visit the Shows page here on the website.
On Thursday the 6th the band and I are excited to be opening for Wayne “The Train” Hancock at The Bowery in the Old City. This will mark the first Knoxville show of this line-up of the band – Sean McCollough, Mike Murphy, Gray Comer and myself. On Thursday the 20th I’ll be participating in the “Enjoy Every Sandwich: An Evening of Warren Zevon for Rikki Hall” show at Scruffy City Hall. This party will feature music from the Tim Lee 3, Greg Horne Band, Itchy Bruddah, The French, Jack Rentfro And The Apocalypso Quartet, RB Morris and more, and will benefit the Little River Watershed Association. Check out the Shows page for all upcoming shows and details, including April 4th in Charlotte with Chris Knight and April 10th at the SpringSkunk Music Fest.
We’ve had fun making a few videos the last couple years and Couch By Couchwest is just a good reason to film another. Soooo… Jason, Dave and I got together last month and shot one for my new song Moto Kids. CXCW officially starts on the 9th but we’re not sure yet which day our video will debut. This is always a lot of fun so set aside some time to check out the website and introduce yourselves to some new artists.
On Saturday, February 22nd I’ll be participating (as a member of Punken Stupor) in the Dave Walker Benefit Show inside The Shed at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Maryville. Headlining this event will be The High Score, a band that Dave played in and was a member of when they joined forces with Mic Harrison in 2004 to form Mic Harrison & the High Score. The High Score will feature original members Chris Cook, Jason Peters and Robbie Trosper, with former V-roy Paxton Sellers filling in for Dave on bass. Mustard and The French are also on the bill.