WayneStock 6 January 28-30 at Relix Variety Theatre, benefitting Knoxville Girls Rock Camp featuring… Kevin Abernathy, EmiSunshine, Handsome And The Humbles, Heiskell, Hellaphant, The Jank, Tim Lee 3, Lonesome Coyotes, The Lonetones, Jennifer Niceley, The Pinklets, Psychic Baos, Senryu, Jonathan Sexton and the “Knoxville Tells” Reunion
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.
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!
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.”
Today marks the end of summer, so, why not a song about the beach? Warning: this song may contain twin lead guitar harmonies and induce a sudden (but brief) rush of melancholy.
We’re fired up to be part of the Happy Hollerpalooza Street Fair taking place on Saturday the 26th. Make sure to visit their Facebook page for all the details.
I’ve got a few local shows coming up this month, two with my good pal, Mr. Greg Horne. Sunday the 16th we’ll be sharing the stage at Barley’s, then Friday the 28th we’ll be at the Pilot Light for the 2nd Annual Hungry Otter Fest with No Air Radio, Temperance League, White Gregg and Melungeons. I’ll also be playing Karen E. Reynolds’ Singer/Songwriter Night at Open Chord with Larry Warfield, Adam Whipple, Brandon Harmon and more on Tuesday the 18th. Make sure to check out the Shows page for all the details.
Friday the 10th I’ll be pickin’ guitar again for the John Myers Band as we play the Alive After Five concert series at the Knoxville Museum Of Art. These shows are always a lot of fun so make sure to come out and join us.
Then Friday the 17th my band and I will be opening for Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys at The Bowery in Knoxville’s Old City. For more info on this show and others, make sure to click on over to the Shows page.
Friday the 12th I’ll be heading north with pals the Tim Lee 3 to play at The Crows Nest in Cincinnati opening for The New Old-Fashioned, then Saturday night we’ll be in Columbus at Ace Of Cups with Fort Shame and Sin Shouters. This’ll be my first time playing either of these venues so I hope our Ohio friends will come cheer us on.
Saturday the 27th I’ll be playing guitar with the John Myers Band at the Meadow Lark Music Festival along with Pokey Lafarge, Lonesome Coyotes, Scott Miller, cousin EmiSunshine and more. Make sure to visit the Shows page for more details on these and all upcoming shows.
Friday night Mr. Murphy and I will be playing at Town Pump Tavern in Black Mountain, NC. This will be my first time playing there and we’re looking forward to making some new friends.
Saturday the 9th the band and I are honored to be headlining Vestival, South Knoxville’s Art & Heritage Festival. We’ll be sharing the stage with our friends Quartjar, The Lonetones and more! Visit the Vestival Facebook page for more details.
Sunday the 24th I’m excited to be back on the farm for Jammin At Hippie Jack’s! Make sure to check out the video below for all the artist announcements, and for all the info make sure to slide on over to the Jammin At Hippie Jack’s website.