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


Greg Horne > Hungry Otter Fest > Open Chord Singer/Songwriter Night

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.



Alive After Five w/ JMB > The Bowery w/ Chuck Mead

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.