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.
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:
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.
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.”