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Brad Renfro Gets Pissy

Ohhhh, Those Su-uh-mer Ni-hights!

This weekend is a good time to hole up in one of the air-conditioned booths at Preservation Pub and just stay put for three days straight. (You like lager for breakfast, right?) Musicians/scene-makers Jonathan Sexton ( Red House ) and Matt Urmy (you’ve seen him bongo-ing with Gypsy Hands dancers and fronting Telescope ) have gathered some friends and out-of-towners to play a three-night, end-of-summer music festival.

Christa Hits the Road

Lee also worked long distance with Knoxville’s Rivr Media, editing episodes of Trading Spaces and doing color correction for the US Poker Championship. In 2003, Rivr Media offered him a fulltime job as production director, and he moved to Knoxville, working overtime to produce over 350 hours of cable television in 2004.

During that time, Lee paired with several local bands. The collaboration most dear to his heart was with 10 Years , an alt-rock, nu-metal outfit in need of a music video for its song “Wasteland.” Lead singer Jesse Hasek solicited the help of cousin Brad Renfro —Knoxville native and star of Tinseltown films like Apt Pupil and more recently, The Jacket —for an acting role in the video. After all, Hasek wrote the song about his dysfunctional cousin.

“Working with Brad was a challenge every moment,” admits Lee. “He’d get everybody riled up, and we’d be shooting in anger. We only did three days of shooting, but by the third day none of my crew even showed up to help finish shooting the video.” Still, Lee says, “It wouldn’t have been the same without him.” That last day, Brad too stormed off the set. The result? A beautiful, professional video that helped, among other things, to promote 10 Years, propelling “Wasteland” to the No. 1 spot on FM94.3 for 25 weeks straight.

Lee’s also worked with The American Plague, Copper, Jag Star, Dixie Dirt, Gretchen, ShadowWax, Nashville’s Ligion and The Chemistry , from California. But it’s “Wasteland” that 35-year-old Lee feels most proud of. “I really want to get back and tell another story like that. I’d love to recreate that feeling.”


Thursday, Aug. 24 will feature 20 Minutes to Park , Thinking Blend , Llama Train , The Cohorts , and headliners TheLoft , a spirited pop group out of Nashville. Friday night, the stage will be aglow with may gray ’s bewildering lullabies, The Rockwells’ effervescent energy, and the dynamic capriciousness of Red House. They’ve also thrown in some harder rock with Watching You and folk-pop from South Carolina’s Sun Domingo . Saturday night’s grand finale includes the frantic rock of Stephanie’s Id , Chastity Brown ’s CD release set, ethereal musing by Telescope, and North and South , a side project of Urmy and Dixie Dirt members PeteBryan and Kat Brock . Plus, we can’t wait to see what Tim Regan , former keyboardist/singer of the now-defunct Memphis band Snowglobe (which will live on awesomely in our memories forever and ever) has got up his solo sleeve.


Christa Hits the Road


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