eye (2005-45)

Say It Ain’t So

You Say Goodbye….

Local CD Review

As always, she’s sassy, she’s sweet and she’s our quintessential sweetheart, our girl next door, our prom queen, our pot of gold at the end of every week.

Molly Kincaid , Paige M. Travis , Ellen Mallernee

Say It Ain’t So

So, it sucks to be us right now, hearing that Dixie Dirt is taking what’s being officially termed an “indefinite hiatus.” After the band threatened to move to Athens last year, then didn’t, we can only hope this is another false alarm—after all, it’s been a good year, with the band’s release of Pieces of the World , numerous packed shows at Blue Cats, and even a Bonnaroo appearance. But bands are ephemeral, so who knows what happened, or will happen in the future. It’s funny, though, how a group that was always so unsure about its feelings for this town had such a way of making it feel like home to us.

“Where’s the one-night band / shaking painted plaster chunks / of the ceiling / down on us? / Don’t turn the music down / we’re already down enough.”


You Say Goodbye….

Jonathan Hall and the Wicked Cohorts will break up the band in a blaze of glory Saturday at Patrick Sullivan’s.

“We plan on going out with a bang,” says Hall, who, with bandmate James Fryer , will enroll at Full Sail School for recording arts in the spring. They thought they’d call it quits while they’re at the top of their game and everyone in the band still likes each other. “We’re basically throwing ourselves a big party, and everyone is invited.” Hall reports that the rest of the band plans to stay in Knoxville. Lead guitarist Nick Kurtz currently wields his ax in Hosehead and, according to Hall, is also trying to turn a bunch of youngsters into musicians a la School of Rock .

Higher education also fuels a membership change at Plan A . While the radio-friendly rock band has seen its fair share of roster shake-ups, bassist Grant Houser is an original band member and its dedicated van driver on all-night hauls from one gig to the next. Houser’s plan is to go back to school for a political science degree. Plan A’s new bass player is Brad Thomas , who you won’t be able to miss at Saturday’s show at Corner Lounge because his nickname is “damn tall Brad.” Go figure.


Local CD Review

Solace provides indelible proof that RobinElla’s all grown up. The one-time UT art major designed the album cover and its interior art, and wrote most of the songs herself. Replacing nostalgic numbers about being daddy’s little girl are melancholy spirituals about persevering through rocky times (“Press On,” “Down the Mountain,” “Solace for the Lonely”). Funky electric beats take precedence over the previous record’s acoustic hum on “Little Boy,” a song dedicated to the newest Contreras, little Cash , but still Robin bowls us over with her Billie Holiday -esque voice, allowing plenty of boop-boopdy-doo s to seep from her parted lips. On several tunes, Robin tips her hat at her bluegrass, folk and jazz roots, all the while steaming forward into new territory.

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