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We Love The Cheat

All You Need is Love

Detroit Dave, Get Well Soon

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Teenager Tested, Mother Approved

We Love The Cheat

We're lucky to have The Cheat representing this town, as they head out into the American unknown. Now we want more Knoxville bands out there, spreading our rock gospel. Godspeed, Cheat.

All You Need is Love

"It was an absolutely incredible experience," drummer Eric Nowinski says of working with Easter. "The history of the bands he's produced and recorded over the years is just incredible." We're told that the band was able to go wild, experimenting with Easter's sonic doodads. "He has compressors from the 1930s," Nowinski goes on, "just incredible stuff. We just worked for about a week, 11 in the morning to 3 in the morning. It was like rock'n'roll fantasy camp for me."

We haven't heard the final mastered copy yet (it's slated to be released sometime in the summer), but, as Nowinski says, "the people who have heard this thing say it sounds like a major record label release."

Another major producer from the '80s, Don Dixon , showed up at the studio on his way to Atlanta and, as luck would have it, he ended up singing backup vocals on "Frankenstein's Friend," which will be the first song on the new album.

"We're absolutely ecstatic with it," Nowinshi continues, "couldn't imagine it turning out so well.... We're trying to make a big deal out of it."

Detroit Dave, Get Well Soon

"Dave and I had that Detroit connection, which was kind of cool," Crawley says. And they played together every Thursday night for eight years.

Detroit Dave recently went into surgery to replace a faulty heart valve. Once inside, doctors realized that they needed to replace the whole thing. We're ecstatic to report that the surgery went well, and that Dave plans to keep playing his Detroit-blues as soon as he's able.

"He's out of the hospital," Crawley adds. "It's going to be a little slow going. He quit smoking and changed his diet. He's in great shape." At 45, Dave has many more years with us.   Because we love him, a few benefit shows have been scheduled:

· March 10: Tim Lee Band w/ the Cartridge Family and Jack Rentfro at The Corner Lounge · March 15: Jenna and the Joneses at Coyote Joe's (for bike night) · March 30: Brendon James Wright and the Wrongs at Corner Lounge

All door proceeds go to Detroit and his family to help with medical expenses.

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"I'm not even sure what we're trying to win," Scum writes, via email. "I think some recording time or money or a tour. WE JUST WANNA WIN SOMETHING."

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There will also be beer.

Teenager Tested, Mother Approved

Good news: There's a new all-ages venue in town. It's called the Kennedy Band Center (6636 N. Central Ave.), and it's everything you and your mom could want--a smoke-free, drug-free and alcohol-free atmosphere with disco balls to spare. In fact, the lady who runs it is a mom, with three children between the ages of 3 and 19, so you know she's not going to be taking any crap from any know-it-all teenagers. Knox Scene Coalition books the shows, each of which starts at 7 p.m. Check out Hearts Catch Fire this Friday, March 9, with special guests Paper Street Express , Flood the Hive and Admist the Mannequins . All the cool kids are going to be there.

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