Eye on the Scene: Live Like This

Live Like This

When guitarist Terry Hill died in 2003, he left behind a stack of unreleased tapes recorded with drummer Doug Klein, Hill’s partner in an early incarnation of Balboa, the group that’s been called Knoxville’s first alternative rock band. (Klein now plays with the Lonesome Coyotes.) Hill’s family recently asked former Balboa bassist Richard Battaglia to digitize the recordings, and Battaglia and ex-Balboa guitarist Hector Qirko selected the best for posthumous release. Those are now available for free download at local label Lynnpoint Records’ website (http://www.lynnpoint.com) as Terry Hill Solo Vol. 1.

The 14 tracks, recorded between 1977 and 1979, are surprisingly lush for home recordings, and show Hill’s talent for bridging pop classicism with the aggressive experimentation of the New York scene with which he’d become familiar during three years in the city in the mid-1970s. The tone is gentle, more reflective and intimate than Hill’s concurrent work with Balboa, and he rarely shows off. (The sweeping introduction to “Mansong” is an exception.) He does demonstrate both a stunning capacity for songwriting and a breathtaking touch.

Several of the songs were performed by Balboa during the band’s late-’70s and early-’80s career, but none have ever been released. Lynnpoint also released a digital version of Balboa’s album Live Like This in 2006.

Five Times Three

The Knoxville Museum of Art’s Alive After Five series celebrates its 15th anniversary this week with performances by series regulars Sharon Mosby and the Wendel Werner Quartet, led by local piano hotshot Wendel Werner, and local soul and R&B singer John Myers, who’s making his series debut. The concert will be held at KMA on Friday, Sept. 19, at 5:30 p.m.

KMA launched the Friday night series, which now delivers 35 jazz, blues, R&B, country, and classic rock concerts a year, in 1993. Admission is free for museum members, $9 for non-members, $5 for students, and free for children under 17.

Cancellations

Alt-country singer/songwriter Will Hoge has cancelled his upcoming concert at the Bijou Theatre following a motor scooter accident that left him in critical condition in Nashville. Hoge was scheduled to play with local band the everybodyfields on Nov. 20, but has cancelled all the remaining dates on his fall tour.

Hoge’s scooter ran into the side of a van in Nashville, where Hoge lives, on Wednesday, Aug. 27, according to the Associated Press. He suffered multiple cuts, several broken bones, and a collapsed lung, according to a post on his website, but is expected to make a full recovery.

The Mexican-born, Ireland-based guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, known for their pyrotechnic covers of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Metallica’s “Orion,” have also cancelled their upcoming show at the Tennessee Theatre, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25.

Refunds for both shows are available from Tickets Unlimited by calling 865-656-4444.

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