Most of the time, Jenna Jefferson fronts the local R&B and blues bands the Accidentals. Tonight she’s leading the Hard Knox All Stars, a one-off collaboration among some of Knoxville’s best and most acclaimed veteran blues players—Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley, “Big Daddy” Rick Rouse, Chico Crawford, Robert Higginbotham, “Blue” Barry Faust, Jimmy Logston, Danny Lee Michel, and Harold “Hal” Hardy—at the Hard Knox Blues Bash in the Old City, a benefit for the Tennessee Valley Jazz and Blues Foundation. Labron Lazenby and the LA 3 will headline. Here, Jefferson notes some of her favorite music.
Little Village (Reprise, 1992)
Despite blues being my all time favorite, I love all music, as long as I can make sense of it and can disappear into the groove. Right now I am enjoying one from the archives, Little Village, featuring John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner. “Inside Job” and “Solar Sex Panel” are two of my favorites.
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
Coming Up for Air (Blix Street Records, 2009)
Soulful, southern, and bluesy all at the same time is what I hear when listening to Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam. “Tear Down the Walls” is driving and harmonic and I love that organ in the background.
National Steel (Warner, 1997)
Colin James’ National Steel gives me slow blues, swing, and steel guitar. He may be from Canada, but the boy has got to have blue blood coursing through his veins.
Children Running Through (ATO, 2007)
Patty Griffin is one of my favorite singer/songwriters, right up there with Bonnie Raitt. Children Running Through has got to be her best body of work. There is not one song on this album that isn’t a keeper.
The True False Identity (DMZ/Columbia, 2006)
This is Tom Waits meets Stray Cats. I really like “Hollywood Mecca of the Movies.”
Under the Wishing Tree (MCA, 1995)
Charlie Sexton’s Under the Wishing Tree did not meet record company expectations, but it is one of his best works, in my opinion. I love the echoes of Stevie Ray Vaughn in his style, vocally and on guitar. He played with Stevie’s rhythm section with the Arc Angels and for Bob Dylan for several years.