When long-time local guitar king Hector Qirko left Knoxville for Charleston, S.C., last summer, it wasn’t just his own HQ Band—Qirko, drummer Steve Brown, bassist Jim Williams, and sax player Dirk Weddington—that found its future looking cloudy. Knoxville honky-tonkers the Lonesome Coyotes, who had reunited in 2002 after an initial run in the late 1970s and early ’80s, were also forced to take a hiatus upon Qirko’s departure. In fact, Qirko’s farewell show was a performance with the Coyotes and R.B. Morris (another Qirko collaborator who was losing a partner) in the Old City in June, just a few weeks before he moved.
The rest of the Coyotes all had other projects to focus on—Steve Horton’s old-time string band Y’uns, Maggie Longmire’s performances of her song cycle Granddaughters, and Brock Henderson’s various other associations—but they’re taking advantage of Qirko’s upcoming visit for a show at the Buddy’s Bar-B-Q Banquet Hall in Bearden on Friday, March 11, at 8 p.m. The $15 ticket price ($18 at the door) includes a buffet, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and two full sets of the Coyotes, HQ included.