Rude Street Peters Return After Four-Year Hiatus

You can’t keep a good band down. Just ask the Rude Street Peters, whose brand of punked-up country rock ’n’ roll has been an institution in Knoxville for close to 20 years. The band is recovering from a lengthy hiatus that lasted for four years, and is set to perform again this weekend—the Peters’ third show in the last few months.

“It seems that we’re back in the saddle, so to speak,” writes guitarist Beau Wadsworth in an e-mail interview.

The band’s dark period started in 2008, after the death of Wadsworth’s son. A scheduled show was canceled, and Wadsworth lost interest in performing for a year after that. An inter-band dispute followed that, and “by the time that was over, it was 2012 and we hadn’t played out in over four years,” Wadsworth says.

But those days are behind them, and the Peters—Wadsworth, singer Mike Mull, guitarist Steve Mull, bassist Rick Shelton, and drummer Jason Peters—will tear up Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria in the Old City on Saturday, June 8. They’ll be joined by Virginia “dysfunctional Appalachian folk rock” band Foddershock.

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