It’s been three years since guitarist/songwriter Hector Qirko moved from Knoxville to Charleston, S.C. He can’t quite escape the city’s influence, though—his most recent project, a one-off performance earlier this month under the name the Last Real Cowboys with bassist Kevin Crothers and fiddler/mandolin player Roger Bellow turned out to be something of a Knoxville reunion.
Crothers, a long-time Qirko compatriot, is remembered locally as a member of the alt-rock/punk band Sea Seven States; he and Qirko discovered the night of the show that Bellow, a fixture on Charleston’s traditional country music scene, had been a regular on both the Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round and Cas Walker’s television show in the 1950s and ’60s.
Qirko’s next gig is even more explicitly Knoxville related—he’ll be celebrating a swinging Thanksgiving a few days early with the Lonesome Coyotes, the country-rock combo he’s played in off and on since the 1970s. It’s the Coyotes’ third show of the year, which isn’t bad, considering their lead guitarist lives six hours away.
“It’s a lifelong thing, and I love being a part of it,” Qirko says. “I can’t wait to do some howling next week.”
The Lonesome Coyotes play at the Bearden Banquet Hall adjacent to Buddy’s Bar-B-Q in Bearden on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. The $15 admission also gets you a buffet dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.