Since settling in Knoxville at the dawn of the 21st century, Tim and Susan Bauer Lee have been among Knoxville’s hardest-working musicians. As the Tim Lee 3, they’ve released a bunch of albums, including 2010’s two-disc set Raucous Americanus and this year’s Devil’s Rope, as well as a handful of live releases and EPs to fill in the gaps, and they’ve been tireless supporters of other local artists and events. (They recently wrote and recorded a brand-new song, “Bang Bang,” for the Scuffletown Monkeys’ entry in this weekend’s Knoxville Film Festival Seven-Day Shootout and recorded songs with guitarist/singer/songwriter Kevin Abernathy for his upcoming new album.)
Now the Tim Lee 3 (which also includes drummer Chris Bratta) and R.B. Morris have just announced a second annual 4X4 series at Pilot Light, a month-long Thursday-night residency at the club that will include music, film, and poetry. The shows start at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in October. The first installment of the series, on Oct. 3, features the hosts, plus the Drop Dead Darlings and Quake Orphans, and also serves as a release party for Morris’ new book, The Mockingbird Poems; Morris will read selections from the new book in between music sets. On Oct. 10, the Tim Lee 3 and Morris will be joined by Memphis singer/songwriter Nancy Apple and Nashville filmmaker Tom Weber, who will screen a short version of his new documentary, Troubadour Blues; the lineup will perform a similar show in Nashville and Memphis the following weekend. Knoxville guitarist and songwriter Greg Horne, a frequent collaborator with both the Lees and Morris, and his new band will be the guests at the Oct. 17 show, which will also feature a screening of “The Agenda,” the Scruffletown Monkeys’ Knoxville Film Festival entry. Finally, Chuck Cleaver, formerly of the Ass Ponys and currently frontman for Ohio garage-punk/power-pop band Wussy and a longtime friend and ally of the Lees, will help celebrates Susan’s birthday at the Oct. 24 show.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Lees will warm up for the 4X4 series by opening for the old-school British punk raconteur Eric Goulden, aka Wreckless Eric, at Pilot Light on Sept. 26.