Internationally Renowned Saxophonist Greg Tardy Finds His Way Into Knoxville's Jazz Community
Published 5/15/2013 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
He’s maybe not as familiar by sight as some of Knoxville's other jazz players, but judging by the crowds he draws around the world, and the prominent discs that have featured his saxophone, Greg Tardy is one of the most ...
Nashville Garage-Rock Duo JEFF the Brotherhood Aim for the Big Leagues With Major-Label Debut
Published 5/8/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
Over the course of a decade, under the name JEFF the Brotherhood, Nashville brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall released six albums of fuzzy, tone-deaf stoner-pop, full of blistering punk-pop riffs and hungover power-pop melodies. Their goal? Pay the rent and ...
French Band Ulan Bator Finally Makes It to America
Published 5/1/2013 at 11:30 a.m. 0 comments
A few tracks from En France/En Transe, scheduled for release later this month, are available on the band’s website; they point to a rawer sound reminiscent of Ulan Bator’s debut album, which Cambuzat says is a result of the band ...
Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus Makes a Joyful Noise
Published 5/1/2013 at 9:57 a.m. 1 comment
The group is the brainchild of its president, the activist Bleu Copas, who met Hamblin at the Equality on the Hill demonstration in Nashville last year. Hamblin and Copas, with two or three other singers, had their first public performance ...
Texas Metal Band the Sword Takes a Ride on the Fantastic Side
Published 4/24/2013 at 10:11 a.m. 0 comments
It’s okay to classify frontman John “J.D.” Cronise’s 10-year-old retro-rock outfit the Sword as stoner metal, if you’d like. Or even doom, if you’re especially taken with the singer’s sometimes-apocalyptic lyrical fantasias. But while Cronise doesn’t mind, he doesn’t see ...
Gangstagrass Fuses an Unlikely Combination of Hip-Hop and Bluegrass
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments
Tthe way Rench puts it, bluegrass, with its drummerless bands, and hip-hop, with its heavy bass beats, seem perfect for each other. Luckily, he was able to find like-minded musicians in New York’s small bluegrass community, and assembled a group ...
Chris Thile Adds a Partnership with Brad Mehldau to His “Musical Fraternity”
Published 4/10/2013 at 11:28 a.m. 0 comments
Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile thinks of his career as one big audition, a quest to join the ranks of the upper echelon of musicians and composers—a group he calls the “musical fraternity.” He speaks about this journey as if it’s ...
L.A. Folk-Rockers Dawes Set a New Course with 'Stories Don't End'
Published 4/3/2013 at 9:33 a.m. 0 comments
With their third album, the vibrant Stories Don't End, Dawes—singer and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, keyboard player Tay Strathairn, bassist Wylie Gelber, and drummer Griffin Goldsmith—have taken a bold leap into the 21st century.
Kenny Roby Looks to the Past for the Next Phase of His Career
Published 3/27/2013 at 11:41 a.m. 0 comments
It hasn’t been easy for Kenny Roby to get where he is now. The Raleigh, N.C., singer/songwriter first established himself in the 1990s as the frontman and principal songwriter for the alt-country band Six String Drag. The group—much like Knoxville’s ...
Old-Time Band the Freight Hoppers Keeps Chugging Along
Published 3/20/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments
For musicians like Frank Lee, the past year has been a strange one. A good one, mind you, but still strange.
British Blues Singer Bex Marshall Puts Some Country in Her Blues
Published 3/6/2013 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a surprising fact behind Bex Marshall’s new album of countrified back-porch blues, House of Mercy: Even though it sounds (mostly) like down-home rural blues from Mississippi, House of Mercy was actually recorded in Marshall’s house in the north of ...
Buddy Guy Keeps the Blues Alive
Published 2/27/2013 at 10:49 a.m. 0 comments
Every January, Buddy Guy holds a month-long residency at Buddy Guy’s Legends, the blues club he owns in Chicago. The 76-year-old Guy plays four nights a week with a roster of national touring acts like Lil Ed and the Imperials. ...
New York Drone Duo Mountains Stretches Out on Its New Album
Published 2/20/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
As one-half of the New York drone music duo Mountains, Brendon Anderegg creates what most listeners would call “soundscapes”: complex melodic tapestries that weave in and out of focus, expanding and contracting for what seem like endless stretches of time. ...
The Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood Transforms a Novel-in-Progress Into His Best Solo Album
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
Patterson Hood didn’t have big plans when he started working on what eventually turned into his 2012 solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.
Long-Running Murfreesboro Band Glossary Rediscovers the Mythology of Rock ’n’ Roll
Published 2/6/2013 at 2:04 p.m. 0 comments
Long Live All of Us, released in October 2011, is another stage in Glossary’s development from scrappy indie rock to a classic rock ’n’ roll band.