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BULLFEATHERS CAFE: “Papaw” Jack Tillett sings “Are You Teasin’ Me?” by Carl Smith

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BULLFEATHERS CAFE: “Papaw” Jack Tillett sings “Are You Teasin’ Me?” by Carl Smith

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  • PRINCE DELI
  • PRINCE DELI: Mickayla Eldridge sings 'Hot Blooded' by Foreigner
  • PRINCE DELI: Taro Sakamoto sings 'True Faith' by New Order.
'First off I want to say that I am male. I enjoy singing. I believe I am quite good at it and it helps me break the stereotype that Asians are terrible singers that are quite often portrayed in movies and television. A great example would be William Hung from American Idol. In my opinion, “True Faith” is a great song. You don’t hear people sing New Order at karaoke often around Knoxville.'
—TARO SAKAMOTO
  • PRINCE DELI: Jerry Bledsoe sings 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong.
'I like to sing. It's a good tension release, good therapy.'
— JERRY BLEDSOE
  • PRINCE DELI: David Davis
'Singing with Dale is just magical. Karaoke is something to do when you're drunk.'
— DAVID DAVIS
  • PRINCE DELI: David Davis
  • TOOTS LITTLE HONKY TONK
  • TOOTS LITTLE HONKY TONK: Pete Hoffecker
I was born in Bogota, Colombia, South America (and raised as a northerner); the idea of a Southern honky-tonk bar can sound a little scary. But Toot’s is a cultural melting pot and embraces people of all types. Hipsters and cowboys rub elbows and share laughs. As far as song selection—I’m 32, so I got some ’80s influence. I don’t sing songs I generally listen to, it’s more of the cheesy blast-from-the-past variety: Great White’s “Once Bitten, Twice Shy,” Golden Earring’s “Radar Love,” George Michael’s “Faith,” and even Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally.” Sure, you have your American Idol wannabees, but if you aren’t a great singer no one cares. The objective is to have fun, not to impress your peers with your amazing voice. Like Buck Owens said, “All you gotta do is act naturally.”
—PETE HOFFECKER
  • TOOTS LITTLE HONKY TONK: Pete Hoffecker
  • TOOTS LITTLE HONKY TONK: Mandi Lawson
I sing karaoke because I love to sing. Whitney Houston’s first album was my first cassette when I was a little girl. So when I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I sing a little Whitney. 
I love knowing that any time I go to Toot’s I’m going to see people I love, and have a 
kick-ass time!
—MANDI LAWSON
  • BULLFEATHERS CAFE
  • BULLFEATHERS CAFE: Ferdy Guidry sings “Band on the Run.”
  • BULLFEATHERS CAFE: Karaoke host Jerry Copeland takes song entries from Lindsay Pratt and Brandy Braden
  • BULLFEATHERS CAFE: “Papaw” Jack Tillett sings “Are You Teasin’ Me?” by Carl Smith
  • BULLFEATHERS CAFE: John Hoffman and Lindsey Knolhoff
  • BULLFEATHERS CAFE: Tanza Lawrence sings “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin
  • BULLFEATHERS CAFE
  • SIDESTREET TAVERN
  • SIDESTREET TAVERN: Greg Hill sings “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  • SIDESTREET TAVERN: Dale Mackey and Stephanie Untz
  • SIDESTREET TAVERN: Chad Fifer sings “Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi
  • SIDESTREET TAVERN: Becky Mumper sings “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher
I started doing karaoke when I was 21. I used to have to get really drunk to do it. If I could be in a band I would, but since I’m not I do this. 
—BECKY MUMPER
  • SIDESTREET TAVERN: James Thomas Jr. sings “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra
  • KURT'S
  • KURT'S: Choosing songs out of the notebook
  • KURT'S: Kelly Hider sings “Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt
  • KURT'S: Maria Cuillo and Paul Smith sing “Picture” by Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock
  • KURT'S: Liz Fernald sings “Drops of Jupiter” by Train
I’ve always loved singing, but I really love it when I can get up there and see how much people enjoy it. I choose “Drops of Jupiter” because it’s a song that most everyone loves and I can sing fairly well... most of the time. 
—LIZ FERNALD
  • KURT'S: Stephanie Untz, Sophia Shapira, and Dale Mackey
  • BIG MAMA'S KARAOKE CAFE
  • BIG MAMA'S KARAOKE CAFE: John Smallwood and Kim Durham sing “Toes” by the Zac Brown Band
 It’s fun, a good time. I just moved into town from upstate so it’s a way to go out and have some fun.
—JOHN SMALLWOOD
  • BIG MAMA'S KARAOKE CAFE: Aaron Brown sings “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen as Dana Taraborelli, Dustin Davis, and Stephanie Josey watch
  • BIG MAMA'S KARAOKE CAFE: Deloris Goodin celebrating her 84th birthday

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