The glory days of the Fort Sanders music scene personified! Smokin’ Dave and the Premo Dopes brought along a unique style—a raw, stripped-down sound, complete with wry, witty, sometimes bitingly sarcastic lyrics. Band members Todd Steed, Dave Nichols, and Dug Meech quickly gained a reputation for their high-energy live performances and Knox-centric lyrics that most locals could identify with (anyone recall “Longbranch Daze”?). Steed continues this fine musical tradition with his latest band, The Suns of Phere.
This photo was taken on the rooftop of old campus favorite Sam and Andy’s Restaurant around the time of the Dopes’ first LP Live and Not Lern, released in 1987.
According to Steed, “The Dopes were the first non-employees allowed on the roof since the streaking craze of the 1970s. I wiped that bull down before I got on!”
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