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Clear Channel Buys Out Bonnaroo!!

Muckle-what?

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Clear Channel Buys Out Bonnaroo!!

Rumor: Clear Channel is buying out the festival.

So, kids, there you have it. Bonnaroo 2007? We’ll see you at the beer tent.

Muckle-what?

Whew! And just imagine one guy putting all that together. Less Honkies More Tonkies member Joie Todd has been around the music biz block a few times, working with artists like Steve Earle, Scott Miller and the V-Roys. Todd’s the man behind the magic. “It’s almost kind of a natural extension of what I’ve been doing for the past ten years,” he says. “There’s no jam bands. We’re trying to revamp some good old rock’n’roll exposure, and keep it in the Southeast, helping underexposed, blue-collar rock—not that corporate prepackaged stuff.”

The one-day festival will be August 19, but gates will open at 6 p.m. on August 18 for the party to begin. It’s going to be held at Whicker Park in Harriman, about 35 miles west of Knoxville. There will be two rock stages, one singer-songwriter stage and an art tent offering Southern folk art. Tickets are $30 in advance through www.ticketadvantage.com or $45 at the gate. Limited tent camping is also available.

Now what about that crazy name? It comes from a historical figure named Tunice Mucklewain, a Melungeon who reportedly posed as a Native American spy during the Revolutionary War. “I’ve always been fascinated by the name and I wanted something that had that hillbilly ring to it,” says Todd. “It carries that independent earthy, revolutionary spirit of the whole thing.”

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In much less happy news, Keilany, who’s been a friendly face on the Knoxville music scene for years, was recently diagnosed with B-Cell lymphoma. Fortunately, his doctors say it’s entirely curable. Stay tuned and we will keep you posted as Manross and other artists plan fundraising concerts to help cover his medical bills. You are in our thoughts, Laith!