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Everyone Loves Jambalaya

Each year, the quirky Old City pays tribute to an American songwriting legend, Hank Williams, whoâ"unfortunately for him but luckily for usâ"just so happened to spend his final hours of consciousness in Knoxville.

And of course thereâ’s going to be jambalaya. Last year, the omnipresent scenester Tracy Jackson had us coming back for bowl after bowl of jambalaya, each with enough kick to give even the hardiest stomach a workout. This year, weâ’re gonna keep asking for more, until the sweat beads profusely down our foreheads. You should, too.

Hereâ’s what theyâ’ve got planned this weekend at the annual Hank Days festival, September 14-16.

On Friday, 5-8 p.m., Jacqui & the Tumble Kings and world-famous Hank impersonator Joe Wampler will perform. But things really start to heat up on Saturday, with the famous jambalaya cookoff at the Urban Bar, which is slated to begin sometime around 7:30 p.m.

If youâ’re still bumming around the Urban Bar at 8 p.m., be sure to check out the â“Iâ’m So Lonesome I Could Cryâ” speed dating, which has become a an instant favorite over the past two years. Across the street at Manhattans, Marshal Andy & Friends will set up around 7 p.m., and local boho R.B. Morris is slated to play around 10.

Still out and about? The Hector Quirko Band will play a few stomp-blues numbers, if you ask politely, at Patrick Sullivanâ’s. Show starts at 11:15.

But the true Hank fans will be at the Pilot Light from 7-8 p.m. to catch some archival footage of Williamsâ’ storied career. 90 Proof Hank, a duet consisting of Robert Lovett and local banjo virtuoso Wade Hill, will play the Pilot Light at 11 p.m., followed by the hard-hitting punk-rawk of Speedshifter.

If you miraculously wake up Sunday without a hangover, head over to Market Square from 1-3 p.m. to check out performances by the Old Time Gospel Trio, Wild Blue Yonder, among others.

Before We Forget

Last week in our music feature, we ran a photo of Chris Rusk, that drummer who seems to be in more bands each week. The picture was taken by photographer Summer Shelton, who does quite a bit of portrait photography in the area. Well, we forgot to give credit where credit is due. So if anyone out there is in need of some nice head-shots, send Shelton a message at myspace.com/poppywheeler. â" Kevin Crowe



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