Since opening in January 2012, the Well in Bearden has been one of the Knoxville music scene's most reliable venues, with music and comedy shows almost every night, and frequently both on the same night. The small club hosted the long-running local comedy troupe Einstein Simplified, a weekly comedy open mic, monthly hip-hop shows and spoken word nights, performances by dozens of local punk, indie, and Americana bands and singer/songwriters, and concerts by noted national acts like Local H, Nashville Pussy, Chris Knight, and Shonna Tucker.
But making a rock club in a Bearden strip mall work was never an easy job, and owner Gina Truitt finally decided to call it quits earlier this year. With little fanfare, it turns out that Monday, May 5, was the club's last night in operation.
"Now just made as much sense as any time," Truitt says. "It's never really done what it needed to do. It ran its course, and we had a good run with it. It's always been a day late and a dollar short. It needs more time and energy and love and money than I have. I think someone can make that space work—I think we gave it a good head start. But it's time for me to move on."
During the time she made the decision to pull the plug and now, Truitt managed to move most of the Well's scheduled shows to other venues.
"I didn't leave people hanging," she says. "It's important to keep those shows going, so I moved most of them."
Truitt says her immediate plans involve working at Bean Trees Cafe in Hartford, Tenn., on the Pigeon River, but expect her to make an appearance back on the local scene sometime in the not-too-distant future.
"I have some ideas, but it's all talk until you do it," she says.