Fabulous 8-Track Sound
They reunited last fall for an East Coast tour, their first in five years. They recorded the 1-900s song "Now" for WUTK's ReDistilled compilation. They even got on the cover of Metro Pulse again. Now Superdrag is back in the studio, working on what may become the belated follow-up to 2002's Last Call for Vitriol—and the first disc with the original line-up since 1998's Head Trip in Every Key.
Singer/guitarist John Davis, bassist Tom Pappas, and drummer Don Coffey Jr. recently laid down 10 tracks at Blackbird Studio in Nashville. (Both Davis and Pappas live in Nashville now. Guitarist Brandon Fisher wasn't able to make the sessions.)
The studio, owned by country singer Martina McBride and her husband, is a state-of-the-art facility, with some recording rooms running as much as $1,500 a day.
"It's the nicest studio I've ever been in," Coffey says.
Davis, Pappas, and Coffey were bumped from their room when McBride came in to record. The Kings of Leon were also at the studio, and the Raconteurs' recently released Consolers of the Lonely was recorded there.
Coffey says the band has no immediate plans for the recordings, and a new album, if it's coming, won't be released until 2009.
On the Air
The Fuse network announced on Monday that it will air six hours of live Bonnaroo coverage during the music festival in Manchester, Tenn., on June 12-15. The network has signed a three-year deal with the festival, which is co-managed by local promoters AC Entertainment. Coverage will include a Best of Bonnaroo package with footage from the previous six years of Bonnaroo, live performances, interviews, and behind-the-scenes action.
The Usual Suspects
Local rapper Mr. Kobayashi and his NiteVision Music and Entertainment will host a King of the Mic competition at Club 106 in the Old City on Friday, June 13. The contest will be based on songs and performance; it's not a freestyle battle. All songs must be original.
The winner of the contest will get a trophy, $200 in cash, and a studio software package, as well as a chance to perform with last year's winner, Deshawn White.
Entry forms are available at the club and JK Music or at nvmestudios.com.
Left of the Dial
The line-up for the first in a series of concerts celebrating (and promoting) WUTK's ReDistilled: 25 Years of Knoxville Rock covers compilation has been announced. The show, scheduled for The Valarium on Friday, June 27, at 8 p.m., will feature performances by Superdrag, Scott Miller, Todd Steed and the Suns of Phere, Mic Harrison and the High Score, Tim Lee 3 with Black Atticus, 1220, Angel and the Love Mongers, and Stewart Pack. At least a few of the local cover songs performed on ReDistilled are expected to be played at the concert.
WUTK station manager Benny Smith says he hopes to set up at least three more ReDistilled shows in 2008. All proceeds from the all-ages concert go to WUTK. Admission is $10. A $20 ticket includes a copy of ReDistilled.