Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

Will Hoge

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Will Hoge

Thursday March 21st
All Ages | 8pm
$15 General Admission
$20 Premier Reserve Seating
$40 Premier Table for 2
$80 Premier Table for 4

“I hit a wall,” says Will Hoge. “I was doing the best touring of my career and I had a great, steady gig writing songs, but I was falling out of love with being in a band. I didn’t have a good answer when I asked myself, ‘Why am I still doing this?’ So I walked away. I had to figure out what was next.”

For Hoge, what came next was a quest to reclaim the joy and the magic that had drawn him to music in the first place. He let his band go and hit the road for roughly a year of solo shows, crisscrossing the country by himself with just a guitar and a keyboard. He felt rejuvenated by the freedom and began writing material that reenergized him, that made him feel like a kid falling in love with rock and roll all over again. Those songs ignited a dormant flame somewhere deep within Hoge’s soul, and now they form the bulk of Anchors, his strongest and most nuanced album to date.

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Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

WDVX presents Chris Jones & The Night Driver

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WDVX presents Chris Jones & The Night Drives

Friday, March 22
All Ages | 7pm Doors | 8pm Start
$25 Premier Reserved Seating 
$40 2 Reserve Seats & Table
$80 4 Reserve Seats & Table
$15 General Admission

Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world.

Banjo player/actor/director Steve Martin declared that, “Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters,” and called The Night Drivers “some of the best players in bluegrass.”

The band is led by Chris’ soulful lead-singing, songwriting, and solid rhythm and lead guitar. Chris boasts extensive performance credits as a sideman with artists like Lynn Morris, Vassar Clements, Special Consensus, Dave Evans, Earl Scruggs, and the acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains. Mark Stoffel, who is originally from Munich, Germany, has a mandolin style that perfectly fits the band sound with his beautiful tone, taste, and rhythmic sense. Jon Weisberger, whose playing has made him a sought-after fill-in bass player in Nashville with The Del McCoury Band, the Roland White Band, Larry Cordle, and others, anchors the band’s strong rhythmic foundation. Newest member, Gina Clowes, a driving and innovative banjo player, and another contributor of original material, hails from Front Royal, VA. Mountain Home recently signed her as a solo artist as well, releasing her critically acclaimed album, True Colors.” Gina was nominated for IBMA Banjo Player of the Year.

The band is also becoming known as a songwriter’s bluegrass band, with Weisberger and Jones now co-writing many of the band’s current songs, and all four members contributing material. Jon has had over 200 of his songs recorded by various other artists as well, from The Infamous Stringdusters to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, including numerous #1 songs. Chris and Jon are both IBMA award-winning songwriters, Jon being the 2012 Songwriter of the Year, and Chris taking home the trophy for the 2007 Song of the Year for “Fork in the Road.” Altogether, members of Chris Jones & The Night Drivers have won nine IBMA awards and have recorded ten #1 songs, including two from their latest Mountain Home album “Made to Move.”

The Night Drivers also bring name recognition in related fields, as bluegrass fans are well-familiar with Jones for his award-winning work as a SiriusXM DJ, on both Bluegrass Junction and Willie’s Roadhouse. Meanwhile, Jon Weisberger is heard weekly as co-host and producer of Bluegrass Junction’s “Hand Picked with Del McCoury.”

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Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Forever Abbey Road - A Tribute to The Beatles

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Forever Abbey Road - High Energy Beatles & British Invasion Experience

Saturday, March 23rd
All Ages | 8pm | $20

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' epic Abbey Road album and Nashville's Forever Abbey Road will perform the album in entirety with a second set of greatest hits to celebrate this landmark anniversary!

Get tickets now before they're sold out for Saturday, March 23rd at 8pm at the Open Chord in Knoxville, TN.

Forever Abbey Road is comprised of five professional Nashville musicians who work hard at creating a unique show that demonstrates what the Beatles might sound like if they were around today with current technology and modern rock energy. Forever Abbey Road has also worked with colleagues of the Beatles including Denny Laine and Steve Holley from Paul McCartney and Wings.

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic Night

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Open Mic Night

Wednesday, March 27th
All Ages | 7pm Sign-ups | 8pm Start

***Sign up for a 2-song slot at 7pm!***

***SOLO PERFORMERS AND BANDS WELCOME***

Are you tired of having band practice in your basement? This is the perfect chance to practice with your band on a REAL stage in front of a REAL audience! We'll supply everything you might need backline-wise. Just bring your instruments!

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Mar
28
8:00 PM20:00

Cody Fry

Cody Fry 

Thursday, March 28th
All Ages | 8pm

$10 General Admission
$15 Premier Reserve Seating
$30 Premier Table for 2
$60 Premier Table for 4

A lyrical and emotive performer, Nashville-based Cody Fry is a gifted singer/songwriter whose music touches upon soulful pop, jazz, electronic, and orchestral balladry. A native of Northfield, Illinois, Fry grew up in a creative family with a father who wrote commercial jingles for a living. By his teens, he was writing and recording his own songs, and ultimately went on to study music at Nashville's Belmont University. Graduating in 2012, he released his debut album, Audio:Cinema, and spent several years as a backing musician for other artists. A second album, Keswick, followed in 2014, after which he made it into the early audition rounds on the 14th season of American Idol. The exposure helped build his fan base, and in 2017 he returned with his third solo album, Flying, featuring the highly acclaimed single "Go". The album found Fry drawing upon his love of film scoring and coloring his songs with full orchestration.

With an ever growing social media following and his publishing being synched with many TV shows and films, Cody's songs are steadily making their mark in the spotlight. Known for his talent as one of Ben Rector's band members, Cody is stepping out of the shadows and into his own, opening for Ben, as well as Dave Barnes.

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Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Dave Landeo

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Dave Landeo

Friday, March 29th
All Ages | 8pm
$8 Advanced
$10 Day of Show

Born And Raised In Nashville, Tennessee, Lived In The Smoky Mountain Area Of Knoxville, Dave Now Resides In The Lowcountry Of Charleston, South Carolina. Since His First Paid Gigs As A Drummer In A Rock Band In High School, He Has Performed Professionally As A Lead Vocalist, Bassist, Rhythm/Lead Guitarist, And Drummer…With Several Bands Over The Years. He Graduated College From The University Of Tennessee With A Bachelor Of Arts Degree, Where He Was An Officer In Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity And Also Served In The United States Marine Corps Reserve. His Wife Christy Landeo Is Also A Vocalist & Performer. They Have 3 Children…Who Play Violin, Piano And Sing In Their School Choir. Throughout His Tenure As A Professional Musician, He Has Developed Working Relationships With Several National Talent Agencies. His Band Is Exclusive With EastCoast Entertainment.

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Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

ABACAB- The Music Of Genesis

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ABACAB

Saturday, March 30
All Ages | 8pm
$15 ADVANCED
$20 Day of Show

ABACAB is Charlotte NC based Genesis tribute band, focusing on ALL aspects of Genesis, from 70's Progressive rock to 80's stadium pop, and solo careers.

Formed in July 2015 by five well-seasoned musicians in the Charlotte NC metro area, ABACAB is comprised of vocalist/multi instrumentalist Pete Lents, bassist/rhythm guitarist Cliff Stankiewicz, keyboardist Patrick Raymaker, lead guitarist/bassist Ryan Richard and drummer Matthew Hedrick. We came together with a common goal...Pay loving tribute to one of the most iconic bands of the 20th century, and bring their music back to the stage where it belongs... From progressive rock pioneers of the 70's, to pop stadium rock icons of the 80's, to the multi platinum solo careers...This is the music of GENESIS.

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Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

WDVX presents Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

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WDVX presents Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Friday April 5th
All Ages | 7pm Doors | 8pm Start
$18 General Admission
$25 Premier Reserved Seating 
$50 Table for 2
$100 Table for 4

With chops so hot, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen were named IBMA’s 2016 Instrumental Group of the Year for the second time, with a third nomination in 2017. Their critically acclaimed album Cold Spell earned a 2015 GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year, yet the accolades don’t end there.

Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a progressive bluegrass stew of infinite instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills soon to be featured once again on their new album If You Can't Stand the Heat, slated to drop January 25th, 2019.

Since leaving the cold climes of Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, D.C., Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist — and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Their respect and deep understanding of the tradition collides, live on stage, with jazz virtuosity creating an unforgettable, compelling performance.

"The band packs dazzling solos into dizzyingly small spaces, funneling bluegrass's love of dexterity into pop's love of brevity." – Grayson Haver Currin, Indy Week

"On the aptly-titled Family, Friends & Heroes mandolinist Frank Solivan shows why one of the rising stars in bluegrass circles deserves a higher profile in the wider world of Americana." – Don McLeese, No Depression

"Shaken and stirred, Solivan’s gang of grassers amount to a not-so-secret recipe that’s full of home and heart." – Tom Netherland, Herald Courier

"Family made Frank’s passion for and career in music possible. Friends have come easily as he’s taken his open-hearted way with bluegrass on the road, and heroes have guided his journey and, in many cases, have become like family. Family, Friends & Heroes is a toast to things that matter in life and a testimony to how good music can feel when talent is fused with soul and sincerity." - Craig Havighurst, Music City Roots

"For those of you who’ve been spending time under a bluegrass rock lately, Solivan and his bandmates are one of the hottest acts around." – Shawn Underwood, Twangville

"If Tim O’Brien and Alison Brown ever had a love child, it might just be Frank Solivan. This newgrass/bluegrass foursome spirals through skin-tight banjo picking, razor-sharp mandolin and jazz-tinged concentric circles – all with a degree of control that balances technical precision and improvisational virtuosity." - Siobhan Long, Irish Times

"Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen are what bluegrass music needs these days. They are master musicians who fully understand the history and tradition but aren’t afraid to explore new sounds and concepts." - Brian Paul Swenk, Bluegrass Today

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Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

SKANKBANGER

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SKANKBANGER

Saturday, April 6th
All Ages | 8pm | $15

Skankbanger is back and ready to get you all SKANKKED UP!!! Getcha tights, tease ya hair, forget your dignity, and prepare yourself for one helluva skanky time. This ain’t gonna be your grandmamma’s skank. This is thru-hiker daddy issues strip-club bathroom skank. This is Skankbanger 6 months on the road, SKANK!!!

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Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

WDVX presents Lovers Leap

WDVX presents
Lovers Leap

Thursday April 11th
All Ages | 8pm | $10

Standing on the precipice of a new and exciting venture, the band members of Lovers Leap decided to jump. Under the shadow of the towering rock outcrop in Hot Springs, NC, from which their name was inspired, their sound took flight and soared through the mountain air. Their first encounter was set up by a festival producer as a musical blind date between GRAMMY-nominated bassist Shelby Means (formerly of Della Mae), acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mary Lucey (formerly Biscuit Burners), award winning guitarist and songwriter Joel Timmons (Sol Driven Train), and slide guitar pioneer Billy Cardine (Acoustic Syndicate and formerly Biscuit Burners). The quartet felt an immediate musical chemistry, which insisted on being pursued like a flirtatious lover. As their first show unfolded and boundaries dissolved, the satisfying balance of lush harmonies and provocative solos tugged on the audience’s heart strings while satiating their desires for instrumental virtuosity.

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Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriters Showcase

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Songwriters Showcase ft.

Eli Fox
Roland Dixon
Haley Labelle
Olivia Da Ponte
Cameron Matthew Ray

Friday, April 12th
All Ages | 8pm 
$8 ADVANCE
$10 Day of Show

We are extremely excited to showcase some of Knoxville's best up-and-coming young songwriters. All 5 of these artists are incredibly talented songwriters with very diverse styles and approach to the craft. Fans of every genre will have something to love with this eclectic group of singers/songwriters/musicians.

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Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

Purple Masquerade - A Tribute to PRINCE

Purple Masquerade - A Tribute to Prince

Saturday, April 13th
All Ages | 8pm
$20 Advanced - Standing Room
$25 Day of Show - Standing Room
$50 VIP (Limited Number) - Seated

Purple Masquerade Is a High-Performance Celebration of the man, the myth that is Prince. They put on a high energy concert, performing Princes biggest hit songs. With elaborate costumes and incredible stage presence, they truly personify the Prince experience. The role of Prince is performed by the incredible El Cavitt. El was Prince's stunt double in the movie Graffitti Bridge, as well as a few of Prince's greatest videos. With choreography reminiscent of Prince, El delivers an explosive performance. By the end of the performance, the audience will be left in awe.

With a VIP Ticket, you will receive a signed poster, a custom Purple Masquerade at Open Chord T-Shirt, and you are allowed in the exclusive seated VIP section right next to the stage.

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Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward
Apr
16
8:00 PM20:00

Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward

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Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward

Tuesday, April 16th
All Ages | 8pm
$15 General Admission
$20 Premier Reserved Seating
$40 Premier Table for 2
$80 Premier Table for 4

An exhilarating blast of blues, soul and funk, Music!Music!Music!marks the recorded debut of the musical partnership between guitarist Charlie Hunter and vocalist Lucy Woodward.

The duo first performed together in January 2018, when Woodward —fresh off supporting her fourth solo album, 2016’s Til They Bang on the Door—joined forces with Hunter as a last-minute fill-in on a tour he’d originally booked with Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada(whose visa application had been denied by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security). Bonded by their shared love of blues, Hunter and Woodward quickly constructed a setlist of favorite songs and hit the road. Within less than a week of playing shows together, they realized that they’d hit upon something very special, indeed.

Recorded in November 2018 at Stephen Lee Price’s studio in High Point, NC, with longtime Hunter collaborator Derrek Phillips on the drums, Music!Music!Music!features eleven radically reworked covers of songs by artists ranging from Blind Willie Johnson and Bessie Smith to Nina Simone and Terence Trent D’Arby.Soulful, spacious and deliciously in the pocket, Music!Music!Music!showcases the dazzling interplay between Hunter’s funky guitar and Woodward’s powerful voice, while also reflecting the spontaneity and good vibes of the duo’s live performances.

Hunter and Woodward will return to the road this spring to take Music!Music!Music!to the people. The tour for the album will stretch over much of 2019, with the duo going to Europe and Japan as well as all over North America


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Apr
17
8:00 PM20:00

Albert Cummings

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Albert Cummings

Wednesday April 17th
All Ages | 8pm | $20

Entertaining audiences from his phenomenal guitar work to his incredibly impassioned lyrics and overall songwriting prowess - one thing has certainly become clear about Albert Cummings’ music: He is FAR MORE than simply just the guitarist or the bluesman he’s often painted as by fans and the media alike. He offers the complete package.

Though undoubtedly a masterful guitar player who burst onto the blues rock scene in the early 2000’s and almost immediately began gaining praise in that realm, his latest release “Live at the ‘62 Center” further portrays not only his versatility as singer/songwriter and live performer but as an artist first and foremost.

This comes to fruition in the true spontaneity and creative spirit of the album, in which he put together a newly formed version of his usual trio that afternoon of the October, 2016 recording. With longtime friend and Grammy Winner Jim Gaines behind the soundboard, what comes through in both sight and sound is an incredible journey into the live performance world and true artistry of one of today’s most seasoned musicians.

His muscular guitar work is simply outstanding. He’s a great blues singer as well with passion for the tunes inherent in his full throttle approach.” - Rock and Blues Muse on Live at the ‘62 Center

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Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Unlikely Candidates w/ The Brevet

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The Strange Lines Tour ft.

The Unlikely Candidates
The Brevet

w/ Robinson Park

Thursday, April 18th
All Ages | 8pm 
$12 ADVANCED
$15 Day of Show

Based out of Fort Worth, Texas, The Unlikely Candidates are an indie rock band initially formed as an acoustic duo by childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male in 2008. Eventually expanding the lineup to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard, the band was also able to expand its sound in bigger, more sweeping directions. In 2013, the band signed on with major-label Atlantic and released their debut EP, Follow My Feet. In early 2016, the Unlikely Candidates returned with a hooky new single in “You Love Could Start a War,” which made a strong showing on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.

One listen and it’s immediately clear that The Brevet have undergone a dramatic evolution on their explosive, ambitious new album, LEGS.Synthesizing the raucous energy of their live show with sonic precision of their extensive studio history, the collection is the California five-piece’s most deeply personal and lyrically sophisticated yet, tackling perception and identity in the digital age with both subtle nuance and blunt force. The songs remain as cinematic as ever, full of rousing choruses and sing-along hooks, but they carry more weight here, propelled inexorably forward by thunderous percussion and blazing electric guitars that blend rock and roll snarl with R&B swagger.

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Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

Unspoken Tradition

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Unspoken Tradition

Friday, April 19th
All Ages | 8pm 
$8 ADVANCED
$10 Day of Show

Unspoken Tradition plays passionate bluegrass. Drawing on their influences of the original bluegrass masters and the roots of traditional music, they perform with a hard-driving and sincere sound that features deep appalachian soul with their vocals and solid technical proficiency with their instruments. Their music and overall artistic vision reflect the ever-changing culture of Western and Central North Carolina-- where they call home.

Their debut recording, Simple Little Town (2013) saw quick success in radio; including XM’s Bluegrass Junction where the band’s music continues to be in solid rotation. Their follow-up release, Miles Between was featured on The World Cafe’s nationally syndicated programming and ranked #14 on WNCW FM’s top 100 releases of 2015.

That same year they played the main stage at the historic MerleFest festival and have quickly grown a fervent following in North Carolina and beyond. Touring both regionally and internationally the group has joined Balsam Range, The Boxcars, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, The Del McCoury Band, and many others on stage.

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Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Suitcase Junket

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The Suitcase Junket

Friday, April 26th
All Ages | 8pm
$15 Premier Reserved Seating
$10 General Admission

From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks, and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound on his essential rock collection Pile Driver (out April 21, Signature Sounds Recordings).The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz: artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, one-man band. His is the road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, and the wild double pitches of throat singing. From Lorenz' penchant for thrift and ingenuity comes this full-length Signature Sounds debut of original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance-hall festivity. It is magnificent, rousing, image-driven songwriting, layed out on instruments built of broken bottles, thrift store forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, salvaged instruments, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage.

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Radney Foster
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Radney Foster

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Radney Foster

w/ Zach Dubois

Saturday, April 27th
All Ages | 7pm Doors | 8pm Start
$20 ADVANCED
$25 Day of Show

“Radney Foster is one of the most talented singer/songwriters of our time. His voice is so unique, sexy and engaging.” – Sara Evans

Foster remains a top-notch tunesmith and stunning lyricist…echoes early, electric-era Bob Dylan…”.- Gordon Ely, Billboard

After 30 years in the music business, Radney Foster knows his way around the stage. Whether slinging electric guitar in front of his full band, or picking an intimate acoustic show, Foster has an uncanny knack to connect with an audience. With numerous number one hits to choose from, his shows are a perfect blend of new treasures and beloved classics.

2018 saw Foster expand his storytelling to short fiction, and his shows often incorporate passages from his book—enthralling listeners from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry to Gruene Hall. “You just gotta know when to read, and when to just shut up and sing,” laughs Foster.

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May
2
8:00 PM20:00

The Brother Brothers

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The Brother Brothers

Thursday, May 2nd
All Ages | 8pm
$10 General Admission
$15 Premier Reserve Seating
$25 Premier Table for 2
$50 Premier Table for 4

The Brother Brothers carry the folk tradition for a new generation. Identical twins David and Adam Moss honor contemporary aches with the nostalgic tenderness of another time on their debut full-length album, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW, out October 19, 2018 on Compass Records. Their stunning songcraft blends masterfully gentle guitar, cello and five-string fiddle with the sublime sort of two-part harmonies only brothers can carry. Their palpably fraternal stage presence and wonderfully familiar heart have earned repute among a modern folk scene; The Brother Brothers have recently opened for Big Thief, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves and more.

The album's title, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW, refers to the personal nature of these songs. As David explains, “I think every song on the album is about a person or a character, and in a way, it’s a reflection of ourselves.” For example, “Mary Ann,” written by David, is an encouraging ode to a friend with depression. “Banjo Song,” written by Adam, conveys a conversation with someone who gives up playing an instrument after a hurtful breakup. Though he’s usually on fiddle, Adam plays banjo on the track; throughout the album, David plays guitar and cello.

Recorded at Mark Ettinger’s Lethe Lounge in New York City with producer Robin Macmillan and engineer Jefferson Hamer, The Brother Brothers capably capture a modern snapshot of their surroundings. Yet, SOME PEOPLE I KNOW retains a timeless feel – something that the brothers were aiming for.

“I just want people to listen to it once and want to listen to it again,” David says of the album. “And every time they listen to it, I want them to find something new and in some way relate it to themselves. Whether they're listening to it today or in 40 years, I hope it will make them feel just the same.”

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May
7
8:00 PM20:00

WDVX presents Dead Horses w/ Benjamin Jaffe of HONEYHONEY

WDVX presents
Dead Horses

w/ Benjamin Jaffe of HONEYHONEY

Tuesday, May 7th
All Ages | 8pm
$10 General Admission
$15 Premier Reserve Seating
$30 Table for 2 
$60 Table for 4

**On Sale Friday 2/16 at noon**

At fifteen, Dead Horses frontwoman Sarah Vos’ world turned upside down. Raised in a strict, fundamentalist home, Vos lost everything when she and her family were expelled from the rural Wisconsin church where her father had long served as pastor. What happened next is the story of Dead Horses’ stunning new album, My Mother the Moon, a record full of trauma and triumph, despair and hope, pain and resilience.

Blending elements of traditional roots with contemporary indie folk, Dead Horses writes music that is both familiar and unexpected, unflinchingly honest in its portrayal of modern American life, yet optimistic in its unshakable faith in brighter days to come.

Described by NPR Music as "evocative, empathetic storytelling," My Mother the Moon earned a spot in No Depression's "Best Roots Music Albums of 2018" list, and Rolling Stone Country declared the Wisconsin-based duo an "Artist You Need to Know."

Years before he hit the road as one half of the Americana duo HONEYHONEY, Benjamin Jaffe kickstarted his career as a solo artist. He was a young Massachusetts native living in Los Angeles, rolling his sharp songwriting, multi-instrumental chops and vocals into songs that were honest and experimental. A decade later, he returns to that career with Oh, Wild Ocean of Love his first full-length release as a solo artist.

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May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Rob Ikes & Trey Hensley

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Friday, May 10th
All Ages | 8pm

Based on a mutual love of bluegrass, country, blues, rock, western swing, jazz and other string band music of all kinds, the partnership of 15-time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year Rob Ickes (who also plays superlative lap steel guitar in the duo on occasion) and widely respected acoustic/electric guitarist and vocalist Trey Hensley continues to delight and astound audiences of traditional American music around the globe.

Since joining forces in 2015 and recording their first album on Compass Records, Before The Sun Goes Down (nominated for a GRAMMY® Award), the duo has been asked to perform all over the world. They released their second album on Compass in 2016, The Country Blues, which testified to the growing diversity and expansion of their collaborative talents and repertoire. Ickes and Hensley were also key players on Original, the recent highly-lauded Compass Records album by bluegrass giant Bobby Osborne. Their participation garnered a Recorded Event Of The Year Award at the 2017 IBMA Awards for Osborne’s version of “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” on the GRAMMY®-nominated album. Ickes and Hensley also were on the 2016 Recorded Event Of The Year IBMA Award winner, “Fireball,” featuring Special Consensus, in 2016. The duo is busy at work in the recording studio the fall of 2018 recording their third album (set for a spring 2019 release) with six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning producer and engineer, Brent Maher.

Ickes and Hensley have shared the stage as a duo with influential mandolin master David Grisman, Australia’s fleet finger picking guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, and legendary American blues, folk, and rock guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), all admirers of the duo. Ickes’ fluid, lyrical, yet stinging style has graced the recordings and concerts of artists such as Earl Scruggs, Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, The Cox Family, Tony Rice, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, and even David Lee Roth. Ickes was a founding member of the critically acclaimed bluegrass “super group” Blue Highway for 21 years. At just 11 years old, Hensley was invited by Marty Stuart to join Marty and Earl Scruggs on stage to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Hensley has since played onstage or opened for Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Steve Wariner, and Peter Frampton, among many others.

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May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Peter Bradley Adams

Peter Bradley Adams

Thursday, May 16th
All Ages | 8pm 
$15 ADVANCED
$20 Day of Show

No matter the form, when it comes to art, there are a number of different tacks to take. Some artists continually push their work across new horizons. Others stand a bit more still in order to continually refine the capturing of their vision. Singer/songwriter Peter Bradley Adams falls into the latter category of perfectionists chasing their own perfection. With A Face Like Mine, he may well have caught it.

There's a confidence, a completeness in the song cycle that listeners have gleaned throughout Adams' illustrious career, but A Face Like Mine, his sixth solo effort, brings it all into sharp focus. Adams' brand of Americana nestles his often delicate, always heartfelt voice in the warm embrace of gentle guitar, tasteful dobro, subtle banjo, supportive bass, and unhurried percussion. The result is a sonic scape that, in turn, wraps itself around the listener like a soft blanket on a cold day. With A Face Like Mine, Adams further refines the simple musical sophistication that has become his trademark.

Throughout the self-produced set, Adams tells tales of love and loss, homes and hearts. The territory he mines is a deliberate mix of fact and fantasy. “I feel like I'm, firstly, a storyteller,” he offers, “but it's inevitable that my own stuff gets in there deep. And it's funny how, sometimes, I don't realize it until the song is done.”

Regardless of the details, there's always a philosophical bent that is often more under than on the surface, firmly grounding Adams' songs even as they stretch outward. By his own admission, Adams is a seeker who spends considerable time wrestling with matters of faith, though he's the first to admit he doesn't have any real answers. “I honestly don't know what the hell I'm doing... nor do I have the language for any of this stuff,” he says with a laugh.

That seeker's heart is the tie that so often binds these songs together. Whether the search for place and purpose is of a spiritual or geographical nature, few writers capture the journey as thoughtfully as Adams. An Alabama native, Adams says he feels most comfortable in motion and doesn't have a strong sense of being Southern, even though his music is rooted in that world in so many ways. And though he sets various scenes with his lyrical imagery, Adams always leaves room for the listener to crawl inside his stories and make them their own.

A Face Like Mine's songs were composed all over the world, from Alabama to India, and they dig into topics are disparate as the desperation of addiction (“Lorraine”), the grappling of self-image (“Who Else Could I Be”), the vitriol of politics (“We Are”), and the genetics of suffering (“A Face Like Mine”). “We Are” and “Who Else Could I Be” were originally written for a dance piece that Gina Patterson choreographed for the San Angelo Civic Ballet. Even so, Adams made sure the songs could stand alone in their own world no matter what else was swirling around them — confidence and completeness in action.

As a work of musical art, A Face Like Mine fulfills the promise of Peter Bradley Adams. And rarely has an artist's standing still sounded so divine.

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May
25
8:00 PM20:00

WDVX presents Irene Kelley cd-release show

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WDVX presents 
Irene Kelley's CD Release Show

Saturday, May 25th
All Ages | 8pm

Irene Kelley’s love for country music runs deep. She remembers hearing it for the first time in her dad’s basement TV repair workshop as a young girl. That music in her family home resonated in her soul, so when Irene started writing songs on her own, she already had a head start. At 15, she began her journey as a professional musician in a rock band, but when she brought a Dolly Parton album to band rehearsal one day, she was fired on the spot. It was, perhaps, the best thing that could have happened to her. Fast forward to 1981 when Jerry Williamson asked her to move to Huntington, West Virginia to join the bluegrass band Redwing. She found herself fronting the band as the lead singer and playing some pretty big festivals, not the least of which were Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom and Tarheal Festivals and the Carter Family Homeplace in Bristol, Virginia. 

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May
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Wednesday, May 29th
All Ages | 8pm
$20 ADVANCED
$25 Day of Show

***Tickets on Sale Friday 3/15 at 10am***

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.

With all the power of a freight train, the Big Damn Band is known for its live shows. Rev. Peyton delivers guitar pyrotechnics the old fashioned way — ten fingers, a 6 string and an amp cranked at full tilt. In the country blues style, he plays the bass with his thumb, while picking the lead with his fingers at the same time. When he lifts the guitar behind his head to play there’s nothing but skill and 16 gauge nickel strings to make the sounds coming out of the speakers.

Beside him on stage are just two other people. His wife, “Washboard” Breezy Peyton playing with all the nuance and percussive power of a New Orleans drum line, and keeping the train moving is Max Senteney on a lean drum kit including a 5 gallon maple syrup bucket. Together they play Peyton’s wildman country blues that’s as much ZZ Top as it is Bukka White.

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May
30
8:00 PM20:00

WDVX presents Blue Moon Rising w/ Buffalo Fiasco

WDVX presents Blue Moon Rising
w/ Buffalo Fiasco

Thursday, May 30th
All Ages | 8pm
$15 General Admission
$25 Premier Reserve Seating
$40 2 Reserve Seats & Table
$80 4 Reserve Seats & Table

Blue Moon Rising is a bluegrass band from East Tennessee that was founded in November 2000 by Tim Tipton, Justin Moses, Chris West, and Keith Garrett. These four founding members had a few simple goals – they wanted to write and record some original bluegrass songs and maybe play some local festivals. Fast forward almost 20 years later, and Blue Moon Rising has become a staple in the world of bluegrass. Their songs have garnered attention from fans all over the world and have appeared on charts from Billboard, Bluegrass Today, Bluegrass Unlimited, and Roots Music Report. The “little-band-that-could” that started out with meager goals has now played hundreds of dates all across the United States and Canada.

The band has had a few personnel changes over the years, as most bands do if they last over a couple of decades, but the core focus of the band has never been altered. The current lineup of the band is a mix of old and new members, a group of friends that would be as comfortable getting together for an evening jam as they would be embarking on a national tour. Three of the original members, Tim Tipton, Keith Garrett, and Chris West, are part of the current band, as are three guys who have decades of the combined membership of Blue Moon Rising: Randall Massengill, Justin Jenkins, and Brandon Bostic.

“After All This Time” is an appropriate title for the band’s current project, which is set for release on Mountain Fever Records later this spring. Fans old and new are likely to be impressed with this effort, for it is Blue Moon Rising at its finest. They are still writing and recording great bluegrass songs, but now with a flare and focus that only comes with the years of experience and the friendship that these guys share.


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May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Crobot

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Filthy Nasty Productions presents
Crobot

Friday, May 31st
All Ages | 7pm Doors | 7:30 Start
$10 Early Bird
$20 ADVANCED

There was a time when rock radio was dominated by great riffs. From Deep Purple’s “Smoke On the Water” and Derek And The Dominoes’ “Layla” to Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” and Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of” it was all about that unmistakable guitar sound that instantly identified a band or song. The members of Crobot have united to bring that back.

Blending funk, blues, metal and good old-fashioned rock and roll into a howling vortex of Yeagley’s vocals and Bishop’s guitar, Crobot have crafted an album of endless good time rock hooks that sound as inspired today as they would have on AOR radio in 1974.

“We grew up with the same riff rock and it’s seemingly lacking in today’s music. We really seem to like the rock of old and felt that was missing,” Yeagley says.

Crobot is a band that can rock at all tempos. Whether it’s the slow-building groove of “Skull Of Geronimo,” a methodical sludge-rocker that calls to mind Soundgarden in the chorus or the more up-tempo funkified “Nowhere To Hide,” a track that sounds like the Black Crowes driving a Camaro, Crobot display stellar musicianship and lyrical depth.

For example, on “Queen Of The Light,” the powerful closing track of Something Supernatural, Yeagley sings the story of a girl yearning for a new life. “She lives the darkest life/but all she wants to be is the queen of the light,” he sings against the plaintive wailing of the slow-moving melody. It’s one of the songs destined to strike a deep chord with fans in the same way the single “Nowhere To Hide” has become a good-time anthem.

“Nowhere To Hide” is one of the songs Yeagley cites as getting his feet wiggling. And he promises that on Something Supernatural there will be plenty more grooves to get fans moving, as those who’ve experienced Crobot live have already seen.

“’Night Of The Sacrifice’ is one that’s coming out off the full length and that always gets me excited to play,” he says. “It’s usually the introduction to the funkier side of what we do in our set, it’s usually the first funky track that we play. So it’s really exciting to switch that mode from more riff based stuff towards to the classic metal sounding stuff with the heavier side of things and to flip flop and see people’s reactions when we totally hit the other end of the spectrum with the funky stuff.”

Musically, “Skull Of Geronimo” is one Yeagley sees as being undeniably representative of Crobot. “That’s a little on the heavier end of the spectrum, but it’s still got that funkiness to it,” he says. And lyrically, “Wizards” might be the Crobot statement song.

“It’s an epic tale of two wizards. One is on the side of wizardry and technology while the other is the side of natural spiritual wizardry and it’s a clash of funkiness and classic metal too in the same sense. So it’s a battle of epic proportions on all sides,” he says. “It’s just a song that fulfills all the ends of the spectrum of what Crobot is.”

Then there is the storytelling ability they show on a song like “La Mano De Lucifer,” a Biblical tale that starts off, “A failed rebellion/against the one creator/exiled to the fire.”

As another side of the band, Yeagley is a devout sci-fi buff. Asked what one film Crobot does the score for, he replies without hesitation, “2001: A Space Odyssey. That movie has its own special place amongst the sci-fi world.” And for contemporary sci-fi he picks Ender’s Game. “I’m such a huge fan of that series and to see that come to life on film was really cool. It’s got battles of epic proportions and everything you love about sci-fi, just nails it,” he says.

A modern rock band with a sense of humor, as well as their own hot sauce, CROBOT has already been making their mark among peers with their wild live performances. But for Crobot, at the end of the day, it is all about the sound.

“All I care about is that people walk away after hearing the album thinking, ‘Man, Crobot is the funkiest, heaviest band I’ve ever heard,’” Bishop says.

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Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones

Saturday, June 1
All Ages | 8pm
$20 General Admission 
$25 Premium Reserved
$50 Premium Table for 2
$100 Premium Table for 4

A performing songwriter by trade, Matthew Perryman Jones is actually a seeker, at heart. With each entry in his discography, his musical and moral compass points toward an artistic horizon he has yet to explore. Sometimes, he turns his gaze to examine his own inner world. Other times, he looks to the inspirations found in the letters Vincent Van Gogh penned to his brother Theo, in the idea of duende as proffered by Federico García Lorca, and in the poetic verses of Sufi poets Hafiz and Rumi.

Of his most recent release, American Songwriter wrote that, “MPJ’s songwriting acumen could easily be used as a musical template to demonstrate how less can be so much more. [He]sounds cinematic and slowly worms its way inside your brain, feasts upon your emotions, and ultimately burrows down into your soul.” It could be said that Matthew makes soul music — not based on how it sounds, but on where it originates and where it resides.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Matthew grew up in Georgia and cut his artistic teeth in the Atlanta music scene before heading north to Nashville. His debut release, Nowhere Else But Here, dropped in 2000, followed by three subsequent albums — Throwing Punches in the Dark (2006), Swallow the Sea (2008), and Land of the Living (2012) — and three additional EPs as well as a handful of singles. Songs from across his catalog have been featured in dozens of film and TV placements, and tours have taken him across the U.S. and abroad to share stages with legends like Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin, as well as the Ten Out of Tenn songwriter collective of which he is a part.

Now, Matthew is gearing up to release his fifth album, alongside producer Josh Kaler, focused on genius loci — the spirit of place. Written across the country throughout 2017, and funded by generous fans contributing to a Pledge Music campaign, the record was finished in early 2018. As he chases the ever-retreating horizon, Jones will stop, listen, and capture when and what the spirit of each place calls out to him.

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Jun
5
8:00 PM20:00

Gretchen Peters w/ Trisha Gene Brady

Gretchen Peters with special guest
Trisha Gene Brady

Wednesday, June 5th
All Ages | 8pm
$15 General Admission 
$20 Premier Reserve Seating
$40 2 Reserve Seats & Table
$80 4 Reserve Seats & Table

There's a bittersweet beauty to the passing of time -- the changes it brings are just as often heartbreaking as they are heartwarming. The inevitable tension that arises from that sway is Gretchen Peters' most trusted muse. “The years go by like days. Sometimes the days go by like years. And I don't know which one I hate the most,” she sings in “Arguing with Ghosts,” the hauntingly wistful opening cut on her new album, Dancing with the Beast. 

Between the melody and the melancholy, the song sets the tone for all that is to come after and lifts the album over the high artistic bar set by her last outing, 2015's award-winning Blackbirds. Written with Matraca Berg and Ben Glover, “Arguing with Ghosts” began, as so many songs do, with one small grain of inspiration. “I think we were initially talking about how Nashville is changing, and Matraca said, 'I get lost in my hometown,'” Peters recalls. “And we went from there. Of course, it took on much more meaning, but I think that our starting point was just that sense of disorientation.” 

Whether a single sentence or a simple setting, once planted, even the tiniest seed can grow into a vision unto itself. Strung together and populated with strong and broken female heroines, those vignettes make up Dancing with the Beast and, indeed, Peters' entire discography. “The pictures and the details come first, and I think that's kind of necessary because they're sort of like little bombs of emotion,” she says. “It's like when you pull out a Polaroid that you haven't seen in 25 years, and your heart just kind of explodes because it brings back a whole world.”

Once immersed in a world of emotion, Peters digs underneath to see what's fueling a particular fire, as she does so stunningly with the overwhelming insecurities of female adolescence in “The Boy from Rye.” Knowing very well that most teenage girls endure objectification and sexualization, and their ensuing loss of confidence and power, Peters put her pen to paper and told that story.

"I remember being that age -- summers on Long Island at the beach, the sense of freedom, being with friends, encounters with boys, and the pressure of suddenly being in competition with your best friends.” she offers. “There was a feeling that you’d crossed some invisible line, and gone from being the subject in your own life, to being the object. It's a very treacherous time of life for girls.”

Dancing with the Beast puts female characters at the fore, from teenage girls to old women. And intentionally so. With the 2017 Women's March and #MeToo Movement as bookends to her writing time, Peters knew that a feminist perspective would be the critical core of the record. “Those two events just put everything -- as so many things in 2017 -- in really stark relief,” she admits. “You can trace the feminist DNA in my songwriting back to 'Independence Day' and probably before. The thing that 2017 did is just put it front and center. It was very easy to kind of go to sleep for a while and just not think about that stuff because we were lulled into complacency for eight years.” 

Scenery, too, played a part in inspiring several cuts on the LP, most notably “Wichita” and “Truckstop Angel,” both sketches of women doing whatever they have to do to stand up in a world built to hold them down. Once she knew where the songs were set, Peters and Glover dug into the details. “'Wichita' was a lot like 'Blackbirds,' with me and Ben playing detective, like, 'What do you think happened here?'” she says. “I think I had the line, ’I hope I was the last thing that you saw that night in Wichita.' And the next questions were, ‘What happened to this girl? How did we get there?'”

“Truckstop Angel” was an idea originally sparked 20-something years ago by a New Yorker article Peters read about people that lived in the wide open western reaches. “They just kind of went out there to get away from the world,” she explains. “I read this article and I was fascinated, and one of the things in the article was these truckstop prostitutes. And I just never got that out of my mind.” Peters wrote around the idea a lot in those two decades, but never got to the heart of the story until she encountered such a character at a truckstop in Alabama. “This woman -- a girl, really, as I don't think she was more than 17 -- at 1:30 in the afternoon, walks through the lot in five-inch platform shoes and short shorts. And I just thought, 'Oh my God, that's the woman. That's her.'”

A title -- and an election -- were the beginnings of “Lowlands.” Though Peters doesn't consider herself a political writer, she is politically minded and, therefore, knew she had to address the 2016 election and all that has happened since... but in her own way. “I wrote on my chalkboard, 'Tell one little story,'” she says. “I just wrote it there, and I would stare at it for a while.” 

Soon enough, the title came, bringing with it both a feeling and a place. “The description of the geography gave me a feeling inside of low clouds and general gloominess, but also the idea of laying low and staying low.” To capture that mood, Peters crafted a multitude of verses, whittled them down, and stitched them together. “It has no chorus. It's nothing but verses. It's very Dylan-esque, in that way,” she says. “I just wanted it to drone on and on. We don't get a break. It's relentless, which is exactly how last year was.”

To further drive the relentlessness, producer Doug Lancio built a foundation of programmed drums and synth drones, elements that purposely pushed Peters to the outer edges of her artistic comfort zone. “We struggled together over how far to go with that kind of thing,” she confesses. “I wanted 'Lowlands' to sound like the sound of dread. But the first mix we had going just didn't feel like me. It had to have some beauty in there, too.” 

The final female voice on the album comes from Peters' mother, who passed away in late 2016. “Love That Makes a Cup of Tea” came out of a dream Peters had of her. “I can't remember what the rest of the dream was, but she, in a reassuring way, held my hand and she said, 'You know, honey, there is love that makes a cup of tea,'” Peters recounts. “She was the kind of person who would show you her love by baking you a pie or knitting you a sweater. She just said that in the dream, and I woke up and I thought, 'Okay, there it is. I'm going to write that.' 

“I do remember feeling that I had to try to write something with hope in it,” she continues. “It's not my strong suit. But I wanted that on this record, because I do think there's hope. I do see hope around me. I see a lot of trouble, too, but we have to try to find some light. Those are hard songs for me to write, but this was my mom's gift. She brought that to me.”

Beauty tempered by dread, sorrow buoyed by hope, these are the ever-present tugs of war that make life worth living and songs worth writing. And they are the over-riding themes that make Gretchen Peters one of her generation's most compelling singer/songwriters.

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Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse

Friday, June 7th
All Ages | 8pm
$15 General Admission
$20 Premier Reserve Seat
$40 2 Reserve Seats & Table
$80 4 Reserve Seats & Table

Never one to ignore the call of his muse, Rouse traded in his trusty acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, a move that quickly pulled him in a slew of exciting, unexpected directions as he found himself freshly inspired by the endless array of possibilities at his fingertips. Where ‘Embers’ was a deeply personal, countrypolitan contemplation on identity and anxiety, the new material that poured out of him was breezier and more carefree, crafted with an 80’s-inspired sonic palette that complemented the shift from somber introspection to more playful observation. The end result, ‘Love In The Modern Age,’ is an album that still bears Rouse’s distinct fingerprints, even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than twenty years into his celebrated career.

Hailed as “a talent to outrank Ryan Adams or Conor Oberst” by Uncut and praised for his “spare and easy sounding guitar songs” by NPR, Rouse first emerged in 1998 with his debut album, ‘Dressed Up Like Nebraska,’ which Billboard called a “dark horse gem.” Over the next two decades, he’d go on to release a steady stream of critically lauded records that would solidify his status as one of the his generation’s most acclaimed songwriters, both in the US and Europe, where he’s lived on and off since 2004. Q called his breakout album, ‘1972,’ “the most intimate record of the year,” while Rolling Stone dubbed his follow-up, ‘Nashville,’ “a landmark album,” and EW described 2013’s ‘The Happiness Waltz’ as “a big contender for Rouse’s best work.” In 2014, Rouse won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for “Do You Really Want To Be In Love,” from the film ‘La Gran Familia Española.

As he began work on ‘Love In The Modern Age,’ Rouse was caught in a moment of international limbo. He was ready to relocate from Spain back to Nashville with his family, but his wife’s green card process was stretching out interminably. As they awaited news from the US government, their Tennessee home sat empty for more than a year, and Rouse found himself making regular trips across the Atlantic to check in on the property.

“I started working on songs with my old friend and writing partner Daniel Tashian on those trips,” Rouse explains. “I’d just finished reading Sylvie Simmons’ great Leonard Cohen biography, ‘I’m Your Man,’ and it got me really into Cohen’s synthier records. I told Daniel that I thought it’d be fun to write some stuff in that vein, so we’d start with these moody soundscapes, and then I’d write lyrics on top of them.”

Inspired by Cohen and cult heroes The Blue Nile, as well as the English bands Rouse grew up listening to like The Cure and The Smiths, the songs were cinematic and enveloping. Each track created its own entrancing world out of dense synthesizer textures and shimmering electric guitar lines. While many of his previous albums were recorded with a full band performing live in one room, Rouse built up the tracks on ‘Love In The Modern Age’ a layer at a time, recording the majority of the instruments himself between Spain and Nashville.

in me that wouldn’t have happened with just an acoustic guitar.”

Much like love in our modern age, the album is defined by the coming together of those physical and digital worlds. Underneath it all, though, lays the same endless search for human connection that drives each and every one of us. Times may change, but the song remains the same.

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Mindy Smith with very special guest, Blue Mother Tupelo
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Mindy Smith with very special guest, Blue Mother Tupelo

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Mindy Smith with special guests

Blue Mother Tupelo

Saturday, June 22nd
All Ages | 8pm | $25

A solo acoustic tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of ‘One Moment More’ through stories and song. 

“Her voice carves melodies so sharp and fine you can almost see them…” – New York Times


“Smith’s best songs sound like little miracles.” – USA Today

A good rule of thumb when going to a Mindy Smith concert, bring a hanky, a tissue or an extra sleeve. Your tear ducts don’t know the difference between laughing tears and crying tears and you’ll likely be doing both. “Humor is how I compensate for singing so many sad tunes back to back,” says Smith.

Mindy Smith is a Long Island-born, Nashville based singer-songwriter with a clear and honest passion for Americana, jazz, pop, rock, blues, and folk and is a self-proclaimed music genre mutt.

She first created a buzz in the music world in 2003 charming fans with her rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” for the tribute album ‘Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton.’ In 2004, Mindy solidified her place and won critical acclaim with her own debut album, ‘One Moment More’ which was re-issued on vinyl for the first time in 2019, to commemorate its 15th Anniversary.

She has since released four additional full-length studio albums, a Christmas EP, and numerous singles.

Her original songs have been recorded and released by the likes of Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Faith Hill and many more. Mindy has performed alongside the likes of Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, John Prine, and Mary Chapin Carpenter and was most recently the featured vocalist on Kenny Chesney’s charting single, “Better Boat”.

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Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Lilly Hiatt

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Lilly Hiatt

Friday, August 16th
All Ages | 8pm

General Admission $12
Premier Reserve Seating $15
2 Reserve Seats & Table $30
4 Reserve Seats & Table $50


Lilly Hiatt returned with Trinity Lane on August 25th, 2017. The 12-song set was produced by Michael Trent of Shovels & Rope and engineered by Andy Dixon at Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC. It is the follow up to her acclaimed sophomore album Royal Blue, which Paste Magazine described as “a glorious tumble of influences – surf rock, Smiths vibes, Laurel Canyon twang and jangle, Sonic Youth flatline, Britpop flourishes, Seattle grunge and Joy Division meets Human League synthery.” In addition to her backing band, Trent is featured as a musician throughout, and is joined by his wife and Shovels & Rope partner Cary Ann Hearst for backing vocals on “Everything I Had.” Lilly’s love of the ‘90s alt-rock she was raised on continues to shine through on Trinity Lane in the distressed guitars and urgent backbeats. She cites the Pixies, Breeders, Dinosaur Jr., and her favorite, Pearl Jam as influences, but there is also something distinctly Americana lurking in the songs. Rolling Stone Country premiered the Michael Carter-directed video for the album’s title track HERE, stating, “The daughter of John Hiatt, she keeps the family tradition alive, mixing Southern influences – Americana, folk and left-of-center country – with a raw approach that’s better suited to the garage than the saloon. The album’s title track is no exception…the song finds Hiatt making peace with her old demons, while guitars crash and pianos chime in the background.” They continued, “‘Trinity Lane’ is an empowerment anthem stocked with details from Hiatt’s everyday life, from the name of her street to the smell of her neighbor’s cooking.”

After moving out of an ex’s house, Hiatt settled into a new apartment off of Trinity Lane in her East Nashville neighborhood and went on tour with friend John Moreland to the West Coast and back. The intensely personal, autobiographical album was written largely upon her return, in isolation, facing the issues she escaped while on the road. Every time she wanted a man, she picked up her guitar. Every time she wanted a drink, she picked up her guitar. Hiatt says, “Love will take you to the darkest places but also the most honest places if you let it. Learning how to love myself is something I’ve always been lousy with, and I spent some time on that. I thought about my sobriety, what that means to me, the struggles I’d had throughout the years, since I was a 27-year-old and hung up my toxic drinking habit. I thought about my mother, who took her own life when I was a baby, not far from my age at 30 years old, and I related to her more than ever. As you can see, there was plenty of time spent on my own. I didn’t talk to that many folks, albeit a few close friends, and leaned into my family. I stayed away from men, and danced alone in the evenings, looking out my window observing my humble and lively neighborhood. I found power in being by myself. I found peace in the people I was surrounded with – we didn’t really know one another, but we smiled when passed on the street. One time I almost rear-ended an older woman in her car backing out of my driveway and I said, ‘Oh man, I’m just not used to any cars coming around this bend. She replied, ‘This is our little hideout, baby,’ And it really was.” She continues, “After a while, I had all these songs to play, and wanted to share them. I wanted to get out of town to get some distance from everything, so after an ongoing conversation with Michael Trent, I took my band to Johns Island, SC and we holed up for a few weeks. I poured my heart out, and trusted them with it, and these guys gave it right back. I think we all understood what it’s like to question home, intention, demons, love…I think most people understand that.”

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DENNY LAINE - Up Close & Personal
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

DENNY LAINE - Up Close & Personal

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DENNY LAINE - Up Close & Personal
w/ David Clifton

Wednesday, March 20th
All Ages | 7pm Doors | 8pm Start
$40 Premier Reserved Seating 
$30 General Admission

Open Chord Email Subscriber Pre-sales: Thursday 1/17 at 10am
On sale to General Public: Friday 1/18 at 10am

As a Founding Member of THE MOODY BLUES and a Founding Member of WINGS, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® Inductee DENNY LAINE will be touring America throughout 2019 and 2020 for select SOLO shows.

As a premier English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Denny is best known for his roles as the original Guitarist and Lead Singer of THE MOODY BLUES from 1964 through 1966 and as the co-founder of WINGS with Paul McCartney. Denny was one of three constants in WINGS, along with Paul and Linda McCartney from 1971 through 1981.

The incomparable WINGS album Band on the Run reached #1 in the Billboard® Hot 100 Charts three different times and eventually the album went triple platinum. In the UK, Band on the Run spent 7 weeks at #1 on the UK’s Guinness® Charts of British Hits Singles and went on to be the TOP selling British album of 1974.

In 1975, WINGS won the Grammy® Award for Band on the Run, the single and title track from the 1974 album.

With the 1976 release of WINGS at the Speed of Sound, the band had become one of the most successful groups of the decade with a top-grossing tour to follow.

Denny also performed select solo numbers during their concerts on the WINGS Over America Tour and showcased his talents on many songs, most notably Go Now and Time to Hide. With WINGS, Denny enjoyed the biggest commercial and critical successes of his career, including co-writing the hit Mull of Kintyre, which reached #1 in the UK’s Guinness® Charts of British Hits Singles in 1977 and became the UK's highest-selling single until that time.

At the height of the British Invasion, Denny Laine was one of the most recognizable voices on the music scene.

“No guitarist was more integral to Paul McCartney’s post Beatles career than Denny Laine.”- Gibson Guitars

Denny departed THE MOODY BLUES and formed THE ELECTRIC STRING BAND, writing the hit Say You Don’t Mind, and opened shows for Jimi Hendrix in London. Denny joined the bands BALLS as well as GINGER BAKER’S AIR FORCE, singing lead on the memorable Man of Constant Sorrow. Throughout his career, Denny has also worked with various members of The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Cream, ELO, The Zombies, The Hollies and many more.

Denny performs highlights from the Band on The Run and The Magnificent Moodies albums…and more.

In April 2018, Denny was honored with the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® as a founding member of THE MOODY BLUES.

He travel across America performing classic WINGS and MOODY BLUEShits as well as his new material.

Filming for PBS is currently planned for March 2019.

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Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Coco Montoya and Tinsley Ellis

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Smoky Mountain Blues Society presents:
Coco Montoya & Tinsley Ellis

Tuesday, March 19th
All Ages | 7pm | $30

The old Willie Dixon adage, "blues is truth," perfectly describes the searing, contemporary blues-rock of world-renowned guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya. Taught by the "Master of the Telecaster," Albert Collins, but with a hard-edged sound and style all his own, Montoya mixes his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the blues' hardest truths.

He earned his status as a master guitarist and soul-powered vocalist through years of paying his dues as a sideman with Collins (first as a drummer) and then with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, before launching his solo career in 1993. Five years of constant touring with Collins and ten years with Mayall turned him into a monster player and dynamic performer. Montoya has released eight solo albums—including three for Alligator between 2000 and 2007—and has played at clubs, concert halls and major festivals all over the world. Guitar Player says Montoya plays "stunning, powerhouse blues with a searing tone, emotional soloing, and energetic, unforced vocals."


Since his Alligator Records debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, "It's hard to overstate the raw power of his music." His latest album, Winning Hand, features ten brilliantly performed, fervently sung tracks, ranging from blistering blues to heart-pounding rock to soulful ballads.


Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world's best-loved and most well-travelled statesmen. He is revered for his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs. He is also known as a guitarist's guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. "A musician never got famous staying home," he says.

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Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Heavy But Happy Fest 2 - If All Else Fails Album Release

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Heavy But Happy Fest 2 - If All Else Fails Album Release

Sunday March 17th
All Ages | 7pm
$10 GA
$8 If you are wearing one of the band's T-shirts

This year's lineup will be featuring the following bands in this order:
Aboard A Sinking Ship
DISARMER
Nomad - TN
Of Serpents
If All Else Fails

Heavy But Happy Fest 2! Back again for the second year around, HBHF is a celebration of metal and heart. Music brings people together, so bring your friends and let's make this St. Paddy's Day Themed Show a frothy one!!


ALSO DON'T FORGET!!!!!!!!
If All Else Fails Debut EP 
"How Life Is Runied" 
Recorded by Jacob Veal (VR Music Group) and Mastered by Bulwark Studios
Will be available at this show!! Physical copies limited to 100 so be sure to snag one quick! This EP will feature seven songs total including; Re-Mastered versions of "They Only Come Out At Night" and "Loose Screws", A completely re-recorded "Embers and Sparks", PLUS never before recorded songs "Before I Decompose", "Might As Well", "Disgorge", and the infamous and NEVER HEARD BY ANYONE, "Remembrance". 
We are so very happy and humbled to present you Frothers and Frothettes this music. To finally have our own CD in hand and more importantly in your hands! Thank you all for supporting us (the guys in IAEF) since the day we started this band, back on April 25th 2017. For always having our backs not only as fans or friends, but as a frothy family! We love you and we hope that you can make it out to The Open Chord for this event!!

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Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Boy's Night Out

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Boy's Night Out

Saturday March 16th
All Ages | 8pm
$12 ADVANCED
$15 Day of Show

Boys' Night Out is now in its 35th year, playing the best in Soul, Rhythm and Blues, and Carolina Beach Music. Bill Capshaw and Kathy Hill front the band, with seven horns behind them. Their repertoire includes Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Otis Redding, Al Green, the Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Etta James, and Dusty Springfield. They're semi-famous for their rendition of George Clinton's I Wanna Testify and Bobby "Boris" Pickett's perennial hit, the Monster Mash. They also do a great job on a medley of Sam and Dave's greatest hits. So if you like the solid rock and roll classics sound, and you like to dance, then the Boys' Night Out's Soul, Rhythm and Blues, and Carolina Beach Music Show and Revue is sure to please.

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Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Ragbirds ft. Travis Bigwood & twicegood

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The Ragbirds
Travis Bigwood and The Lonesome Doves
twicegood

March 15th
All Ages | 8pm 
$8 Advanced
$10 Day of Show

For years, "home" was a place The Ragbirds rarely visited. The band's music — a genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global rhythms and songwriting styles influenced from all over the world — was as broad as their audience, which stretched from the group's hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the shores of Osaka, Japan (where they scored a Number One pop hot with the song "Book of Matches"). Show by show, in venues ranging from rock clubs and performing arts centers to festivals encompassing everything from bluegrass to electronica, the Ragbirds developed a well-deserved reputation as one of the most dynamic, high-spirited live bands in roots music.

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Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

WDVX presents Seth Walker w/ Adam Whipple

WDVX presents
Seth Walker

w/ Adam Whipple

Thursday, March 14th
All Ages | 7pm Doors | 8pm Start
$12 Advanced
$15 Day of Show

Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has become recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States; a three dimensional talent comprised by a gift for combining melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His latest studio album, Gotta Get Back, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, is yet another masterwork that further expands upon this reputation.

Press Quotes:
"...an accomplished guitarist and an even better singer, distilling the soul of Ray Charles, the Southern boy roots charm of Delbert McClinton, and an uptown blues turn of phrase (à la Percy Mayfield) into his own distinct voice." - The Vinyl District

"Walker's brilliantly nuanced vocals are as natural, clear, sharp, and as effortlessly elegant as his guitar playing..." - All Music

"It’s a welcome thing that Seth Walker’s chosen to pitch his tent in Americana...Walker has a way with smooth and swinging phrasing and makes classically accessible up-front pleas." - Nashville Scene

"…Walker clearly illustrates his diverse musical talent and experience by building on what makes a great blues song." - KDHX 88.1 FM, "Hear and Now"

“If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.” - Country Standard Time

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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic Night

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Open Mic Night

Wednesday, March 13th
All Ages | 7pm Sign-ups | 8pm Start

***SOLO PERFORMERS AND BANDS WELCOME***


***Sign up for a 2-song slot at 7pm!***

Are you tired of having band practice in your basement? This is the perfect chance to practice with your band on a REAL stage in front of a REAL audience! We'll supply everything you might need backline-wise. Just bring your instruments!

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Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Kenneth Brown 2 Chances Album Release

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Kenneth Brown Album Release

Sunday, March 10th
All Ages | 8pm
$15 ADVANCED
$20 Day of Show

Celebrate the release Kenneth Brown’s much anticipated second release, 2 Chances.

Keith l. Brown is playing piano, Kevin Smith from AtlantaAtlanta bass, Rod Mcgaha from Nashville on trumpet, Alan Wyatt from Cleveland tn on sax, and Will Boyd on sax.

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Rockin' Jake w/ The Jonny Monster Band
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Rockin' Jake w/ The Jonny Monster Band

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Rockin' Jake
w/ The Jonny Monster Band

Saturday, March 9th
All Ages | 8pm

$10 ADVANCED
$12 Day of Show

Rockin' Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier har-monica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of sec-ond line, swamp funk, blues and zy-deco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters, WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Based out of New Orleans since 1990, Rockin' Jake relocated since being flooded out by Hurricane Katrina, and now lives in Southern Florida. Jake has toured nationally with G. Love & Special Sauce, blues and pop legend Maria Muldaur, and blues-man T.J, Wheeler.

Jake's work has also been heard on the soundtrack of "The Big Easy" television series, the theme for the "Mike Ditka Show, " and a Miller Beer commercial. Jake is a five-time win-ner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted Best of the Beat award for best harmonica player. He and his band pour out their souls in every performance with high energy and electricity which consistently brings the audience to their feet.


Originally from the Hudson Valley in New York but now based out of Knoxville, TN, 2019 IBC semi-finalists The Jonny Monster Band should not be missed! Jonny Monster's original mix of acoustic blues and hard dynamic electric guitar is like a runaway locomotive that steams into any venue. Having opened for greats like Johnny Winter, Lucky Peterson, and Booker T. Jones, Jonny Monster has headlined his own shows down the Eastern Coast from Burlington, VT to Naples, FL, as well as released a self-titled record, and an exciting follow up “Bad Times Before” with a full band. With East Tennessee's own Andy Lewis on bass and Kevin Redding on drums, Jonny Monster’s high energy aggressive guitar style continues to captivate audiences and make JMB a must-see act.

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Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Connor Kelly

Connor Kelly

Friday, March 8th
All Ages | 8pm | $10

Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, 18 year old Connor Kelly cultivates his expressions into his music, creating the unique discography he has today. Each carefully written, recorded, and produced by him and his brother, Benjamin Kelly, he strives for authenticity in his art and does not stop short of it. Kelly’s music shines through a nostalgia of the past ages of rock n’ noll and a crystal clear, unforgettable voice that resonates with every ear. His debut album, “Informal Conversations” is brought to all from his self-produced home recordings to the studio of grammy nominated producer, Travis Wyrick. Much like his previous singles, “Informal Conversations” is a unit composed of several songs enacting as miniature exchanges between the artist and his listeners, proving Kelly’s adequate ability to break the walls between creator and consumer. Much like his personality, Kelly’s music is electrifying, intense, and timeless, launching him into the eyes and ears of many.

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Mar
7
8:00 PM20:00

BLUES JAM

Thursday, March 7th
All Ages | 7pm signups | 8pm Start

Join Robert Higginbotham & the Smoking Section at the Open Chord for the Brewhouse Blues Jam.

Bring your instrument, sign up, & join the jammers! We supply drums and a full backline of amps! Sign-ups begin at 7pm before the show.

Also, Grab some awesome food from the cafe & a wine, beer or mixed drink from our full bar. Grab your guitar & bring some friends for Blues Jam! Blues Jams are on every first Thursday of every month!

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Mar
6
8:00 PM20:00

Michael Martin Murphey

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Michael Martin Murphey

Wednesday, March 6th
All Ages | 7pm Doors | 8pm Taylor Corum | 8:30 PM Michael Martin Murphey

VIP: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

VIP Add-On HERE
VIP Add-On gets Early Entry, Meet-And-Greet, and a copy of Michael's Wildfire Greatest Hits CD!!

t’s September, 1972. The legendary Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, TX is hosting two nights of sold-­‐out shows with headliner Michael Martin Murphey and his opening act Willie Nelson. Until now, the Armadillo has presented mostly rock acts.

Rolling Stone magazine has heard the shows might be special so it sends their top man in Texas, Chet Flippo, to cover the event. Flippo soon declares in Rolling Stone that Murphey is “the best new songwriter in America.”

Murphey has just released his acclaimed genre-­‐bending Geronimo’s Cadillac, and on this night he and Nelson present their unique fusions of pop, rock, folk, cowboy ballads, hard-­‐core country, jazz and reddirt bluegrass. It is a night that defies all the music norms of the time; a night that some will call “the birth of modern Americana music.”

“Murphey was a key player in the Austin phenomenon,” Craig Havighurst of WMOT — The String recently observed. “Murphey, along with Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker and others forged a country-­‐rock hybrid that became the foundation for the progressive folk music field we now call ‘Americana’.”

Now 50 years after he began pioneering that music scene and laid the foundation for what we now call Americana music, Murphey presents Austinology: Alleys of Austin. It is both a celebration of that era and a look at the seminal period that turned Austin into one of the music capitals of the world.

Native Texan Murphey already had songwriting success in Los Angeles when he returned to Texas and landed in Austin in the late 1960s. Still, Murphey says moving to Austin made him a better songwriter and a better performer due to the friendly association with other writers and performers who followed him to Austin and gave birth a burgeoning creative community that included Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Gary P. Nunn and other soon-­‐to-­‐be legends like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt.

For Austinology: Alleys of Austin, Murphey chose music styles that defined the period as he explores why it perpetuated itself. He is joined by several artists who were part of that era as well as those influenced by the work the originators created:

• Willie Nelson (on “Alleys of Austin” and “Cosmic Cowboy”)
• Steve Earle (on “Geronimo’s Cadillac”),

• Lyle Lovett (on “Alleys of Austin,” “Cosmic Cowboy” and “Drunken Lady of the Morning”)
• Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison (on “Little Bird”) 
• Jerry Jeff Walker (on “Cosmic Cowboy,” “Alleys of Austin”) 
• Amy Grant (on “Wildfire”) 
• Randy Rogers (“Backslider’s Wine”) 
• The Last Bandoleros (on Guy Clark’s “LA Freeway”) “This album is not just about my songs,” Murphey said. “It’s about style and substance that makes a song that stands the test of time, a song that has a chance of living on in the Great American Songbook. 

“So I did my personal take on songs by Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker, Allan Damron as well as songs made popular by Willie and Waylon,” he continued. “I stayed with songs that came out when I was there – between 1968 and 1974 — because I personally experienced what the impact of that songwriting style was on the culture. [Laughs] Because I was there, you know? And I grew up with the mix that created the original American music: African-­‐ American Blues and Spirituals, Tejano/Irish/ German/ Cowboy Ballads and Dance tunes including Native American music.”

Murphey has traveled extensively and engaged in ranching throughout the West, but remained a Texas resident through it all, even as he topped the International and National Pop, Country, Bluegrass and Western music charts with such huge crossover hits as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines,” “What’s Forever For,” “Long Line of Love,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac” and “Cowboy Logic.”

Through all the chart-­‐jumping and genre busting, Murphey has remained constant to an honest, sincere approach to his songwriting. He is no more country than rock, no more bluegrass than classical, no more folk than jazz. He is, rather, a true AMERICAN songwriter. His stubborn determination to be the best songwriter possible has led to his songs being covered by such artists as Lyle Lovett, John Denver, Kenny Rogers, Hoyt Axton, Cher, Manfred Mann, Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, and more.

Murphey came of age in the local Southwestern folk music scene, starting with a Bohemian club called the Rubiyat in Dallas and other acoustic venues in Austin, Houston, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Denver.

After briefly attending the University of North Texas (which had its own thriving music school), Murphey transferred to UCLA and worked his way through college as a singer / songwriter while excelling as a student of poetry, songwriter and performer.

But a growing family and the pull of his Texas Cowboy roots brought him back to Austin in 1968 – where he began a new musical movement with the help of Rod Kennedy (founder of Kerrville Folk Festival), Segle Fry (club manager and folksinger) and UT ethnomusicologist Roger Abrams. In May of 2018, the Country Music Hall of Fame honored Murphey’s contribution as a founding member of the Austin music scene as part of their three year Outlaws and Armadillos exhibit. He’s come full circle to his Cowboy roots, having recently been given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Perhaps most striking about Austinology: Alleys of Austin is how good songs weather the years, which is precisely why such celebrated songwriters as Earle, Grant, Walker, Nelson, Lovett and as artists like Garth Brooks, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Ray Wylie Hubbard and more cite Murphey as a major influence on their own craft.

With the release of Michael Martin Murphey’s Austinology: Alleys of Austin, his legacy is impacting new generations.

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Mar
5
9:00 PM21:00

TRIVIA - You're only half dump

TRIVIA- After Singo
Tuesday, March 5th
All Ages | 9:00pm | FREE

You know you're smart. I know you're smart. Show the world just how smart you are during Open Chord's Trivia w/ DOC. Do you think DOC is an Acrostic or an Acronym? I don't know, but I'm sure you do. You know all the answers because you're smart. Come to trivia so you can make people feel dumb. You're better than everyone. We all know it. Show the world your smart brain.

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Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

SINGO

SINGO

Tuesday March 5th
All Ages | 7 PM | FREE

A new and exciting musical spin on the game of Bingo. Instead of listening for a number, listen to your favorite music and win great prizes! Match songs you hear played on the SINGO music tablet to the song titles on your SINGO cards. Compete for gift certificates as well as nationally sponsored contests and jackpots!

Check your scores here!
http://www.challengeentertainment.com/scores/

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Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

The Deltas

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The Deltas

Saturday, March 2nd
All Ages | 8pm
$12 ADVANCED
$15 Day of Show

The original Deltas formed in the early 1960s, made up of guys who were of the Clinton High School classes of 1964 and 1965. They regrouped to play a band reunion show in 2013 and had so much fun they decided to keep it going. The Deltas' purpose is to play the best R&B, Fusion, and big-band rock from the 60s' and 70's. With a six-piece rhythm section and five horns, they are one of the most powerful bands in the area. They're into soul singers like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Martha Reeves, Etta James, and Aretha. Their hard rock offerings include Chicago, Tower of Power, Santana, the Doobie Brothers, and Van Morrison.

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Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

The Gatlinburg Invasion ft. Tuatha Dea | Jada Star & Barry J | Kirk Fleta

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The Gatlinburg Invasion ft

Tuatha Dea
Jada Star & Barry J
Kirk Fleta

An all star lineup of Gatlinburg's finest are bringing their talents to The Open Chord. 

Tuatha Dea
Combining primal rhythms, melodic and ethereal ballads, screaming guitar riffs with an Appalachian/Celtic vibe this FAMILY born of a family drum circle delivers an authentic tribal and clannish feel that not only draws the audience into the music but into the moment and clan as well.

Their rhythmic groove and interaction naturally inspires audience participation which has become a staple of their performances. From the beginning the band has embraced its Celtic heritage and meshed the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland with their own bold blend of mainstream rock, mountain drumming and Appalachian blues to produce a truly unique sound that has a universal appeal! Dubbed “The Eclectic Steam-Punk Partridge Family in Kilts and Corsets” and “The Appalachian Fae”, this band is REAL family!!!

Jada Star & Barry J
She began performing professionally in 2013 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. She met Barry J., another performer in the same show, and they became fast friends. Soon after, they decided to pursue a career as a duo. They were signed to Sound Biscuit Records in November 2017, and their debut album, Long Way Home, is available now on iTunes, Google Music, Amazon music, and CDbaby.com.

Kirk Fleta
Kirk has opened for Goose Creek Symphony, Wooten Brothers, Shawn Mullins, & shared the stage with Sam Bush, Marc Broussard,Black Lillies & Tony Furtado.

"Rich tone of his voice with his unique finger style guitar playing to lay down his insightful lyrics with soul." -Metropulse

Kirk's Grandfather Miguel Fleta and mother Paloma Fleta were World Famous Spanish Opera tenor and Pop singer.

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Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

TJ Harris with Cameron Matthew Ray

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TJ Harris
Cameron Matthew Ray

Thursday, February 28th
All Ages | 8pm
$8 ADV
$10 DOS

We are very excited to showcase Dallas Native turned Knoxville transplant, Cameron Matthew Ray. He has a beautifully raw voice and a unique, intimate brand of songwriting. Don't miss this set!!

Decifyer Down's TJ Harris will be playing a full band set of original southern rock and blues infused country and some old favorites.

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Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night

***Sign up for a 2-song slot at 6pm!***

Tired of performing to yourself? Come perform to a REAL audience on a REAL stage at the Open Chord. Stop dreaming of the spot light. Get your chance to be in the spot light. Or if you're not up for the stage, come enjoy a night out with friends!

6pm Sign-ups | 7pm Start | Free Event

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Feb
26
9:00 PM21:00

TRIVIA - You're only half dump

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TRIVIA- After Singo
Tuesday, February 26th
All Ages | 9:00pm | FREE

You know you're smart. I know you're smart. Show the world just how smart you are during Open Chord's Trivia w/ DOC. Do you think DOC is an Acrostic or an Acronym? I don't know, but I'm sure you do. You know all the answers because you're smart. Come to trivia so you can make people feel dumb. You're better than everyone. We all know it. Show the world your smart brain.

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Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

SINGO

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SINGO

Tuesday, February 26th
All Ages | 7 PM | FREE

A new and exciting musical spin on the game of Bingo. Instead of listening for a number, listen to your favorite music and win great prizes! Match songs you hear played on the SINGO music tablet to the song titles on your SINGO cards. Compete for gift certificates as well as nationally sponsored contests and jackpots!

Check your scores here!
http://www.challengeentertainment.com/scores/

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Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Bob Schneider with Carolina Story

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Bob Schneider
w/ Carolina Story

Friday, February 22nd
All Ages | 7pm Doors | 8pm Start
$20 General Admission
$30 Premier Reserve Seating

One of Austin’s most celebrated musicians, Bob Schneider, is set to release his new album, Blood and Bones - his 7th studio album since his 2001 solo debut Lonelyland - on June 8th via his Shockorama Records imprint. Blood and Bones captures Schneider at a unique, and distinct, place. “Most of the songs are about this phase of my life,” he admits. “I’m re-married, I have a 2-year-old baby daughter who was born over two months premature because my wife had life threatening preeclampsia. So dealing with that traumatic event while getting older and looking at death in a realistic, matter of fact way, experiencing the most joy I’ve ever experienced along with feelings of utter despondency in a way that would have been impossible to experience earlier in my life, all comes out in the songs. My relationship with my wife is the longest committed relationship I’ve everbeen in, so there was a lot of unchartered territory there to write about.”

The songs on Blood and Bones reflect this. Recorded quickly with producer Dwight Baker, who has worked with Schneider on 6 of his previous releases, the album highlights the chemistry that Schneider and his backing band of Austin’s very best musicians have developed while relentlessly playing live, most notably at the monthly residency Schneider has held at Austin’s Saxon Pub for the last 19 years. “I didn't want to overthink the songs,” Schneider says. “I really respect Dwight’s ability to make great calls when it comes to what works and isn't working when we are recording the songs. I felt pretty good about the quality of the songwriting, so I figured that would come through in the end if we just went in and played them the way I do live.”

While the performance and production are stellar, the songwriting finds Schneider in a particularly reflective mode. Sure, there are live favorites like “Make Drugs Get Money” and “Texaco” that will get even the most reserved crowds dancing. But more often the album finds Schneider reflecting on marriage, parenthood, and mortality. “I wish I could make you see how wonderful everything is most of the time, but I’m only blood and bones,” he sings on the title track, a meditation on the beauty and the limits of marriage. Later, on “Easy,” he tells his daughter “it’s always been a scary thing to do, to let my heart fall down into the endless blue, but it’s easy withyou.” Through it all, there is a clear sense of mortality, of just how fleetingall of this is. “The hours and days stack up in the mirror,” he sings on “Hours and Days”. “We’re just snowmen waiting for the summer” he sings on “Snowmen”, before adding “we can’t bring them back, can’t bring nothingback.”

One thing Schneider has excelled at in his career is bringing audiences back. Though he has received little national press or major label support, he has managed to become one of the biggest acts in Austin, if not in Texas. His fans, who often discover him from being brought to his shows by their friends, are fiercely loyal. Many have attended dozens or even hundreds of shows. Thanks to these fans, Schneider has won more Austin Music Awards than any other musician, including Best Songwriter, Best Musician, and Best Male Vocals, rounding in at 54 total awards to date.

In retrospect, it appears inevitable that Bob Schneider would become an artist. He was born in Michigan and raised in Germany, where his father pursued a career as a professional opera singer. As a boy, Schneider studied piano and guitar, often performing at family parties and backing his father on drums at nightclubs throughout his youth in Germany and Texas. He went on to study art - his other primary passion and avocation - at the University of Texas El Paso, before moving to Austin and establishing himself as a musician. He performs relentlessly, creates new music compulsively, writes poetry, and regularly shows his visual art in galleries around Austin. With Blood and Bones, Schneider further cements his reputation as one of the most versatile, inventive, and engaging songwriters working today.

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Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

Kayley Farmer Quintet

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Kayley Farmer Quintet 

Thursday, Februrary 21st
All Ages | 8pm
$8 ADVANCED
$10 Day of Show

This must see quintet, led by beloved local vocalist Kayley Burton Farmer features some of Knoxville’s finest jazz musicians. Together, this superb group delivers unique and unforgettable arrangements of standards and popular songs from the 20th century. You won’t want to miss them!

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Feb
20
8:00 PM20:00

Blues Jam - ft. Mystic Rhythm Tribe

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BLUES JAM - w/ Mystic Rhythm Tribe

Wednesday, February 20th
All Ages | 7pm signup | 8pm start

The Mystic Tribe will be back Wednesday for a Blues Jam night. Please come out and support. The more folks show, the more likely we can start hosting more than one jam a month at one of Knoxville's best listening rooms. Please spread the word. Thank you!

Sign up around 7:30, downbeat before 8.

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Feb
19
9:00 PM21:00

TRIVIA - You're only half dump

TRIVIA- After Singo
Tuesday, February 19th
All Ages | 9:00pm | FREE

You know you're smart. I know you're smart. Show the world just how smart you are during Open Chord's Trivia w/ DOC. Do you think DOC is an Acrostic or an Acronym? I don't know, but I'm sure you do. You know all the answers because you're smart. Come to trivia so you can make people feel dumb. You're better than everyone. We all know it. Show the world your smart brain.

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Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

SINGO

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SINGO

Tuesday, February 19th
All Ages | 7 PM | FREE

A new and exciting musical spin on the game of Bingo. Instead of listening for a number, listen to your favorite music and win great prizes! Match songs you hear played on the SINGO music tablet to the song titles on your SINGO cards. Compete for gift certificates as well as nationally sponsored contests and jackpots!

Check your scores here!
http://www.challengeentertainment.com/scores/

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Feb
18
6:00 PM18:00

Guitar League

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Join Guitar League Knoxville as we present Robert as our guest presenter and teacher for Feb. 18th at the Open Chord in Knoxville. Bring your guitar. Come early and support our sponsor ,the Open Chord and enjoy their terrific food including my favorite, the Best Wings In Knoxville.

Robert Higginbotham has been teaching guitar in Knoxville full-time since 2004. Robert spent his early years as a working musician in the 1970s. After that he spent decades in the private sector as a business owner and information systems engineer where he also spent a good deal of time teaching. A local musician who has been part of the Knoxville music scene for decades, Robert took “early retirement” from his “real job” in 2004 to devote himself to music full time. He hosts the First Thursday Jams at the Open Chord, and plays with the Mystic Rhythm Tribe and Smokin’ Section.

The father of three grown children, Robert is very patient. He has taught students from the age of seven to seventy. His specialties are blues, rock, and acoustic folk style. He teaches all styles except classical music. He also teaches beginning bass and ukulele.

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Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

WDVX presents Beth Snapp w/ My One and Only

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WDVX presents Beth Snapp

w/ My One and Only

Friday, February 15th
All Ages | 8pm
$8 ADVANCED
$10 Day of Show

Singer-songwriter Beth Snapp might be considered pop infused roots, but her appeal has little to do with the box of a genre. It’s a connection. She flits around and between folk, bluegrass, pop, early R&B and jazz to create a unique sound with one purpose – to serve a story. Beth highlights the complex emotions that fall on every day moments, and reels the listener in with an “I’ve been there before” kind of sensation. Her new album “Write Your Name Down”, set to be released early 2017, recounts the introspection and growth of a new chapter in life. Produced by Grammy winning bluegrass guitarist Tim Stafford, this album features a number of acclaimed artists as well as Beth’s talented band, whose members bring diverse backgrounds to further engrain her detour from standard classifications of music. Regardless of style, Beth hovers where modern meets tradition, to create an experience that speaks to the listener.

 

My One And Only gathers it’s strength from Southern-Soul mixed with Curious-Grit. They've honed their sound in individual crucibles on stage, TV, radio, solo recording, engineering and producing. The merger brings true-to-life lyrics that bid you to wander through hidden scenes in their lives - to find heart, emotions, the real. Blanket the raw with hollow-body guitars and home-grown harmonies, and My One And Only's music cuts through. My One And Only released their debut album “The Past Year”, produced by Grammy Award-nominated Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes,) and features all original songs by the duo – husband and wife Benjamin and Kassie Wilson. They have played stages throughout the U.S., as well as touring in Uganda, Africa, and have both graced the stage of the famed Ryman Auditorium in their hometown of Nashville.

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Feb
14
6:00 PM18:00

Dream Big Season 4 Premier Party

Dream Big Season 4 Premier Party

Thursday, February 14th
All Ages | 6pm | FREE

Come celebrate Dream Big's Season 4 Premier with Rose Marie Machario at the Open Chord!

Line-up
-Craig the Comedian 6:30
-Doug the Juggler 7:30
-Appalachian Surf Team 1st half plays at 8pm
-Appalachian Surf Team returns at 9pm
-Jennifer & Ivy Burlesque kid friendly show is at 11pm.

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