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2017 Lineup shows start at 7:00 pm May 5 Tusculum College Jazz Band
photo via greeneville sun The Pioneer Band Program is led by David A. Price. The revival of the band program at Tusculum College began in 2010 with creation of the Pioneer Pep Band.
May 12 The Stem Winders
photo BY STEPHEN GRAY PHOTOGRAPHY About three years ago a group of friends starting jamming with their guitars on Tuesday nights at Jerry Ash's house in Winder. Georgia. Pretty soon some of them used the Tuesday night jams to learn new instruments. Friends and neighbors started paying attention and encouraging us to play out. So in April 2012 our first public appearance was at an open mic night at 106 West, a club in Winder. That led to an invitation to play at the Aurburn, GA spring festival a couple of weeks later. Our music was so well received by the audience that it enoucraged us on. In August 2012 we played at the Gilmer County Fair in Ellijay, GA, and in October 2012 at the biggest event we have played so far, the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay. Our audiences have responded enthusiastically to our music, which encourages us to work harder and to play out more. We still jam and practice every Tuesday night at Jerry's house in Winder. We have a ready playlist of 30+ tunes to fill up to 3 hours of set time. (via the stem winders facebook)
May 19 Joe Collins & Thistle Dew
photo via Thistle Dew Facebook The heart of Thistle Dew's sound is that of harmony--strong but ethereal--which becomes magical when melded to both Celtic (bodhran, bouzouki, cello, fiddle, harp, penny whistle) and Oldtime (autoharp, clawhammer banjer, guitar, lap dulcimer, mandolin, doghouse bass) instruments. "Dew-Drops" Laura and Rhodyjane are DEW-lighted to be mixing things up with the instrumental and vocal genius of "Thistle Dude" Lonny Finley (via thistle Dew facebook)
May 26 Sofia Talvik
Photo by Tiffany Thoelke Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music that has been described as neo-folk. A veteran performer with 6 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her she is now poised to conquer the U.S with her new album "Big Sky Country". Her songs go straight to the heart with lyrics of love and loss, and at the concerts she binds them together with personal anecdotes from her many tours in the USA and Europe, creating a warm and relaxed environment for the audience. She is backed up by minimal instrumentation, and a thought-through mix of delays and harmonies by her sound designer, just giving her voice and acoustic guitar that extra something without overpowering the songs, allowing everything to stay clear and true to its nature. Growing up in Sweden her music has always had a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favorite among music lovers, but her 16 month, and 37 state long tour, through the USA (in an RV) has moved the new album closer to the Americana tradition. The adventure on the road spurred a lot of emotions, both those of triumph and joy, but also those of self doubt and defeat - all of which found their way into the songs of "Big Sky Country". Living like a musical nomad, moving from place to place, slowly but steadily building her audience through her heartfelt and personal performances she got to experience the USA in a way few people do. The people she met opened their homes and hearts to her and some of them even made it into her songs. But the new album is not a diary from her tour, it’s more of a storybook of emotions, new and old in which everyone can find their own place. (via sofiatalvik.com)
June 2 Time Further Out
Photo via Facebook "We are a group of well experienced musicians with the best quality you can get from a Jazz Combo. We offer a wide range of music, not only Jazz, but Blues, Contemporary Music, even a little Gospel. The music we perform is at the highest level of professionalism you can ask for. We strive to make the audience keep coming back for more, and asking for more great music. We are the Tri-Cities only "real", true Jazz Combo, and we want to stay that way." (via Facebook)
June 9 Danika and the Jeb
Photo by Jon Holloway Don’t let the optimistic take on life in Danika’s music fool you into thinking she’s never endured hardship. She has... and plenty of it. She just chose to focus the message of her music on overcoming challenges and getting through life’s hardest moments in one piece, and being better for it. Danika believes music has the ability to heal. But that’s not all. A well written song and performance can lead you to sing along, to laugh, or to bop your head and groove with the beat. That’s what you can expect from a Danika Holmes show... not just songs, but an experience to remember. You may have heard Danika on Sirius XM’s Coffee House station or on one of 150 radio stations around the US spinning her tunes. Or maybe you saw her opening for acts such as Dierks Bentley and Phil Vassar. Or in theaters, wineries, clubs and living rooms around the US, UK and Europe in one of over 400 shows since 2010 when she decided to pursue music full time, abandoning her PhD, only a dissertation short of becoming “Dr. Holmes.” But that’s a different story... In 2010, Danika joined forces with guitarist Jeb Hart, a phenomenal player who’s not afraid of shredding on an acoustic guitar. Jeb’s clean and sophisticated style of playing along with Danika’s smooth, soulful vocals has created their own unique blend of acoustic pop. Fans come to Danika shows expecting to hear Jeb Hart on guitar the same way they know they’re going to get Slash at a Guns N’ Roses concert. While the music is positive and encouraging, an occasional song veers to the dark side, addressing heartbreak and death, in particular the loss of Danika’s dad to cancer, while showing a very real and genuine side to the singer-songwriter. “Balance Vol. 1” (2014) is the Nashville duo’s most recent release and was generously fan funded through kickstarter, as was their most recent full band release “Living Your Dream.” (2010) Danika grew up as one of five kids on the Mississippi River in a little piece of heaven known as “Iowa.” (via danikaholmes.com)
June 16 Letters to Abigail
 PHOTO BY BRENT FLEURY Folk/Americana... kind of a modern day string band. We play a mix of our own original music and covers by some of our favorite artists, such as songs by Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams Sweet Carolina, Jackson by June and Johnny Cash, as well as some old time music and spirituals such as I'll Fly Away. (via facebook)
June 23 Lauren Cole Band
 PHOTO via Lauren Cole Band Facebook The Lauren Cole Band is a blues-driven rock band from Johnson City, Tennessee. Lauren's dynamic vocal range has captured the attention of audiences in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and New Jersey for the past several years. Every venue she has played has enthusiastically asked her back. Lauren is backed by a tight four-piece ensemble that perfectly complements her vocals. Dom Avento plays the bass, while guitarists Joe Avento and Mike Murphy are joined by drummer Josh Shores. LCB's upbeat setlist has made the band a favorite at local breweries, clubs and private parties. (via reverb nation)
June 30 Beach Nite Band (during Jonesborough Days)
 PHOTO via Beach Nite Band Facebook The Beach Nite Band is a quartet of professional musicians and a highly qualified sound engineer that have been providing live entertainment to delighted audiences for several decades. Beach Nite Band consists of three vocalists, two keyboards, two brass instruments and drums. The Beach Nite Band performers as well as our sound engineer are privileged to have been members of The Collegians (Bluefield, WV) for more than 20 years. While we nor anyone else could replace The Collegians, we hope to honor and carry forward the musical entertainment traditions forged by that outstanding band. Our musical menu is based on the Carolina beach music tradition which includes soul, R&B, disco, blues, boogie and memorable oldies. Along with our versions of Carolina beach music favorites we mix in selected pop, party and even a few country music titles. For entertaining music spiced up with humor and variety call on The Beach Nite Band. (via beachniteband.com)
July 1 WannaBeatles (during Jonesborough Days)
Photo via thewannabeatles.com The WannaBeatles is a high energy musical tribute band featuring four professional and award winning musicians with a passion for the songs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
July 7 Marilyn Duncan and Friends
Photo via Facebook The intimately expressive vocals on Marilyn Duncan's first release give listeners the sense that they're spending all Saturday morning drinking coffee at the kitchen table, talking about...well...old friends and lovers. This album compiles songs written over a twenty year period, so it's no wonder they come across as such a complete window on a life. Marilyn's voice is foregrounded, adding to the intimate feel on tracks like "As Long as We Are Friends," "Valentine," and the heartbreakingly matter-of-fact title song "Old Friends and Lovers." Songs like "Charming Birger," which tells the story of a young girl who testified against a notorious Illinois gangster, and tunes like "Hillside" and "Family Tree," take on less personal stories with a tone that's haunting, almost mythic. The less-is-more accompaniment comes from a skilled group of guest musicians--featuring Harry Dailey, former bassist for Jimmy Buffet. (via cdbaby.com)
July 14 Bob Sinclair and the Big Deals
Photo via bob sinclair & the big deals Facebook  The Big Deals are all seasoned and award-winning performers. Sinclair first came into the national spotlight as a when he was selected as a Merlefest Emerging Artist and as a three time award winner of the NC Grassroots Artists awards for songwriting and performance. Molly Barrett’s superb fiddle and vocal work are an integral part of the signature sound of this group. Molly is an in-demand session player, a talented band mate and has multiple fiddle contest awards throughout the south! Tim Gallagher is an expressive mandolin player with a diverse musical resume. Tim also covers second fiddle on multiple tunes to give the band a Big Deal Symphony sound! Jim Clark is a veteran of the Americana festival scene and one of the most in-demand jazz bassists around. This band has fun being together and making this music. And it shows! Bob Sinclair and the Big Deals are a significant new voice in the Americana music world! (via bobsinclairmusic.com)
July 21 Carrington Kay
Photo via CarringtonKay.com Rob Smith graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University's College of Music, has performed in almost every major city in the U.S., and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including Sugar Ray, Jewel, Huey Lewis and the News, Switchfoot, Vanessa Carlton and Pat Benatar. As a busy studio musician on guitar and bass, he has also worked with world-renown engineers and producers. He has been heard on radio, TV, film, and many other artist’s recordings. Kristen Kay Smith saw CATS at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas when she was little and has been performing ever since! She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music Education in Choral/Classical Voice with Piano and Religion Minors and from New York University Steinhardt with a Master of Music in Musical Theatre Performance. Curt Baker's musical journey began at age 15 learning the basics of dobro guitar from a school mate, David McMillan in Nashville, TN. While living in Nashville, he was encouraged in his learning by the legendary players Pete "Oswald" Kirby and Shot Jackson. When his family moved to Virginia, Curt continued his learning with the help of several regional bluegrass artists. He was soon playing well enough to perform at many of the local festivals and music venues in the Roanoke , VA area. After college, Curt left the music behind to pursue family and career.
July 28 Sally and George
Photo via sallyandgeorge.com In the town where country music was born--where two states come together on one street--a spark lit and a duo was ignited. At the 2012 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, on the way to take the stage with his band, Sol Driven Train, guitarist/singer Joel Timmons found himself sidetracked by Della Mae, an all-female, GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass band. It was that group's bass player, Shelby Means, who most captivated his attention. After a conversation at the merchandise table about their shared love of travel and music, two-years passed before Means and Timmons would reconnect. A bold love song led the way, and eventually a growing romance turned into the Nashville-based duo Sally & George and their debut album tip my heart. With tip my heart, Sally & George have made an engaging, eclectic debut album. It’s a thoughtful meditation on Means’ and Timmons’ courtship and love (the duo got engaged in July 2016 on a mountain in North Carolina after work on tip my heart was completed). The album deftly moves from rollicking, electrified rockers to stripped down, gauzy reflections on love and faith, to walking bass-led country-indebted duets. All of it is done tastefully, with an earnestness that does not shy away from humor or the occasional cuss word. tip my heart came together over the course of two-years, in three chapters. The first chapter began in Laramie, Wyoming at Thanksgiving 2014. Timmons and Means were visiting Means’ parents for the holiday. They had four original songs and since the snow was coming down sideways, they enlisted the engineering of a mutual friend and decided to go into the studio. Their intention was to have some fun and experiment recording together. After a day and a half in Thunderground Sound Studio, the duo had five rough mixes and newfound confidence that they could make a great record together. When they were driving to Denver to catch their flight home, they were so excited listening to their roughs that they missed a turn and ended up in Nebraska. (via sallyandgeorge.com)
August 4 kids our age
Photo via kids our age facebook KIDS OUR AGE has been together over twenty-seven years, playing music in the Northeast Tennessee region for various corporate, public, private functions throughout those years.
August 11 One Leg Up
Photo via onelegupjazz.com Based in Asheville, North Carolina, One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions and is a favorite of club, concert, and festival stages throughout the southeastern United States. One Leg Up—John Stineman (guitar, vocals), Jim Tanner (Guitar), Zack Page (bass), Mike Guzalak (Clarinet, Sax) and Steve Trismen (violin, vocals)—formed in 2003 as a “String Swing” band in the style of famed French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Propelled by their excellent self-produced debut recording “Gypsy Blue,” they soon won critical acclaim for their “hot club” prowess and were tapped to back up award-winning Spanish guitarist Pere Soto on some of his 2005 U.S. tour dates. Also in 2005, One Leg Up performed at a concert and book show with Michael Dregni, author of Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend. Over the years, One Leg Up has broadened its repertoire to include fresh arrangements of Django classics, vocal harmonies, original compositions, and innovative adaptations of classic jazz numbers in the French “hot club” and American “big band” styles. Now more than just a Django band, their latest recording “Pere La Chaise” is a music mix that is danceable and accessible. One Leg Up continues to attract a growing, varied, and enthusiastic fan base with music that always swings.
August 18 Johnson City Community Concert Band
Photo via JC Community COncert Band Facebook The JCCCB is a group of musicians from the Tri-Cities' area of East Tennessee who voluntarily give of their time and talents each week when they meet on Monday evenings at Indian Trail Intermediate School Band Room, to rehearse for concerts they give in the area. Roxanne Haskill, the conductor and Mike Smith, the assistant conductor lead the band in events in the community and beyond.
August 25 Virginia Ground
Photo via Virginia Ground Facebook Virginia Ground plays such a unique style of music that they created their own genre just to describe it: That is the Appalachiaphonic. Around Jamen Denton and his fountainesque songwriting is an ensemble of inventive musicians who create a sound at once electrically novel, and yet hauntingly familiar. With Justin Denton on drums, Jamie Collins on upright Bass, Blake Collins on Mandolin and electric guitar, Will outlaw on trombone, Ben Smith on harmonica, Jon McGlocklin on harmony vocals, and Jamen on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, this group marries sounds from blues and funk to country, rock, and reggae, and then tempers their forceful and fluid sounds with elements of Dixieland and swing to craft the Appalachiaphonic.
September 1 Forlorn Strangers
Photo by Jennifer Elrod Forlorn Strangers is a quintet based out of Nashville, Tennessee. The band is a collective of five songwriters, each having their own distinct styles that blend into one unmistakable voice. Their sound delves into all reaches of American roots music, driven by foot-stomping percussion and soaring family harmonies. The band is comprised of sisters Abigail Dempsey (fiddle, guitar, percussion, vocals) and Hannah Leigh Lusk (mandolin, percussion, upright bass, vocals); Chris Banke (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Benjamin Lusk (banjo, guitar, vocals); and Jesse Thompson (upright bass, dobro, guitar, vocals). Since 2013, Forlorn Strangers has released two EPs (While the Grass Grows and American Magic Tricks) and has toured continuously across the United States, playing for an ever-increasing group of appreciative fans. In 2015, Forlorn Strangers played over 180 shows in over one hundred cities and more than thirty states nationwide. The band released their self-titled, debut full-length album in August 2016. Forlorn Strangers was recorded at John Prine’s Nashville studio The Butcher Shoppe, and produced by Grammy winner Phil Madeira. Since then, they have continued to tour nationwide, heavily in the southeast. They are currently writing and recording material for a new record to be released late 2017/early2018.
September 8 My New FAvorites
Photo via my new favorites facebook The winds that blow through our southern mountains carry echoes of the past. But if your ear is truly tuned, you'll hear that they bring fresh and modern sounds, too. So it is with the music of My New Favorites. The past and the present combine as award-winning songwriters and top-notch players team up to create an incredibly diverse and energetic Americana sound. Their compelling songs showcase fine harmony singing and are complimented by a mix of traditional and modern instruments to create music that is both familiar and brand new.
September 15 Cicada Rhythm
Photo via CicadaRhythm.com Born and raised in Georgia, this talented pair imitates and modernizes folk music to a rejuvenating degree. The sound of Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis exhibits skilled and articulate guitar picking honed in the dive bars of Atlanta over rolling Julliard-trained bass lines. Expect chilling harmonies, unbridled enthusiasm, some wholesome tunes and a sincere performance
September 22 Lipbone Redding
Photo via Lipbone Redding Facebook In his early twenties, Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding migrated from North Carolina to New York City with his guitar. After a brief stint as an actor, carpenter, bartender and producer for the Museum of Sound Recording, he promptly became a subway musician. From the swampy farmlands and beach towns of coastal North Carolina. Lipbone was steeped in the musical tradition of Soul, Boogie and Blues. From 1998 to 2001 Lipbone honed his guitar and people skills amongst the underground caverns of New York City, In 2002 his craft allowed him to travel and make a living wherever life took him: India, Europe, South America, New Orleans, San Francisco. Along the road, he forged lifelong collaborative relationships with producers, artists and masters around the globe. In 2005 Lipbone Redding emerged into the vibrant East Village nightlife, where he became a staple of the downtown music scene. From 2005-2012 he held a residency at the tiny but famous Jules Jazz Bistro on historic Saint Mark’s Place. Friday night and Sunday brunch with The Lipbone Orchestra became a regular happening frequented by hipsters and tourists alike. It was there amongst the champagne, rowdy cabaret atmosphere and weekly packed house that Lipbone developed his signature jazzy Lip Trombone and unique style of musical storytelling. In 2006, In the East Village, Lipbone met world famous producer Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records (Ruth Brown, Joe Turner, The Clovers, The Drifters, The Coasters, Ray Charles, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Led Zeppelin). Ahmet, on a date night with his lady, motioned Lipbone to sit at his table. He offered his hand and confided “You play trombone with no trombone, better than some trombone players that I know.” Lipbone took it as a blessing and hasn’t looked back since. In 2007 Lipbone signed with Indie label, Be-Pop Records, founded by bass player and producer Jeff Eyrich (Natalie Cole, Tanya Tucker, T-Bone Burnett, John Cale, The Blasters, The Plimsouls, Dave’s True Story, Cheech & Chong). 5 albums and a "Best Of" compilation have since been produced by Jeff and Be-Pop Records. It was also during this time that Lipbone teamed up with choreographer/dancer, Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening, Fela!) to work on Chapel/Chapter. The live performance played to audiences worldwide and Lipbone, along with the other collaborators, won an OBIE award for Best Collaborative Performance. Since 2012, in order to maintain a travel lifestyle 200 engagements per year, Lipbone has returned to his roots and has sprouted new shoots. An uncanny vocal range, a nylon string guitar, a wooden spoon duct-taped to his foot and a lifetime of stories are all he needs to get the party started. Lipbone Redding mostly tours as a solo act but collaborates regularly with other musicians and his trio, The Lipbone Orchestra. He has shared the stage with many great artists including Marcia Ball, John Mayall, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jonathan Edwards, Rita Wilson, Shemekia Copeland, Tommy Castro and others.
September 29 Blue Foxx
Photo by Sara Jane Schmeltzer, via facebook