Wayne Bledsoe: Bugs and beasts inhabit the Handsome Family's weird 'Wilderness'
Published 5/17/2013 at 6:32 p.m. 0 comments
Husband and wife team Brett and Rennie Sparks have been releasing albums under the name The Handsome Family since 1994. In that time they’ve created modern murder ballads, love songs based on the mating habits of insects and crushes on ...
Wayne Bledsoe: 'The last of the full grown men' is still as much a fan as a musician
Published 5/11/2013 at 1:14 p.m. 0 comments
Talking with Webb Wilder always begins with catching up on his music career and ends with a spirited music nerd discussion.
Wayne Bledsoe: Jazz returns to Market Square
Published 4/26/2013 at 6:24 p.m. 0 comments
When it comes to free music, Knoxville has an embarrassment of riches. Just about any night of the week you can find great free music happening somewhere.
Wayne Bledsoe: Turn-of-the-century songs still gorgeous
Published 4/19/2013 at 6:02 p.m. 0 comments
There was a time that “music sales” meant the sale of sheet music. There are thousands of songs that were published and copyrighted and weren’t really premiered until an amateur pianist or singer sang them for friends or family — ...
Wayne Bledsoe: Texas songwriter Terry Allen should make Lubbock proud
Published 3/29/2013 at 6:01 p.m. 0 comments
It’s pretty obvious that several decades ago something special was taking place in Lubbock, Texas.
Wayne Bledsoe: 'The Next Day' finally brings time-traveler Bowie back to his prime
Published 3/21/2013 at 4:12 p.m. 0 comments
“The Next Day,” David Bowie (Columbia): During the 1970s there was no one more ahead of the pack than David Bowie. If every album wasn’t a masterpiece (and most were) they pointed to pop music’s future — at least until ...
Wayne Bledsoe: Ashley Monroe finally blooms with 'Like a Rose'
Published 3/16/2013 at 11:18 a.m. 0 comments
Ashley Monroe is one of those artists that you keep rooting for. Ever since she was a 12-year-old living in Halls it was easy to see she had an inextinguishable talent. She sang everywhere. When she and her mother moved ...
Wayne Bledsoe: Knoxville's Tim Lee 3 are not fenced in with new album 'Devil's Rope'
Published 3/9/2013 at 1:26 p.m. 0 comments
“Devil’s Rope,” Tim Lee 3 (www.timleethree.com) There’s something to be said for artists who arrive in a burst of brilliance — musicians who create their best work in their 20s and make you feel the passion and fire of youth. ...
Barstool Romeos' 'Twisted Steel & Sex Appeal' is a classic country debut
Published 3/1/2013 at 6:32 p.m. 0 comments
“Twisted Steel & Sex Appeal,” Barstool Romeos (www.barstoolromeos.com)
Wayne Bledsoe: Westwend combination works; Hendrix release unearths treasures
Published 2/22/2013 at 1:17 p.m. 0 comments
It’s hard to know just what to call the upcoming CD release show by the group Westwend. The show will celebrate the release of solo albums by Wendy Crowe and Jonathan Maness, who are the singing-songwriting core of Westwend. And, ...
Wayne Bledsoe: 'Son of Rogues Gallery' suffers from sequel-itis; Thompson scores in Nashville with 'Electric'
Published 2/16/2013 at 1:00 p.m. 0 comments
In 2006, actor Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski were working on "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," when visionary music producer Hal Willner proposed the duo financing an album of pirate and sailing songs.
Wayne Bledsoe: 'Skrang' is an excellent tribute to underappreciated Bobby Sutliff
Published 2/9/2013 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
In June 2012, longtime alt-rocker Bobby Sutliff had a car wreck near his home in Powell, Ohio. Sutliff, a veteran of the almost-famous 1980s Mississippi college rock favorites The Windbreakers, barely survived.
Wayne Bledsoe: Jonathan Sexton, the songwriter, finds his own way to grow
Published 2/1/2013 at 6:01 p.m. 0 comments
Jonathan Sexton has a great smile. It's one that doesn't mask anything.
Wayne Bledsoe: Ex-Rambler Mike Craver mixes Tom Lehrer with the Carter Family
Published 1/19/2013 at 1:00 p.m. 0 comments
Mike Craver dwells in an odd place in American music. Since his days with the legendary string band The Red Clay Ramblers (with which he regularly played piano) in the 1970s and '80s, Craver has created characters that seemed to ...
Whiff of metal and jazz keeps House of the Rising Funk in order
Published 1/17/2013 at 2:43 p.m. 0 comments
Where did funk come from? Perhaps it oozed up with the primordial soup, but only became recognized as an essential element when James Brown and his band summoned it out of the dark, wet ground somewhere near Macon, Ga. Or ...
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