Wayne Bledsoe: Christmas discs to give you a less-than-silent night
Published 11/30/2013 at 1:49 p.m. 0 comments
Music columnist Wayne Bledsoe looks at the best -- and the rest -- of this year's holiday CDs.
Wayne Bledsoe: There's more to LiL iFFy than a joke for insiders
Published 11/23/2013 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
There’s no better evidence that magic exists than the continued survival and health of LiL iFFy. Has a spell been cast that makes us all just think that what sounds like a joke (“Harry Potter” culture mixed with gangsta rap) ...
Wayne Bledsoe: 'Divided and United' presents the Civil War through songs of the era
Published 11/8/2013 at 7:16 p.m. 0 comments
Music columnist Wayne Bledsoe reviews a new albume that chronicles the Civil War through music. History books generally chronicle big events — battles, up-risings, the passage of laws and give a clinical evaluation of how things came to be. But ...
Wayne Bledsoe: It was hard to find the essence of Lou Reed outside of his music
Published 11/1/2013 at 3:29 p.m. 0 comments
I only interviewed Lou Reed once and that was only for five minutes in 2008. Reed was not a man known to enjoy interviews, and I figured in advance that the “only have phone service for five minutes” was simply ...
Wayne Bledsoe: Book reveals the man behind Moondog
Published 10/12/2013 at 11:33 a.m. 0 comments
Music columnist Wayne Bledsoe explores the eccentrict man who became a legend in New York City as Moondog.
Wayne Bledsoe: John Mellencamp has no shame about going against the grain
Published 10/5/2013 at 11:50 a.m. 0 comments
Music writer Wayne Bledsoe talks to John Mellencamp about his latest projects.
Wayne Bledsoe: Help keep college radio and WUTK on the air
Published 9/21/2013 at 11:41 a.m. 1 comment
College radio is one of the little things most people take for granted. It’s the cool station to look for when you drive into a college town. It’s that station that’s always there support upcoming bands.
Wayne Bledsoe: It's a better world with the North Mississippi Allstars' 'World Boogie'
Published 9/13/2013 at 3:54 p.m. 0 comments
Music reviewer Wayne Bledsoe looks at three recent releases: “World Boogie Is Coming,” North Mississippi Allstars (Songs of the South), “Steal the Light,” The Cat Empire (Two Shoes) and “Love Songs From Another Time,” Andy Smalls
Wayne Bledsoe: Bob Dylan's 'Another Self Portrait' is fascinating, but not essential
Published 9/6/2013 at 5:10 p.m. 0 comments
Music columnist Wayne Bledsoe takes a listen to Bob Dylan's 'Another Self Portrait.'
Wayne Bledsoe: Jazz on the Square with the Marble City 5 moves inside in September
Published 8/24/2013 at 11:40 a.m. 0 comments
There’s something about live music performances in a downtown that truly makes the town feel alive. Walking in downtown Knoxville and hearing great music flowing from Market Square is one of the treats of the summer.
Cutthroat Shamrock, Royal Hounds keep area hopping in energetic genres
Published 8/2/2013 at 4:37 p.m. 0 comments
When co-lead vocalist/songwriter and band co-founder Ben Whitehead left Cutthroat Shamrock in late 2011, fans might have had some question about the future of the band. However, co-founder Derek McRotten, simply stepped up his output and the rest of the ...
Wayne Bledsoe: Book, CD box celebrate greatness of Nilsson
Published 7/28/2013 at 4:00 a.m. 0 comments
Who was Harry Nilsson? Someone with a casual knowledge of Nilsson would point to his monster hit “Without You,” which dominated the Grammys in 1972; or they might point to the song “Everybody’s Talkin’,” the hit song featured in the ...
Wayne Bledsoe: Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell fulfills his promise on 'Southeastern'
Published 7/19/2013 at 5:32 p.m. 0 comments
Jason Isbell was one of the three excellent songwriters in Drive-By Truckers during the band’s best era. His solo albums (often backed by the 400 Unit) have been very good to great, but it’s only with “Southeastern” that Isbell has ...
Wayne Bledsoe: Van Dyke Parks pedals into a new century with 'Songs Cycled'
Published 7/13/2013 at 2:19 p.m. 0 comments
Van Dyke Parks is one of those legendary musical figures whose reputation is better known than his music. He’s the lyricist for Beach Boys’ unfinished masterpiece “Smile” (finally completed by Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson as a solo project nearly ...
Wayne Bledsoe: Donald Brown was born to have fun on 'Born to Be Blue'
Published 6/22/2013 at 4:37 p.m. 0 comments
Donald Brown’s music is easy to love. On one hand, he’s a traditionalist. Brown’s base is solidly in jazz music’s blues roots. Isolate his piano on any song and there’s nothing faddish to his playing.
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