About Wayne Bledsoe
Wayne Bledsoe: Christmas discs to give you a less-than-silent night
Published 11/30/2013 at 1:49 p.m.
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.
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 11/08/2013 at 7:16 p.m.
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 11/01/2013 at 3:29 p.m.
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.
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 10/05/2013 at 11:50 a.m.
Music writer Wayne Bledsoe talks to John Mellencamp about his latest projects.
Wayne Bledsoe: Help keep college radio and WUTK on the air
Published 09/21/2013 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 09/13/2013 at 3:54 p.m.
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 09/06/2013 at 5:10 p.m.
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 08/24/2013 at 11:40 a.m.
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.
Lilly Sutton's album takes a backseat in 'Concert for a Cause'
Published 12/05/2013 at 6:01 p.m.
Lilly Sutton wanted to do something more than just have a CD release show, so she turned into a benefit for victims of the Philippine typhoon.
A rare showdown highlights 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'
Updated 12/04/2013 at 11:38 p.m.
A showdown climaxed “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” Wednesday night, when for only the second time in the show’s history, a tie meant that random chance would choose who would be voted off the tribe.
Cale, Reich among 2014 Big Ears Festival artists
Published 12/04/2013 at 1 a.m.
Legendary modern classical composer Steve Reich will be the centerpiece of the 2014 Big Ears Festival, which will be presented in downtown Knoxville March 28-30. Reich will be joined by a number of musicians, including Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
Art Garfunkel, Edwin McCain shows added to Bijou
Published 12/03/2013 at 1:57 p.m.
The Bijou Theatre has added Art Garfunkel and Edwin McCain concerts to its list of shows in February.
Knoxville's Black Cadillacs headed to Europe in 2014
Published 12/02/2013 at 7:22 p.m.
Knoxville-based band The Black Cadillacs have just booked a European tour. In March and April the popular roots rock quintet will perform 27 shows that will take the band through France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain.
Jim Breuer is a long way from 'Half Baked' in his life and comedy
Published 11/29/2013 at 7 a.m.
Jim Breuer says he likes hearing from the people who are surprised when they come to his shows.“So many people only know me from ‘Half Baked’ or as ‘Goat Boy,’” he says. “They think I’m this persona — the dope ...
Tennessee Schmaltz has more than earned its klezmer license
Published 11/29/2013 at 6 a.m.
Knoxville klezmer band Tennessee Schmaltz is old enough to vote, but not old enough to drink. “Our band is 18 years old,” says band co-founder Rob Heller. “In Jewish religion, 18 is a lucky number.” In fact, gifts and donations ...
A coup against Tyson is foiled on 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'
Published 11/27/2013 at 10:18 p.m.
The plotting gets thicker on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," but Knoxville's Tina Wesson and Katie Collins are still in the game.
Classic-country singer Brandon Fulson gave notice to Blake Shelton
Published 11/22/2013 at 7 a.m.
When Brandon Fulson wrote an angry musical reply to Blake Shelton’s slam at people who like old-fashioned country music, he had no idea that it would travel around the world. Fulson saw a link to Shelton’s comments on Facebook and ...
Knoxville's Tina Wesson and Katie Collins still in the game of 'Survivor'
Published 11/20/2013 at 10:29 p.m.
Knoxville natives Tina Wesson and Katie Collins squeaked it out another week in an emotional episode of “Survivor: Blood vs. Water,” but a former ally lost a competition to become the first member of the jury.
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