At 30 years old, despite a lifetime of dreaming about being a musician, Brian “Shimmy” Paddock couldn’t carry a tune or strum a single chord on the guitar. Many dark nights were spent pouring his innermost thoughts and heartaches into lyrics for songs he didn’t think would ever actually be played. After his wife discovered this secret exercise, she encouraged him to learn to play and put music to these words.
Seven years, countless hours of refining instrumental/vocal skills and many shows later, Paddock fronts Shimmy & the Burns, a group the Knoxville Music Warehouse describes as, “Sporting that kind of rock n’ roll fused with folk perfect for these here parts.” Paddock delivers straightforward and brutally honest lines in a voice that sounds like it’s been stained with cigarette smoke and soaked in cheap whiskey. Drummer Gurnee Barrett leads a tight, driving rhythm section pushing the band’s tunes along while being complemented by the punk infused, understated and passionate lead guitar work of Wesley Harless. Currently, the low end duties are held down by Harless’ brother, Will.
Since forming in late 2014, these “damn fine purveyors of American rock n’ roll”(The Daily Times) have been performing increasingly successful shows, recorded two self-released, critically-acclaimed albums and continue to expand their tour schedule in support of their most recent record, “Letting Go” which No Depression described as, “songs of almost anthemic proportions”. The band has plans to begin recording a third effort in Spring of 2017.
The Shimmy & the Burns experience is best summed up by a recent review of “Letting Go” in which Blank Newspaper says, “you’ll be more than pleased by their live sets. Catch them at one of their upcoming shows and raise a glass to this beautiful mess we call life.”
A love of traditional old time music led several individuals to Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Va., where they sought to learn to play the claw hammer banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and upright bass. Eventually they came together in the string band class offered by the college where they developed a lasting friendship with other musicians. Later this group of friends began coming together for weekly “reunions” on top of the Poplar Hill area in Big Stone Gap to jam and enjoy our fellowship with pot of coffee. The group’s music is a unique blend of old time, bluegrass and more with several songs being original compositions written by Joey O’Quinn, Larry Mullins and Bill Newman.
The Bluegrass Outlaws are a band of professional musicians put together by Chris and Becky Webb Monk in 2016. The very first gig undertaking of the band was to enter the 2016 SPBGMA (Society of the Preservation 0f Bluegrass Music of America) Band Competition in Nashville. Not only did the group debut at the SPBGMA, they won the whole competition! History was made with their success as they were informed that no other debut performance of a band had ever accomplished the win in all the years at SPBGMA.
Learn more about the band at www.bluegrassoutlaws.com
The winds that blow through our southern mountains carry echoes of the past. But if your ear is truly tuned, you’ll also hear that they bring fresh and exciting things, too. So it is with the music of My New Favorites. Award-winning songwriting 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.
Enjoy performance videos at www.mynewfavorites.com.
(Photo: James Edgar)
The Brother Boys have reunited to bring their tongue and groove harmony and infectious rhythm to the stage once again. Ed Snodderly and Eugene Wolf began their brother-duet singing back in the 90s. Years before the term Americana was born, they called their music New Hillbilly, which sounded good at the time; a way to distinguish the blending of country, bluegrass and rockabilly. The Brother Boys have a knack for this old sound. The emotions and country heartache tones match the landscape of East Tennessee, where they both grew up.
The lyrics of Ed Snodderly’s Diamond Stream are featured on the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Eugene Wolf has been a member of the acting company of the historic Barter Theatre for the last 19 years and appeared as AP Carter in the BBC documentary about country music, Lost Highway. The Brother Boys were recently featured on the Great Smoky Mountains Association release, On Top Of Old Smoky; New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music alongside Dolly Parton, Norman and Nancy Blake, Bryan Sutton, Jody Stecher and host of old-time musicians paying tribute to the music of the people who left the mountains in the 1930s so the National Park could be established.
Learn more at www.facebook.com/Brother-Boys-192746472946/
The Color 7 is a rock band from Greeneville, Tenn., who play a diverse mixture of original music and cover songs from every era in rock music from the 60′s to present. Members include well known local musicians Ron Hensley on guitar, Paul McCray on bass and Chris Tarlton on drums.
After many years of backing and recording with national and regional acts, these five east Tennessee musicians have come together to form their own band- The Dread Scots. Their sound is unique – unmistakably bluegrass, but drawing heavily from indie-rock, Americana, and traditional country influences.
The band consists of Matthew Hurd (dobro/guitar), Clint Hurd (mandolin/guitar),David Mowell (mandolin/guitar), Tony Mowell (bass), and Rusty Ferrell (banjo).
Check the band out at www.matthewhurdmusic.com/home.