New Knoxville Concert Series: Tennessee Shines

I’m a little late with this since the official announcement came last week, but I wanted to let everyone know about a new concert series that will make it’s debut later this month in Knoxville at the Bijou Theatre.

As you’ll read in a press release here, Tennessee Shines is a joint production of WDVX Radio, The Knoxville Americana Music Association, AC Entertainment, and The Bijou Theatre. Tennessee Shines will take place on the last Wednesday of every month with the first show being held August 27th. The format will be similar to the WDVX Tenth Anniversary Party that took place at the Bijou last October (that was, in fact, a test run for the new series) with several artists taking the stage for a two hour show. Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale will tie the whole thing together by serving as host. Lauderdale will also perform a song or two at each show.

The line-up for the premiere show includes the everybodyfields, The Steeldrivers, Shawn Camp, and Darrell Scott. Quite a powerful group.

the everybodyfields is a band, primarily composed of songwriters Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews, that was formed in Johnson City, TN, but now makes its base in Knoxville. The music of Quinn and Andrews is hard to classify, but contains elements of classic country, alt-country, and indie-folk to create a lush backdrop for the duo’s heavenly harmonies and often melancholy lyrics. Quinn and Andrews are past winners of the Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest, and their latest batch of songs on 2007’s Nothing is OK is among the most ambitious in their catalogue.

The Steeldrivers have been written about before in this space (here), but not enough can be said about how this relatively new band has taken the Americana and Bluegrass worlds by storm over the past year. These Nashville veterans have all paid their dues as contract songwriters and studio players for some of the biggest acts in country music. Now, they’ve stepped out of the shadows to forge their own style of blues laced bluegrass and garner quite a following along the way. The Steeldrivers are nominated for Best New/Emerging Artist at this year’s Americana Honors and Awards Show.

Shawn Camp is another talented performer and songwriter who can convincingly pull off any range of styles from bluegrass to classic country to roots rock and just about anything else in between. His songs have been recorded by Del McCoury, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Patty Loveless, and many others. Josh Turner recently scored a number one country hit with Camp’s “Would You Go With Me.”

Darrell Scott, like Camp, is one of those brilliant songwriters that can turn out hit after hit on country radio without compromising the song itself. His songs have been recorded by The Dixie Chicks (the Grammy winning “Long Time Gone”), Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Guy Clark, and others. Scott is a tremendous performer in his own rite as well. His song, “Hank Williams’ Ghost,” was named Song of the Year by the Americana Music Association last year, and his new album, Modern Hymns, is set for release August 19th… just in time for the Tennessee Shines show. You can listen to some of the songs from Scott’s new album on his myspace page.

Of course, the whole thing is hosted by the incomparable Jim Lauderdale. He’s a Grammy winner. He’s a terrific musician, and a prolific songwriter (four new albums since 2006). He’s equally comfortable in any number of musical styles including bluegrass, country, pop, blues, rockabilly… you name it. He’s the host of the Americana Music Honors and Awards Show. Now he’s the host of Tennessee Shines every month at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville.

The shows will be broadcast live on WDVX with eyes on syndication in the future as well. More information can be found at and Tickets can be found online at

Here’s a little taste of all the artists who will be appearing at the first Tennessee Shines show August 27th.

the everybodyfields: Aeroplane (Buy Album)
The Steeldrivers: East Kentucky Home (Buy Album)
Shawn Camp: Will You Go With Me (Buy Album)
Darrell Scott: Hank Williams’ Ghost (Buy Album)
Jim Lauderdale: Honky Tonk Mood Again (Buy Album)

If I may borrow a phrase from Jim Lauderdale… “Now that’s Americana!”

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