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Record Store Day/Wilco Hits Knoxville

Posted in John Paul Keith, Van Eaton and Friends, Wilco on April 17, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year… National Record Store Day… a day to celebrate the dying breed that is the brick and mortar independent record store. It’s a day when many artists release exclusive music to independent record shops, and many stores feature live, in-store performances from local artists. It’s a great time all around.

This year… it seems one of the biggest events for Record Store Day is taking place right here in Knoxville.
Wilco is performing Saturday night at The Tennessee Theatre. Wilco is also releasing its new concert DVD Ashes of American Flags as part of the NRSD hoopla. Ergo… Wilco will appear at Knoxville’s Disc Exchange Saturday afternoon for a screening of the new DVD. The first 150 fans to buy a copy of the film will also get the chance to meet the band and get their DVD’s autographed. It’s generating quite a buzz here in town.

Of course… Wilco is just a small part of the festivities. Blog favorites Van Eaton and Friends and John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives will both be performing at the Disc Exchange during the day. Record Store Day will also see exclusive releases from Whiskeytown, Pavement, The Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, Tift Merritt, and more. I’ll be picking up the live Tift Merritt CD for sure and will probably be tempted by several other offers as well.

You can find out more about National Record Store Day over at the official website.

Please go out and support your local record store Saturday and everyday. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that someone has gone out and purchased an album because of something I’ve written here or because of some music they heard in this space. Remember… the free downloads are great for sampling. But if we don’t support these artists by actually buying their records, they won’t be able to keep making the music we all love. Similarly… if we don’t support our independent record stores, these artist won’t have as many outlets for their product.

Now… for sampling purposes… here is a track from Wilco called “Ashes of American Flags” from their Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album. It’s also the title track from the new concert DVD being released on Saturday.

Wilco: Ashes of American Flags (Buy Album) (Buy DVD)

Notes: 3/20/09

Posted in John Paul Keith, Tennessee Shines, WDVX on March 20, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

***The above image was taken backstage at last month’s Tennessee Shines and features the show’s host Jim Lauderdale with blues legend Pinetop Perkins. Perkins is just one of the amazing artists who has graced the stage of The Bijou Theatre for a Tennessee Shines performance. I’ve written about most of them here, but I haven’t come anywhere close to giving you the full lowdown on the still-new monthly concert series. The cover story of this week’s Metro Pulse goes in depth on the origins of the series as well as the intricate workings and lofty aspirations of the show. You can check out the full article at the Metro Pulse website. The above photo came from that site as well.

As for this month’s Tennessee Shines, the line up consists of Theresa Anderson, Scott Miller, Donna the Buffalo, and The Gourds. The show is completely sold out, but we will carry all of the festivities live on WDVX. The show kicks off Wednesday night at 7:00.

***Speaking of WDVX… it’s fundraising time again, and we could use the help. We are a listener supported Americana radio station serving the greater Knoxville area and streaming live 24 hours a day at Our single greatest funding source is our listeners, and this is one of the times of the year that we look to them the most. I know times are tough all around, and money is tight in places, but we sure would appreciate any support you may be able to throw our way. You can call 1-866-946-9389 or go to to pledge your support. If you want to donate while I’m on the air… you can do so tonight (Friday) from 6-9, next Wednesday from 6-10, or next Friday from 6-9 (all times Eastern). Thank you.

***Finally… most of you are probably aware that The South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) is taking place this week in Austin, TX. I am, unfortunately, still here in Knoxville this week, but I’ve been trying to follow some of the action in Texas anyway. NPR’s All Songs Considered has been providing daily updates and live performances on their website. Here’s a direct link to a concert by the Avett Brothers. You can also find performances by Blitzen Trapper, The Heartless Bastards, and more.

***For those of us who couldn’t make it to Austin this week… here’s a song from former Knoxville artist and former V-Roy, John Paul Keith. Keith wrote “The SXSW Song (Everybody’s in Austin)” a few years ago when he wasn’t able to attend. This year his new band, John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, is playing no fewer than five showcases at SXSW. You can find a full list of his performances at his myspace page.

John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives: The SXSW Song (Everyone’s in Austin) (Buy Album)

John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives

Posted in John Paul Keith on July 11, 2008 by AmericanaPulse

John Paul Keith was a founding member of Knoxville Roots Rock Heroes, The V-Roys. He recorded with Ryan Adams as part of the infamous and oft-bootlegged “Pink Heart Sessions.” Keith and his guitar even appear on a few tracks from Ryan’s 2002 CD Demolition. He currently plays guitar in a garage rock band with legendary producer Jim Dickenson.

Why then, have I not heard more about this singer/songwriter/axe man who is currently based in Memphis? I don’t know. I DO know that Keith was one of the first visitors to “AFCLAAWB” and, sensing a Knoxville connection, sent me a link to some music he’s been working on recently with his new project, John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives.

Musically, the One Four Fives put forth a rollicking rockabilly sound that is sure to have the good people of Memphis putting in their time on the dance floor. Keith’s lyrics touch on the classic topics of Rock & Roll excess and Honky Tonk heartache. “Looking for a Thrill” is a muscular guitar powered romp that warns of the bad things that can be found while looking for a good time. On “Otherwise” the protagonist puts on a brave face over top of some country twang while suffering through another broken heart.

“I got a great big hole in my chest where my heart was.
Otherwise I’m doing fine.
Every night I go to sleep to keep from crying.
Otherwise I’m doing fine.”

The One Four Fives don’t have a CD available just yet… but the 7″ vinyl single for “Looking for a Thrill” is available from Goner Records.

John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives: Looking for a Thrill (Buy the vinyl)
John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives: Otherwise (Buy the vinyl)