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Tennessee Shines: October 29th

Posted in Carrie Rodruguez, Cherryholmes, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tennessee Shines on October 27, 2008 by AmericanaPulse

The latest installment of the new Tennessee Shines concert series takes place tomorrow night at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. This month, the show will feature music from Ben Sollee, Shannon Whitworth, Julie Lee, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Cherryholmes, and Carrie Rodriguez. Once again, the whole thing will be held together by our Grammy winning host Jim Lauderdale.

You can find out more about all the artists on this month’s show by visiting http://www.tennesseeshines.com/, but I wanted to highlight a couple of them here as well. I’ll start with Carrie Rodriguez.

I’ve written about Carrie before… but that post was deleted by Blogger due to a song by another artist that was included in the post. What I said then, and what I’ll say again now, is that her new album, She Ain’t Me, is quite a departure from her collaborations with Chip Taylor that helped her launch her career. Carrie has mostly put away her fiddle for this record in favor of a more textured sound that really takes her music to a place it has never really visited before. She was able to reach those places with help from collaborators Gary Louris, Jim Boquist, Dan Wilson, Mary Gauthier, and Lucinda Williams.

Here’s one from Carrie’s new album along with one from her days recording with Chip Taylor.

Carrie Rodriguez: Infinite Night (Buy Album)
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez: Sweet Tequila Blues (Buy Album)

On the singer-songwriter front… Carrie Rodriguez will be joined by cellist Ben Solle, former Biscuit Burner Shannon Whitworth, and former sculptor Julie Lee. In addition to spending time as a visual artist, Julie Lee also spent two years as an English teacher in Budapest, Hungary before moving to Nashville to pursue songwriting as a career. Lee has toured with Alison Krauss and placed two songs on Alison’s 2007 release A Hundred Miles or More. Here is the title track from Julie Lee’s 2004 album Stillhouse Road featuring Vince Gill.

Julie Lee: Stillhouse Road (Buy Album)

For the bluegrass portion of the show this month, we get a pair of high-energy, award-winning groups who are among my favorites currently working in the genre. I’m talking about Grammy nominees and 2005 IBMA Entertainers of the Year, Cherryholmes, and 2006 IBMA Emerging Artists of the Year, The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Cherryholmes is a family band in the grand country music tradition. Parents Jere and Sandy Lee Cherryholmes play and sing alongside their four children Cia Leigh, Molly Kate, B.J., and Skip. All six members of the family write, play, and sing to form a real powerhouse sound that honors the traditions of bluegrass music while keeping it fresh for a new generation.

The Steep Canyon Rangers formed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the late 1990’s and have played the part of the hard-playing, hard-touring bluegrass band ever since. This is another band that helps keep bluegrass music fresh by fusing the music with a rock and roll energy and enthusiasm.

Here are a couple of tracks from both bands that highlight their award winning talents. File all these songs under “love gone wrong.”

Cherryholmes: Don’t Give Your Heart to a Knoxville Girl (Buy Album)
Cherryholmes: You Don’t Know What Love is (Buy Album)
Steep Canyon Rangers: A Ramblin’ Man is a Ramblin’ Man (Buy Album)
Steep Canyon Rangers: Pick Up the Blues (Buy Album)

Tennessee Shines takes place Wednesday night at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. If you can’t make it to the show, I’ll be in the WDVX studios making sure the whole thing is broadcast live on WDVX and wdvx.com.