The Tennessee Shines Radio Show is pleased to announce the following shows coming up for January 2016. The show, hosted by Paige Travis, is performed for a live audience every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Jig & Reel musical pub in Knoxville’s historic Old City and features local, regional and national touring acts, plus poets and authors from the region. Tennessee Shines is broadcast live on WDVX FM and WDVX.com. Admission is $10 at the door, available beginning at 6 p.m
January 6: The Bearded with the Knoxville Banjo Orchestra Flash Mob
The old-time Appalachian music tradition trickles through The Bearded’s original songs like a clear mountain stream. Fierce pickin’ and three-part harmonies from Kyle Campbell, Chris Zuhr and Greg Horne result in a uniquely East Tennessee sound and spirit. And on this day of Epiphany, the KBO Flash Mob will take the stage for a full-on banjo revelation.
January 13: Andrew Leahey & the Homestead
Andrew Leahey & the Homestead are a Nashville-based American rock & roll band, evoking the energy and undaunted spirit of their musical godfathers: Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty. Leahey wrote the band’s latest set of songs in the wake of an emergency brain surgery operation that nearly wiped out his hearing. Skyline in Central Time, produced by Wilco’s Ken Coomer, will be released in April.
January 20: The DuPont Brothers
Nimble finger-style guitar work and snug harmonies make Burlington, Vermont’s The DuPont Brothers a remarkable discovery for listeners. Brothers Sam and Zack didn’t start writing songs together until Sam went away to school in Arizona. And once they started playing shows together over holiday breaks, the duo’s path was clear. They released their debut CD, Heavy as Lead, in 2014.
January 27: Dylan LeBlanc
After releasing two critically acclaimed albums and being called “the new Neil Young,” Dylan LeBlanc walked away from an unlikely major label deal and slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23 years old, Dylan went home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to write a new life for himself. The result is Cautionary Tale, a collection of shimmering, arresting songs with the same haunting vocals that caught the attention of Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen, now with a sharpened edge honed by hastened maturity. The record, made with Ben Tanner and John Paul White, will be released January 15.