Contributed Contributed Published 11:57 AM EDT Aug 1, 2019 Outside the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville is a historical marker proclaiming the birthplace of bluegrass music. But anyone who knows a bit about bluegrass and folk music also knows how important one particular instrument, the fiddle, is a part of the culture and unmistakable sound. The sound of a well-played fiddle is both an art and a craft, and the state’s best fiddlers who are writing the history and culture of bluegrass and folk music will be on stage at the State of Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers’ Championships, Saturday, Aug. 24. “The Old Time Fiddler’s Festival is the perfect blend of Tennessee culture—music and doing good for the community,” said Jane Ondocin, president of Clarksville Rotary Club. “It’s the perfect event for Clarksville and why the community should make plans to be at one of the community’s longest standing musical and philanthropy … [Read more...] about Old Time Fiddler’s Festival coming up this month
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, our guest for this week's Music Wednesdays was Matt Downer. He's the co-founder of the Great Southern Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, and as I listened to him play, I kept thinking about one of my favorite Andy Griffith moments. LISA DENTON: Wait, don't tell me: You're talking about when Briscoe Darling suggests he and his boys and Andy play "Don't Hit Your Grandma With a Great Big Stick." BARRY: Yep. The one that makes Charlene Darling cry. So funny. Anyway, the convention is this Saturday, and it marks 10 years since it was revived. Chattanooga used to host these things back in the '20s and '30s, and they drew all the best players from around the South and even farther. Downer is expecting another great crowd of entrants ready to show off their talents on fiddle, banjo, guitar, dance, song and string band. It's a competition, but it's about getting together and playing unamplified old-time music. LISA: It takes place at 901 Lindsay St. in the old church there, … [Read more...] about Off the Couch: Fiddlers Convention, Winter Jam get the music started
The Stoned’s experimental recording on "L.E.S. Douze Vol. 1" pushes listeners to forget everything they know about Cajun music.Led by Lost Bayou Ramblers vocalist and fiddler Louis Michot, The Stoned is a group of musicians who performed during Michot’s 2016 residency at The Stone in New York City. The performers included Lost Bayou Ramblers bassist Bryan Webre and English musician Spider Stacy of The Pogues.From those NYC live sessions comes “L.E.S Douze,” what's expected to be a series of 12 live recordings from Michot's residency. "Vol. 1" with The Stoned is a sprawling, ambient improvisation that melts and reforms Cajun music as a experimental art form.Deep bass, fiddle, saxophone, guitar and tin whistle all appear on the recording laced with sparse percussion. The track is uninhibited by structure and finds a formal rhythm only a few times throughout its 45-minute run.To say “L.E.S. Douze Vol. 1” is a sonic journey would be an understatement. … [Read more...] about Album review: The Stoned abandons convention on experimental live recording ‘L.E.S. Douze’
NORRIS, TN — Fall Heritage Days at the Museum of Appalachia will transport guests back in time through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of pioneer traditions and demonstrations. This family-friendly event will be held this Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th from 9am-5pm each day, rain or shine. Guests will enjoy: · The Great Appalachian Fiddlers’ Convention, featuring fiddle, banjo, and guitar contests (to be held Saturday) · Mule jumping and mule obstacle course competitions and a mule logging exhibition (to be held Saturday) · Old time demonstrations like sawmilling, soap making, toy & doll making, blacksmithing, pottery making and more · Antique tractors & engines and a slow tractor race · Skillet and wrench toss competitions, hayrides, and … [Read more...] about 1st Annual Fall Heritage Days kicks off this weekend at the Museum of Appalachia!
Amy McRary and Maggie Jones Knoxville News Sentinel Published 8:00 AM EDT Nov 1, 2018 Ah, November, also known as the month that begins with pumpkins and ends with Christmas trees. In the spirit of let's not rush the seasons or even think about it yet, this list of what's happening in Knoxville and East Tennessee isn't diving into the long list of holiday events that begin in — yes — mid-November. That's coming in a couple of weeks. For now, let's think just November. Fun, interesting, non-holiday events in November. Dream of being on America's Got Talent?: Former finalist offers tips for standing out in Knoxville auditions Marble City Opera: Nov. 1-4 & UT Opera: Nov. 9-11 November brings a pair of operas. Marble City Opera performs the one-woman opera "The Nero Monologues" at 8 p.m. Nov. 1, Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 at Candoro Arts & Heritage Center, 4450 Candora Drive. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students. For information, … [Read more...] about Things to do in Knoxville, East Tennessee in November