Authenticity Ain’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

If you saw a man like Bill Orcutt—a fellow in his early 50s with a graying beard and a beat-up acoustic guitar—take the stage, a fair guess might be that he’d play folk, blues or strummy singer/songwriter Americana.

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Finding Their Element

OK, kids, listen up—this is important. After long, grueling months of commuting between here and Knoxville, experimenting with radical recoding techniques (like playing guitar in the bathroom) and being stranded ... more »

Mar 18, 2015 4:31 PM Features

More Fiddlers Than You Can Shake A Stick At

This is the fifth year since Matt Downer of the Old Time Travelers revived The Great Southern Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention—and the event is more popular than ever. more »

Mar 11, 2015 4:48 PM Features

Rocking in the Free World for 30-Plus Years

I joined my first band at the age of 16. At the age of 18, I had my first paying gig, and though my split of the take barely covered the price of a couple packs of Marlboro Reds and a bowl of Bert’s chili at the end of the night ... more »

Mar 4, 2015 4:31 PM Features

Love Them or Hate Them—Just Don’t Shrug

The uncompromising, unclassifiable Chattanooga quartet Buffalo Princess has no interest in appealing to the lowest common denominator. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:57 PM Features 1 Comments

Three Pints of Irish Whoop-Ass

It’s that time of year again. Paddy’s Day is right around the corner, that special time when, as the McManus Brothers put it, for one night, everyone is Irish. more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM Features

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