Knoxville, Tennessee – The music-focused highlight of Dogwood Arts’ April celebration will once again rock Knoxville over a three-day span from April 10-12.  With the stage[s] set exclusively along downtown Knoxville’s historic Jackson Avenue, Rhythm N’ Blooms will showcase first-timers, chart-climbers, and highly lauded acts from varied musical backgrounds.

Tickets for the music festival are on sale now; three-day passes are $60 each and VIP passes are $125.  Visit the festival’s website to purchase Festival and VIP tickets: www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com/tickets.

Festival producers Dogwood Arts and Attack Monkey Productions are pleased to release a small taste of the 2015 festival lineup, with many more artists to be announced in the New Year.

The Decemberists
After a four-year hiatus, the band’s highly anticipated tour in support of their new album “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” stops in Knoxville for a headline performance at the 2015 Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival.

"In some ways, this album was four years in the making," says Colin Meloy, frontman and primary songwriter of the Decemberists. "We were on hiatus, so we had all the time we could want, no schedule or tour, no expectations." With the ability to work at their own pace, the resulting record is the band's most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally.

The Decemberists -- Meloy, Chris Funk (guitars), Jenny Conlee (keyboards), Nate Query (bass), and John Moen (drums) -- had announced that they would be taking a break when their touring cycle finished following the release of 2011's "The King is Dead." Meloy wanted to spend time with his family and work on the children's book series that became the acclaimed, best-selling "Wildwood" trilogy. To be sure, they had reached a new peak in their career: "King" entered the Billboard album charts at Number One, and the track "Down by the Water" was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Rock Song" category.

Even during the hiatus, the group remained visible: they contributed the song "One Engine" to the "Hunger Games" soundtrack and even had the honor of appearing in animated form on "The Simpsons," and performed on the season six finale of "Parks and Recreation." Mostly, however, Meloy was concentrating on the "Wildwood" series -- the 1,500- page saga of two seventh-graders who are drawn into a hidden, magical forest, illustrated by his wife, Carson Ellis. So, when the band reassembled in May 2013, the plan wasn't to make an album in their usual way.

"Typically we book four or five weeks in the studio and bang out the whole record," says Meloy. "This time, we started by just booking three days, and didn't know what we would record. There was no direction or focus; we wanted to just see what would come out. We recorded 'Lake Song' on the first day, live, and then two more songs in those three days. And the spirit of that session informed everything that came after.

They reconvened in the fall and added some more songs. Gradually, over the course of a year and a half, the album came into focus. What was initially apparent was a fuller, richer sound. "There was a grandiosity to the songs in different ways," says Meloy, citing Leonard Cohen's 1977 collaboration with Phil Spector, "Death of a Ladies' Man," as a reference point. "We were layering textures, adding strings and dedicated backing vocals -- the early songs created the peaks of the record, and that started to dictate the overall tone and tenor."

Without a deadline, the Decemberists were also able to explore every song to completion. "Usually you have to let some songs slide because of time constraints," Meloy says, "but nothing was relegated to the b-side pile, everything was given a fair shake. Which is a blessing and a curse -- we ended up with 18 songs, and each had champions and detractors. There were a multitude of albums you could potentially make -- somber, over-the-top pop, folk -- and I think every band member would have created a different record."

Ultimately, "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World" found its final form, a distillation of the best things about this remarkable band. A new way of working led to a renewed excitement about the next chapter for the Decemberists. "I've never lived with a record for so long," says Colin Meloy, "documenting my shifts and changes as a songwriter, with a real sense of time passing. And there's something very freeing about working on music with absolutely no agenda, and just letting the songs become themselves."

The album will be released on January 20. Already, the first single, “Make You Better,” is topping radio charts nationwide.


The Dirty Guv’nahs
Knoxville’s own Dirty Guv’nahs make their Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival debut in 2015; a performance that has been years in the making. Each year, Rhythm n’ Blooms features a headline act with local ties, and audience members have long requested the Guvs – but it wasn’t until now that the timing worked out.

This six-piece brotherhood is called “a fiercely soulful band” by the Boston Globe, and has been affirmed by Paste Magazine to “know rock and roll from the inside out.” The live experience of The Dirty Guv’nahs has been hailed as one of the best in the southeast and according to Music Connection Magazine: “The Dirty Guv’nahs don’t just play music; they capture the human experience through song.” This experience is led by the soulful holler of singer / songwriter James Trimble, and accentuated by the intricate lead guitar work of Cozmo Holloway and the tasteful piano, organ, and harmony vocals of Kevin Hyfantis. The sturdy rhythm section of the band is filled out by brothers Justin and Aaron Hoskins’ on bass and drums, along with the glue and musical leadership of songwriter Michael Jenkins on the rhythm guitar.

The Guvs’ music has been featured on 5 network television programs and they’ve had standout festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, and SXSW, while also opening for a diverse and notable list of major artists including Wilco, The Black Crowes, Train, Zac Brown Band, and NEEDTOBREATHE. Their third studio album, “Hearts on Fire,” debuted at the top of the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

“Every generation has a past, I don’t wanna be a soldier for the last,” declares James Trimble on the opening track, reminding fans why they started listening to the Guvs in the first place.

They’ll bring their authenticity, passion, and fire – and a heaping helping of love for their hometown.


Delta Spirit
“Into the Wide,” the fourth album from San Diego-bred five- piece Delta Spirit, was born in a flood-ruined, cave-like, rat-colonized room in the band’s new hometown of Brooklyn. After spending more than a year writing together in the windowless studio they rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy wreaked its havoc, the group resurfaced with a batch of demos and headed to Georgia to team up with Ben Allen (a producer/engineer known for his work with artists like Animal Collective and Deerhunter). Recorded near an old shipping yard in Atlanta, “Into the Wide” intimately captures the claustrophobia of Delta Spirit’s creative space, turning that tension into a moody meditation on the restlessness of city life, growing older, and longing for escape.

With its lyrics largely inspired by the murder ballads of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, “Into the Wide” proves more darkly charged than anything the band’s ever offered up before but—thanks to their command of both indelible melody and sprawling, atmospheric arrangements—ultimately emerges as Delta Spirit’s most gloriously heavy album so far.

For Delta Spirit (vocalist/guitarist Matt Vasquez, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kelly Winrich, guitarist Will McLaren, bassist Jon Jameson, and drummer Brandon Young), the raw, nervy energy running throughout “Into the Wide “stems partly from the band’s return to the more free-and-easy approach they embraced in making their debut album, 2008’s “Ode to Sunshine.” “On that first record we had no idea what kind of music we were going to make—we just went up to a cabin and pressed record and went for it without any fear,” says Young, who sparked the founding of Delta Spirit back in 2005, when he spotted Vasquez busking in the streets of downtown San Diego. So while “Into the Wide” continues to push forward in exploring new sonic territory (as on 2010’s History From Below and the band’s self-titled 2012 release), Delta Spirit have also restored a sense of kinetic flow to their communal songwriting process. “When we were writing there were these songs that we really labored over and tried to polish,” says McLaren. “But in the end, those songs didn’t belong to us. The tracks that make up the album were the ones that happened quickly and naturally and just instantly felt good to us.”

Keeping an eye toward the live experience is always essential to Delta Spirit, who name playing 293 dates in 2009 as one of their top points of pride. “We just want the songs to be as epic and meaningful as possible when we play them in front of people, which is the be-all and end-all for us as a band,” says Vasquez. In moving toward creating music that’s transcendent for their live audience, Delta Spirit strive to stay focused on the singular benefits of communal songwriting. “There’s something sort of magic about getting five incredibly distinct personalities to get behind something they can each claim as their own, instead of having the music be the product of one person’s specific vision,” Jameson says. What’s more, Vasquez adds, that commitment to collaboration ends up being infinitely rewarding once the band takes the stage. “To be able to play something and think ‘I created this’ is one thing,” he says. “But to have five different people standing together onstage and all of us feeling the vibration of that at once, that’s kind of amazing.”

Despite the band’s prolific tour schedule, their appearance at Rhythm N’ Blooms will be only their second time in Knoxville – having previously performed in 2008 at the now-defunct World Grotto.


About Rhythm N’ Blooms
Rhythm N’ Blooms is entering its sixth year and is presented by Samuel Adams. For more information, visit www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com.

About Dogwood Arts
Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate our region’s arts, culture, and natural beauty. For more information on Dogwood Arts, visit www.dogwoodarts.com or call [865] 637.4561.

About Attack Monkey Productions
Founded in 2009, Attack Monkey Productions is a full-service entertainment company based in Knoxville, TN. Attack Monkey seeks out the things that are cool and brings them straight to you – from music to moonshine, the traditional to the avant-garde, AMP specializes in the development and promotion of unique, high-quality brands and experiences. The Attack Monkey philosophy is simple: build brands that are authentic and offer the best possible experience to our artists, clients and the general public. For more information, visit www.attackmonkey.net.

About Samuel Adams
The Boston Beer Company brews more than 50 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and in the past five years has won more awards in international beer competitions than any other brewery in the world. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com