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Wayne Bledsoe
Wayne Bledsoe

Wayne Bledsoe started his writing career the early 1980s working for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Over 30-plus years, he’s interviewed, and written feature stories about, legends, including Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Kurt Vonnegut and Elvis Costello, and as well as written stories about young hopefuls, and under-appreciated greats in music and the arts. His work has been translated into several languages and appeared in newspapers around the world, as well as in magazines, including Delta Sky, Tennessee Alumnus, Bluegrass Now, PS, and Country Weekly. He also hosts and books talent for the WDVX-FM radio shows “The 6 O’Clock Swerve” and “All Over the Road.” In addition, Wayne is a graphic artist and has illustrated and designed album covers, posters and a line of T-shirts. Currently writing for Blank News, most recently, his book “Arthur Q. Smith: The Trouble With the Truth,” co-written with Bradley Reeves and released as part of Bear Family CD package, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Album Notes. He was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2018.

World's Fair Music

Knoxville has always been a music town, but the 1982 World’s Fair helped finally bring Knoxville into the musical spotlight. Read on and click through the links to hear some tunes on YouTube! Many great artists performed at the Fair, from Hollywood legend Bob Hope to classical greats Isaac Stern…

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