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Buddy and the Huddle

803 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
803 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902


  • Date(s): November 2, 2018 to November 2, 2018
  • Event Times: Starting: 08:00 PM
  • Price: Free Admission
  • Location: Bijou Theatre

An audio-visual homage to Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree

In 1996, two German musicians besotted with Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree traveled to Knoxville, determined to explore the city and landscapes so memorably depicted in the novel. Roland Kopp and Michael Strll also had another goal while in town: record an album. The pair spent some time at South Knoxville’s Underground Studios, recorded a bit at Old City jazz bar Lucille’s, and expanded on the work with other musicians when back home in Bavaria. The session resulted in two albums of soundtracks for an imagined film, Music For A Still Undone Movie Maybe Called Suttree and a sequel, credited to Buddy and The Huddle, a reference to Cornelius Suttree’s nickname and his favorite bar. The music is a mix of jazz, country blues, rock, ambient and spoken word passages, one courtesy of Old City denizen Walter McGinnis from the Tri-City Barber Shop/junk store.

Twenty-two years later, Kopp and Strll return to Knoxville with Buddy and the Huddle. As part of the University of Tennessee’s McCarthyFest, the band will perform a soundtrack to a film created by the Knox County Public Library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound. Culled from the archive’s extensive collection of home movies, news footage and regional promotional films, the piece will feature mid-century scenes of downtown Knoxville, Market Square, houseboats on the Tennessee River, the Smoky Mountains, and other locales featured in Suttree. Further underscoring the German-Knoxville connection, photographs taken by Annemarie Schwarzenbach during her 1937 travels to the region, as well as the photos Kopp took with his antique box camera during his 1996 visit, will be included in this impressionistic tribute to the city and one of its most celebrated novels.

Following a premiere in Nuremberg on October 23, and an October 28 performance at Atlanta’s Synchronicity Center in conjunction with the Goethe-Zentrum German Cultural Center, the band and film will appear at The Bijou’s on Friday, November 2.

This free event is presented by The Knox County Public Library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound and The University of Tennessee’s Departments of English and Modern Foreign Language and Literature as part of UT’s McCarthyFest.


Buddy and the Huddle