East Tennessee’s Own WDVX features the live WDVX Blue Plate Special four days a week, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at noon! Join us on Friday December 3rd for the Big Plate live from Barley’s in Knoxville’s Old City featuring a live performance from Blue Mother Tupelo.
Flat River Band: “Back when we were kids living in a trailer park. Mama taught us how to harmonize listening to the Gatlin Brothers.” As Chad, Dennijo, and Andy Sitze (Flat River Band) started learning songs for their latest collection of songs, “Sights and Sounds” they had no clue what would transpire. They were rehearsing an old 1977 #1 hit from The Gatlin Brothers called “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love”. After recording it, a friend of theirs said, “Hey let me get you the contact info for The Gatlin’s people. Y’all should send it to them,” So they did. The brothers were prepared to pay “All the Gold in California” for the Gatlin’s to be apart of the song. They waited patiently for the reply from The Gatlins and were blown away by the response, Larry Gatlin said he loved their version and would love to be apart of it… for free, just name the place and time. They recorded at Creative Workshop Studio in Nashville, TN, exactly where The Gatlin Brothers originally recorded 45 years ago. After going in the studio with The Gatlin’s, we threw the idea out there to do a music video. Larry, Steve, and Rudy were all on board. So the Sitze brothers reached out to Tootsies and they graciously gave them the green light to use the iconic bar.
When Jeremy Pinnell released OH/KY in the summer of 2015 to stunned acclaim, it felt like an entire career compressed into one knock-out album. Hailed as, a “Mind-blowingly good” (Greg Vandy/KEXP) “ ”tutorial on classic country music” (Popmatters), Pinnell’s debut immediately differentiated as authentic and unflinching. Dogged touring through Europe and the States and celebrated radio sessions followed, cementing Pinnell’s position as a no-fuss master of his craft.
His 2017 album, Ties of Blood and Affection presented a canny lateral move. Instead of doubling down on the stark themes and values of his debut, the sophomore album found Pinnell finding comfort in his own skin, achieving the redemption only hinted at in his previous batch of haunted songs.
If the third time’s a charm, Pinnell is all shine and sparkle on the forthcoming Goodbye LA. Produced by Texan Jonathan Tyler, the tunes buff the wax and polish the chrome on Country music’s deeper roots. Rooted in his steady acoustic guitar, Pinnell’s songs are shot through with honest and classic elements.
The rhythm section, all snap and shuffle, finds purpose in well-worn paths. The pedal steel and Telecaster stingers arrive perfectly on cue, winking at JP’s world-wise couplets .Here slippery organ insinuates gospel into the conversation. You can feel the room breathe and get a sense of these musicians eyeballing each other as their performances are committed to tape. And through it all comes this oaken identity, the devastating centerpiece of his work. Honest and careworn, Jeremy’s voice can touch on wry, jubilant, and debauched-all in a single line. At his best, Jeremy Pinnell chronicles the joy and sorrow of being human, which is the best that anyone could do.