I didn’t get to write this post last week… and this week looks like it’s gonna run a little short. It’s amazing what power outages, short work weeks, shorthandedness at work, and various other wintery woes will do to your productivity.
Anyway… weather permitting, I’ll be in the studio at WDVX tonight from 6-11 to bring you the final five-hour edition of The Americana Pulse.
Next week, Tennessee Shines moves to Wednesday nights at 7:00. I’ll still be in the studio from 6:00-7:00 and 8:00-11:00. I’ll just be making a few adjustments to the show to bring you a more focused dose of the Pulse every week. The full details on the new look of the show (maybe two separate shows) will likely be rolled out in a few weeks after our Spring Fund Drive.
The important thing is that Tennessee Shines’ move to Wednesdays and relocation to Boyd’s Jig & Reel in The Old City is a good thing for the station and for Downtown Knoxville. Plus, I’ll be happy to listen to some live music on Wednesday nights.
As for tonight’s show… We’ll be getting down all night long to 6 String Drag’s 1997 release High Hat as our Classic Album. The guys in 6 String Drag have reunited, and will be at WDVX to play First Friday Live on March 6 behind their new record Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll. No need to feel “Guilty” as we crack open a “Bottle of Blues” and play 6 String Drag “Over & Over” to get you ready for next week’s show.
Also, tonight at 7:00, I’ll share my Three Songs conversation with John Cowan. I spoke with Cowan in Tompall Glaser’s old office at Hillbilly Central in Nashville during the Americana Music Convention last fall. It’s a different sort of conversation because Cowan did not write any of the songs on his newest record (Sixty). He did, however, work closely with his producer John McFee (Doobie Brothers) to select a group of songs that meant a great deal to him while also representing the different sounds and eras of his career. Cowan talks about the selection process that led him to record songs by Marty Robbins and Tiller’s Folly. He talks a little Allman Brothers Band too.
Oh yeah… We’ll also have new music from Chris Stapleton, Allison Moorer, Shelby Lynne, Andrew Combs, Joe Pug, The McCrary Sisters, Ryan Culwell, Brandi Carlile, and more.