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Local Knoxville, TN Music Scene


The history of the Knoxville music scene has included Kenny Chesney, Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff and the Aldridge Sisters. Weezer guitarist Brian Bell is also from the area. In the 2010 Census the metropolitan area had a population of over 699,000. Campuses include University of Tennessee and Knoxville College. The local scene is covered by Knoxville News Sentinel and Metro Pulse. Knoxville has the nickname "The Marble City" because many of the classic structures are made of marble.

Knoxville is the home of Indie Rock Magazine, which is owned by Bowens Publishing Inc. The magazine debuted in the summer of 2013 to showcase indie music of various genres, especially those influenced by classic rock. The magazine contains articles and interviews. The site also includes a store where you can buy copies of the hard copy magazine. It's more of a national publication than a spotlight on the local scene, but it may be helpful for bands in the region.

The Echoes originate from Knoxville and have a deal with Capitol Records. Their debut single is called "We Give You Escape," in which they celebrated their EP and 7 inch vinyl release part at Pilot Light on August 17, 2013. The band is an indie rock trip who creatively mix pop and rock. They are managed by a team in Los Angeles called Science vs Defense. The band is led by Henry Gibson. The band was written about in this Jer Cole article 8/15/2013 in the Knoxville Sentinel.

Knoxville Music Acts


Misskey * Black Atticus * Vertigo * Zenith da Goddess * The Black Lillies * Laurel Wright * Lydia Sainikova * Savannah Summer * Dietra Greene * Will Joiner *

Local Highlights

Asheville is about 115 miles southeast of Knoxville and has a growing music scene for those who enjoy weekend getaways. According to USA Today's Citizen-Times on April 13, 2017, Asheville's music scene has outpaced that of Nashville this decade. The publication reported that Buncombe County's music scene grew from 2010 to 2016 by 52%, based on a study by the Economic Commission of Asheville-Buncombe County. Meanwhile, Davidson County, where Nashville is located, only grew by exactly half as much, although it still has more venues and generates more revenue.

Knoxville Academy of Music partners with local businesses to raise funds for charity. "Paws For The Cause" was a fundraiser on April 2, 2017 to benefit non-profit organization Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, which helps improve the quality of life for veterans with disabilities. The event, held at the Wild Wings Cafe in Farragut, featured Steve Rutledge & The Groove Evolution. The organization set a fundraising goal of $21,500, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

One of the most common sounds heard in the Knoxville music scene is bluegrass. Year-round festivals can also be attended, offering a diversity in cultural events. Some of the more elegant acts include the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra and Opera Company. The International is a live venue for artists touring around the world.









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