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 *
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.