Press release from the “Lee Zimmerman Presents…Royal Oaks Concert Series”:
Maryville, TN… The next performance in the “Lee Zimmerman Presents…Royal Oaks Concert Series” will take place on Friday, September 30 with a very special evening of acoustic music from two of East Tennessee’s most prolific and well respected singer/songwriters.
The concerts take place at Royal Oaks Event Center, 4411 Legends Way, Maryville Tennessee 37801. Tickets to all concerts are $15 which also includes complementary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. To guarantee reserved seating, please call
(865) 984-4260 or go to www.storiesbeyondthemusic.com.
7:30, Friday, September 30: SPECIAL DOUBLE BILL AND ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE — MIC HARRISON AND SPECIAL GUEST JOSH SMITH
A native of Bradford, Tenn., Mic Harrison was working in a sawmill when he was asked to join Knoxville-based band the V-Roys in 1995. The group had already been performing Harrison’s song “Sooner or Later” with V-Roys co-lead vocalist Scott Miller singing lead. The group recorded three critically-acclaimed albums and toured Europe opening for Steve Earle and acting as his band. When the V-Roys broke up on New Year’s Eve 1999, Harrison (who had released his first solo album Don’t Bail earlier that year) joined already established college radio favorites Superdrag. He recorded the album Last Call for Vitriol with the group. Superdrag disbanded in 2003 and Harrison recorded his second solo CD “Pallbearer’s Shoes” (2004) with producer Don Coffey Jr. It wasn’t until Harrison joined forces with Knoxville band The High Score, though, that everything came together. Robbie Trosper (guitar), Brad Henderson (drums) and Vance Hillard (bass), all hail from Sevier County (the birthplace of Dolly Parton) and were kindred spirits. Together, Harrison and the High Score developed a combination of high octane honky tonk and power pop rock ‘n’ roll that has wowed audiences from Bonnaroo to Boston. The band’s albums Push Me On Home (2007), On the Right Side of the Grass (2008) and Great Commotion (2010) landed the group good reviews, airplay on Americana radio stations around the country and a dedicated and enthusiastic fan base.
Singer-Songwriter, Josh Smith, began playing his songs with his band, Handsome and the Humbles in early 2014, creating a sound that has been described as “Garage Americana.” His songs, which are inspired by the people he’s met and stories he’s heard while growing up in East Tennessee, aim to introduce elements of Appalachian/southern culture that may cause the listener to think, “There’s more to those people than I thought.” Both his band’s debut EP, Hallelujah, Alright, and first full-length album, Have Mercy have been well-received by East Tennessee audiences and critics alike–affording him the opportunity to play shows as close to home as the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion and as far away as Rockwood Music Hall in New York, NY. With increasing critical acclaim and shows booked all over the Southeast, Josh Smith and his band Handsome and the Humbles have become a group to watch.
More info about the concert series:
Maryville, TN… East Tennessee will soon have a new acoustic concert series, courtesy of the Royal Oaks Event Center, 4411 Legends Way, Maryville Tennessee. Plans have been unveiled to launch a series of special intimate performances featuring established recording artists of both local and national renown. The monthly series will kick off in late August and continue on an ongoing basis.
“It’s been my dream to present live music in this wonderful community ever since my wife Alisa and I arrived here just over a year ago,” series organizer Lee Zimmerman commented. “The Royal Oaks Event Center at Royal Oaks provides a spectacular setting for doing just that and I think it’s safe to say that it will offer an amazing ambiance like no other. After working with so many fantastic artists over the years as a writer and reviewer for various national musical publications, I’m delighted to be able to share their talents firsthand with the community and music lovers throughout the area. Everyone is invited to share in the celebration, Royal Oaks residents and the entire East Tennessee community as well.
The Royal Oaks Event Center offers spectacular views, an upscale environment and an intimate pub-like setting where food and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Audiences will be especially pleased with the opportunity for interaction between artists and audiences through exclusive tailor made performances that will be unlike any others.