Waynestock 2020

On December 10, 2010, Andrew Bledsoe died suddenly, and the Knoxville music community was rocked by shock and grief.

Andrew was an active member of several local bands, but he was also the son of Wayne Bledsoe, long-time music scribe for the Knoxville News Sentinel who, since the 1980s, had helped hundreds of local musicians, artists and bands make a name for themselves. Some would go on to fame and fortune; others would toil on local stages on the weekends, working 40-plus hours during the week and giving everything they had to a handful of fans in smoky bars and clubs where the only notability they received was on the marquee or through the ink that Wayne gave them. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Knoxville music scene is what it is today thanks to Wayne Bledsoe.

So when his world crumbled, the scene stepped in to pick up the pieces. Over the course of a handful of weeks, we put together a music festival to benefit Wayne’s family, but more importantly, to lift him up in love and solace and empathy. If you were there, you know it was magic.

Over the next several years, Waynestock became an integral part of the yearly concert calendar around these parts, always returning to the same venue — Relix in Happy Holler — and always showcasing a broad spectrum of musicians who make this place so rich and beautiful. We’ve continued to raise money for individuals and organizations, but above and beyond the dollars that go to a good cause, we’ve put together what feels like a family reunion.

Love. Friendship. Art. Joy. Support. Laughter.

Family. Like William Wright yelled from the stage during that very first Waynestock, “When something bad happens, Knoxville, this is what we do: We come together and make it better!”

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s our privilege to announce the lineup for Waynestock X. We’ll return to Relix on January 30-February 1, and we hope you’ll join us for what has to be experienced to be understood as one of the most special weekends in town.

Tickets: $5 @ the door, each night.

WayneStock X Schedule:

Thursday

7: Quartjar

8: MARK

9: Ex-Gold

Friday

7. Mark Coram

8. Mia Daydream & Kami Astro 

9. Con Hunley and Mic Harrison And The High Score (with a very special appearance by Scott Miller)

10. Thrift Store Cowboys

11. Melungeons

12. Psychotic Behavior

Saturday

6. Shayla McDaniel

7. Kevin Abernathy

8. The Pinklets

9. Senryu

10. Electric Darling

11. Finale

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It’s almost that time of year again!

Remember how much fun the summer Mic Harrison And The High Score Happy Hour series was at Boyd’s Jig & Reel?  

Well great news, we’ve got a very special Holiday Happy Hour on Mic Harrison‘s birthday!  

Bring the whole family!  

Saturday Dec 28th

6-8pm

Food and drink specials from Boyd’s Jig & Reel

Free show!

Sponsored by WUTK 90.3 The Rock Volunteer Radio and Yee-Haw Brewing Company

FB:https://www.facebook.com/events/2368737643439985/

Raised In Knoxville Project

Our very own Mic Harrison was asked to join the “Raised In Knoxville” Project and write a song!
More info from the Raised in Knoxville website
https://www.wuot.org/raised-knoxville

WUOT is one of 37 public radio and TV stations nationwide to share in more than $366,000 of funding to produce projects associated with acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns’s upcoming documentary Country Music. Eight years in the making, the eight-part, 16-hour documentary chronicles the highs and lows of country music’s early days, from southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak, and faith to the rollicking Western swing of Texas to California’s honky-tonks and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. Country Music will premiere Sunday, September 15, and will stream for free on various PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app.

Two Knoxville artists— Mic Harrison, rhythm guitarist and lead singer in Mic Harrison and the High Score, and Trisha Gene Brady, a solo artist who spent seven years as a member of the Black Lillies—will each write and record a country song commissioned for the project. WUOT will chronicle the process online so people can watch the songs develop from early practice to the final mix. The songs will be available for free digital download, and 200 commemorative CD’s will be produced.