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Andy Davis brings 'blue-eyed soul' to Northeast State

staff report • Sep 6, 2011 at 4:49 AM

Nashville-based singer and songwriter Andy Davis will bring his blue-eyed soul music to Northeast State Community College next week for a free concert at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. Davis will take the stage at 7 p.m., Sept. 14. The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 500 patrons. A contemporary artist raised on old-school rock and soul, Davis boasts an ear for hooks and for the often irregular heartbeat of human relationships that continues to engage longtime fans and win him new ones. The Louisiana native’s first album, “Thinks of Her,” struck a chord on college radio, selling out its initial print run. The original pressing of the CD — with Davis’s hand-written lyrics and stenciled cover art — became a collector’s item within months of its release. In 2005, the re-mastered re-release of “Thinks of Her” gained Davis national exposure and brought him to the attention of legendary music producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello). The result of their collaboration was “Let the Woman,” a sophisticated, sonically adventurous album that ignited a bidding war. Barnes and Noble won the rights to distribute “Let the Woman” online and in their stores all over the world. The album’s single “Brown Eyes” became a staple on Adult Alternative radio, and the album reached No. 4 on the Adult Alternative chart. He toured extensively in support of “Let the Woman,” both headlining and opening for Colbie Caillat, Jakob Dylan, Mat Kearney, Will Hoge, Howie Day and NEEDTOB R E AT H E . The following year, Davis became a prominent member of Ten Out of Tenn, a critically acclaimed collective of Nashville singer/songwriters who joined forces for a collaborative tour that was documented in the award-winning documentary film “Any Day Now.” Davis returned to Nashville in 2009 to record “New History,” which was featured in — and inspired — an episode of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” His songs have also been featured in episodes of “Jersey Shore” and “One Tree Hill.” In February 2011, Davis broke back onto the scene when he raised over $41,000 strictly from fans in just 30 days through a Kickstarter campaign to record his new album. He is currently in the studio working to finish the new record, due this fall. For more information about the concert at Northeast State, call (423) 354-2474 or e-mail keglover@NortheastState.edu . To find out more about Davis, visit his website at www.andydavisonline.com . Wa t e r projectKingsport, Wa s h i n g t o n partnering on Fall Branch work Kingsport is a regional water provider to more than 85,000 customers within the city limits and outside the city limits.By MATTHEW LANE mlane@timesnews.net KINGSPORT — Kingsport and Washington County are working together to extend public water lines to 50 families in the Fall Branch community, with the eventual goal being to create a mechanism to serve the remaining 200 miles of roads in the county also not on public water. Residents along Double Springs Road and Lady Lane experienced issues with their well water source during the drought of 2007 and 2008, so much so they approached Kingsport about the possibility of extending water service to their homes. Kingsport is a regional water provider to more than 85,000 customers within the city limits and outside the city limits, including Sullivan County, parts of Washington, Greene and Hawkins counties, and a few customers in Scott County, Va. Public Works Director Ryan McReynolds said Kingsport looked into the matter and found that the area did not meet its criteria for extending water lines to the homes. “There has to be a certain amount of usage for us to apply toward construction,” said McReynolds. “There were not that many people compared to how long this project was going to be.” Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge also noted the residents in that area — according to the latest U.S. Census information — make too much money to qualify for state or federal grants to help provide public water to their homes. The residents continued to pursue the matter with their Washington County commissioners and Eldridge, who in turn met with McReynolds and City Manager John Campbell about extending water service to those residents. In order to serve those residents with public water, Kingsport would have to extend its water lines from roughly the Highway Patrol building on State Route 93, go underneath the road, and down Double Springs Road back toward Kingsport. The nine-month project would cost approximately $735,000. “As we look at the value of those customers for capital extension, there was a financial gap in our ability to extend the water lines. Washington County is stepping forward to fill that gap,” McReynolds said. “The value of the customers is around $250,000, and the gap is $500,000. What we’re working through now would fill the gap with growth in the future going toward minimizing the impact to the county.”

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