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Summer brings Hot Nights, Cool Music

June 8th, 2012 4:02 am by staff report

Summer brings Hot Nights, Cool Music

Courtesy of My New FavoritesMy New Favorites will kick off Northeast State's Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series with a show at 7 p.m., June 15, at the college. Admission is free.

Summer is bringing plenty of Hot Nights and Cool Music to Northeast State Community College’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus in Blountville.

The college’s annual Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series begins June 15 and will continue through July with nine shows over six weeks. The series schedule includes local, regional and nationally known artists who will bring an eclectic mix of music to the stage.

All concerts start at 7 p.m., and are free and open to the public.
The Johnson City-based Americana band My New Favorites will kick things off on June 15.

My New Favorites is the happy union of four musicians with very different backgrounds and influences. They play primarily original music that reflects what each of the members brings to the musical table.

“It’s like being inside one of those big machines where they split atoms,” said member Jeff Benedict. “Musical ideas start flying around at the speed of light. And then there’s a ‘bang’ and just like that, we’re taking off in a new direction.”

Joining Jeff Benedict, who sings and plays rhythm guitar and banjo, are fiddler Linda Waltner, bassist Amy Benedict and keyboardist/accordionist Tracy Johnson.

Also scheduled to perform this season are:

Mandolin Orange, June 21 — Songwriters Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz comprise this Chapel Hill, N.C., duo, ornamenting their lyric- and harmony-focused tunes with acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle and mandolin.

The Billies, June 29 — Chrisie Santoni and Craig Smith make up The Billies, a “Low Country Groove” band from Lancaster, Penn., that’s dedicated to bringing Celtic music to a more mainstream audience. The duo’s sound is a musical gumbo, with hints of folk, Americana, country, pop, rock and a little dash of chill.

The Ed Snodderly Group, July 12 — Ed Snodderly’s name is synonymous with Southern music and culture. A well-respected musician, writer, actor and owner of one of the country’s longest-running music venues, the Down Home in Johnson City, Snodderly possesses a low-key personal demeanor that belies a wealth of accomplishment and talent.

Snodderly spent the better part of a decade performing and recording as one-half of The Brother Boys with Eugene Wolf. He recently formed and tours with a “writers in the round” group featuring some of the best artists the South has to offer — Tony Arata (noted for writing Garth Brooks’ “The Dance”), Malcomb Holcomb and Jelly Roll Johnson.

Snodderly’s own songs have also been recorded by artists such as Missy Raines, former New Grass Revival’s John Cowan and Sam Bush as well as Jerry Douglas.

The Johnson City Community Band, July 14 — More than 60 volunteers of all ages and experience levels from across Northeast Tennessee make up the Johnson City Community Band, under the baton of conductor Roxanne M. Haskill.

The Barefoot Movement July 19— The Barefoot Movement is a Hedges and Alex de Grassi. His wife, Judy, will lend vocals to the performance, which will wrap up the concert series.

For more information about the summer concert series, call (423) 279-7669 or visit www.north? . trio of talented musicians from North Carolina and Tennessee whose music successfully melds Americana influences with the invigoration of acoustic modern rock and jazz.

Trey Hensley, July 27 — After picking up a guitar at the age of 10, Trey Hensley quickly took the bluegrass world by storm, even performing on the Grand Ole Opry when he was 11. Hensley, now 21, has since transitioned to country music, and travels the country with his five-piece band playing his own brand of traditional honky-tonk music.

Doug and Judy Smith, July 28—Doug Smith is a nationally recognized acoustic guitarist who weaves together folk, classical, jazz and contemporary forms into a unique, flowing fingerpicking style recalling the playing of Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Michael

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