KNOXVILLE (press release)—The music-focused highlight of Dogwood Arts’ April celebration will once again rock Knoxville over a three-day span from April 10–12. With the stages set exclusively along downtown Knoxville’s historic Jackson Avenue, Rhythm N’ Blooms will showcase first-timers, chart-climbers and highly lauded acts from varied musical backgrounds.
The Decemberists, The Dirty Guv’Nahs and Delta Spirit were the bands Festival producers recently released. A small taste of the 2015 festival lineup, with many more artists to be announced in the New Year.
Tickets for the music festival are on sale now; three-day passes are $60 each and VIP passes are $125. Visit the festival’s website to purchase Festival and VIP tickets: www.rhythmnbloomsfest.com/tickets.
After a four-year hiatus, the band’s highly anticipated tour in support of their new album “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” stops in Knoxville for a headline performance at the 2015 Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival.
“In some ways, this album was four years in the making,” says Colin Meloy, frontman and primary songwriter of the Decemberists. “We were on hiatus, so we had all the time we could want, no schedule or tour, no expectations.” With the ability to work at their own pace, the resulting record is the band’s most varied and dynamic work, both musically and emotionally.
The Dirty Guv’nahs
Knoxville’s own Dirty Guv’nahs make their Rhythm N’ Blooms festival debut in 2015; a performance that has been years in the making. Each year, Rhythm n’ Blooms features a headline act with local ties and audience members have long requested the Guvs, but it wasn’t until now that the timing worked out.
This six-piece brotherhood is called “a fiercely soulful band” by the Boston Globe, and has been affirmed by Paste Magazine to “know rock and roll from the inside out.” The live experience of The Dirty Guv’nahs has been hailed as one of the best in the southeast and according to Music Connection Magazine: “The Dirty Guv’nahs don’t just play music; they capture the human experience through song.” This experience is led by the soulful holler of singer / songwriter James Trimble, and accentuated by the intricate lead guitar work of Cozmo Holloway and the tasteful piano, organ, and harmony vocals of Kevin Hyfantis. The sturdy rhythm section of the band is filled out by brothers Justin and Aaron Hoskins’ on bass and drums, along with the glue and musical leadership of songwriter Michael Jenkins on the rhythm guitar.
“Into the Wide,” the fourth album from San Diego-bred five- piece Delta Spirit, was born in a flood-ruined, cave-like, rat-colonized room in the band’s new hometown of Brooklyn. After spending more than a year writing together in the windowless studio they rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy wreaked its havoc, the group resurfaced with a batch of demos and headed to Georgia to team up with Ben Allen (a producer/engineer known for his work with artists like Animal Collective and Deerhunter). Recorded near an old shipping yard in Atlanta, “Into the Wide” intimately captures the claustrophobia of Delta Spirit’s creative space, turning that tension into a moody meditation on the restlessness of city life, growing older, and longing for escape.
With its lyrics largely inspired by the murder ballads of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, “Into the Wide” proves more darkly charged than anything the band’s ever offered up before but—thanks to their command of both indelible melody and sprawling, atmospheric arrangements—ultimately emerges as Delta Spirit’s most gloriously heavy album so far.