Friday, April 19, 2019: The Chris Knight Band

Chris Knight doesn’t like to say much. Won’t chat about his worldview or engage in conversations on his creative approach. For 15 years, 7 acclaimed albums and a hard-nosed career that’s been hailed as “where Cormac McCarthy meets Copperhead Road”, Knight has always let his music do most of the talking. And on record – as well everywhere across America, from roadhouse taverns to major-city concert halls – his songs have had plenty to say. But with his new album Little Victories, Chris Knight has taken the discussion to a whole new level.

His first album of new material in 4 years, Little Victories is a record of blunt honesty, elegiac truths and the raw rural poetry of an artist who’s come into his own and intends to stay. And for a performer who’s been compared over the years to Cash, Prine, Earle and Nebraska-era Springsteen, Knight now stands alone as a singer/songwriter that has carved his own idiosyncratic sound and sensibility out of the dirt road American dream. Little Victories not only sounds like a Chris Knight album, but the best Chris Knight album yet.

“I don’t ever get in a big rush about things,” Knight says. “I can tour pretty good on what I got. I took my time, like I always do. Write a song every now and then. I don’t like to talk about politics, but I do write what I’m thinking about.” And if many of the songs on Little Victories seem to take a hard-eyed look at the current socio-economic climate, Knight – the former strip-mine inspector who still lives in the backcountry coal town of Slaughters, Kentucky (population 200) where he was raised – is upfront about their origins. “About 2 years ago, we had a big ice storm here in Slaughters that just devastated the whole area,” he says. “We were out of power for close to a month, cooking in the fireplace and living by candlelight to survive. Things slowed down to nothing. When we were finally able to head into town, we saw lines of cars for miles outside the gas station. There were hundreds of people outside the hardware store who had nothing even before the storm hit. They weren’t prepared for the situation or for each other. I watched their behavior and reactions, and that’s when I started writing a bunch of songs I knew would be a part of this record.”

Little Victories also marks a reunion with producer Ray Kennedy, who’d engineered and mastered Knight’s seminal Enough Rope and two Trailer Tapes albums and is well known for his work with Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, John Mellencamp and Lucinda Williams. “Chris wanted to make this record with his road band,” explains Kennedy. “And as we were tracking in the studio, the sounds I was sending back through the headphones were pretty tough and edgy. It made everybody crank their amps up higher and dig a little deeper. The sound of any record is about attitude and how it goes down, and much of this record went down like a rock record. Other than a few overdubs, it’s pretty much recorded 100% live.” This organic approach gives the album an acoustic/electric texture that is both urgently gritty and fiercely expressive, with Knight’s twang-rich vocals to match. “Chris digs deepest of all on this record,” Kennedy says. “It’s the content of his voice as well as the character of the songs. And when you listen to this record a few times, you realize there’s a really unique social commentary woven in. I think he’s one of our greatest songwriters, period.”

The album’s 11 songs purely rank among Knight’s finest. There’s busted luck in “Lowdown Ramblin’ Blues”, hardcore tenacity in “Nothing On Me” and badtempered love in “You Lie When You Call My Name” (co-written with two-time Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack). Buddy Miller provides guest vocals on the ominous commentary of “In The Mean Time” and the ornery regret of “Missing You”. “Jack Loved Jesse” is a raging tale of criminal destiny co-written and featuring blistering electric guitar and vocals by former Georgia Satellite and frequent Knight producer Dan Baird. “You Can’t Trust No One” emerges as an unsettling paean to small-town American cynicism and anger, and “The Lonesome Way” is a gut-punch of slide-guitar, violin (courtesy Tammy Rogers of The Steeldrivers, who appears throughout the album) and bullheaded regret. The humble acoustic remorse of “Out Of This Hole” is Knight at his most plaintive, and the crushed dreams of “Hard Edges” carry a banjo-tinged melancholy. And if the title track not only finds Knight at his most cheerily optimistic (for Chris, at least), it also features vocals from his lifelong musical hero John Prine. “When I was 16, I got a John Prine songbook and learned about 40 of his songs,” Knight explains. “Used to play them for the kids in study hall at school every day. About 20 years later, I finally got to meet him when I opened a few shows for him. He asked me to come out and sing “Paradise” as part of his encore, and I got to play the blonde Martin guitar that was on the cover of his first album. I sent him “Little Victories” and he liked the song enough to be on it.” Chris treasures the moment when the two first listened to the playback of their distinctive twangs rasping joyfully together on the chorus. “‘Prine turned to me and said, ‘We sound pretty good together. Just like Phil and Don Everly.’”

So after 15 years, 8 albums and a still uncompromised reputation as one of the best singer/songwriters in America, what has Chris Knight learned from it all? “I’ve learned that I’m pretty lucky to do what I do and make a living at it,” he says. “I’m really proud of this record, and it’ll be fun to play these songs live. For people who like my music and maybe even for someone hearing me for the first time, I think they’ll find songs on here that mean something to them and they can hang on to. I don’t want to talk about it too much, but I think people are gonna be surprised.” And for Chris Knight, that’s victory enough.


Official Chris Knight Website: HERE

James Sayne & The Shoeshine Boys (Full Band)

Saturday, April 20, 2019: Jerico Woods – Ax and the Oak – No Deceit

3 PROUD Kentucky bands!  One LOUD Kentucky Night!

  • April 20, 2019
    Ax and the Oak- Jericho Woods – No Deceit

At Spillway!

What an incredible lineup! You guys DO NOT want to miss this! Tell all your friends and get ready to THROWDOWN!



Schedule · Saturday, April 20, 2019


9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ax and the Oak


10:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Jericho Woods


11:30 PM – 1:00 AM (overnight)
No Deceit 

Saturday, May 4, 2019: James Carothers

Nashville honky-tonk crooner, James Carothers is known for his stone-country originals, spot-on impressions of several of country’s greatest icons, character band mates and a large fan base of fiercely supportive followers who love real country music.

James can be found playing 3-4 shows per week at The George Jones, AJ’s Good Time Bar and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row in Nashville, TN when he’s not on the road. In 2019, James will be releasing a series of 12 new singles – one every month – under the banner ‘Songs and Stories.’ Previous releases include ‘Still Country, Still King: A Tribute to George Jones’ (September 2018), which debuted at #16 on the iTunes Country Chart, his first full-length original album ‘Relapse’ (May 2017) and an EP ‘Honky Tonk Land’ (June 2014).


HIGHLIGHTS:

Selected to open four Alan Jackson tour dates in 2019

Listed as one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: October 2018”

2018 WSM Road Show Winner, resulting in the opportunity to make Grand Ole Opry debut with Alan Jackson

2018 Ameripolitan “Outlaw Male” Award Nominee

Has opened for Trace Adkins, The Charlie Daniels Band, Dustin Lynch, Cody Johnson, William Michael Morgan, Ben Haggard, Joe Diffie, A Thousand Horses & The Kentucky Headhunters.


BACKGROUND:

In 2015, James left a technician job at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and returned to his native state of Tennessee to pursue a country music career at the unlikely ripe-old-age of 33. Since then, he has performed over a thousand shows at The George Jones & other venues throughout downtown Nashville. George Jones’ own widow, Nancy, personally hired Carothers for the initial gig, giving him the opportunity to make a living playing music & to hone his hobby-turned-profession in an accelerated fashion.

In addition to supporting his young family and connecting with others musicians and songwriters, performing downtown has helped Carothers build a large fan base of downtown tourists drawn through the doors by the booming voice echoing down Broadway or 2nd Avenue. Playing so many shows in a relatively short time-frame in a city with an excess of raw talent forced him to sharpen his stage show quickly and continue to refine the thing he’s always enjoyed most — entertaining and interacting with folks in a way that leaves most people feeling like they’ve made a new friend. Over the past couple of years, James has enjoyed playing several opening slots, festivals, fairs, and private events in locations all across the United States as opportunities have presented themselves and he’s even had the chance to travel to Canada, Japan, Scotland and Norway for shows.

James Carothers sounds like a soundtrack for the grand tour that celebrates classic country’s history of rowdy crooners and sentimental outlaws.”
— Will Hodge, Rolling Stone Country


Official James Carothers Website: HERE

Friday, May 31, 2019: Rock Battle

Here’s your chance to be a rockstar, enter the Battle of the Bands presented by Spillway BG for the 2019 Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest. Follow the rules and your band could be chosen to play on the big stage. Spillway Bar & Grill will be hosting two big nights of music, May 31st will be the Rock Battle and June 1st will be the Country Battle.

Don’t miss it, you might just see the next big superstar on the Spillway stage. Thanks to Robert Spillway Baxter for all you do to support the local music scene.

There is limited space available, so don’t delay!

To enter your band & get the rules, click the link below. Deadline for entry is April 13th, 2019, don’t miss it!

Make sure you like & share this page and Spillway BG!

Saturday, June 1, 2019: Country Battle

Here’s your chance to be a rockstar, enter the Battle of the Bands presented by Spillway BG for the 2019 Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest. Follow the rules and your band could be chosen to play on the big stage. Spillway Bar & Grill will be hosting two big nights of music, May 31st will be the Rock Battle and June 1st will be the Country Battle.

Don’t miss it, you might just see the next big superstar on the Spillway stage. Thanks to Robert Spillway Baxter for all you do to support the local music scene.

There is limited space available, so don’t delay!

To enter your band & get the rules, click the link below. Deadline for entry is April 13th, 2019, don’t miss it!

Make sure you like & share this page and Spillway BG!

Saturday, June 22, 2019: Webb Wilder

Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks
Powerful Stuff!
Release Date April 27th, 2018

Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks have been cranking out their own kind of Southern Rock and “ROLL” for the USA and the world since 1985. The band’s energy and intensity is well exemplified by the heretofore unreleased, vintage tracks contained on POWERFUL STUFF!, its latest recording for Landslide Records. A potent mixture of roots rock, Americana, blues, and British influences, the album primarily features the “original” Beatnecks: Wilder on lead vocals and guitar, Donny “The Twangler” Roberts, guitar and vocals, Denny “Cletus” Blakely, bass and vocals, and Jimmy Lester, drums, who were one of the most popular touring bands from the mid-1980s into the 1990s. POWERFUL STUFF! presents timeless live and studio tracks, many of which were produced by R.S. “Bobby” Field, a founding member of The Beatnecks, split equally between original songs and distinctive cover renditions, all of which inexplicably escaped release back in the day.

“As our song ‘Lost In The Shuffle’ suggests, that’s kind of what happened to these tapes,” said Wilder, who is excited to finally see them available to his “loving public.” “All the tunes from this new, old stock were performed throughout those early years, and consequently the band was tight and in top form when we recorded. Our sound came out of a variety of influential genres, and all of them are represented here.” Compiled and remixed (where possible) by Wilder and George “the Tone Chaperone” Bradfute at his Tone Chapparral studio in Madison, TN, the new album was culled from dozens of recordings that had been carefully stored in a Nashville facility for over 30 years.

The title track, “Powerful Stuff,” written by Field, was a Beatnecks’ original that unfortunately stayed in the can after The Fabulous Thunderbirds picked it up and made it one of their biggest hits that landed a spot on the soundtrack of the 1988 motion picture, COCKTAIL, a box office winner. “Make That Move,” a long forgotten blast from Britain’s Levi and the Rockats, kicks off the album in breakneck fashion, followed by “New Day,” a somewhat timely composition by Webb and Terry Anderson (Woods, Yayhoos). POWERFUL STUFF! moves along at a crisp pace showing the band’s ability to shift effortlessly from disparate material such as Sam and Dave’s “Ain’t That A Lot Of Love” (accompanied by a full blown horn section), Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “I’m Wild About You Baby,” Steve Forbert’s “Catbird Seat,” a spirited take of Johnny Paycheck’s “Revenooer Man” and even a raucous cover of Little Richard’s “Lucille,” that echoes Jerry Lee Lewis at his finest.

A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Wilder moved to Austin, Texas in 1976 with his friend since junior high, Bobby Field, who would later co- found the Beatnecks with him as well as write many memorable songs and produce several earlier records. After moving to Nashville, Wilder and Field formed the Beatnecks in 1985. As Nashville moved toward unapologetically commercial fare, Wilder and Field were busy crafting their signature brand of rock ‘n’ roll, founded on classic influences from both sides of the pond. The band’s debut, IT CAME FROM NASHVILLE, a brazenly rocking bar-band rave-up (also available from Landslide) was recently named by PASTE Magazine as one of the 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All Time. Wilder’s subsequent releases, HYBRID VIGOR, DOO DAD, TOWN & COUNTRY, ACRES OF SUEDE, ABOUT TIME, BORN TO BE WILDER (live) and MORE LIKE ME, have continually maintained the high standard set initially, becoming textbooks for aspiring roots rockers and showing there was (and is) a vibrant market for their hybrid brand of rootsy musical gumbo. In its review of Wilder’s most recent release, MISSISSIPPI MODERNE, GUITAR PLAYER Magazine called Webb “a national treasure.”

Music critics have always warmed up to the Webb Wilder juggernaut. The Associated Press described the band’s music and stage performance as “a glorious amalgamation of grunge chords, killer grooves, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatrics, a healthy sense of humor, and great pop melodies.” It’s “full of wit and personality, and devoid of technological or conceptual gimmickry,” added the Houston Post.

The same formula powers POWERFUL STUFF!, an exciting blend of bedrock American music incorporating a host of styles. Not forgotten is Wilder’s ever present irreverent attitude and wit. According to Gibson Guitar magazine, this “gives Wilder’s music a sense of fun and imagination often lacking among his peers.” POWERFUL STUFF! is proof as to why this now legendary group has remained a blistering live attraction since it’s 1985 beginning. Once again, it comes from Nashville, and it brings a world of swampadelic, Wilderized wisdom, bluster, and mayhem, all showing off the group at its very finest.

Webb Wilder is an evangelist for real Rock ‘n’ Roll. As a singer, guitarist, bandleader, film actor, songwriter and humorist, he may be roots-rock’s only true Renaissance man. POWERFUL STUFF! will no doubt find favor with Webb’s devoted legion of fans, but its affecting songs and masterful performances are sure to bring many newcomers into the fold. In listening one can hear a marvelous encapsulation of things right and righteous, wistful yet wild, strange at times but always strong. Garage rock and bluster blues. Fuzz-tone and fury, and, in many ways, a full and unbroken circle back to the days when Webb Wilder was a Mississippi boy “possessed of the mind of a full-grown man,” listening to first Elvis and Rick Nelson, then Beatles, Byrds, Stones, Kinks, Animals, Buffalo Springfield, Faces, Badfinger, The Move, Free, The Band, B.B. King and so many others.

Friday, September 13, 2019: After Party

The Spillway BG is once again the site of the OFFICIAL VETTE CITY MOTORCYCLE MUSIC FEST AFTER PARTIES, they be happening on Friday night Sept 13th and Saturday night Sept 14th.

Robert Spillway Baxter will have two big bands lined up and there will be food & drink specials until we close up.

Last year the Spillway Bar & Grill kept the parties goin strong and we are proud to have them be the host once again. Great staff, great venue, and most of all just damn good people.

Saturday, September 14, 2019: After Party

The Spillway BG is once again the site of the OFFICIAL VETTE CITY MOTORCYCLE MUSIC FEST AFTER PARTIES, they be happening on Friday night Sept 13th and Saturday night Sept 14th.

Robert Spillway Baxter will have two big bands lined up and there will be food & drink specials until we close up.

Last year the Spillway Bar & Grill kept the parties goin strong and we are proud to have them be the host once again. Great staff, great venue, and most of all just damn good people.