Saturday, June 13, from 12-8 p.m. at Bonnaroo‘s The Other Tent, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale hosts the Tennessee Shines stage with eight hours of bluegrass from The SteelDrivers, Cherryholmes, the Del McCoury Band and the David Grisman Quintet. Lauderdale will introduce the bands, sit in for some songs and welcome special guests to the stage for surprise collaborations that only happen at Bonnaroo! Knoxville’s award-winning radio station WDVX FM and Nashville’s legendary WSM will broadcast the performances as well as capture exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews for the radio audience.
Tennessee Shines continues the legacy of live radio shows in downtown Knoxville, when the likes of Flatt & Scruggs and Chet Atkins performed on the Midday Merry-go-Round at the WNOX studios and folks tuned in to hear Porter Wagoner host the Grand Ole Opry. Since its debut in August 2008, Tennessee Shines has been held before sold-out audiences at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville and broadcast live on WDVX FM. Tennessee Shines celebrates that vast genre known as Americana, which includes (but is not limited to) bluegrass, folk, old-time, Cajun, blues, roots-rock and other styles of music developed between the Appalachians and the Mississippi River. The concert series was recently named Outstanding Museum/Attraction by the Knoxville Tourism Alliance. In January 2010, Tennessee Shines will be syndicated on commercial and non-commercial radio stations across the United States.
Tennessee Shines is a collaboration between Bonnaroo producers AC Entertainment, WDVX and the Knoxville Americana Music Foundation.