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Wednesday, April 27
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Dugger Band
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
About the Artists
Elijah Wise from Cosby, Tennessee has a very traditional country sound with an outlaw flare about him. Elijah gives credit to his greatest influences Keith Whitley, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, and George Jones, as they shaped the way he sounds today. In the early years of life, Elijah grew up singing with his father. It wasn’t until Elijah was right around 20 years old when he picked up the guitar and quickly fell in love with it. Elijah took guitar lessons from bluegrass legend Wyatt Rice at East Tennessee State University to add a whole new dynamic to his sound. After being put into a financial bind and leaving the university, he decided to start his journey as a professional musician. After just a few months Elijah began playing anywhere from 5-7 nights a week as a full time musician in some of the biggest venues in East Tennessee. He now lives in Nashville, and is chasing the dream of becoming a country star. Elijah released his first single back in September of 2020 called “She’s Movin’ On”. The song was written by Wyatt McCubbin and Carson Chamberlain and has had several radio plays in the local area. Elijah has some big things planned for the rest of the year. A couple things include on August 21st 2021 at the Cocke County fairgrounds in Newport, Tennessee, Elijah will be opening up for “The” Larry Sparks and will be back in the studio in November with Kenny Royster at Direct Image Studios in Nashville to finish up his EP. One of Elijah’s favorite venues to play at is Ole Red because there is always a great crowd and an incredibly helpful and dedicated staff to make the experience top notch for the artists and the audience. Elijah says, ” I just knew I wanted to play Ole Red because the crowd that it draws in is insane and I wanted to be a part of that kind of exposure and such a great team.” Fans can purchase Elijah’s music anywhere music is sold and can find his handles for social media at the links below.
Taking the stage for what’s easily the 100th time in almost as many days, Brother Rains energetically walk to the stage as they start off another set that’s impossibly tight and laid back at the same time. By the time their vocals kick in, it’s clear that this is no ordinary party band on the club circuit. This is Brother Rains, the band that is passion incarnate, has launched a thousand emotions and stirred up Southern soul for over 20 years.
For the guys who always dreamed of a life on the road, Brother Rains’ originals “One bullet”, “California” and “Cold Winters Day” were like pulling into glamorous, exciting towns along their never-ending tour. They were life changing and sent them off with incredible memories and nifty souvenirs but were always just a part of the journey, not the destination. “We’ve been lucky enough to experience a pretty broad range of stardom, and the lack thereof, throughout our journey as a musicians,” the band said with a chuckle.
This philosophy, this innate ability to write songs that somehow every listener claims as their own, is not just reserved for the love songs but also in the soul-drenched party songs that fans fill the clubs to hear. The ones that weave seamlessly in and out of Brother Rains’ versions of their own personal favorites like the Princes’ “Doves Cry” and the Allman Brothers’ “Soulshine,” their unabashed love for vintage soul is worn proudly on their guitar strap.
“It’s not about chart positions or record sales or anything like that, “it just has to do with people coming together and sharing a moment, that’s it. We want people to understand and feel the “POWER OF MUSIC”. We want to take those feelings that people have buried deep inside them, pull’em out, throw’em all out on the floor, and dance within that passion. I’d like to remind the world how important it is to believe in music, and it doesn’t matter what kind you like. We just want them to get up out of their chairs and let the music move them, take them to a place that’s somewhere in the vicinity of the heart. And that’s all we ever wanted to do. we just love that moment in the small club or bar where every single person in there has a moment where it’s silent and they get it and it’s beautiful, that moment where the music that’s coming off the stage is much more than the players and much more than the audience and something happens and you’re sitting there and your hair stands up. That’s it, man. I love it.”
After toiling away for years in the dank clubs of Cookeville, Tennessee, BROTHER RAINS are aiming for the top of the country/rock scene in 2021 with their debut album, “The Summer Storm”. The band’s first “live” album, joins together BROTHER RAINS’ southern-soul yarling with unhinged acoustic rhythms to generate an album highlighting heart-pounding post-tragic heartache. With standout tracks like “One Bullet,” look for Brother Rains to be a major leader in the country/rock landscape for years to come.
The Dugger Band