This Youtube video shows The Impressions performing in 1963.
When Chattanooga natives Fred Cash and Sam Gooden were still just teenagers they joined Curtis Mayfield to form The Impressions. The Impressions went on to become one of the most successful groups of the era. Between 1958 and 1975 they had a string of Top Ten hits including “I’m So Proud”, “Gypsy Woman” and “Amen.”
Choral Arts of Chattanooga will perform a holiday concert on December 13th at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Michael Devine, the group's new artistic director, joins us for a conversation about the concert and about his background. As a child, he was one of a small number of Americans to be part of the world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir.
K-pop boy-band MBLAQ stars in the fifth season of "Hello Baby," a reality show where small children are loaned to K-pop stars, so the stars can see what it’s like to be parents. Shows like "Hello Baby" are an example of how different the South Korean music industry can be, compared to mainstream American music stardom.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Blake Blum is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior interning with WUTC. She’s also a huge fan of K-pop, a genre of music originating in South Korea. “Gangnam Style” is the best-known example of K-pop, but it turns out there’s a lot more to the genre. In this story, Blum explains why K-pop appeals to her, even though she lives about seven thousand miles away from South Korea and doesn’t speak the language that most of the lyrics are sung in. “Believe me, Blum says, “when I became obsessed with K-pop I was a little thrown, too.”
Last Fall Corey Petree and his wife, Colleen, staged the first Fly Free Festival outside Nashville. About 1000 people showed up and everyone had a good time, according to Corey Petree—but he lost quite a lot of money. Just the same neither he nor his wife was ready to give up and they are trying again. This time they’ve chosen a location nearer to Chattanooga. In addition, he told Richard Winham, they have a stronger lineup this year.
There are two more shows left in this year’s Riverfront Nights series. Jeff Styles,responsible for finding the bands and organizing the shows every week, says that this year’s series has been by far the most successful season yet.
Riverfront Nights is back Saturday evening after taking a break for the Southern Brewers festival last weekend. As always in addition to the music there are a number of activities planned including paddle boarding and a couple of trail runs. Jeff Styles talks about the music and Randy Whorton from Wild Trails talks about the trail runs and paddle boarding.
The Choo Choo Chorus is a group of 45 local barbershop harmony singers who sing together and in individual quartets. On August 16th the full Choo Choo Chorus as well as a number of the quartets will be in concert singing songs from Disney movies. Richard Winham talked to the one of the quartets –The Chattanooguys—Marcellus Scott, Bo Christian, David Fleury and Wally Edmondson.
Nashville singer/songwriter T. Graham Brown had a string of hits in the 1980s, but his career faltered as he struggled with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. He stopped drinking, and his song "Wine into Water" came from the experience. In this interview, Brown talks about it, and reveals details about the gospel album he's currently recording, which will feature guest stars such as Vince Gill and Leon Russell.
WUTC's Mark Colbert speaks with Dr. Cameron LaBarr, founder and Artistic Director of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, as well as Caitlin Hammond, a vocalist. The chorus, comprised of professional singers, will perform A Ceremony of Carols at several different East Tennessee locations on December 15th, 16th and 17th.
Jessica Nunn is a gifted musician. She placed first on viola in 2005 in the annual statewide competition organized by the Tennessee Music Education Association. But while she is a gifted performer, Jessica is equally enthusiastic about teaching.
From April 13th to the 22nd, MakeWork will present the 10x10 Artist Showcase in Chattanooga as a part of the first annual Hatch Festival. According to MakeWork's Web site, the festival is hosting a "a 10 -day exhibition of 100 creative works. Streets, parking lots, parks, and abandoned buildings will become a medium to construct, innovate, and celebrate creativity." MakeWork's 10x10 will have showcases at Walnut Street Bridge, Ross' Landing, and Miller Plaza.
On Saturday, March 24th, the Mise En Scenesters Film Club will be screening the documentary Better than Something at Collective Clothing Warehouse. The film's subject is Memphis musician Jay Reatard who tragically passed away in 2010.
The directors of Better than Something, Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz, talk about the film. Chris Dortch and Zach Zacharias, the co-founders of the Mise En Scenesters, also discuss what makes Jay Reatard's music unique.
The 4th annual Wintersong songwriter's workshop will be held at the Mountain Arts Community Center in Signal Mountain Tennessee on Saturday, March 10th. The workshops include topics like grabbing the listener's ear and getting started in songwriting. The sessions will be led by nationally known writers and performers Louisa Branscomb, Kathy Reed, and Earl Brackin. Local musicians and singer/songwriters will also be involved in Wintersong. Workshops begin at 9:30 am. The day long event wraps up wit
Jonathan Coulton used to write computer programs. Now he writes about programmers–his songs like Code Monkey are funny, occasionally melancholy ballads about geek culture: burnt-out code warriors, zombie office workers and mournful, lonely sea monsters.