The obvious choice to fill the slot as Knoxville's top blues guitarist since Hector Qirko
moved to South Carolina this month is Labron Lazenby. He'll get a chance to show why on a pretty big stage next week when he and his band, the LA 3, headline the Hard Knox Blues Bash on Thursday, July 1, in the Old City Courtyard behind Southbound Bar & Grill. That, coincidentally, is where Qirko, with his honky-tonk combo the Lonesome Coyotes, played his last Knoxville show before moving. (Not his last last, we all hope, just his last one before the move.)
Lazenby is a first-rate player; he and his band played at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January and reportedly sold more CDs than any other band there.
The Hard Knox Blues Bash is a fund-raiser for the Tennessee Valley Jazz and Blues Foundation, a local nonprofit founded last year to support the blues in general and the music of East Tennessee in particular. The Relentless Blues Band and the Hard Knox Blues All Stars will open the show, which starts at 8 p.m.; admission is $5, $2 for teenagers 13-17, and free 12 and under.