So the big V-Roys news hinted at previously turns out to be sort of what was expected, if not quite as much as we hoped: a compilation album, due this fall, and a one-off reunion show on New Year's Eve at the Bijou.
The announcement, posted Sunday night on the band's recently created Facebook page, will be welcome news to the many local fans who still consider the quartet one of Knoxville's best-ever acts. (They were named as such by our very own paper a few years ago.) Of course, it's not like they've ever really left us. You can still see the Roys' two singer-songwriters, Scott Miller and Mic Harrison, around town -- and they played a joint New Year's show just this past Dec. 31 at the Shed in Maryville. But the particular alchemy of them onstage together with drummer Jeff Bills and bass player Paxton Sellers -- when they sometimes seemed like the retroactive missing link between Hank Williams, Neil Young, and the Replacements -- has been absent since the final V-Roys show, at the Tennessee Theatre on New Year's Eve 1999. (I still have a ticket stub, somewhere.)
The forthcoming compilation, on Miller's F.A.Y. label, carries the apt name of one of the band's signature tunes: Sooner or Later. The 18-track disc will have a healthy mix of songs from the V-Roys' two albums, plus a few covers and previously unreleased originals. The reunion gig also has a name, one likely to both drive up demand (not that that'll be a problem) and, presumably, spare all four 'Roys a barrage of questions over the next six months. It's called "One Show; Goodbye." Besides being possibly the first rock concert name ever to sport an appropriately used semi-colon, it suggests that the longstanding reluctance to get the band back together is still in effect. So, enjoy it while you can. Or, if you can -- tickets go on sale Sept. 9, and they're gonna go fast.