• In this week's issue, Eric Dawson interviews Brandon Biondo and his colleagues in Shy Boys, an eclectic Knoxville synth-rock band that emerged from the dissolution of Biondo's group Coolrunnings.
Shy Boys are playing at Pilot Light on Thursday, July 4; you can listen to their music on the band's Bandcamp or SoundCloud pages.
• In Eye on the Scene, I wrote about the release, after almost 50 years, of the Cumberland Trio's album, originally recorded in 1964 and assumed to be lost almost ever since. The Cumberland Trio was an excellent Knoxville folk band--actually a quartet--in the style of the Kingston Trio; they were all set for national success when two things--the British Invasion and the bankruptcy of their record label--stopped their momentum and the members all went on to successful professional careers.
The album the trio recorded in New York in 1964, now billed as Lost and Found: The 1964 New York Sessions, is now available for download, with a physical release scheduled for this summer. You can also read about the group's history here.
• Mike Gibson reviews Knoxville rockabilly band the Royal Hounds' new CD, I'm in Love With a Zombie. You can check out some tracks from the disc here.
• And I previewed the Meadow Lark Music Festival, an all-day concert fund-raiser for Ijams Nature Center and WDVX. The fest includes a whopper of a local lineup--Robinella, Cutthroat Shamrock, the Lonetones, Kevin Abernathy and Mic Harrison, and WestWend--plus a handful of out-of-town acts, topped by headliners Della Mae, a Boston bluegrass band. Check out their first-rate single "Empire" below.