Jingle All The Way!

30 Nov

5th Annual
Jingle Bell Jamboree
Friday, Dec 2, 2011
8 PM | Rives Theatre

Singer/songwriter Jay Clark and Martinsville’s own Doug and Telisha Williams will perform at the annual night of music, merriment and holiday goodwill know as Jingle Bell Jamboree.

Jay Clark has his roots well grounded in the East Tennessee region. Originally from Winchester, TN, and currently residing on 31.5 acres in Rockford, TN, Jay considers Knoxville and the surrounding mountains his adopted home.

Jay began playing guitar and writing songs during his high school years and has been actively involved in songwriting and performing ever since. After leaving Winchester to attend Maryville College in 1992, Jay spent the summers of 1993 and 1994 performing at Dollywood and various bluegrass festivals with Keith Garrett (The Boxcars, Blue Moon Rising) in a traditional bluegrass brother-style duet. In 1995, Jay transferred to the University of Tennessee and met Robinella (www.robinella.com). They started singing together at churches and gradually put together a traditional bluegrass band, The Stringbeans, with the help of Cruz Contreras (The Black Lillies, CC Stringband). The Stringbeans played around the Knoxville area from 1997 to 1999 and were voted the “Best Bluegrass Group” in 1999 by the Readers Poll of Knoxville’s alternative weekly, the Metropulse.

Doug and Telisha Williams hail from Martinsville, where we all know the boarded up factories stand as monuments to how fast the world can change. When you hear them sing songs about a couple of hard luck kids who made some bad decisions and wound up in jail, you’ve got to remember that Doug & Telisha are still good friends with those kid’s family. The songs for their latest record, Ghost of the Knoxville Girl, weren’t written by people who like to imagine what it’s like “out there,” instead they came from stories told across kitchen tables or between friends after a couple of pitchers at the Ten Pin.

Proceeds from Jingle Bell Jamboree benefit the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA. Donations accepted at the show for pets in need. Doors 6:30 pm. Show 8 pm. Tickets available at Studio 107, Binding Time and at the door the night of the show.

Tickets $10

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