Started in 2012 by Knoxville-turned-Nashville singer-songwriter Scott McMahan, the annual Songwriter in the Soul House Series sponsored by Lost and Found Records at Sweet P’s Barbecue and Soul House is kicking off its fifth season with a stellar lineup of talent and a new co-sponsor.
The once-a-month showcase, which runs from March to November at the venerable Knoxville ‘que joint by the marina on Maryville Pike, opens this year on March 22 with a performance by East Nashville stalwart Tommy Womack, who last played the Soul House series in late 215.
“Sweet P’s is proud to bring you our fifth season of Songwriters in the Soul House,” said owner Chris Ford, himself a former touring musician. “Born out of our love for original music and a need for family-friendly shows that start early, Songwriters in the Soul House is an original in the Knoxville music landscape.”
Previous performers in the Soul House include Webb Wilder, Malcolm Holcombe, Wreckless Eric, Beaver Nelson, Don Dixon, Angel Snow, Randall Bramblett, Dan Montgomery, Robinella and Daniel Kimbro, and others.
“My idea is to try to bring in some artists who might not otherwise play in Knoxville,” said Tim Lee who, along with his wife Susan Bauer Lee, took over booking and hosting duties from McMahan in early ’15. “Sure, we get some familiar faces in from time to time, but I really dig getting some acts that are little more off the beaten path.
“Fortunately, Chris Ford gives us the freedom to do that, and Lost and Found Record’s sponsorship just makes it easier to entice out-of-towners.”
The 2017 slate features a strong mix of traditional solo performers such as Womack, David Olney, Jon Byrd, and Stephen Simmons, as well as rockers taking advantage of a stripped down setting like former Divine Horseman/Leonard Cohen vocalist Julie Christensen and Stone Cupid, dB’s front man Peter Holsapple, and guitar ace Tim Carroll, who will be swapping songs with blues rocking chanteuse Luella.
The Soul House series takes place one Wednesday night a month. The shows are early, kicking off at 6 p.m., and free to the public.
“SWISH also provides a local slant with two veteran artists in Tim and Susan Lee who host the show, which includes a short performance by the duo before our featured artist,” Ford said.
On SWISH nights, Sweet P’s offers their usual menu and libations, but Ford is planning to do more with promotions for the fifth anniversary. To that end, he has lined up a new co-sponsor for the series.
Said Ford: “This year we are proud to announce our partnership with local brewery and pub, Blackhorse Brewery, which will allow us to offer some great beer specials on their handcrafted ales, including $2 cans during all Soul House shows.”
Blackhorse Brewery joins Lost and Found Records, the long-running Knoxville vinyl emporium owned by Mike and Maria Armstrong, as a co-sponsor for the Soul House series.
Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House, which is located at 3725 Maryville Pike in south Knoxville, will also play host to its annual Smokin’ Day Festival on a date to be determined in August.
For more information on the Songwriters in the Soul House presented by Lost and Found Records and Blackhorse Brewery, contact Tim Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Ford (email@example.com).
2017 Songwriters in the Soul House Schedule
March 22: Tommy Womack
April 19: Tim Carroll/Luella
May 24: David Olney
June 28: Julie Christensen & Stone Cupid
July 19: Peter Holsapple
August TBA: Smokin’ Day
Sept. 13: Jon Byrd
Oct. 11: Stephen Simmons