Over the Blackheart - Grammy Nominees, Old Friends and the next Young Guns

Over the Blackheart - Grammy Nominees, Old Friends and the next Young Guns

Published by: David Cate
June 5, 2024

Last Friday in Downtown Kingsport was a hoot. On stage were Grammy nominees, old friends, and the next generation of performers, making for another good night of live music in Downtown Kingsport.

My buddy Bobby Starnes was playing at The Reserve along with Jason Crawford and Tim Stafford. Bobby listens more than he speaks, but when he does - he knows how to write a song. And he's got a slew of them. His songs have gone straight to the top with people like Tim Stafford with Blue Highway. Bobby invites Tim when he's in town, and together, they won't discover a better union of working-class musicians who know how to turn a phrase.

Jason Crawford and I have a history that spans years. We've shared the road, the stage, and countless stories, including our adventures at the Super 8 Motel in North Carolina – but that's another tall tale. Jason, a multi-talented musician who can play the guitar, mandolin, and banjo with equal finesse, is a sought-after collaborator for artists like Bobby, Beth Snapp, and Jason Llyod.

The night was coming to a close, and I was able to catch the last set from Donnie and the Dry Heavers with Chancellor Lawson and Donnie and the Dry Heavers. I'll admit - I'm late to the game with this local band that's just starting to gain some strong momentum regionally. Chance has a couple of new original songs and has been swimming in some creative circles musically, so I look forward to seeing where he goes next. Next time, it won't be my last stop, either.