Jonathan Maness and the Roots Music Revue

There are some exciting things happening in Knoxville these days. Experienced sideman Jonathan Maness has found himself in fertile creative soil at the foot of the Smoky Mountains. With two years of steady touring work under his belt in 2006, Jonathan continued to work for the Nashville based bluegrass act Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike as his wife, Melony began her Master's at UT.

After about 6 months of living in Knoxville, Jonathan was invited to play with long standing newgrass group Mountain Soul at their weekly stand at the local Mellow Mushroom. Mountain Soul began as a family band, and continues as such, now that Mom and Dad have passed the torch to sons Daniel (upright bass, vocals) and Cory (mandolin, vocals). From that first performance in late 2006, Jonathan felt an immediate musical kinship with the Bros. Kimbro. This relationship has progressed to weekly packing a pizza joint every Thursday night on Knoxville's Cumberland Ave. with a dynamic semi-acoustic show, packed with instrumental virtuosity and a 3 part harmony blend that many bands quite honestly never attain. Also making regular appearances with Mountain Soul at "the Shroom" are electric guitar phenom Mike Seal on resophonic guitar and Martin Hodge on drums. Though Mountain Soul is comparatively unknown compared to much of the national work Jonathan and Daniel (who is currently touring with the Lovell Sisters) have done, it continues to be one of the most creatively rewarding projects that Jonathan has been involved in. The organic musicality of this band has led Jonathan to create his own independent record label, Anteflow Records, to release and promote a new Mountain Soul release featuring Mountain Soul originals, a smattering of songs from some of the Southeast's greatest songwriters, guest appearances by Chris Brown and Scott Vestal of the Sam Bush Band, and the band's playing and fine harmony singing.

Jonathan is also working on a solo release on his label, and is bringing a couple members of Mountain Soul with him to the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe to perform a sneak preview of it and songs from the Mountain Soul release. Jonathan's desire is to seamlessly integrate his influences, which are as diverse as traditional bluegrass/country, electric blues/rock, and classical idioms, into an acoustic style that is forward leaning with a healthy respect and admiration for all the great innovators of American roots music. Hence the name, Roots Music Revue. If you enjoy Bill Monroe and Led Zeppelin, this may just be the band for you. Also represented will be his 5 years of road experience with artists like Valerie Smith, Young Harmony, the Dixie Bee-Liners, and the Watkins Family, which have shaped his sound as well. On October 23rd, Cory Kimbro will be playing mandolin and singing tenor and Mike Seal will be playing resophonic guitar on. Mike's performing credits include Jeff Coffin, Jeff Sipe, and Robinella. Performing on upright bass will be Daniel Shifflett. Daniel is studying bass at the UT School of Music and maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in East Tennessee and Georgia.

Jonathan is pleased to invite you out to what is sure to be a wonderful evening and some good home-grown progressive acoustic music at the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe.

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