|Tim Lee 3 at Pilot Light, Knoxville, January 2012|
This post has been slow in coming, but the night was so good, I can’t let it pass without a post and a glimpse at some of the pictures. It goes all the way back to First Friday this month. Urban Woman and I had delicious appetizers and beverages at 31 Bistro for a nice low price and then walked to the 100 block where my friend Mustapha was holding his official Grand Opening. We had mini-cupcakes and two great cups of Americano.
Urban Woman decided beauty rest was in order for her, so I walked her home and then went to the KMA for Alive After Five for the Streamliners with RB Morris. It ends early, so around 8:30 I walked over to Morelock Music on Gay street and listened to a little Old Time music for about an hour before walking to the Pilot Light.
|Tim Lee, Susan Lee, Greg Horne and Kevin Abernathy|
My plan was to see the Tim Lee Three at 9:00 and then make it to Preservation Pub to hear Hudson K around 10:30. I’d seen nothing to indicate that Tim had an opening act and I knew Hudson K did, and so would be later taking the stage. The first indication that my schedule might not work out was that at 9:00 no one was close to getting on stage. I learned the show would start at 9:30, which I still figured would work out OK. I’d noticed Kevin Abernathy and Greg Horne were hanging out with Tim and Susan Lee, so I figured they would sit in for part of the show.
I talked with Kevin for a bit and learned, among other things, that he and his wife operate a kennel in south Knox County. He and everyone else were kind enough to put up with me while we waited for the show to begin. Of course, they were the show, and I realized Kevin was opening, which was cool, but I sensed Hudson K slipping off my list of possibilities for the evening. Still, it was pleasant watching the crowd slowly build. Most people seemed to have gotten the memo I missed about a later starting time, but the seats are comfortable and the waiting wasn’t unpleasant.
|Kevin Abernathy, Pilot Light, Knoxville|
|Kevin Abernathy, Pilot Light, Knoxville, January 2012|
Sometime after 9:30 Kevin took the stage and, as anyone who has heard him would expect, he was as good as ever – and this time with a twist, for me – he played solo acoustic. I’d heard him once before, at the Relix Theater last year, and he played with his band. As you might expect, his acoustic slot really highlighted the songs and the songwriting and I realized both were excellent. His guitar work is always going to be good, but maybe some of these songs get buried behind the band and might benefit from this sort of treatment more often.
|Kevin Abernathy with Tim Lee at the Pilot Light|
|Tim Lee, Kevin Abernathy and Greg Horne, Pilot Light, Knoxville|
|Tim Lee 3, Pilot Light, Knoxville, 2012|
|Time Lee 3, Pilot Light, Knoxville, January 2012|
|Mobile Art Sales in the Old City after midnight|
Around midnight I had absorbed all I could take in. I realized I had worked eight hours and then walked or stood for the next seven listening to music all around town. As I walked home I passed Preservation Pub and realized Hudson K was still playing. Maybe if I was sure they would have played a while longer I would have stopped in, but it was late, I was exhausted and I just didn’t have any more fun in me for that night. But it was a great night of music in the city and I went to bed a very happy Urban Guy.