Dave Eggar refuses to be pinned down to one genre. This classically trained cellist, who debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 15 and graduated from Harvard University and the Julliard School's Doctoral Program, has performed with Joss Stone, Renee Fleming, Sting, The Who and many others on huge stages worldwide. We benefit from his rambling ways, as he makes frequent trips through East Tennessee with various players, be it the countrified outfit the Craig Street Ramblers or his Deoro band. On Tennessee Shines, he’ll perform with fellow NYC resident Amber Rubarth. Amber, who won Mountain Stage’s New Song Contest, does her own fair share of collaborations. She and Alex Wong are The Paper Raincoat, named by Paste Magazine’s “Best of What’s Next.” Her fourth album A Common Case of Disappearing, debuted at No. 13 on iTunes’ Songwriter charts and features duets with Jason Reeves and Jason Mraz. http://www.daveeggarmusic.com
In a voice halfway between Johnny Cash and Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Ronny Elliott sings songs as dark, wry, honest and delightfully strange as the characters who populate them. The Tampa-based singer-songwriter has been at this music thing for a long time; he’s toured with Gene Vincent, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley; played bills with Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Wilco, Pete Seeger, the Allman Brothers and, as he puts it, “too many more to remember or mention.” On Tennessee Shines, he’ll team up with singer-songwriter Rebekah Pulley to perform songs from his latest CD, I’ve Been Meaning To Write. http://www.ronnyelliott.com/
Bristol native Susan O’Dell Underwood is one of three poets and one musician (Dawn Coppock, Kory Wells and Kelsey Wells, respectively) who make up Tennessee Joltwagon. Her poem “Holler,” based on Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” received an overwhelming response at the group’s performance on the WDVX Blue Plate Special in February. In her spare time, she is director of creative writing at Carson-Newman College.