Kudzu / Press


10-27-13 - WATE Channel 6

“For a town as small as Maryville, Rebel Mountain has some fine company when it comes to playing music with country leanings. LeQuire gives a nod of respect to them all, from Kudzu to Titlow to Jopling to the Jason Stinnett Band to Southbound, and sometimes it’s difficult for the limited number of venues to accommodate them all.”

Steve Wildsmith - The Daily Times

"Sounds of Summer" continues with "Southern Rock Night," featuring opener Wrecked, a local Tom Petty cover band, and Maryville-based Kudzu, on Saturday, July 20, in Downtown Athens. They're a little country, they're a little rock 'n' roll, and, as the name suggests, they're all Southern. Since the group's debut in 2009, Maryville-based Kudzu has performed in venues across East Tennessee, "spreading the vine" with their unique mix of musical genres. The group features Charlie LaFountain (bass, vocals, and keyboard), Tim Flatford (vocals and rhythm guitar), Jack Pribek (lead guitar and vocals), and Rick Rand on drums. "Sounds of Summer," a free 12-week concert series hosted at the Market Park Pavilion in Downtown Athens, will run each Saturday night through Aug. 24, with a different performer or group playing a different genre each week.

“As you enter, you find the stage immediately to your left. The Thirsty Turtle also appears to have a sound system and lights, more than some Knoxville bars with live music can claim. On this night the band Kudzu was on stage, playing a variety of covers that one would expect from a venue that saw a substantial motorcycle riding crowd. But Kudzu's original songs also held my interest.”

“Kudzu, “Not Afraid” As bar bands go, the Blount County-based Southern rockers in Kudzu are a cut above. Not only did they rock the big stage at the Foothills Fall Festival earlier this year, they put out a heck of a solid record back in the spring. From the Springsteen-esque feel of the blue-collar anthem “I Work,” which has been part of the Kudzu live set for more than a year now ... to the gritty rock of “Six Feet Closer,” which is as close as the guys will get to a murder ballad ... to the foot-stomping salute of “Waylon Jennings,” which picks up steam like a runaway train toward song’s end and lets the listener know there’s nothing formulaic about this band ... this is fun stuff, and even better to see performed live. ”

“UNSTOPPABLE GROWTH: The local boys in Kudzu go the extra mile to be more than just another bar band. The members of local rock band Kudzu are an adventurous lot. Not only do they have two albums of original music under their belt — the most recent, “Not Afraid,” was released earlier this month — they’re gung-ho about tackling cover songs that don’t fit into any preconceptions fans may have about them. But while everything from Prince to Ronnie Milsap to The Commodores may find its way into the Kudzu repertoire, the majority of the band will, on occasion, draw the line.....”

“Horse Haven of Tennessee works to rescue and rehabilitate abused and neglected equine. A crew of trained professionals and volunteers work together to care for and shelter the animals so they can be moved to responsible, new homes. To help raise funds for their cause, the organization is sponsoring the second annual Dancing for the Horses tonight at the Cotton Eyed Joe, 11220 Outlet Drive, in Knoxville. Dancers have volunteered their time for the competition and votes for your favorite are being taken online at www.horsehaventn.org. Every dollar donated equals one vote. Dancers include Cindi Alpert, Mark Padgett, Teresa “T” Jennings, Brittany Bailey, Whitney Kent and Paul Bean. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. and will feature a performance by Kudzu. A $10 donation at the door covers admission ”

Steve Wildsmith - The Daily Times

“Heritage High gets ready for football with Midnight Madness Festival This year the Heritage High School football Booster Club is taking a step further by expanding the head coach’s midnight practice session into a festival, complete with games for children, food vendors and eight bands. Midnight Madness Festival will be an all-day event, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, at Heritage High School, 3741 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, offical practice in pads begins August 1st.There will be arts and crafts, kids activities, punt-pass-kick competitions and T-shirts for sale from 10a to 4p. Beginning at 4p, eight local bands will perform, including Jeff Jopling Band, Avenue C, Kudzu , Eric Spurgeon, Jason Stinnett Band, 3nails4given, John Titlow and Laurel Wright. Coach Russell is excited about the festival. “It is going to be a big community event, and I’m excited about the potential exposure it is going to give our team. The festival is just the tip of whats going on this ye”

Staff - Blount Today

“Carpenters Middle School’s students are reading machines.This year, school officials created a reading incentive program called Reading Rocks. They challenged students to read 11,000 books during this school year. Middle-schoolers blew that goal out of the water. They’d read 13,093 books at the school’s last count.School officials have organized a concert to reward students for exceeding their goal. Kudzu, who was recently voted The Daily Times Readers Choice Award for Best Band, will perform on May 17. The band is composed of vocalist/guitarist Tim Flatford, drummer Justin Kelso, guitarist Nick Bradshaw and bass player Charlie LaFountain. Officials plan to give away prizes, such as T-shirts, Kindles and a guitar, at the assembly. In light of their reading accomplishment, students have also revised their goal. They hope to reach 15,000 books by the year’s end. ”

“In early 2010, the band was in its infancy, just starting to play shows around Blount County. By the time the year ended, Kudzu had racked up 68 local performances and nabbed The Daily Times Readers Choice Award for Best Band. With shows already lined up through the end of June, Friday is as good a night as any to celebrate the release of the band’s self-titled debut album. “We’re really proud of the fact that every bit of it was live off the floor,” vocalist/guitarist Tim Flatford told The Daily Times this week. “We went in and played live as a band up at (Brimstone Sound Recorders) Helenwood, and we did the basic tracks in two trips. We only had two overdubs, and that’s the biggest thing to us. What you hear is what you’d hear if you came and saw us live.””

“A couple of days after uniting thanks to the online classified site known as Craigslist, the four guys in Kudzu got a trial by fire. With the final cog in the four-piece rock ‘n' roll machine in place, the guys practiced for the first time only two days before playing their first show, vocalist/guitarist Tim Flatford told The Daily Times this week. Pulling that off was enough of a green light to keep the local outfit going, and tonight Kudzu kicks off its third full weekend of local shows with a performance at Thunderworld USA in Maryville. “After that, we knew we could depend on each other, because the last guy joined, and two days later we played our first show,” Flatford said. “We just found four people who are kind of like-minded, and we're respectful of each other as musicians. After that, we knew that as long as we could get our foot in the door, we could handle just about anything.””