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Melissa Ellis is a singer/songwriter for fans of classic jazz sirens, soulful singers of the 60's, and adult contemporary voices.
Melissa possesses a distinct voice and style that is unequalled by any other. A signature blend of jazz, blues, and blue-eyed soul, her voice packs one serious punch, with a charming southern accent.
She has played and entertained at Grinder House on several occasions and we are also looking forward to her Dec.11th Christmas Spirit performance at Grinder House, prior to the Crossville Christmas parade! Great fun last year! 
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"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Saturday from 6-8pm central.

[Update October 8, 2022] - Asa gives an update on tonight's show.  Joining and backing up Delnora Reed this evening will be the Tonya Tucker Band, a 4-Piece a band and lead guitar drum set!
Delnora is a singer/songwriter based just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She grew up in Princeton, WV and has been performing her signature blend of roots, country and folk music across the country since she was a teenager, continuing a long and distinguished family tradition in music.
"Music’s in the bloodlines for Delnora Reed; her great-grandfather Henry Reed’s fiddle tunes are a centerpiece of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Her own efforts, while steeped in old-time country and bluegrass, are considerably more contemporary. Such songs as “Sleepwalking” split the difference between Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin, with hushed sincerity and gutsy delivery." ~ K. Oliver

Delnora was a founding member of Blue Eyed Grass, a critically acclaimed duo. In addition to writing and performing music, she managed the duo, promoted it nationwide, and produced three studio albums. When the duo ended, she turned her attention back to being a solo act. Throughout her career she has written with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters. A few years ago she began working with Reed Nielson (“My Town”, “Little Liza Jane”, and many more). They collaborated on six remarkable songs that formed the backbone of her solo project, “My Song”.

In 2019, Delnora released the single “When You’re Gone” to Inspirational Country Radio was rewarded both with a place on the charts and a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year at ICMA Awards. With the follow-up release of her single “Battlecry” she, again, hit the charts and is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2020. Currently, Delnora is working on a new project, “Blank Page”. Five of its songs were co-written with ICMA Songwriter of the Year Corey Lee Barker, and has enlisted the help of Chris Golden, the reigning ICMA Entertainer of the Year, as co-producer.

"There is a hidden gem in Nashville that deserves more recognition than she has ever received by the name of Delnora Reed. She has one of the prettiest voices in Music City and has finally released a new record titled, My Song. Her voice is so pure you can hear the emotions with every word… After reviewing her albums for some time, it has been an honor to see her grow as an artist and with the results of My Song she has finally found her mark." ~ Scott Sexton

Delnora has shared the stage with Craig Morgan, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, Marty Stuart, Jeff Bates, Eddie Stubbs, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Chris Golden, Joe Allen, Stella Parton, Georgette Jones, Paul Thorn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buddy Jewell, Leona Williams, Leonard Ahlstrom, Jason Deere, Jan Howard, Roy Clark, Jr., Jett Williams, Billy Yates, Buck Moore, Gary Duffey, Ed Bruce, Mark Alan Cash, Tommy Barnes, Joey and Rory, Ashley Campbell, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Jessie McReynolds and so many more. She also recorded as a member of the trio The Shotgun Rubies for Grammy Award winner Carl Jackson’s remarkable project, “Orthophonic Joy – The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited”, which was released on Sony Records.
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"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Saturday from 6-8pm central.

Justin and Cole have been performing and writing music together for near on 10 years. Honing in on their craft led them to the collaboration, 'Daytripper'. Focusing on acoustic instruments, they write in a style of alt-rock while incorporating instruments you'd normally hear in bluegrass music, such as the mandolin, banjo and upright bass. Both Justin and Cole have been lead vocalists in other groups, and use this to an advantage. They trade songs, using two unique voices to add an extra layer of originality to their music, while also belting out strong harmonies that they have crafted over many years of playing together at small parties and in the living rooms of each others houses. They bring that small house-show energy to any stage they perform on, leaving audiences stomping their feet and singing along like it's a simple campfire full of friends.
DAYTRIPPER ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 2021: "Super excited to have Jace England join Daytripper on percussion. This dude is legit and is now an official DayTripper."
Daytripper is a project by Justin Cecil, Cole Kemmer and Jace England to bring awesome new original music and a colorful acoustic spin on covers! Enjoy the show!
Due to reasons beyond our control, the archive of Daytripper is not available.


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Soul, groove, and heritage. The boys are back LIVE 'In the House.' Grinder House. Once Experienced. Never Forgotten.
Plenty of words could be used to describe the music and performance of Brother Maven, but these three stand out among all the rest. The band showcases a diversity of styles as they combine elements of Rhythm & Blues, Southern Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country to create their own distinct sound. The songs are comprised of catchy melodies, soaring vocals, and infectious rhythms that deeply resonate during even the first listen. Hailing from four different hometowns in four different states, Daniel, Scott, JP and Joel formed the group in Nashville, Tennessee, after each making the move to pursue their own musical dreams. Now, they come together to create one of the most exciting and soulful original music experiences found in Music City.
The belief in the power of one note to communicate a lifetime’s worth of heartache or triumph and the potential for one song to perfectly capture a feeling… Brother Maven seeks to fill their songs with the same human spirit that has made American music so powerful and relatable throughout the years and to repackage it for listeners in the modern day.
Soul, groove, and heritage.
Due to unforseen circumstances, the archive of this show is not available to watch on WFMC Jams.


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Born to a stand-up comedian and an actress, Knoxville-raised Sam Hatmaker assumed from a very young age that everyone was just supposed to be on stage, so she decided she would become a singer. At 10
years old, her path became even more clear when she began performing in shows at Dollywood (even though by then she had figured out that not
everyone had to be on stage). She moved to Nashville after signing her first publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music at the age of 16. In 2019 Sam recorded her debut EP with Grammy award-winning
producer Nathan Chapman.
Sam performed at Grinder House Coffee in early June for our local event, Friday At The Crossroads and were so impressed we are welcoming her back to the 'In the House' stage.


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John Salaway
Frontman. Acclaimed Grammy considered songwriter. Sideman. Nationally-endorsed multi-instrumentalist. Producer. Since moving to Nashville in the early 2000s, John Salaway has become one of the city's most accomplished musicians, holding down a weekly residency at the world-class BB King's Blues Club while also playing shows with acts like Peter Frampton, Ben Folds, Anderson East, Zach Williams, and Denny Laine from the Moody Blues and Paul McCartney's Wings. He's a drummer. A guitarist. A pianist. And with albums like 2019's Americana Dreams, he shows the full range of his abilities, mixing a lifelong appreciation for the Beatles' classic pop melodies with the southern-fried sounds of his adopted hometown. Salaway’s recent album ‘Salvation’ features musicians from Foo Fighters, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cage the Elephant, Smashing Pumpkins, Anderson East, Peter Frampton’s band and more! The album has been on hundreds of radio stations around the world and featured in American Songwriter magazine, UK Americana association & more!

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Phantom Lady
Phantom Lady embodies many seemingly opposing characteristics, and yet, they find a cohesive harmony in her. She is ethereal, spiritual, and emotionally honest. But she is also haunting, mysterious, and powerful. In addition to being a skilled composer, pianist and singer, her lyrics are brilliantly poetic. She weaves melodies in a manner that is so unique and yet so familiar to all her listeners. It is hard to bind her genre to a specific musical category since her influences are from a wide range of genres and artists; she pulls inspiration from grunge rock, blues, alternative, classical, and so much more.

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, and raised in rural Vermont, she lived in New York City for a few years until settling in Nashville, TN. Just months after moving to Nashville, she met the multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter John Salaway at a church Christmas party. A few months later (during quarantine due to Covid-19) he produced her album in his studio, Music First Productions. Complete with 10 songs, the album features Salaway on guitar, bass, and drums, with Phantom Lady on keys, synthesizer, organ, harpsichord, and vocals.
Her single, Tattoo on My Heart, is out now on all streaming platforms and is currently featured on Indie radio all over the world and in the top20 on the Radio Indie Alliance Charts. It is the first single to be released from the upcoming album, In Bloom, which will be released in early 2022.

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"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Saturday from 6-8pm central.

Travis Bigwood and The Lonesome Doves are an Americana Folk band from Knoxville, TN. Their songs focus on storytelling.
"I started writing songs because I wanted to tell a story. I wanted to share the anthology of my experiences growing up in East Tennessee and feel that connection that only music can bring. I try to capture the sound of the hardships and all the goodness that echoes through these mountains."
"It’s the sound of a young man attempting to make peace with his past and coming to terms with the changes of his present — the realization that while he might not be where he was or even where he wants, that good things happen. There’s both celebration and solace in such a moment of clarity, and that Bigwood spins it into sonic gold is evidence of an artistic soul wise beyond the years of its mortal shell." - Steve Wildsmith of The Daily Times (Maryville, TN)


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One of the hardest working, independent women in the music business, Amanda Pruitt, does things the old fashion way. With four records and two EPs under her belt, Amanda is also a creative storyteller and a living gypsy with a sound that will touch your soul. Touring across America in a small SUV with her guitar and one big story to tell- this unique and original sweetheart is not giving up!
If the strong country roots, soulful sounds , a modern twist and stories from the heart could be melted together into one unified’d have a voice like Amanda's. Her sound is organic to say the least and mixes well within Americana, Classic and Traditional Country, Rock and Roll, Blues and even some good ole’ southern gospel. "Gospel music is where my heart and soul meet," said Amanda, "Without my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I would not be here and I HAVE to give him all the credit for everything I am doing."
Amanda has released five full projects, (Let It Go, Read Between the Lines, Something Will Give and Needle In a Groove, she has a gospel album, (Not Turning Back); an EP (Strong) and the new Gospel EP (Break Me) released in February 2021, with proceeds benefiting St. Jude Rides. Amanda plans on releasing tons of music over the next few years. "We have to get back to where we came from." She is determined to make a living, playing music and to bring people hope while doing so and never giving up. "I ain't no queen of hearts, but hit me, keep them cards coming my way," Amanda laughs.
Holding a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Performing Arts, she has the talent, education, professionalism and skills to succeed. Music is not her only asset, her determination, strength and God-fearing spirit are propelling her to stardom. Amanda is an Alumni of Wentworth Military Academy, Central Missouri State University and Texas A&M University.
Singing on stage since she was four-years-old, Amanda has many years of stories behind the mic. Writing poetry since the age of five and eventually turning them to songs, Amanda is a one-of-a-kind storyteller with authentic spice. She claims that this is one of the most brutal businesses and wants nothing more but to be GOOD and KIND in every environment she has an opportunity of bringing light in. Amanda works with several young women in the music business in development and stage presence and is currently developing a Troubadora platform for touring women who BRING IT!
In the final stages of her first book being published, Amanda is also an author. She plans on releasing two books over the next few years in comedy and inspiration.
Amanda performs both as a duo, trio and a full band who consist of top of the line musicians from all over the country. Be on the lookout for Amanda to be in a town near you very soon. When catching a show, you will not be disappointed by the electric performance and Amanda's ability to keep you wanting more!


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Grinder House Productions presents "Ground N The Round" with host Jamie Adamson.  Every month, Jamie will make the expedition up the Plateau and will introduce us to some of the best writers in all of Tennessee. He has shared stages with some and written songs with many. The stories are enthralling, tapestries woven into song. So intimate, it's like being in your own living room.

May's Special Guests include Megan Barker, Sarah Faith, and Sofie Lynn

Megan Barker

Megan Barker came into this world with songwriting in her blood. Born in Nashville, Megan’s father wrote songs for legends like Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Hank Williams Jr, and more. By the age of 16, Megan was living in Las Vegas and performing live music professionally on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, and opening concerts for superstars like Lee Brice, Montgomery Gentry, Eli Young Band, and more. In 2017, Megan planted her roots back in her hometown of Nashville and quickly started checking things off her to-do list. Bluebird Cafe, CMA Fest, & Whiskey Jam are all things she can now add to her resume'. In 2018, Megan started the popular weekly live show in Nashville called Jammin In Jammies that features hit songwriters performing their hit songs in pajamas. In 2018, Megan also released the highly anticipated EP, "Leather Souls" produced by Brad Hill (Maren Morris Brothers Osborne) The project included fan favorites, “Tequila Told Me To,” “I Cuss When I Pray,” and “When My Boots Were New.” These special songs have gotten high praise and rave reviews.2019 was a year of milestones and came with endorsements from McPherson Guitars, Shure Microphones, & Dan Post cowboy boots. Megan played what she calls some of her “favorite shows ever” in the UK, Scotland, and Ireland. Debuting at the Bluebird Cafe to a sold-out crowd and being on the “Spotlight Stage” at CMA Fest, 2019 will be hard to top, but the future is looking bright.
In 2021, Megan was a co-writer on 6 single releases including ’93 by Kimberly Dawn which was featured on SiriusXM. Other releases include songs from artists like the award winning Canadian group, The Heels, rising Nashville star, Justen Harden, and more. Megan capped the year off with her music video for “Missin Mistletoe” being added to CMT and a delightful review from the legendary Robert Oermann.2022 is off to a great start. Megan hosted the live portion of the Durango Songwriter Expo in Ventura, California in February.

Sarah Faith

A Michigan-born Nashvillian, Sarah Faith is an artist-songwriter that builds her musical catalog and sound around her life’s experiences, including addiction, abuse, and mental health. As an independent Americana artist, Sarah has been strongly influenced by a diverse musical background. The result is a healthy mix of blues and roots rock, folk, alt-country, and indie rock genres. Her warm, soulful voice brings fans songs written about close-to-the-heart stories with a distinct kind of vulnerability and realness. Having dealt with depression and anxiety most of her life, Sarah aims to relate to her audience through her struggles. “We all deal with curve balls and unexpected turns in life. None of us are dealt perfect hands. I’ve just found a way to not let it control me. That’s what drives me to create music the most.” Since her abusive alcoholic mother lost her life to addiction in 2017, her ambitions have been ever-evolving, but one thing remains constant: “I want to show people that no matter how dark your story is or how ridiculous and crazy your family is, you have the choice; you can turn your struggles into good things.”Sarah released her debut album, Lessons From The Archives, in June 2021. She is also the winner of Goodyear’s From Garage To Glory which afforded opportunities like performing twice at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, singing the National Anthem at the 2022 Cotton Bowl, performing at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe, and singing the National Anthem at NASCAR’s Xfinity race in Daytona in 2022. Faith has her foot on the gas pedal and is ready to make lots of noise in 2022 with the coming of a sophomore album and plans to get on the road.

Sofie Lynn

Wholesome storytelling, southern twang, and a touch of sweet California sunshine, is what makes up Los Angeles Native and Nashville based artist Sofie Lynn. Formerly known as half of Honey County, Sofie has been named Billboard's Rookie of the Month for December 2021 and has had honorable mentions in The Huffington Post, Country Living, People Magazine and more. With prestigious placements of her music on the hit paramount TV show Yellowstone, and her most recent single being used in over 342k videos on TikTok, Sofie is excited for this next chapter in her career as a solo artist with new music releasing July 2022.

"In the House" at the Grinder House is broadcast live on WFMC Jams every Saturday from 6-8pm central.

Host of the popular roots music history podcast American Songcatcher, Nicholas Edward Williams is a multi-instrumentalist and storyteller who is dedicated to "playing it forward" by preserving the songs and styles that have shaped our country: ragtime, Piedmont blues, traditional folk, old time and early country. Williams has spent the last 15 years touring around the US, the UK, Western Europe and Australia, blending the roots music spectrum in his own style. He's opened for Taj Mahal, The Wood Brothers, Dom Flemons, CAAMP, John Paul White, Town Mountain, John Craigie, Rachel Baiman and Lucy Daucus, and has performed at festival stages on three continents. William's debut record As I Go Ramblin' Around made the International Folk Radio DJ Charts in 2019 with the #6 Top Album, #7 Top Song. His critically acclaimed sophomore release Folk Songs For Old Times' Sake unveiled in November of 2021 and has been heralded by the likes of Grammy-winning musician David Holt who said: "With tasteful guitar arrangements and a voice that draws you right in, Nicholas’ recordings roll along like a mountain stream.”

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