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WFMC Jams is an online internet radio station committed to bringing you original music as well as your favorite classics from a variety of local artists in the area. The station was founded on June 24, 2012 right after the Third Annual Fam Jam music festival in Manchester, TN. The idea came up as a way to continue to give back to the local and regional songwriters and performers in the area year round by promoting their music.

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival returned to Manchester, TN is located on a 700+ acre farm providing attendees one of the most unique experiences in the country allowing four plus days of live non-stop music across many large stages.  In addition to all the fun offered in Centaroo, the festival has taken great strides each year to build "Outeroo" a camping area accommodating many thousands of people feature packed with uniquely themed plazas, smaller stages for exclusive and intimate performances, 

Friday's main headliner included Kendrick Lamar amongst the many artists performing across multiple stages as well as special unannounced guest appearances.  Those who were in attendance at the Memphis based Hip-Hop group known as Three Six Mafia show at Which Stage was surprised by a guest appearance from Jelly Roll Friday evening.

WFMC Jams was onsite for its fifth year providing coverage, interviews, and photography of independent artists.  

Friday Artist Highlights from the 2023 Bonnaroo Music and Arts FestivalBe sure to also check out Friday Artist Highlights from the 2023 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival here!

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival returned to Manchester, TN is located on a 700+ acre farm providing attendees one of the most unique experiences in the country allowing four plus days of live non-stop music across many large stages. In addition to all the fun offered in Centaroo, the festival has taken great strides each year to build "Outeroo" a camping area accommodating many thousands of people feature packed with uniquely themed plazas, smaller stages for exclusive and intimate performances,

Thursday's headliners included Zed's Dead and Liquid Stranger, along with many artists performing across multiple stages. WFMC Jams was onsite for its fifth year providing coverage, interviews, and photography of independent artists. A brief pause in music occurred in the afternoon with the threat of a severe thunderstorm moving into the area, but mostly dodged the farm allowing music to resume quickly again. With a slightly delayed time from the threat of storms, Briscoe performed at This Tent and shortly after headed over to the media to talk with us about their music experiences. Full interview with Briscoe can be found here

MANCHESTER, Tenn. - Truett Heintzelman and Philip Lupton met when they were teenagers at a summer camp in west Texas and Thursday they brought their brand of bluegrass tinged Americana to This Tent at the 2023 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  It was the first time the five-piece band played the south's premier music festival.

Henitzelman and Lupton were drawn together by their similar tastes in music.  Lupton started Briscoe as a senior in high school and invited Heintzelman to join while they were both students at the University of Texas.  Even though they're both in their early 20s, their musical tastes date back to the “golden age” of the late 60s and 70s and artists like The Beatles Paul Simon, John Prine, Willie Nelson and The Grateful Dead.  They're also fans of modern artists including The Avett Brothers, Mount Joy and Jason Isbell.

Interview with Briscoe at the 2023 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Lupton and Heintzelman each write songs and handle vocal duties on the songs they wrote.  Occasionally they'll bounce ideas off each other, but are now seeking input from the three other band members.  They're also planning on co-writing some tracks in the future.  They describe their music is more lyric driven like some of the artists that influence them.  Briscoe has recently completed their 10-track debut album with Grammy nominated producer Brad Cook. The album should be released the fall.  Lupton said they gather influence for their songs in nature and life experiences.  When they were in summer camp, a mile-long low water bridge became flooded, but it provided the basis of a song about the flooded canyon that prevented anyone from entering or leaving.  “We're going to start campaigning for it,” Lupton said.

The next step will be a headlining tour.  While they've played other music festivals, this was their first time to play one the size of Bonnaroo.  Before playing the This Tent, they performed a set Wednesday in one of the Outeroo plazas set up in the general admission campground.  They were blown away by the energy in the crowd who arrived at the festival early to set up their campsites.  “The energy was insane,” Heintzelman said.  Unfortunately, the band had to leave the fest for a show Friday in Indianapolis, then Chicago.  Briscoe will continue their North America through the summer and into fall hitting many popular cities across the U.S.

Briscoe 2023 North America Tour

Unlike many artists who struggled to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, Briscoe was still in its embryonic stage and not at the point of touring heavily. Heintzelman was finishing up high school and Lupton was a freshman at the University of Texas.  Once the pandemic began to ebb they started playing some backyard shows and focused songwriting,  “The timing worked out for us,” Truett said.

 For additional tour information and details on their upcoming album in the future, be sure to check out Briscoe's official website and follow their social media.

Save the date, June 11th 5:30 to 10:00 Benefit for Gary Cavanaugh at the Commodore Grille There will be a silent auction and an incredible lineup of songwriters playing.  Gary has had a lot of health issues and has been in and out of the hospital several times He needs our help. 
 
The Commodore Grille is a unique restaurant and live music venue located inside the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.   Live music is hosted 7 nights a week at the Commodore Grille featuring original songs from the original performers.   The live music begins nightly at 6pm.
 
Tonight's lineup (subject to change):
5:30 Doug Robertson, Mike Villines, Kristan Mikala, Kennedy Taylor, Steve Stern
6:00 AJ Bigler, Scotty Combs, Meg Williams, Greg Matthews, Norm McDonald, Micah Nortrup
6:30 Dave Isaacs, PJ Steelman, Richard Trest, Alayna, Paul Ivy
7:00 Gary Cavanaugh, Karree J Phillips, Bob Huston, Scott Barrier
7:20 Bob Spanburgh, Anna Sullivan, Lee Rascone
7:35 Jan Buckingham, Dave Gibson, Joel Shewmake, Paul Jefferson
8:00 Jerry Foster
8:15 Antoinette Olesen, Buddy Farler, Billy Lee, John J Kennedy
8:35 Marye Amanda, Joe Hynek, Ridge Banks
8:50 Wild Deuce, Jaycee Lynne, others
 
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Debi Champion Songwriters Nights are hosted on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the Commodore Grille.   
Previous shows can be found on the WFMC Jams Facebook page.  Upcoming show schedule can be found on Debi's website, her Facebook page, and the Commodore Grille page.
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From Reidsville, North Carolina, Debi Champion began singing with cousins and friends in her home state, then as a solo performer and later with duo's and bands all over NC, SC, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland. She then moved to South Florida in 1976. Debi's unique blend of country, rock, and jazz made her one of the area's favorite entertainers. In 1978 she won the Mark Allen Critic's Choice Award for "Best Female Vocalist" and in 1985 she won the South Florida Music Award for "Best Rock/Pop/Blues Female Vocalist". Debi has appeared in concert with such diverse artists as Spyro Gyra, Bob James, Leon Russell, Dan Seals, The Dirt Band, Gary Morris, Kris Kristopherson, Restless Heart, Suzi Boggus, Dave Mason, Marshall Tucker Band, Ronnie Milsap, Three Dog Night, The Bama Band, and Mark O'Conner. She also toured as a back-up vocalist with Miami Dolphin, Tim Foley, and sang with the Miami Symphony.
 

 
 
The Nashville Songwriter Showcase is hosted by Jimmy and Anna Lisa on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturdays.  The shows consist of songwriters playing "in the round"  Previous shows as well as upcoming show announcements can be found on the website and Facebook page
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Jimmy Copens is a Recording Engineer, Producer, and Songwriter currently in the Nashville area and founder of The Ranch Studio.  Jimmy has worked extensively in the music industry as recording engineer and producer formerly at Audiocraft Recording Company, Studio B at Ligosa Studios and Goldman Productions.  He worked with some amazing bands and industry talent: The Afghan Whigs, The Mimi's, Under The Sun, Sonny Moorman, The Smothers Brothers, Hasbro Bradley/Kenner Toys, Jerry Springer, Shad O'Shea, Boomer Esiason, Cris Collinsworth, Carl Yastrzemski, Eric Davis, Johnny Bench to name a few.  More about Jimmy can be found on The Ranch Studio Website.  

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  • WFMC Jams is an online internet radio station committed to bringing you original music as well as your favorite classics from a variety of local artists in the area. The station was founded on June 24, 2012 right after the Third Annual Fam Jam music festival in Manchester, TN. The idea came up as a way to continue to give back to the local and regional songwriters and performers in the area year round by promoting their music.

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