Get ready for this year’s ver­sion of PB & Hol­i­day Jam

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Ex­actly when we at the pa­per con­ceived the idea of show­cas­ing lo­cal mu­si­cians on the in­ter­net is un­clear. I think I started think­ing about it the minute I learned you could watch a mon­key fall off a tree limb af­ter smelling its own finger, but the re­al­i­ties of do­ing it didn’t come into fo­cus un­til much later.

We’ve learned a lot about putting stuff on­line and per­haps the main thing is: Just be­cause you can do some­thing doesn’t mean you should.

Still, it’s pretty crazy to me to think that next Wed­nes­day we will post the third PB & Hol­i­day Jam on Facebook and YouTube. You can watch it and the pre­vi­ous two at times­freep­ress.com/mu­sicwednes­days. Past per­form­ers in­clude Mitch Ry­der, Dennis Hask­ins, James Rogers, Cody McCarver, Smith & Wes­ley, Jer­maine Pu­ri­fory and Jimmy Tawa­ter. You can also watch more than 100 weekly episodes we’ve done.

This year’s PB & Hol­i­day Jam, so named be­cause we like to urge peo­ple to do­nate peanut but­ter to the Chat­tanooga Area Food Bank, fea­tures Spin­ster, C-Grimey, Natalie and Ke­nadie Halling with GuitarChat­tanooga, Randy Steele, Shane Mor­row with Rauelle Kelly and Karen McReynolds, and a house band fea­tur­ing sev­eral mem­bers of my fam­ily, who will be back­ing Kathy Webb.

We will also fea­ture a spe­cial sur­prise from the mem­bers of The Flock House.

The idea be­hind Mu­sic Wed­nes­days was sim­i­lar to the idea be­hind this column when I started writ­ing it more Barry Courter than 20 years ago — there are so many sto­ries to tell, and peo­ple to fea­ture, and not all of them rise to the need for a full-blown fea­ture.

We knew that not ev­ery­one had a new al­bum com­ing out, or a huge show com­ing up, and we knew that even within a band, there is more than one story or one tal­ented mu­si­cian. We also thought it would be fun to let the drum­mer play gui­tar and sing if he or she can, for ex­am­ple.

In all of those Mu­sic Wed­nes­day episodes, I think we’ve prob­a­bly fea­tured the same artist no more than three times. We’ve rarely fea­tured the same type of mu­sic in back-to-back episodes.

We’ve done opera, hip-hop, jazz, blue­grass, old-timey, elec­tronic, coun­try, cho­ral and folk. The cra­zi­est episode was prob­a­bly hav­ing mem­bers of Strung Like a Horse, the Com­mu­ni­ca­tors and Nick Lut­sko in one room to pro­mote their Some­thing Wicked on Sta­tion Street show.

In any case, thanks to all of the mu­si­cians. I hope you read­ers will check it out.

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