The Lonetones and White Stag to Release New Music in February

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The restless folk-rock/Americana band the Lonetones—the songwriting team of Steph Gunnoe (vocals and guitar) and Sean McCollough (vocals, guitar, and various other stringed instruments), Cecilia Wright Miller (cello and vocals), Jamie Cook (drums), and rotating bassists Bryn Davies and Vince Ilagan—will release their fifth album, Dumbing It All Down, in February. The new record, the band’s first since Modern Victims in 2012, also features Will Boyd on saxophone on three tracks.

The Lonetones will play a CD release show with North Carolina pop-folk band Bombadil at Open Chord Music on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Admission is $5, but $10 gets you in the door and a copy of the new disc.

“We’re very excited that they accepted our invitation!” McCollough says about the release show. “We’re excited about the record, too.”

Trippy prog quartet White Stag (Richi Worboys, Damon Ownby, Allen Finger, and Eric Sublett) is set to release its long-awaited debut album, Emergence, on Feb. 17. The disc follows two EPs of heavy, jazzy prog metal since 2014. The foreboding and majestic single “Accidental Entity” is available now at Expect details about a release show soon.


Senior Editor Matthew Everett manages the Knoxville Mercury's arts & entertainment section, including the comprehensive calendar section—Knoxville’s go-to guide for everything worth doing in the area. You can reach Matthew at

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