KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Two Knoxville men got their well- deserved time in the spot light at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York City Sunday night.
“Bradley Reeves and Wayne Bledsoe are a couple of guys who have been diligent in their curation and devotion to the history of music in this area,” said Charlie Lutz, a WDVX radio host and friend of Bledsoe.
Bledsoe and Reeves wrote a book about Knoxville songwriter Arthur Q. Smith. Their work earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Album Notes.
“The fact that Arthur Q Smith, the person about him they wrote, is being recognized who was largely forgotten and largely unknown, but is responsible for writing a lot of notable songs, it’s really on a couple different levels a big deal for this area,” said Lutz.
Lutz and Bledsoe are radio hosts for WDVX. Lutz said Bledsoe plays a big role in the music scene in Knoxville.
“He’s always been concerned about the history of music and promotion of music and preservation of local traditions,” said Lutz. “They’re very deserving of it.”
The two East Tennesseans were recognized for their achievement in compiling 30 years of information about Arthur Q. Smith. Bledsoe said this nomination is great for the community.