WDVX-FM, the community radio station that’s turned the East Tennessee airwaves into a bastion of roots and Americana music over the past two decades, is expanding to Blount County.
During Thursday’s meeting of the Downtown Maryville Association at the Blount Partnership offices, WDVX founder and creative consultant Tony Lawson announced the creation of “Friday Night Live,” a new concert series set to launch June 29 in Maryville. On the last Friday of each month, 10 months out of the year, the series will coincide with the DMA’s “Friday Night Lights” showcase of area businesses and artists. The concerts will be at the Clayton Center for the Arts.
“We’ve always had a connection to Blount County,” Lawson told attendees at the meeting. “Some of our earliest fund drives were in Walland, at the community center up there, and we had some great concerts at The Palace Theater.”
A native of Campbell County, Lawson was the first on-air personality when WDVX launched from a 14-foot trailer parked at a campground off the Norris/Clinton exit on Interstate 75. Along with broadcast engineer Don Burggraf and a small board of directors, the station has focused exclusively on outside-the-mainstream artists whose rootsy sounds are too eclectic or off-the-beaten-path for traditional radio.