wild blue yonder

With a nod to the past and an eye to the future, local favorite Wild Blue Yonder is mixing it up musically in 2017. The five-piece Appalachian Americana group will make its 4th return appearance at Music on the Town on Thursday, September 28, from 7:00-9:00 pm. Wild Blue Yonder has endeared audiences with warm harmonies, sizzling fiddles and folksy original songs for the past 16 years. Their new shows feature a healthy dose of old-time, mountain tunes along with fresh originals from their three CD releases. Highlights of Wild Blue Yonder’s past performances include The Museum of Appalachia’s Tennessee Fall Homecoming, numerous performances at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, and opening for Doc Watson’s 80th Birthday Bash in Bristol, TN. Visit the group on Facebook @wbyband and check out their new videos on Youtube. To contact the band, phone 865-216-3145 or email wademelissa22@yahoo.com.

Since the band’s inception in 2001, Wild Blue Yonder has broken new ground in the newgrass realm with a roadkill anthem, two top-selling CD releases and airplay on more than 60 stations in the U.S. and abroad. They have performed for enthusiastic crowds in North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia, as well as East Tennessee.

Music runs deep in the bloodlines of all four Wild Blue Yonder members. WBY founders Melissa Wade and Philip Coward claim a rich musical heritage, starting with three of their great-uncles who played fiddle, guitar and banjo. Grandmother Sarah filled her humble home with primitive, a cappella versions of Appalachian hymns that resonate through her grandchildren’s voices even today.

Sisters Cindy Wallace and Laura Knight, who both contribute fiddle and a variety of percussion to the band, began performing with their family in North Carolina in their early teens. As the Wallace Sisters, they have graced many stages across the Southeast, including Dollywood Theme Park and Music Mansion in Sevierville, Tennessee.