What started as a hobby has grown into far more than I dreamed and in the process I am having more fun than I ever imagined. As we celebrate our third anniversary on air Friday I took a look back at what RCS has been able to do. If you will allow me to toot our horn just a bit here are some of the facts.
In the three years The River City Sessions began as a bi-annual gathering and now monthly as a live radio broadcast, we have given opportunity to be seen and heard to more than:
Forty bands composed of more than two hundred musicians
Fifteen youth performers
Twenty eight authors/storytellers/poets
Twenty four solo musicians, singer/songwriters
We have listeners from Dallas, TX to Hartford, CT; The UK to New Zealand, Portland to Florida through our internet broadcast.
Our performers have come from Huntsville, Birmingham, St. Louis, Madison (WA), Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Mt. Pleasant S.C., Atlanta, and Charlotte, San Francisco, Johnson City and yet….More than half of our performers are from Chattanooga and the immediate surrounding area.
Our artists have gone on to other well-known venues and festivals such as Bonnaroo, Eddie’s Attic, The Blue Room, Sundance, The Bluebird Café, Riverbend and Nightfall, The Brevard Roots Festival, Ketner’s Mill Festival, The Little Owl Arts and Music Festival, The Mountain Arts Festival. We have hosted a Grand Old Opry Performer, A Pulitzer Prize Nominee, A Book of the Year Winner, and an Alabama Hall of Fame Guitarist. A past Tennessee State Fiddle Champion, an Alabama State Mandolin Champion.
RCS is growing and the services we are able to offer our performers is growing with us. We are now a regular on 3+you as features and for artist interviews separate from the show on WUTC. We regularly book bands for local festivals and try to pick from our performers when possible.