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Featured Artist of the Week – Southern Drawl Band

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Southern Drawl Band was formed by lead vocalist Nashville Mike and guitarist Rich Killingsworth in Febuary of 2011. Mike & Rich have been playing on and off together for more than a decade with their previous band “Krank” (a high energy, alternative rock band) and other projects. Playing as a duo under the name “Nashville Mike” for several months in early 2011, they added drummer Larry Dunsmore in May of 2011 and changed the name to Southern Drawl Band. They added keyboardist Lonnie Miller in June and bassist Brannon McCaleb in late July. Having been together as a band for only a few months, Southern Drawl Band has quickly become one of the top drawing acts in Knoxville with their fans and club owners alike. Leaving many folks asking “where did these guys come from?” Don’t get the wrong idea though, these guys are far from an “overnight success”. With combined stage and performance experience of close to a century, they credit strong work ethic and their love for the music, as well as a heartfelt appreciation for the fans for this seemingly “fast” rise up the ladder. Southern Drawl makes every song their own and every audience member a part of the show. They believe that in this day of TV talent shows and one hit wonders, the old fashioned way of building success “one fan at a time” is still the best way to build lasting success.

“Nashville” Mike

Lead Singer/Acoustic Guitar


Mike is a guitarist, singer, and published songwriter currently living in Knoxville, TN. Mike, a Tennessee native, was born in Kingsport and raised in Nashville where he grew up playing guitar and singing in the bar scene. Moving to Cocoa Beach, FL in 2006, Mike continued building a following of fans young and old; opening for such acts as Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker and Uncle Cracker and touring with his band The Cocolocos from Key West to The Bahamas. In 2009, Mike’s original CD release of “Another Day In Paradise” led to a publishing deal with Rice Publishing/Nashville. Mike moved back home to Tennessee in 2010 after the passing of his father and began building yet another resume of success, earning a position among the top acts in Knoxville. Mike has opened for such acts as Eddie Money, Uncle Cracker and Marshall Tucker Band.

Rich Killingsworth

Lead Guitar/Fiddle/Vocal/Utility

Born in october 1966, I started playing guitar at 12 yrs of age. I learned by ear from my grandma, Bea Green, and mom, Janis Killingsworth. Mom taught me how to sing all the spectrum’s of all the vocal line’s. Thats why singing harmony is natural for me. Mom also taught me how to play the banjo. I still have my great grandpa “Poppy”s banjo. My granpa “Doc”, taught me how to play harmonica, though I still need a lot of practice. Both sides of the family have musical talent. My sister ” Bobbie Kaye”, sing’s better than me. My great grandpa, “Uncle John Milligan”, was well known for playing fiddle in the area back in the day. He played over his head, between his legs, behind his back. I never met him, but that would have been something to see. I learned how to play the fiddle when I was 17, via mandolin. It’s tuned the same, but you have to use a bow instead of a pick. I never liked the way it sounded when I was learning, because when you mess up on a fiddle, man doe’s it make the dog’s howl! lol. I put it away until feb. 2011, when Nashville Mike asked me if I knew how to play any of Zack Brown Band’s stuff. I said, who’s Zack Brown? So I started learning fiddle this year, and my dog’s have settled down. I must be getting better, lol. I played in northwest indiana until I was 19, and was lucky enough to be the opener for “Mickey Gilley”, in Chicago. I did alot of high school homework on breaks in my car at the bars. A year after I graduated, I moved to Tn. with “Razin’ Kayne” band from indiana. That band did openers for “Jerry Reed”, and others. After about a year we disbanned, and I played with “Clifford Russel” for a few months. I helped form “Silverado Band”, after that, and played as house band for “Starlight” bar and grill, which is now “Six Pockets”, for a few years.Went on the road with “The Bad Weather Boy’s” in the Chicago area for a while. The weather was bad, let me tell ya. I got an offer to come back to Knoxville and play with The “Hunley Brothers” and Sister Ruth poolside at the “Grand Hotel” in Pigeon Forge, so I took it. They were great people, and had an all Dollywood cast of player’s except for me. I had alot of fun with them. We even Ended up playing with Their older brother, Capital records recording artist, “Con Hunley”. We did New years at the grand, and opened up the “Eagle Mountain” music theatre, with Con as headliner, and Johnny Counterfiet, opposite Jim Ed Brown and Jeanie Sealey. I loved playin’ with Burton Acres on bass, and the great “Herbie Wallace”, on steel guitar. Those guy’s could really play! I moved to Myrtle Beach in 95, and played 10-15 shows a week on “The Grand Strand”. I met my son Ryan’s Mother Jenny Beck while she was on vacation, and knew I met the love of my life. We got busy with starting a family, and I moved back to Knoxville to do auto collision repair with my father Tom Killingsworth. I did that for 15 years, and when my dad died in 09′ I didn’t like to do it anymore. He was truely my best friend. I met Mike in 2002 when His wife and Jenny were enrolled in South College. When I heard him sing, I had the itch again. We started an alternative band called “Krank”. Volume, not the drug. We played LOUD. Mike and I had alot of fun with that music, then he moved away, and I continued to do auto collision. Besides filling in for a few bands here and ther, I figured the best was behind me. But now, with the “Southern Drawl Band”, I have a new love and outlook on musical possibilities, and want to ride this train as long as I can. They are a great bunch of guy’s and we have alot of fun. You can be yourself. I play from the soul and the band fit’s me perfectly. I am excited to see what the future holds.

Larry Dunsmore


Larry Dunsmore has been performing & recording drums & percussion in and around knoxville for over a decade playing with the best musicians in the area. playing nearly 1,500 live performances, 200+ recording hours, and more broken drum sticks then we can possible count. keeping knoxville’s rhythms tight & clean, striving for perfection, we are the weight that holds down the rhythm section!



Zac Brown Band, Alabama, Allman Brothers, Toby Keith, Blackberry Smoke, Alan Jackson, Marshall Tucker, Billy Currington, Doobie Brothers,Tim McGraw, Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Strait, Lynard Skynard, Tom Petty, Jimmy Buffett, Charlie Daniels Band, Old Crow Medicine Show.

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Featured Artist of the Week – Howard Livingston & the Mile Marker 24 Band

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Howard is a native of the mountains of eastern Kentucky. His mother spawned his love for music by introducing him to the guitar at age five. While the love of music never did leave him, his career pushed him in a different direction. While building his business, he traveled to the Florida Keys, where he developed a severe case of “Keys Fever” He never wanted to leave. The more he visited, the more music, and the keys called out to him. Finally, he surrendered. The islands called both he and his guitar. He teamed upo with this group of talented musicians and Mile Marker 24 was born and the island music goes on and on.

Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 band are the real deal and an all original tropical island band capable of supporting both small and large events. The band has recorded five studio CDs filled with over fifty all originals that always please the crowd. The band is also flexible and fully functional from an intimate two-piece to a ten-piece including a horn section. Howard is also available as a solo performer. The music of Mile Marker 24 offers universal appeal with an easy going lilt and sway that celebrates the human spirit while being underscored by steel drums, guitars, marimba and subtle strings.

Mile Marker 24 has been on the fast track, growing in popularity from the most popular band in the Florida Keys to clearly a favorite nationwide.

Livingston’s self-released fifth album, Tunes in a Tropical Key, provides the latest example of this carefree caress. Like his four earlier efforts, Livin’ On Key West Time (2005), Meet Me In The Keys (2006), Blame It On The Margaritas (2007), and I’m Living on an Island (2008) much of the new album is based on Livingston’s life – the life he loves in the Florida Keys. Songs that share his love for the Florida Keys (It’s A Pretty Good Life), to the humorous (Get Your Own Cousin & Tropical Nightmare). This album joins Livingston’s other albums as a soundtrack to a lifestyle – the lifestyle of flip flops and tank tops!

Livingston and company have become known as a Portable Party Machine supporting corporate events, weddings, and tropical parties. With the 1952 Johnson outboard motor – turned margarita maker – that became well known when making margaritas with Al Roker (Today Show), Dave Price (CBS Early Show), Sam Champion (Good Morning America), and Samantha Brown (The Travel Channel), Livingston performs many events in the Florida Keys, fairs and tropical parties in the Southeast US, and tours the Midwest and Eastern USA. He has shared the stage with the likes of Mac McAnally, Little River Band, Cowboy Troy, America, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hank Williams, Tim McGraw, Big and Rich, and Keith Urban. Livingston has also been a headliner act at Meeting of the Minds (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), Jimmy Buffett’s annual international fan club convention.

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