SHORT TAKES | Logan Fritz advances in Tennessee Songwriters Qualifying Round | Entertainment


Thomas Netherlands

Farm and fun time

Vibrant strands of Black Gospel male quartet DNA extend from ’40s and ’50s bands like The Golden Gate Quartet right up to the present day.

Take The Legendary Ingramettes. Based in Richmond, Va., the longtime female-led barnstormers headline Farm and Fun Time at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Va. on Thursday, February 10. It’s tonight, so hurry up. Kentucky’s Local Honeys and Johnson City’s Bill and the Belles round out the evening’s varied musical lineup.

Founded by the late Maggie Ingram, The Legendary Ingramettes is now run by her daughter, Almeta Ingram-Miller. Their latest album, “Take a Look in the Book,” builds on the band’s penchant for commanding vocals by drawing on Appalachian sources like Ola Belle Reed and the late Bill Withers for material. Tamed like tornadoes, The Legendary Ingramettes make incredible music with vocals that span the decades.

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Teni Rane

An old soul lives in Teni Rane’s vocal-centric music.

Originally from Chattanooga, Rane visits The Cascade Draft House in Bristol, Tennessee on Friday, February 11. Dramatic in voice, Rane uses alternate lyrics to construct images of his life. She is autobiographical and observational, credits that serve to elevate her music to levels of incredible beauty.

“I’m a dragonfly and I’m not afraid to bite,” Rane sings on “Numb.” Taken from his EP “Heart in Tennessee”, it is a declarative song of freedom. Wings thrown in the wind, Rane’s idiosyncratic vocals work well with contemplative material such as “Park Hill”. Peaceful in tone, relaxing in feel, Rane’s music is well suited to those seeking respite in song.

mom molasses

The sounds of maple syrup ooze from the Appalachian folk of Momma Molasses. She is soft-spoken and strong-spoken.

Drop by the Big Stone Gap General Store & Café in Big Stone Gap, Va., for a plate full of Momma Molasses music on Saturday, February 12. For those who like music that is not contrived, it is undeniably unforgettable.

On stage and on record, Ella Patrick is called Momma Molasses. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Bristol, Virginia. His fondness for traditional tunes, including “In the Pines”, fits well with his own characteristic originals. His particular way of singing, affective and quite moving, attaches and elevates well-chosen songs. Therefore, Momma Molasses does belong to the rich American canon of folk singers.

Music notes

Abingdon’s Logan Fritz was among four winners selected in Saturday’s Tennessee Songwriters Week qualifying round at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. It advances to a showcase event on Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Down Home in Johnson City.

Fritz, although in his early twenties, has long been a vital presence on the local music scene. Singer, guitarist and songwriter, he has performed his original music many times at the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots meeting. He currently leads his own group, Fritz & Co.

Other round winners included Ari Silver of Johnson City, Noah Spencer of Pounding Mill, Virginia, and Audrey Rose of Flintstone, Georgia.

If Fritz advances at the showcase event in Johnson City, he will make it to the final on Sunday, March 20 at the historic Bluebird Café in Nashville.

Tickets will go on sale soon to experience Don Felder at Paramount on Friday, April 22 at 8 p.m. songs such as “Already Gone”, “One of These Nights”, and “Hotel California”.

Felder, a member of the Eagles from 1974, left the world-famous group in 2001. He has since pursued a critically acclaimed solo career that has included his 2008 whirlwind memoir, Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001).

Tickets to see Don Felder in Bristol will cost between $47 and $85. For more information, call Paramount at 423-274-8920 or visit

Austin, Texas, The Greyhounds motor duo through this week’s free MP3 downloads. Summon Find four titles, including a plaintive “Nobody’s Judging”, which were recorded live last October at Paste Studio by the adventurous duo.

Tom Netherland is a freelance writer. He can be contacted at

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