Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Boyd's Jig and Reel - Plus: Blue Mother Tupelo


Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville, January 2012

I've been hanging onto the shots I took of Blue Mother Tupelo last month, but hadn't found the right moment to work them in. In the meantime, I took a second visit to Boyd's Jig and Reel and I have to say the place is really growing on me.

Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville, January 2012

I'd stepped in once before just to take the couple of interior shots you see here. I posted them before. I was impressed with the look of the place and the comfortable seating, with couches and soft chairs arranged to form cozy little areas of their own and small tables in their vicinity for food or  drinks. Of course, there is bar seating on both sides, with a bar just large enough to hold a plate along one wall on one side and the full bar on the other. Booth seating is also available on the bar side.

Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville, January 2012

A very nice, slightly raised stage sits at one end of the room with the small bar. It was there that Blue Mother Tupelo played the second time I visited Boyd's. I had an excellent meal, as well. I had the Smoked Salmon ($13), which is described as "Fresh salmon cured with a light smoke. Served with cream cheese, red onions, and capers on fresh baked artisan bread." It was even better than it sounded and it filled me up without feeling as if I'd over-eaten.

Ricky Davis of Blue Mother Tupelo

Micol Davis of Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel

The third time was for drinks on a Friday night, but I decided to also try the seafood chowder which I really enjoyed. On that occasion I was there on a Friday around 6:00. It was late enough that a festive crowd had gathered, but early enough that it wasn't extremely loud. Shaft and I enjoyed talking to JC behind the bar and generally hanging out on a Friday after a long week at work.

Ricky Davis of Blue Mother Tupelo

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

It's a great place and I highly encourage you to try it with and without music. Both are fun experiences, but also they are very different. They feature local music and Irish music each week, so they are excellent patrons of the local musical establishment and you know how I feel about our local musicians. Hope to see you there, soon.

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

Oh, and that band? Blue Mother Tupelo rocked the house. A massive number of people, including more than a few family members came to hear them and packed the house. We got there an hour early and were fortunate to be able to sit. That is more than some people could say, as there was a large crowd standing for most of the show. It wasn't as if any seats opened up, because no one left.

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

Ricky and Micol Davis (who are married) actually got their start playing nearby at Sassy Ann's. Ricky grew up in the area and still seems to consider it his musical home. The duo moved to Nashville in 1998 and they continue to be based there. Their most recent album, "Heaven and Earth" is the one that grabbed me. I'd encourage you to look it up. It continues to garner airplay on Americana radio stations.

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

The Fire Marshall allegedly made some people leave the room before the night ended, which was after midnight. With the crowd and the heat generated on stage, I can completely believe it. The two played and danced and sang their hearts out and then hung out with whomever wanted to talk after the show. It was a great night in a very great new venue in our city.

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

Blue Mother Tupelo at Boyd's Jig and Reel, Old City, Knoxville

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8 Comments:

At February 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Holly L'Oiseau said...

I heard about this place from my sister in-law. She said there were instruments just hanging about for anyone to pick up, which sounded neat. I'm in the old city quite a bit, but I always end up at The Crown & Goose. We'll have to stop there soon to get a taste of something different!

 
At February 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Andrea said...

I love Jig & Reel! We had a great time there, staying until last call on New Year's.

 
At February 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM , Blogger Knoxville Urban Guy said...

It is a fun place that I'm kind of late coming around to. Give it a try, Holly. Maybe you'll see Andrea and myself there!

 
At February 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

BMT were exceptional that night, plus the crowd and wait staff did everything they could to accomodate the crowded situation. Good vibe all around. I really like the bar staff here. JC can talk some scotch without overloading you or shame you for ordering rum. Nice spot.

Shaft

 
At February 16, 2012 at 3:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the report, but Sassy Ann's isn't in the Old City.

 
At February 16, 2012 at 9:27 PM , Blogger Knoxville Urban Guy said...

You are welcome for the report. Of course, Sassy Ann's is in Old North Knoxville. Sassy Ann's is indeed the place they first played. I think when I read that I pictured Lucille's in the Old City.

 
At February 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boyd's Jig And Reel has been holding fundraisers for Mitt Romney, and when comments are posted on their Facebook profile questioning this, they've been deleting them. Shame on them! Old time string musicians are not conservative Republicans and it's a disgrace they'd do such a thing. Not setting foot in there again, and we've been spreading the word far and wide on Facebook about this.

 
At February 24, 2012 at 6:42 PM , Blogger Knoxville Urban Guy said...

Hello friend,
Interesting response. I knew about the Romney fundraiser, but didn't know about the deletion of Facebook comments. While my politics and yours are likely in line with one another, I'm not sure I'd be willing to characterize all "old time string musicians" as leaning one way or another. Are we going to start avoiding restaurants or bars owned by Republicans? I thing in east Tennessee we might become hungry and thirsty in pretty short order. I'm pretty tuned in to the local musician/Facebook crowd - who is the "we" who has been talking about this on Facebook?

 

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