AFTON WOLFE on ABC-TV for 17th Annual Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit

December 9, 2022 by 1888media

In preparation for ‘Get Behind The Mule,’ the 17th Annual Tom Waits Tribute & Benefit, singer-songwriter Afton Wolfe stopped by WKRN Channel 2 News in Nashville (ABC-TV affiliate) to chat with reporters Alex Denis and Laura Schweizer about the upcoming Benefit.

Held each year on the Saturday after Waits’ birthday (December 7), Get Behind The Mule takes its name from his iconic song of the same name which appeared on his 1999 opus Mule Variations. This year’s Benefit takes place on Saturday, December 10 at The 5 Spot in East Nashville.

Co-presented by radio station WXNA (101.5 FM), the event benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee with a suggested donation of $10 to be collected at the door. Advance tix are available via Eventbrite

Having been a part of fifteen of the seventeen iterations, Wolfe is deeply intertwined with the event. This year sees him return as the evening’s emcee. Frequently compared to Waits, he’ll open the show with a performance of the Waits’ classic “Train Song.”

Other featured performers include Angel Snow, Daniel Lawrence Walker, East Kin, Irene Kelley, JP Ringvold & The Raindogs, Kevin Gordon, Linda McRae’s Blue Valentine, Molly Martin, Runner Of The Woods, Sizzle Went The VCR and The Volcano Brothers.

During the performances, visual artist Billy Martinez will “live paint” a Tom Waits image stage-side with other original artistic creations from award-winning painters Artist Andee Rudloff, Jeff Bertrand, cigar-box guitar creator Jonathan M. Greiner at Lucky Box Guitars, blacksmith Keith Herendon, guitar-engraver/builder Mike Lancial being offered via Silent Auction.

For those not able to attend in person, for the first time ever, the MULE Tribute + Benefit will livestream from the 5 Spot’s YouTube channel. Event begins in-person and online at 8pm CST.

As a prelude, The 5 Spot has been posting past MULE Tribute performances on their channel. In 2020, Wolfe delivered a spirited rendition of “Come On Up to the House.”

Afton’s new 5-song EP, entitled ‘Twenty-Three“, appears out of the ether on 2/3/23.

Releasing on Grandiflora Records, with distribution via CEN/The Orchard, Twenty-Three is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album Kings for Sale, which was co-produced by Oz Fritz, a longtime Waits collaborator and the engineer for the album Mule Variations.

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