b'& MusicMoreBy Lance Coleman THE SHED stage at both the outdoor and The Shed Smokehouse and Jukeindoor venues.Put on your boots or grab the highJoint founder Scott Maddux hasOne of things I try to do is heels, the choice is yours in Blounta passion for Americana Outlawconsistently listen to music. I take County. Music and theater venuesCountry music. He also wantsa lot of pride when we find people are plentiful and offer a variety ofto ensure that fans who flood hison the front end of the wave, if choices, from the strummin andmusic venue enjoy their surround- you will, he said. Sometimes that pickin the region is known forings as much as they do the acts oncosts us a little bit because some of to classic ballet and symphonicstage. those shows arent as popular on melodies.Maddux and his wife, Monet,front end. Take Chris Stapleton and The settings, too, speak to theopened the Smoky MountainSturgill Simpson, for example. We diversity of tastes. Picnic by theHarley-Davidson motorcycle dealer- had both of them multiple times brook at Springbrook Park, sipship in the former Lowes Homebefore either show was attended a cup of freshly roasted coffeeImprovement Warehouse at 1820well, but ultimately they became at Vienna Coffee House, savor aWest Lamar Alexander Parkway.stadium acts.pizza at Bluetick Tavern or down aThe Shed was the former businesssThe Shed has hosted acts that cold one at one of the downtownlumber shed, and Scott convertedinclude Ted Nugent, Jason Isbell, clubs, all while listening to liveit into an outdoor/indoor musicUnknown Hinson, Scott Miller, music.venue, barbecue restaurant andBlackberry Smoke and the Ken-For special events, The Shedgarage bar.tucky Headhunters, to name just a and Clayton Center for the ArtsWhile Maddux often opensfew.specialize in bringing in entertain- The Shed up for fundraiser eventsChoosing the talent for The ers that might overlook Maryvillethroughout the year, it is theShed stages involves not only as a venue without the diligence ofmusic venue season that draws thelistening and keeping an ear to the the two venues directors.crowds. Maddux said he spends aground, but networking through lot of time finding acts to take thesocial media, working with agents, www.BlountPartnership.com 21'