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The Appalachian Hippie Poet (AHP) has had many drinks, much food, and met many friends at Boyd’s Jig and Reel in The Old City in Knoxville, TN. He has performed there many times, written work there over a pint Guinness, and even designed part of his logo at the bar late one night while drinking a pint of Guinness with Justin Clift. His friend and graphic designer, Reenie Popawheelie took the design from a paper napkin to completion. Jenny Houbler Boyd asked the artiest Curtis Glover (who painted the now iconic back drop of the stage at the Jig and Reel) to create a colorful rendition of said logo, and it now hangs on the wall on the left side off the stage at the Jig and Reel. Permission to reproduce the painted logo as a sticker for the AHP was granted by Jenny and Curtis, and the iconic Knoxville photographerBill Foster was asked to photograph said logo. Production of the sticker shown here was done by Jared Brewster of Label Thirteen located in South Knoxville with the AHP’s best friend Rachel Williams tending to many of the details of said production. This all goes to show that it takes a whole lot of local concerns, lots of drink, many friends with great talents,and a whole community of fans to support one poet. Thank you!!!

The Appalachian Hippie Poet opened for The Bus Driver Tour at The Willow Tree in Johnson City, Tennessee. The Willow Tree is a coffee house, bar house and has a large separate room for music. It is a great listing room run by my friend Teri Butler Dosher. The AHP performed a four poem set with the poems, Fiddlin Joe, The Purple Fiddle, Mama’s Hand and Still on the Hill. The set was filmed and posted on Facebook and youtube by my friend Randy Gentry. The AHP hopes you will enjoy the. The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=774oi2XTlDg#t=12

You can contact me at wbillalexander@aol.com


Check out the link below to see the full article about the WDVX radio program Tennessee Shines. Part of the article is included below.



Tennessee Shines Radio Show presents Live Music, Poetry Monday Nights in Downtown Knoxville

 Knoxville, Tenn. ——WDVX’’s weekly Tennessee Shines Radio Show enters the summer season with a schedule of folk, country, bluegrass and Americana rock performers, plus a little something extra.

“”A few weeks into our inaugural season, we invited poet and berry basket-maker Bill Alexander to read two of his poems during the show,”” says executive producer Bob Deck. “”It worked so well to balance out the music and bring more voices into the mix, we’’ve made it a regular part of the show.””



On Gay Street in Knoxville, Tennessee in front of Morelock Music!!




Thanks to Four Leaf Peat for the stage time and to the folks at the Jig and Reel who kept the beer flowing! The Appalachian Hippie Poet does spoken word and used the guitar only as a prop!! He may learn how to tune it!!

By my friend Sharon Parks

Life’s Tree

Amber Light




Follow the links below to see The Appalachian Hippie Poet Preforming!!! There will be more about the birth ofthis poet later!

Whiskey and Music (c)


Jericho (c)


Early Times Blues (c)









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