Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – 8TRK Band

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - by Bob Payne
8TRK Rocking Buds
8TRK Rocking Buds
- photo by Frank Pate

It was my pleasure to get to see and hear 8TRK play this past week at Bud’s Sportsbar. These guys are seasoned pros that rock the 70’s and 80’s songs with the best of them. 8TRK is composed of Randy Johnston, Kenny Johnson, KC Campbell, Jim Denham, and Richie Terry.  On my recent visit, Milford Courtney was running the lights amd Tim Kohlman ran the soundboard and both did a great job, as always. David Brown stood in with them for several songs, which is always a good thing.

A few years ago, this band was well known in the Chattanooga area, and the Southeast for that matter, as the SpringCreek Band. If you are a fan of Styx, Zeppelin, Foreigner, Aerosmith, and other top bands from that era, then this band is for you. As is with many classic rock bands, they draw a good dance crowd, too. (Which, as we all know, leads to a thirsty crowd and a good night for the venue hosting the band!)

For more information about 8TRK, take a look at their Facebook page and give them a “like”. You can view it right here -

This weekend, August 12 and 13, you can catch all kinds of good music in Chattanooga. Nightfall has Gangstagrass, a real favorite of mine. Mixing bluegrass and hip/hop, Gangstagrass is fun, danceable, and talented. Riverfront Nights has the funk band Ripe as headliner, and Blues Hammer opening. Over at the Revelry Room, Fly By Radio plays Friday Night and Rumours, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, plays Saturday night. Bud’s Sportsbar hosts VooDoo Slim Friday and Saturday nights. Black Cat Moon, with Janella Hayes, is playing at Bucks Wild Burgers in Ringgold, site of the old Acoustic Café.

See you there!

Bob Payne is the Entertainment Editor for the and talent buyer for Friends of the Festival. You can follow me on Facebook at or email me at 

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