Rose Center's Local Music Development Program:  SING OUT! presents....


Rooster Will Crow November 29th!


Returning to Rose Center’s Prater Hall stage are local folk rockers Chris Durman, Pat Helms, and Steve White.  They will be joined on stage by Knoxville’s Leslie Gengozian and Andy Wood.  Together they are the members of the long-running, much-beloved band, Exit 65.  


According to top fan, Perlina Hoodinpile, the origins of this stalwart band goes like this, “The origin story for Exit 65 is one of a happy accident. Long-time Morristown, TN friends, Pat Helms, David Hagwood, and Chris Durman were having a back porch all-guitar jam session in Knoxville where they were attending UT. At one point, a friend came by, sat around and listened, and invited them to play (right then) for free beer at a little bar named Geronimo’s that sat in the back corner of Knoxville’s Fort Sanders neighborhood.”  That auspicious beginning was nearly three decades ago.  


It is my understanding that while things have changed significantly thirty-six years, some things have stayed true to their roots—namely, and despite their success, they will still play on occasion for free beer.   (However, potential venues should note that these guys and gal have pretty high-dollar taste in ale.)  And, the enduring friendships have valiantly withstood the ravages of time, moves, and career changes.  Another thing that remains true to their roots is the great jam-band style with which they play.  The tunes they choose still reflect those first important influences like The Band, The Byrds, and Richard Thompson.  And, just like a good whiskey, the band has only improved with age, experience, and confidence.   


 So, what can you expect from an Exit 65 show, besides a whole lot of Indie-beer and the slew of local fans?  First and foremost, an Exit 65 show comes complete with great vibes.  Maybe it is all the free shows, the hippie mentors, the influence of their early heroes, namely The Grateful Dead, or maybe it is all that good beer, but one thing folks can count on is the general atmosphere of warmth and kindness found in both the band and their family of fans.   You can also count on hearing some great folk rock covers from icons like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Jerry Garcia.  Plus, Exit 65 fans will want a heavy dose of time-tested originals, too.   


The current lineup includes Pat Helms on electric guitar, Steve White on electric guitar and mandolin, Andy Wood on drums, Chris Durman on electric bass, and Leslie Gengozian on violin.

All the members in Exit 65 take turns on vocals, except for Andy.  However, we heard a rumor that he did in fact sing one at a show over the summer.  We hope he does that for us—what a treat!  


According to front man, Chris Durman, Exit 65 has been hard at work on a new studio album, and doing lot of responsible and upstanding things.  Of the post-Thanksgiving show, Chris Durman says, “We wanted to do a show near the holiday in the hopes that out-of-town friends and family could come.  We had a great time in Prater Hall a couple of years ago, so we are looking forward to coming back.  We have some new tunes, and some old favorites worked up for it.”  


Exit 65 will play Rose Center’s Prater Hall on November 29th at 7 PM.  Doors open at 6:30 PM, and guests are permitted to bring snacks and the beverages of their choice.  Tickets are $10 at the door only, with no advance sales permitted.  Exit 65 is presented by Rose Center Council for the Arts local music development program, Sing Out!    For more information, call Rose Center 423-581-4330 or visit the website:


By Angela Johnson

Sing Out is a locally-funded music program of Rose Center Council for the Arts with the aim of creating a thriving local music economy capable of sustaining local performers, bands, and sound-techs / engineers.  With the goal of providing business opportunity, it is the hope that the talent found in the Lakeway Region will stay and make a home in the area.  If you or someone you know would like to perform in the Sing Out program, please contact Candy Durman, program coordinator.