The Troubadour Blues Roadshow — an exciting blend of film, poetry, acoustic music and song-driven rock & roll — is coming to Tennessee in October for a three-night mini-tour. We’ll start out at the Pilot Light in Knoxville on Thursday, Oct. 10, travel on to the Family Wash in Nashville on Friday, Oct. 11, and wind up at Kudzu’s in Memphis on Saturday, Oct. 12.

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The touring show features a 25-minute preview of Troubadour Blues, filmmaker Tom Weber’s insightful documentary about hard-traveling musicians, followed by live performances by three exciting artists: poet and songwriter RB Morris, cowgirl song-slinger Nancy Apple, and roots-rockers The Tim Lee Three. Surprise musical guests will be featured each night.

RB Morris, a poet, musician, playwright and actor who hails from Knoxville’s historic Fort Sanders neighborhood, recently released The Mockingbird Poems, his fourth published volume. In the ’80s he edited an arts and literary tabloid, the Hard Knoxville Review, which attracted a worldwide following.

Morris wrote and acted in a one-man show about writer James Agee, The Man Who Lives Here Is Loony, and has put out four full-length CDs of original songs. He was Writer In Residence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, from 2004-2008, and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009. For more information, visit rbmorris.com.

Nancy Apple is something special. That special something that you really can’t define. A combination of humbleness and hotshot, honesty and hyperbole‚Ķ sinner and saint. She sings and writes songs, plays guitar, drums, accordion and harmonica. She’s an indie record label owner, managing her own career, booking, promotions and designing her own posters and album covers.

Nancy has hosted a popular weekly radio show on WEVL in Memphis for 17 years. She has taught songwriting at the University of Memphis for 8 years and hosted the Pickin’ Party at Kudzu’s for 13. She’s a part-time singing tour guide, and has appeared in movies and her own PBS special. Visit her on Facebook by following this link.

The Tim Lee Three was formed in 2006 by long-time guitarist/singer-songwriter Tim Lee (Windbreakers, Let’s Active, Marti Jones, Swimming Pool Qs) and his wife, bassist/singer-songwriter Susan Bauer Lee. The trio has released three full-length albums of straight-ahead roots rock with tinges of power-pop, psychedelia, country and blues. Their latest record, the critically acclaimed Devil’s Rope, which was released in February 2013.

Early on, the TL3 was likened by one journalist to a “drunken jam between X and Crazy Horse.” In a glowing review of Devil’s Rope, Pop Matters referred to the band’s “independent-minded, open-hearted rock and roll vision.” With drummer Chris Bratta, the TL3 has toured constantly since the release of Devil’s Rope, and is currently working on a follow-up album. For more information, please visit www.timleethree.com.

Troubadour Blues is a 90-minute documentary that follows a dozen of today’s best singer-songwriters — artists like Peter Case, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smither, Amy Speace and Dave Alvin — as they travel from city to city on highways of song. The film includes live performances of nearly 40 songs. Troubadour Blues is distributed by MVD Entertainment Group and is widely available. For more information, please visit tomweberfilms.com.