Each year, that list of names continues to grow, but this weekend, Torn is most excited to work with musicians whose name recognition is better suited for the entire reason he’s coming to Knoxville — the prestigious and avant-garde Big Ears Festival. For a man who deals in the sonic currency of a dizzying array of genres, it’s a unique opportunity to participate as both player and fan, he told The Daily Times recently.
“I have to say, I’ve gotten continuously more excited as the invitation has gotten broader,” said Torn, who performs twice on Friday and once on Sunday as part of the groundbreaking event, which kicks off today in downtown Knoxville. “Really, I’m not usually a fan of doing all kinds of different things in one place, or at one festival, but this festival seems very special to me. I’ve been watching it for a while, and I thought there might have been a chance around my last solo record that I would come and play, but it did not work out, so I’m super thrilled that it has this time.”