The Resonance of Little Roy and Lizzy: A Southern Bluegrass Tale

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Bluegrass music, a genre echoing the cultural and musical traditions of the American South, has witnessed many notable performers over the years. Among them stands the delightful duo - Little Roy and Lizzy. Their high-octane performances and melodious tracks make them not just a musical act, but an experience to witness.

Williamson Branch: A Family's Harmonious Journey through Bluegrass

Thursday, November 16, 2023

In the world of bluegrass music, where soulful melodies and heartwarming harmonies reign supreme, the Williamson Branch stands out as a beacon of talent, charm, and family unity. This exceptional band, comprising the multi-talented Williamson family, has carved its own unique path in the bluegrass genre, captivating audiences worldwide with their infectious energy and genuine passion for the music. In this blog post, we'll delve into the captivating journey of the Williamson Branch, exploring their family-centric approach, musical brilliance, and the indelible mark they have left on the bluegrass community.

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

Friday, November 18, 2022

Joe Mullins is in demand, and deservedly so. He and his band, The Radio Ramblers, are in the upper echelon of touring bluegrass bands and, as the saying goes, “they did it the old-fashioned way…they earned it!” Joe is not only an accomplished and award-winning musician, he is also a successful broadcaster, event producer, educator, and entrepreneur. To say Joe Mullins is an industry leader would be at the very least an understatement.

Dean Osborne

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Kentucky-born, Dean Osborne began his music career at age five, learning to play the piano from his father. While attending a concert by his cousins, Grand Ole Opry stars, the Osborne Brothers, Dean fell in love with Bluegrass music. At age fourteen he got his first banjo, a Hondo II. In 1980, Dean graduated from his Hondo II to a 1979 GibsonMastertone and formed his first band, the “Thousandsticks Express”.

Paul Williams: A Luminary Legacy in Bluegrass and Gospel

Saturday, November 16, 2024

"Big" Paul Williams, known by his birth name Paul Humphrey, is a beacon in the bluegrass and gospel music community [3]. With a career that has spanned decades, he has touched the hearts of many with his unique voice and incredible musical talent.

Larry Sparks and Lonesome Ramblers: Honoring the Legacy of Bluegrass Music

 Friday, November 15, 2024

In the heart of the bluegrass music world, one name stands out as a true legend and torchbearer of the genre – Larry Sparks. With his band, the Lonesome Ramblers, Sparks has left an indelible mark on the bluegrass landscape, captivating audiences with soulful performances and preserving the essence of traditional bluegrass music. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, their impact on the genre, and why they remain beloved by fans worldwide.

Larry Stephenson Band

Thursday, November 14, 2024

Virginia native, Larry Stephenson, is widely recognized as possessing one of the purest high lead and tenor voices in bluegrass music. Larry’s career has been marked with undeniable growth since his father first placed a mandolin in his hand at the age of five.

Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers: Masters of Bluegrass Tradition

Friday, November 17, 2023

 Larry Efaw, a true virtuoso of the mandolin, began his musical journey at the tender age of 7. His passion for bluegrass music led him to join his father's band, "Ed Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers," where his talents continued to blossom.

Deeper Shade of Blue

Friday & Saturday, April 14-15

North Carolina can once again be credited for producing great bluegrass. Hailing from just east of Charlotte, Deeper Shade of Blue is comprised of Jason Fraley (mandolin/vocals), Troy Pope (guitar/vocals), Frank Poindexter (dobro/vocals), Scott Burgess (bass/vocals), and Steve Wilson (banjo). The band has been together for 21 years and self-produced six albums.

The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band: Honoring Bluegrass Legends

Saturday, November 18, 2023

The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band is a musical ensemble dedicated to paying homage to the iconic bluegrass group, The Country Gentlemen. Committed to preserving the legacy of this legendary band, the tribute group recreates the timeless sound that captivated generations of bluegrass enthusiasts.

The Grassifieds: Crafting Bluegrass Magic Since 2006

Saturday, November 18, 2023

The Grassifieds, a renowned bluegrass band hailing from Walkertown, NC, have been enchanting audiences with their traditional bluegrass melodies and masterful musicianship since their formation in 2006. This talented group has deep roots in the bluegrass genre, and their dedication to preserving its authentic sound is truly remarkable.

The Kevin Prater Band: A Bluegrass Marvel

Friday, November 17, 2023

The Kevin Prater Band is a remarkable bluegrass ensemble that has been making waves in the world of acoustic music. Comprising talented musicians and delivering soul-stirring performances, this band is a true gem in the bluegrass genre.

Gary Brewer & Kentucky Ramblers: A Bluegrass Legacy

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Gary Brewer & Kentucky Ramblers are a legendary bluegrass band known for their rich musical heritage and contributions to the genre. With roots deeply embedded in traditional bluegrass, this band has left an indelible mark on the music scene.

The Kody Norris Show: Reviving Retro Bluegrass with a Bang!

Friday, November 17, 2023

When it comes to an energetic fusion of retro, hillbilly, bluegrass, and rockabilly music, one name reverberates louder than others: The Kody Norris Show. Originating from the mountainous terrains of Mountain City, Tennessee, this group not only showcases impeccable musical talents but also brings an invigorating fresh twist to bluegrass.

Chris Jones and Night Drivers: Illuminating Bluegrass Brilliance

Saturday, November 18, 2023

In the vibrant world of bluegrass music, one band stands out for their exceptional artistry and captivating performances – Chris Jones and Night Drivers. Led by the brilliant musician Chris Jones, this band has been wowing audiences with their heartfelt compositions and expert instrumentation. In this blog post, we'll explore the captivating journey of Chris Jones and Night Drivers and discover the magic they bring to the world of bluegrass.

The Price Sisters: A Dazzling Duo Reviving the Essence of Bluegrass Harmony

Thursday, November 16, 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of music, a pair of talented sisters is making waves in the world of bluegrass. Meet The Price Sisters, Lauren and Leanna, whose mesmerizing harmonies and exceptional musicianship are winning the hearts of bluegrass enthusiasts worldwide. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the musical journey of The Price Sisters and how they are breathing new life into the timeless tradition of bluegrass harmony.

The Malpass Brothers: Reviving Classic Country Music for Modern Audiences

Saturday, November 18, 2023

In a world dominated by contemporary pop and modern country, there's a duo that's breaking the mold and taking us back to the golden era of classic country music – The Malpass Brothers. With their authentic sound and soulful performances, the Malpass Brothers are on a mission to revive the timeless charm of country legends like Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at the captivating journey of The Malpass Brothers and their remarkable impact on country music enthusiasts worldwide.

Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys: A Harmonious Journey through Bluegrass Bliss

Thursday, November 16, 2023

In the heart of the bluegrass realm, where soulful melodies echo through the Appalachian Mountains, the harmonious sounds of Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys resonate with audiences far and wide. With her captivating vocals and songwriting prowess, Donna Ulisse leads this talented band on a journey through the rich tapestry of bluegrass music. In this blog post, we will explore the captivating journey of Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys, their musical brilliance, and the profound impact they have made on the bluegrass community.

Embracing Tradition and Paving New Trails: Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Bluegrass music, deeply rooted in Appalachian culture, continues to captivate audiences around the world. Among the genre's legendary names, Dr. Ralph Stanley remains an icon, leaving an indelible mark on the bluegrass landscape. Following in his father's footsteps, Ralph Stanley II has emerged as a torchbearer, leading The Clinch Mountain Boys to new heights while honoring the timeless traditions that define the genre. In this blog post, we'll delve into the rich legacy of Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, exploring their journey, impact, and dedication to preserving the essence of bluegrass.

The Grascals: Nurturing the Roots of Bluegrass Music

Saturday, November 18, 2023

In the realm of bluegrass music, where tradition and innovation intertwine, few bands have captured the essence of the genre quite like The Grascals. With their remarkable instrumental prowess, mesmerizing vocal harmonies, and genuine passion for the music, this talented ensemble has carved a unique niche in the world of bluegrass. In this blog post, we'll explore the captivating journey of The Grascals, delving into their formation, evolution, and their impact on the bluegrass community.

The Amanda Cook Band

Saturday, April 15, 2023

The Amanda Cook Band is a bluegrass band based out of the great state of Virginia. Originally from the gulf coast of Florida, Amanda formed the band in late 2013 after many years of playing in a band with her father. Amanda was determined to create her own sound. She stepped out on her own and released her first solo album, One Stop Along the Road. The project made it to the top 150 Roots Music Bluegrass Album Charts for 2014 and 2015. The self-released album also brought Amanda significant regional attention and furthered the desire to grow her brand, resulting in the addition of a full touring band.

Tim White and Troublesome Hollow

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Tim has been Executive Coordinator of Song of the Mountains since it began tapings and broadcasts in 2005. His time before Song of the Mountains he was a promoter of many bluegrass and old time music programs in the southern United States working with names such as Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss, Mac Wiseman, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Tom T. Hall, Ralph Stanley and more. Tim White was instrumental in the founding of the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance in Bristol, TN-VA in 1994 which is now the BCM (Birthplace of Country Music) and is on the Virginia side of the city. The BCM now operates a 12.5 million dollar cultural center and museum paying tribute to the music of the Southern Appalachians.

The Newgrass Challenge and the True Grass Revival

Lorraine Jordan

 “Hey Bill, how about havin’ Courtney here fill in on banjo?” “No Sir!” Bill Monroe turned to the upstart Courtney Johnson. “What’d you call that music there?” “Newgrass??” “Yes, I hate that.” Sometime, in the early 70s, probably at one of Bill ...

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Rock n Roll, Country, and the Emergence of Bluegrass


Sometimes things just don’t go as planned. That’s just as true for the history of bluegrass music, as it is for music as a whole. In fact, there really was no plan.  Bill Monroe had no plan, as a teenager, to meet and play with Arnold Shultz, an...

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Bluegrass Family Rift: The Stanley Brothers

The Stanley Brothers

One night in 1969, Ralph Stanley was racing to a show in Louisa, Kentucky. Bam! One of his tires blew out. He was gonna be late. When he finally made it to the show, he heard singing, and the ring of a mandolin. “They sounded exactly like us!” he tol...

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Ricky, Reno, and Smiley: Monroe’s Bluegrass Family Tree

Don Reno

“Let little Ricky sing! Little Ricky can play!” In 1960, Bill Monroe found himself faced with an enthusiastic crowd in Martha, Kentucky. He and his Bluegrass Boys were playing a gig at the local high school.  In between songs, the crowd implored...

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Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, 2022

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have combined masterful musicianship and a creative sound to entertain audiences in 48 states and 13 countries while scoring multiple hits, industry accolades, and collaborations with other legendary artists.

Larry Sparks and Lonesome Ramblers

Friday, November 18

Blessed with what many consider the most soulful, expressive voice in bluegrass and gospel music, Larry Sparks is among the most widely known and respected touring musicians of today. With over 60 albums to his credit, Larry has been delighting countless fans worldwide for over 50 years.

Paul Williams

Special Guest

Raised in eastern Tennessee, Paul Williams is both an accomplished mandolin player, lead, and tenor vocalist who began his musical career in the early ’50s as part of Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. Afterward, he signed on with Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys which included one of the most respected banjo players ever, J.D. Crowe.

Ralph Stanley II & the Clinch Mountain Boys

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Being the son of a legend isn’t exactly easy - there are big shoes to fill and high expectations to be met. But if torches must be passed and legacies maintained, Ralph Stanley, the elder, must be mighty proud of his son because, since his father’s death, Ralph II has no doubt met, and exceeded his father’s wish to carry on the Clinch Mountain style of music, now in its 76th year.

Fast Track

Friday, November 18, 2022

Q. What do you call a 2-year-old band with 200 years of professional experience? A. Fast Track, bluegrass music’s latest “supergroup”. Steve Day, Duane Sparks, Dale Perry, Ron Spears, and Shayne Bartley have been prominent former members of some of the finest bands in bluegrass.

Deeper Shade of Blue

Saturday, November 19, 2022

North Carolina can once again be credited for producing great bluegrass. Hailing from just east of Charlotte, Deeper Shade of Blue is comprised of Troy Pope (guitar/vocals), Jason Fraley (mandolin/vocals), Frank Poindexter (dobro/vocals), Steve Wilson (banjo), and Scott Burgess (bass/vocals).

Larry Efaw & Bluegrass Mountaineers

Friday, November 18, 2022

Larry Efaw is all about tradition. Accomplished on both mandolin and guitar, started playing at the age of 7. During his long musical career, he has performed as a guest with Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Del McCoury, Lewis Family, and GoldWing Express just to mention a few.

Williamson Branch

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Nashville-based, Pinecastle Records artist, Williamson Branch, brings energy, a high steppin’ show that features a fine-tuned variety of bluegrass, gospel, and country music, accentuated by world-class Appalachian clog dancing. When it comes to music, there’s a closeness among family members that cannot be overstated.

The Family Sowell

Saturday, November 19, 2022

A rewarding part of putting on Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies is presenting new acts to our audience, and here’s one we know you’re going to enjoy. The Family Sowell is an all-sibling, contemporary bluegrass band from Knoxville, Tennessee, featuring driving instrumentation, tight family harmony, and original songs written straight from the heart.

The King James Boys

Friday, November 18, 2022

No Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies festival would be complete without the strong presence of soul-stirring gospel music. When deciding which of many excellent possible groups that might be, The King James Boys routinely topped the list of candidates.  Founded in 1994, The King James Boys started solely as a group that only sang at their church with no intentions of traveling.

Nothin' Fancy

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Miracles appear in the strangest of places. And so, it was when a group of friends decided to enter a bluegrass band competition back in 1994. What started 28 years ago as an afternoon of fun turned into one of the most endeared and entertaining franchises in bluegrass music… Nothin’ Fancy.

Nick Chandler and Delivered

Saturday, November 19

Western North Carolina has produced some of the best bluegrass musicians on earth. Count mandolin phenom, Nick Chandler, among them. He and his band, Delivered, play it the way fans of traditional bluegrass like to hear it … hard-driving and straight from the heart.

Praire Wildfire

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Prairie Wildfire, formed in 2015, is an all-female band from Buffalo, Wyoming, offering a blend of bluegrass, country, and gospel. With vocalist Sage Palser on mandolin, vocalist Morgan Blaney on bass, and vocalist Tessa Taylor on banjo, these dynamos have honed their harmonies, filled out their sound with original instrumentation, and written many of their own tunes.

The Birth of Bluegrass Music: Flatt n Scruggs Join the Bluegrass Boys

As mentioned in part one, The Origins of Bluegrass Music: A True-grass History, Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys were still, more or less, just a good ole’ hillbilly string band when they joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1939. At the time, they had not yet a...

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Mountain Highway

Saturday, November 19, 2022

With a style all their own, Mountain Highway® is an authentic young family band steeped in traditional bluegrass and gospel music originally made famous by icons like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and Ralph Stanley. The band is comprised of four sibling singers who play banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and their father playing upright bass. The group is often heralded for its tight family harmony.


Saturday, November 19, 2022

Harbourtown has been pleasing audiences since the early 1970s and wowing crowds throughout the Midwest and beyond.  With heartfelt ballads to foot-stomping banjo tunes, the band has taken their own blend of traditional, contemporary, and original bluegrass to some of the best festivals in the country. 

The Origins of Bluegrass Music: A True-grass History

Like biscuits and fried chicken on Sunday afternoon, there were magical moments in the origins of bluegrass music, when two great things came together. A Fateful NightSuch was the occasion when sometime around 1926 or ’27, a teenager named Bill Monro...

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Caroline and Company

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Caroline Owens is a multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer, songwriter from Denton, North Carolina, and has quickly made quite a name for herself within the bluegrass community. Her amazing voice has won her invitations to perform alongside many of her heroes such as Alison Krauss, The Isaacs, Suzanne Cox, Larry Gatlin, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, and Lorraine Jordan.

For Tickets to Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies

Call Krissy at 919-609-6740 Mon-Fri 3:30 pm till 6 pm (leave a message anytime) or use the contact form here. For band information call 919-779-5672 Ext 1