CARYVILLE—What’s the difference between a violin and a fiddle?
One has strings and the other has strangs.
And that’s what you’re going to hear when Sounds Like Home — A Night of Music from the Cumberlands, and the Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival lights up the weekend of Sept. 27-28 at Cove Lake State Park, Caryville.
Sounds Like Home returns for the fourth straight year starring four-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley, hailed by Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs as one of the greatest vocalists in country and bluegrass music, and guitarist and vocalist Steve Gulley, with his lofty tenor voice and emotional delivery, step in the spotlight Friday night.
Music begins at 6 p.m. with The Pinnacle Mountain Boys and Cumberland River Boys, and when Dale Ann and Steve step on the stage, the famed Gulley family will be making roots music history as three generations perform together for the first time. Gate opens at 5 p.m. with barbeque and refreshments available on the grounds.
The following day The Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival will feature two live sound stages of roots music under giant tents; judged art and quilts exhibited; exciting art and just plain fun activities for children; awesome hand crafts for sale; and sensational festival-style food in a family-friendly celebration of the music/arts/crafts traditions and heritage of this region.
Headliner performers include The Armstrong Legacy Trio starring internationally accomplished bassist Ralphe Armstrong with Ray Kamalay and John Reynolds; blues performer Jerron (Blind Boy) Paxton; and jazz musician Donald Brown.
Returning resident performers include Sparky & Ronda Rucker (Maryville), Lonetones (Knoxville), Ashley Denise and band; Gloryland Boys, who reunited two years ago at LB festival and are still playing; and New River Boys with Tommy Phillips, performing since 1962 - all Campbell County natives. New resident performers will be an up and coming youth group who call themselves Paperback Scarecrows (Jellico); Beelers, contemporary Southern Gospel, and a host of fiddlers playing a salute to the historic LaFollette Old Fiddlers competition.
If you go:
Tickets to Sounds Like Home are (children under 12 free) general admissions tickets ($12.50 advance/ $15 at gate); limited, first-come-first-served special tables seating for parties of two to four, $25 per person.
This special premium table seating is front and center. For groups with five or more persons, contact Jo Anne Myers at CCCHighlanders@aol.com or call 566-3641.
General admission tickets are available at a number of Campbell County locations including Artist’s Village, Jacksboro; any Peoples Bank of the South; Chamber of Commerce, Jacksboro; Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, both at Caryville; Rickard’s Ridge Restaurant in Cove Lake State Park; any First Volunteer Bank. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.louiebluie.org using PayPal, and will held for pickup at the gate.
Admission to Louie Bluie, which opens at 10 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m., is free as is parking.