Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival

Nov 13, 2014

Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival

December 10, 2014

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Pigeon Forge has plenty of events to get you into the Christmas spirit, including the “Christmas in the Smokies” Bluegrass Festival, set for December 10-13, 2014 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center.

Lorraine Jordan and The Carolina Road Band are hosts of the event, which starts with a 7 p.m. show on Wednesday, Dec. 10 with The VW Boys. The Christmas in the Smokies All-Star Jam follows at 8 p.m.

Festivities on Thursday, December 11th begin at 3 p.m. with Open Mic. The last show is set for 9:30 p.m. with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.

The Hart Brothers start off the Friday, December 12th show at 2 p.m. The last show is set for 9:30 p.m. with Old Friend’s Doyle Lawson, JD Crowe and Paul Williams.

Nu-Blu will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 13th. The last show will be Lorraine Jordan and The Carolina Road Band at 9:30 p.m.

Other performers will include Goldwing Express, Ralph Stanley II, Sideline, Chris Jones and The Night Drivers, The Gary Waldrep Band, The Bluegrass Mountaineers, The Roys, Idletymes, Williamson Branch, The Gentlemen of Bluegrass and The James King Band with guest Col. Isaac Moore.

The complete schedule can be found at www.carolinaroadband.com. Dates, times and bands are subject to change.

The Carolina Road Band recently released its self-titled CD, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, with Pinecastle Records. Their previous release, Back to My Roots, achieved commercial and critical success, charting on Bluegrass Music Profiles’ Top 30 Singles and Top 10 Album Chart and reaching No. 1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Charts.

They have hosted the Canadian Bluegrass Awards, toured Europe and played 12 Bluegrass Cruises.

The band’s Web site describes its sound as “traditional with a fresh approach that includes invigorating instrumentals, smooth blending vocals and all the energy that you can stand.”

Jordan is the founding member, having fronted Carolina Road since 1998. She has 11 national recordings to her credit. She also plays the mandolin and is known as the “Lady of Tradition” in the Bluegrass community. She has performed bluegrass music for more than 20 years.

Ben Greene is bass vocals and banjo. He began his music career in 1973 playing with the late Charlie Moore. He has also played with the Bluegrass Cardinals, Lost and Found, David Parmley and Continental Divide and The James King Band.

Josh Goforth is baritone vocals, fiddle and road manager. He is very active in the world renowned bluegrass and country music program at East Tennessee State University and also mentors upcoming fiddle players through residencies with universities including Colorado College, University of Georgia and University of Kentucky.

Tommy Long is lead vocals and guitar. He also performed in the band Dixie Creek Revival, which he founded, for 13 years. Long wrote several new songs on Jordan’s upcoming CD.

Tickets can be purchased at TICKETS or by calling (919) 779-5672. Any tickets ordered after Dec. 1 will be held at the door for pick-up.

Enjoy the scenic view of the gorgeous Smoky Mountains at Heartland Cabin Rentals – after you purchase your bluegrass festival tickets, give us a call at 1-888-711-0087 or book online to make your reservations. We’ll be ready to roll out the red carpet for you!



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Doug Shanks

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By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.


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