Dollywood Barbeque and Bluegrass

Mar 04, 2015

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Barbeque and Bluegrass come to Dollywood

America’s favorite family theme park has another fun spring event lined up for you: Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass is set for May 23-June 7.

Access to some of the best musicians in the biz is yours with just park admission.

Performers will include The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill; Riders in the Sky; The Boxcars; The Willis Clan; The Gibson Brothers; and Balsam Range.

There will also be a Barbeque Headquarters at Market Square, where you can feast on Tennessee pulled pork, ribs, chicken, a variety of sauces and dessert.

According to the band’s Web site, The Time Jumpers was established in Nashville in 1998 by “an assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians who wanted to spend some spare time drinking beer and jamming with their sonically gifted buddies.” They began performing the slowest night of the week at Station Inn bluegrass club, and word quickly spread through Nashville. Stars like Bonnie Raitt, Reba McEntire, Jimmy Buffet and Robert Plant began dropping by to perform with them.

Members are Brad Albin, upright bass; Larry Franklin, fiddle; Paul Franklin, steel guitar; Vince Gill, vocals and electric and acoustic guitar; “Ranger Doug” Green, vocals and acoustic rhythm guitar; Andy Reiss, electric guitar; Dawn Sears, vocals; Kenny Sears, vocals and fiddle; Joe Spivey, fiddle and vocals; Jeff Taylor, accordion and piano; and Billy Thomas, drums and vocals.

More Information about Groups and Bands

For more information on the band, visit

Riders in the Sky is a Western music and comedy group featuring Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul and Joey. They are “keepers of the flame” passed on by Sons of Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. With their musical talent and quick wit, they encourage “buckaroos and buckarettes” to live life “the cowboy way.”

For more information on the quartet, visit

The Boxcars was a nominee for the Best Bluegrass Album at the 56th Grammy Awards. The group includes Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John R. Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon.

Visit them at

The Willis Clan is a family of musicians, dancers, athletes, writers and artists living near Nashville. They merge their Irish roots with other music and dance genres to create and unique blend of old and new. Toby and Brenda have 12 children, ranging from 22 to 4 years old.

Check out more of their amazing story at

The Gibson Brothers are Eric and Leigh Gibson, who were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass Awards Show for the second year in a row. Their sound is bluegrass mixed with gospel.

For more on the Gibsons, visit

Balsam Range is a group of acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina. They were also the 2014 IBMA Entertainer of the Year.

For more on the group, visit

For more information on the event, visit or call 1-800-365-5996.

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Category: Dollywood

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a 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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