Stringtime in the Smokies
May 07, 2015
Stringtime in the Smokies set for August 1, 2015
Are you a fan of bluegrass music? You’ll want to be in town Saturday, August 1, 2015 when the annual “Stringtime in the Smokies” takes place in the Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge.
Stringtime in the Smokies begin at 11 a.m. with evening bluegrass performances – including Grassroots Gringos, Richard Bennett and Wyatt Rice and Robinella -- kicking off at 7 p.m.
Stringtime in the Smokies will have food and beverage vendors on site with picnic tables. There will also be the Smoky Mountain Cornhole Tournament in Memory of Sergeant Brett Benton; registration begins June 10 and is required for both competitive and amateur divisions.
The Grassroots Gringos is a group of five musician friends from Knoxville and the surrounding areas, known for witty songs like “Crooked Politicians.”
Richard Bennett is a singer/songwriter and flat picking guitarist who comes from an East Tennessee musical family. By age 15, he was playing guitar for former Flatt and Scruggs fiddler Benny Sims. He was the lead vocalist and guitarist for J.D. Crowe and the New South and has made several appearances at the Grand Ole Opry.
Wyatt Rice first spotlighted as an original member of the Tony Rice Unit where he played primarily with rhythm guitar. He played lead and rhythm guitar with his own band, Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz, and with the Ronnie Bowman Committee. He has also recorded or performed with players such as Dave Grisman, J.D. Crowe, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, The Lonesome River Band, Ricky Skaggs and with brothers Larry, Tony and Ronnie.
Robinella started her musical career right out of college with her then-husband as a duo. They quickly grew into a full-fledged band – Robinella and the CC Stringband – that blended bluegrass, country and jazz. She has opened for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Nickel Creek, Robert Earl Keen, Del McCoury and Rodney Crowell.
Stringtime in the Smokies has also been known to have breakout jam sessions among the crowd.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
For more information, call 1-888-453-6455.
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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.