Sell out crowds enjoyed the holidays early in Pigeon Forge, TN with the Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival, December 9-12. Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road served as the host band and Royce Jordan returned as emcee for the 19th annual event promoted by Jordan Entertainment.
The four day festival showcased traditional bluegrass bands from around the country. Highlights included Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Marty Raybon and Full Circle, Remington Ryde, Goldwing Express, Sideline and Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. Workshops, late night jamming, crafters and instrument vendors rounded out the offerings.
Several special musical collaborations also occurred: the Smokey Mountain All Stars came together onstage for a harmonious partnership consisting of Jerry Butler, Darrell Webb, Tim White, Matt Leadbetter, and Matt Wallace. James King made a special appearance with Sideline, performing several crowd favorites alongside the veteran musicians, who encored with their current chart topping song, Mountain Gal.
Saturday evening closed out with Grand Ole Opry Star, Eddy Raven, joining Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road on stage for the County Grass show, featuring country classics performed bluegrass style, including Raven’s former number one hit, I Got Mexico. Dates for the 2016 festival will be December 7-10, 2016.