Lineup change for Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies

Celebrating ten years of music in the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee, Lorraine Jordan presents Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies this week, December 1-4. Due to surgery, Doyle Lawson will not be able to perform on Thursday as originally planned. Larry Sparks will fill his spot on the star-studded schedule.

Lawson shared, “I regret that Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will not be performing at the Christmas in the Smokies event this year due to surgery to remove a squamous cell carcinoma. It is one of the two most common skin cancers and is rarely life threatening, but it is more aggressive than basal cell so they want me to get it taken care of as soon as possible. December 1 was the earliest that they could do it. It is an out-patient procedure, but I have to remain inactive for at least 48 hours. I tried to get the procedure moved to the first part of January, but they needed to do it within four weeks after the biopsy. Lorraine has a great cast of talent lined up for your enjoyment. The soulful singer, Larry Sparks, will be there presenting his style of bluegrass and Gospel music. If you have never been to Christmas in the Smokies, let me encourage you to go. You won’t be disappointed.”

Jordan reiterated, “Happy to announce the legendary Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers will be appearing at Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville, TN.”

The four-day music event kicks off on Wednesday, December 1, with host band, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, followed by Seth Mulder and Midnight Run, Zink and Company, and Little Roy & Lizzie.

Sparks will be performing on Thursday, December 2, along with Williamson Branch, the Dean Osborne Band, Larry Efaw and the Bluegrass Mountaineers, and Jordan’s band.

Friday’s line-up features the Jesse Alexander Band, the Crowe Brothers, Danny Paisley, Junior Sisk, the host band, and Gary Brewer and The Kentucky Ramblers who will be celebrating his 40th anniversary in bluegrass. Saturday’s show includes the Wood Family Tradition, Caroline and Company, Deeper Shade of Blue, and Sideline.

The indoor festival takes place in the Sevierville Convention Center located at 202 Gists Creek Road, Sevierville, TN. For tickets, call 919-779-5672.

We will provide coverage from the festival later this week.

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Sandy Hatley

Sandy Chrisco Hatley is a free lance writer for several NC newspapers and Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. As a teenager, she picked banjo with an all girl band called the Happy Hollow String Band. Today, she plays dobro with her husband's band, the Hatley Family.