Please Help The Home Of Moonshiners Ball Festival.

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Mar 182021



Help Rockcastle Riverside!

Moonshiner’s Family!

Rockcastle Riverside, home to our festival for the past two years (and the one upcoming) was damaged badly by last week’s flood. The Rockcastle rose to historic levels, floating cars and RVs, and filling the campground office literally to the ceiling. John, the owner and resident, had to be evacuated by helicopter it came up so fast. Everyone is okay, but there is a huge amount of damage, more than insurance could ever be counted on to cover.

We know times are hard, but if anyone that is in a good place to help, please consider contributing to this GoFundMe. John’s place is a Bluegrass treasure; one that we’d all be saddened to lose. Let’s do what we can to help him out!

Click Here for the GoFundMe!

And after a year of historic EVERYTHING, we know that our time together this year will be sweeter than ever before.

First things first, though…we have a lineup to announce! Keep your eyes peeled on March 23 to find out who will be joining our previously announced artists Sam BushRainbow Girls and Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers

Visit now to familiarize yourself with our new website!

Note: We are transitioning away from our previous ticket platform, EventBrite, this year. All previously purchased tickets (including tickets purchased for the 2020 festival) will be honored – just a heads up that your ticket confirmation might look different from your friends who purchased after you.

Ticket sales will resume March 23, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Weekend Passes, RV Passes, Car Camping Passes, Primitive RV Passes and Friends with Benefits tickets will all be available  at our ticket page at that time! Note that all of our add-ons are limited quantity and tend to sell quickly.

Tickets this year will be limited in capacity with COVID-19 safety in mind!  

The Oak Ridge Boys Celebrate The 40th Anniversary of “Elvira”

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Mar 182021


Joe Bonsall, Jim Halsey, Dallas Frazier, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban, Duane Allen backstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum March 5, 2018.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Grammy-winning song “Elvira” which was originally released in 1981. While written in 1966 by Dallas Frazier, The Oak Ridge Boys decided to record the song for their album, Fancy Free. The song went on to reach number one on Hot Country Songs for Billboard and reached number 5 for Billboard Hot 100. “Elvira” has continued to be a classic, played in over 100 countries, added to over 109 editorial playlists, and has reached 5 million plays on Apple Music.

“The first time we performed ‘Elvira’ in front of an audience was at an afternoon rehearsal for The Tonight Show. We were not set to perform it on the show that night, but we had just recorded it and decided to sing it for a soundcheck,” shares Duane Allen. “By the time we got halfway through the song, the producer, assistants, secretaries, sound and light crew, and all of the people who could hear us, came running over and freaking out. The Tonight Show gave us the first ‘reading’ of how ‘Elvira’ was going to be received.”

Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban, Dallas Frazier and Wesley Rose at the 1982 BMI Awards.

The Oak Ridge Boys recorded “Elvira” on MCA Records and in 2010 The Boot named it the Number One Catchiest Song in Country Music History. The Oak Ridge Boys have recorded and performed “Elvira” with several artists including Little Big Town at the Grand Ole Opry’s 90th Birthday Bash as well as recording an a cappella version with Home Free. In 2017, The Oaks teamed up with Blake Shelton, joining him on a live-in-the-studio version for an exclusive Spotify recording. And, in 2018, in collaboration with the Tennessee Titans, The Oaks recorded a variation of “Elvira” (entitled ‘Titans Code of Conduct’) and filmed a corresponding music video that was showcased at all Titans home games.

“It’s been said that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to fully appreciate or understand the magnitude of something as it’s happening,” explains Richard Sterban. “While that might be true in some circumstances, I can honestly say that I—and we—could not have been any more aware of what was happening to us, as we rode the crest of the ‘Elvira’ wave.”

“When the Oaks first cut ‘Elvira’, the phenomenal success it created for them blessed my quest for success as well,” beams songwriter, Dallas Frazier. “Every songwriter dreams of getting cuts like that one. They did an extraordinary job!! These guys sound just as good as they did 40 years ago. There is no doubt that standing ovations are going to follow them as long as they perform. God bless the Oaks I’m proud that they count me as one of their friends.”

The group — Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban — are best known for their iconic and multi-platinum hit “Elvira,” along with other chart-toppers like “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” and “American Made.” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards, multiple CMA, ACM, and Dove Awards for their crossover brand of pop, country, and gospel music that spans multiple generations. The Oak Ridge Boys became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2011 and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys have sold over 41 million units worldwide and are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country music field, the Oaks have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards, nine GMA DOVE Awards, and two American Music Awards. The group— Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban, members of the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and the Grand Ole Opry (since 2011)—is known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album—gold, platinum, and double-platinum, and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” and “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit

Terry McBride to Release ‘Live From The Castle’ EP on March 19

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Mar 182021


NEW YORK — March 5, 2021 — In his four-decades-long career, Terry McBride has accomplished many things: he’s become a revered Nashville-based songwriter, with more than 25 cuts from Brooks & Dunn, as well as tracks recorded by Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, and many more; his band, McBride & The Ride, had a string of top 5 singles in the ‘90s, and announced this week that they’re reuniting; and, in the past few years, he’s stepped into the solo spotlight, releasing his latest album, Rebels & Angels, in October. Now, he’s planning to release Live From The Castle, with acoustic versions of three of the album’s tracks, on March 19.

Recorded at Nashville’s legendary Castle Recording Studios, the EP originally started out as a video shoot in July 2020. McBride brought in friends Trey Keller and Brandon Hood, along with videographer Jason Lee Denton and engineer Drew Bollman, to help with the project.

“Once we got the video portion edited we liked what we saw and we were pleasantly pleased and somewhat surprised at how good the tracks sounded,” McBride says. “It has a raw and understated quality that doesn’t always happen with a full band and a certain energy that was surprising for a stripped-down, somewhat unplugged trio. It’s not perfect, but each track is a heartfelt and honest performance that I’m proud to share.”

Live From The Castle includes acoustic versions of “She Shows Up,” “Love Me Some Texas” and McBride’s current single, “Callin’ All Hearts.” Rebels & Angels was produced by Grammy winner Luke Laird, with McBride writing and co-writing 9 of the album’s 10 songs, including a title track co-written with Chris Stapleton. The album also features contributions from both Patty Loveless and Delbert McClinton, among others.

After nearly 20 years away from the spotlight, McBride released an EP in 2017 titled Hotels & Highways, inspired by the honky-tonks and dance halls of his youth. Born and raised in Texas, McBride grew up in Lampasas, a small ranching community about seventy miles northwest of Austin. After receiving a guitar for his ninth birthday from his father it wasn’t long before he was playing in local bands and spending summers on the road with his dad, the late Dale McBride, who was a recording artist with several Billboard-charted singles in the late ‘70s. After high school, McBride traveled and toured as part of his father’s band before moving to Austin, where he became a sought-after bass player in the local music scene and spent the next few years playing with Lee Roy Parnell, Bill Carter and the Blame, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Johnny Duncan, Rosie Flores and a two-year stint with Delbert McClinton.

McBride & The Ride recorded four albums for MCA, racking up several top five singles over the next few years, receiving CMA and ACM Nominations for Vocal Group of the Year before eventually disbanding in 1995. McBride then focused most of his attention on songwriting, and through the years since has had songs cut by other artists including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, Kenny Rogers, Jim Lauderdale, and many more. McBride has had more than 25 songs recorded by Brooks & Dunn, which led to 13 singles and 12 BMI Million-Air awards.