Feb 022017

You have saw it on my sidebar for many weeks now the advertising for the GREAT lineup out there in Asheville North Carolina for the 22nd annual Bluegrass First Class hosted by Festival Director Mr. Milton Harkey and his organization that is fiercely dedicated to the proliferation and promotion of Bluegrass music in all forms. He is by all means one of the modern day pioneers of his craft in many ways:

  • One of the founding fathers of the IBMA (June, 1985) and Chairman of the Board for 3 years.
  • Originator, founder and producer of The Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Family Style Bluegrass Festival in Denton, NC (for 17 years)
  • Founder and host of the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass showdown, a talent search for bluegrass and acoustic bands throughout the US and Canada. Pizza Hut was the Title Sponsor.
  • Founding member of the South Carolina Bluegrass Society, Inc and Chairman of the Board for 3 years.
  • Producer of several bluegrass festivals: Fox on the Run Bluegrass Festival in Lexington, Little Mountain, SC, founder of the Kinston Winter Bluegrass Festival in Kinston, NC in conjunction with the Eastern North Carolina Bluegrass Association.
  • Disk jockey for 1 year with a 3 hour weekly show at WCOS-FM Radio, a 100,000 watt station located in Columbia, SC.
  • Event producer at the Quarter Moon Listening Parlor in Columbia, SC.
  • Harkey continues to spend his spare time working with young bluegrass artists by providing the opportunity to showcase their talents and achieve the recognition of seasoned bluegrass audiences nationwide.

On Feb 17,18 and 19th at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville North Carolina you will find this stellar lineup of GREAT Bluegrass music to entertain you in fine fashion. So first we shall talk about the lineup of bands before all the rest of the information here. As usual I shall post not only the poster but all of the band links too!

Appalacian Fire
Will Clark & Rhythm Section
Blue Mafia
The Grascals
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
NOTE: Friday each band will perform at two daily times.

Carolina Blue
The Ditch Diggers
Town Mountain
John Cowan
Flatt Lonesome
Seldom Scene
Town Mountain
Dailey And Vincent
Jamie Dailey, Lou Reid, T. Baucom, BJ Cherryholmes and Marcus Smith

Some might fine looking accommodations embellish this festival and entice you to want to come and enjoy some music in this area folks, I highly suggest you come check out what they are doing out there. I can tell you previous experience that Asheville North Carolina is a gorgeous area. And the initial hotel that is hosting this event includes the ENTIRE HOTEL, this from their website:

There will be pickin’ around the clock in the halls, rooms, lounge, sunken lobby, and foyer. The entire hotel is reserved for bluegrass fans and performers – It’s all yours, so just have at it! There is one quiet wing in the hotel and in that area we respectfully request that there be no jammin’.

Asheville Rennissance

31 Woodfin St
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-8211


Days Inn

201 Tunnel Rd
Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 252-4000

Free Hot Breakfast Each Morning

*Ask for the special Bluegrass rate: $73.10 + Tax

Apr 232014


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
The Goose On The Lake
John Hartford Memorial Festival
Hub City Music Festival
Red Wing Roots Music Festival

This series bring us CLOSE to my house AGAIN in Cross Plains Tennessee to the
Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival.
Folks listen..this event is 10 BUCKS! Enough said! 10 bucks!
And you get the Grascals headlining this event and some REALLY awesome
bluegrass bands and family entertainment.
This is the second annual event of this festival.

1:00am Volunteer Bluegrass
11:50am Daniel Rothwell & Overall Creek with Thomas Maupin
12:40pm The Ridgetop Ramblers
1:30pm Jackie Kincaid & Steppin’Out
2:20pm SugarRidge
3:10pm Volunteer Bluegrass
4:00pm Daniel Rothwell & Overall Creek with Thomas Maupin
4:50pm Jackie Kincaid & Steppin’Out
5:40pm SugarRidge
6:30pm The Ridgetop Ramblers
7:30pm The Grascals

Cross Plains is Robertson County’s oldest settlement, originally called Kilgore Station
when it was established as a fort in 1779. Today the city of Cross Plains, Tennessee
welcomes visitors to Kilgore Park along the banks of Honey Run Creek and adjacent to the
campus of East Robertson High School. Click here to find it on the map.

In 2012, construction was completed on the Robert T. Randolph Stage at Kilgore Station.
Situated below a gently sloping grassy hillside and among mature hardwoods, the stage is
the perfect location for the inaugural Kilgore Station Bluegrass festival.

Directions: From I-65, take Exit 112 (TN-25), travel west app. 3.5 miles,
turn left on Kilgore Trace (at East Robertson High School sign). First left is entrance
to Kilgore Park.

From Springfield, TN, take TN-49 west to TN-25 which leads to Cross Plains.
Turn right on Kilgore Trace (at East Robertson High School sign). First left is
entrance to Kilgore Park.

The street address (for your GPS) is 150 Kilgore Trace, Cross Plains, TN 37049

Learn more about Cross Plains on the Cross Plains Community Chamber web site.

To reserve a camping spot or for more info call (615) 654-2555.
Rain or Shine!

Our event goes on rain or shine. We are fortunate to be able to move right next door
into the great facilities of East Robertson High School in case of poor weather.

There will be SO MUCH fun activities going on in this area THIS WEEKEND you must
MUST NOT MISS this event!