Mountain tall and baritone blessed, Trace Adkins visits Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 18. A handful of tickets remained at press time to witness Adkins when he stands tall on the hallowed stage of the Paramount Center for the Arts.
Downtown Bristol teems in Christmas spirit and music excitement. Take last Friday night.
Christmas season shows began in earnest on Saturday night at The Cameo Theater in Bristol, Virginia. As “Christmas with The Nelsons” unfurled, as if from bows of red, presents in the form of songs and stories unwrapped throughout the majestic evening.
When 49 Winchester strode onstage Saturday at Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, Virginia, temperatures swooped into the low 40s. By the time headliner Drew Holcomb concluded his headlining set, the mercury bowed into the 30s. But 49 Winchester and Holcomb turned up the heat.
Listen up when Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors return to Bristol. They headline Frontier Health Foundation’s “euNoia: A Well Mind Concert” on Saturday, Nov. 13, in Cumberland Square Park. Clintwood wunderkinds 49 Winchester open the benefit at 6 p.m.
A voice for the ages, hear Josh Turner when he returns to Bristol. He’ll make his Paramount debut on Friday, Oct. 15. More than four years after the “Long Black Train” country singer wowed a Viking Hall crowd, his much-ballyhooed return accompanies Turner’s new Christmas album.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion defines best as a triumph. From Radio Bristol’s Farm and Fun Time Show on Friday through Saturday’s scintillating Blackberry Smoke performance and Sunday’s eloquent set from Son Little, attendees luxuriated in music courtesy Rhythm & Roots.
Jason “Rowdy” Cope died in January at the age of 42. He left a legacy of music. In 2016, Cope founded The Steel Woods with his pal, singer Wes Bayliss, in Nashville. Experience The Steel Woods during Rhythm & Roots at the State Street Stage on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 p.m.
One legend opens with another as Bristol’s Cameo Theater spotlights its grand opening with rock veterans Blue Öyster Cult. No wonder, given BOC’s long history. Nearly 50 years after its debut album, Blue Öyster Cult co-founders Eric Bloom and Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser remain.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion does not proceed without considerable challenges, primarily from the pandemic. As of Tuesday morning, five acts have withdrawn from the festival.
Dusty Hill, 72, died last Wednesday at his home in Houston, Texas. A co-founding member of blues-rock trio ZZ Top, Hill played his last show 10 days before his death. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard announced they would continue to tour, citing Hill: “the show must go on.”
Scheduled to stage throughout downtown Bristol from Friday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 12, Rhythm & Roots’ resumption after a pandemic pause last year has been, to put it mildly, wildly anticipated. How about a sneak peek?
Members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the quartet will appear during Symphony of the Mountains’ 75th Anniversary season on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport. Tickets are on sale now for $35.
Old Crow Medicine Show spearheads night two of Fun Fest in Kingsport on Friday, July 23. Modern American folk music’s Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors open the show.
Gatlinburg band Tuatha Dea’s Appalachian Celtic style feels fresh and downright, blessedly foreign. Experience them on Saturday, June 26, at the Abingdon Vineyards. The group that includes Danny Mullikin, wife Rebecca, and her sister Kathy, Tuatha Dea did not begin as a band.
North Carolina’s Andrew Scotchie leads The River Rats to The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday, June 19, then returns to Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in September.
Billy Crawford Band spearheads a day of blues music in downtown Bristol. Set to flicker into flames of blue on Saturday, June 12, The Red Hot Blues Summer Slam stages at Delta Blues BBQ on State Street in downtown Bristol.
Where country meets rock ’n’ roll lives the heart and the soul of Kris Rowdy’s sound. Yeah, his music lives up to his name. Hear Rowdy roll when he drops by Midnight Oasis Bar & Grill in Bristol, Tennessee on Friday, May 28.
By now the streaming of live music has become not only anticipated but enjoyed. So, with Rock Bash 21, Bristol’s Thunder Valley Tavern opted to stream its event live and online. Access the feed at www.facebook.com/The-Rock-Bash. Grammy-nominated vets Saliva headline.
Tanya Tucker last clicked her cowgirl boots in Bristol four years ago. See Tucker’s return when she co-headlines the 20th annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion from Friday, Sept. 10, through Sunday, Sept. 12, with a lineup that includes co-headliner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.
Border Bash returns in June. For nearly two decades, Border Bash encamped in downtown Bristol on a handful of Friday evenings in late spring and early summer. When COVID-19 struck last year, Border Bash pulled up its stakes and moved online for a series of virtual events.
Doyle Lawson has announced his retirement from touring by the end of 2022. In the meantime, the multi-Grammy-nominated bluegrass legend hosts his annual Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s Bluegrass Festival from Thursday, May 6, through Saturday, May 8, in Denton, North Carolina.
Doyle Lawson has announced his plans for retirement from touring. A resident of Bristol, Tennessee, the member of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and leader of the band Quicksilver said earlier this week that he will call it quits as a touring bandleader by the end of 2022.
Albums on the way from longtime favorites Grant Maloy Smith and bluegrass legend Larry Sparks represent mighty drops from a wondrous flood to come. Sparks headlines this weekend’s sold-out Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Bristol, Virginia.
Stand aside, Grim Reaper; live music for live audiences has not succumbed. Witness Chris Long. The longtime local favorite snags a stool inside The Cascade Draft House in Bristol, Tennessee, on Friday.