The Christmas in the Smokies bluegrass music festival will be held Dec. 9-12 at the Ramada Inn & Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the event brings together many traditional bluegrass and gospel bands for a special Christmas celebration of music with bluegrass friends and family.
Bluegrass legend Doyle Lawson summed up what Christmas in the Smokies means to his band.
“This is a great venue to play as we wind down the year for Christmas. The crowds and the atmosphere make it most enjoyable. Kudos to the promoter, Lorraine Jordan, for what she’s done for this long standing festival,” said Lawson.
Bands scheduled to perform during the festival are: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Goldwing Express, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Xpress, The Gentlemen of Bluegrass, James King Band, Marty Raybon and Full Circle The Bluegrass Mountaineers, Sideline, Jesse Alexander Band, Williamson Branch, Terry Baucom and the Dukes of Drive, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Salt and Light and Paul Williams and Victory Trio.
“Pigeon Forge during the holiday season is the perfect place to celebrate,” said Steve Dilling of Sideline and Jordan Entertainment. “Fans will love the bluegrass music, decorations, crafters, and the spirit of Christmas that is trickling down from the Smoky Mountains into town.”
In addition to the traditional bluegrass bands playing, Saturday night will bring a special guest to the Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies. Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road will perform with Grand Old Opry member, Eddy Raven, as part of their Country Grass performance. Eddy Raven’s classic, I Got Mexico, is featured on Carolina Road’s latest album, Country Grass, released in June of 2015. Eddy Raven has charted more than thirty-five, country singles in his career, including the Number One hits “I Got Mexico”, “Shine, Shine, Shine”, “I’m Gonna Get You”, “Joe Knows How to Live”, “In a Letter to You” and “Bayou Boys”.
“It’s truly an honor to record and perform with Eddy Raven,” said Lorraine Jordan. “We are especially grateful to be able to do it during the festival that we host. Carolina Road is honored that he is joining us onstage.”
Advanced ticket prices range from $25 for one day general admission to $115 for a four day priority seating. For more festival information and to purchase tickets, visit www.BluegrassChristmasInSmokies.com or call 919-779-5672.