We can't wait til Labor Day weekend and the Long Journey Home festival! In 2022, you can expect *Buskin' on Main Street and an outdoor film on Friday night, *the unveiling of the life size bronze sculpture of Fiddlin' Fred Price and the Musical Heritage Tour on Saturday, and *Our traditional Sunday Singing to close out the weekend.
Meanwhile, you can visit the Musical Heritage Mural mile in downtown Mountain City or watch the virtual segments from the last couple of years.
Short Life of Trouble is now making its way through film festivals in four countries... telling the story of our own G.B. Grayson and collecting a few prizes along the way! The film won Best Short Documentary at the Port Blair International Film Festival. It will be available for purchase once it has made its rounds (probably fall 2022) You can keep up with the progress at www.ShortLifeofTrouble.com
In a typical year, You can hear clawhammer banjo played on the front porch of the Clarence "Tom" Ashley homeplace, Buskin' on Main Street with an outdoor film. A new mural is unveiled each year and the hills come alive with the sounds of Old Time and Bluegrass! BUT the last two years have been anything but typical. What do you do when life gives you lemons? Make good old fashioned lemonade, of course! Below, you'll find the segments that were produced in 2021.
Be sure to stop by and take your picture in the new mural. Whether you grew up singing "I'll Fly Away" or you're singing it for the first time, we are glad you're part of the picture!
The plan was to bring you a virtual Sunday Singin' via Facebook live from the Pickin' Porch. Several of the musicans are either sick or quartantined or couldn't make it for other reasons. So instead, we compiled some memories from past Sunday Singings. These are not professionally recorded. But then again, that's not the point. We hope this makes someone smile who needs it today.
Johnson County's Heritage Arts and Music Celebration is proudly sponsored by:
East Tennessee Foundation Johnson County Community Foundation Tennessee Arts Commission Johnson County Center for the Arts Quality Furniture Johnson County Arts Council Danny Herman Trucking Danny Herman Johnson County Community Theater Johnson County Bank Farmers State Bank Maymead Heritage Hall Johnson County Center for the Arts Bob and Minnie Miller Joe Dean Ashley Russell and Kathy Love Mike and Temple Reece The Town of Mountain City Johnson County Senior Center Mountain City Funeral Home Positive Thinkers TVA Mountain Electric The Ralph Stout Family Karla Prudhomme Gary South Smith & Cockett Quality Furniture