On Saturday, April 9, the historic Ross House in Pikeville will be the site of a day-long music festival which will feature live performances from several musical groups with roots in the Sequatchie Valley and Cumberland Plateau region. This free music festival will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue until approximately 6 p.m. This music festival will feature performances from a wide range of musical genre’s including: Appalachian mountain music, Americana originals, Blues, Classic Rock, Country and Bluegrass.

The performance stage will be located at 222 Frazier Street, immediately in front of the Ross House. Voluntary donations from the event will go to benefit the efforts of the Bledsoe County Historical and Genealogical Society (BCH&GS) in managing the Ross House Museum.

Pikeville natives, Bill and Eddy Lee are serving as event organizers and will emcee the day-long music festival and along with brother Tommy, they will provide part of the entertainment. In April 2010, the brothers organized and performed for a smaller version of this musical benefit at the Ross House that featured the performance of original compositions by Eddy Lee. This year, the brothers have expanded the event to include a wide range of area musical talents.

It is a familiar cliché in the music industry that Southern music is about family from the Everly’s to the Allman’s to the King of Leon. To this charge, the Ross House musical performers have a one-word response – Guilty. The performers scheduled to appear all form a closely knit “family” of siblings, cousins and friends that have been playing, singing and writing music together in various combinations for over 40 years. The public is invited to come enjoy the music inspired by this beautiful and unique valley community and to support the preservation of an important part of the area’s history.

Food and refreshment concessions for the event will be provided by the Bledsoe County Rescue Squad. The alternate performance location in the event of rainy weather is the Bledsoe County Courthouse.

Description of Participating Artists and Performance Schedule:   

• 11 a.m. - Tom Morgan and Lynne Haas will be on hand to play authentic traditional music. Tom's acoustic guitar and Lynne's auto-harp inspire their audiences and remind them of days gone by when life was simpler and more peaceful. Tom is from Morgan Springs, Tennessee and is a well-known authority in this musical genre.

• 12 p.m. - Eddy Lee and Friends - featuring Luke Wilkerson, Jim Smith and other friends will be performing original acoustic music from Eddy's CD "Songs of Sequatchie" including his latest composition "The Legacy of Dr. James A. Ross."

• 1 p.m. - Dylan Blake - will be performing original and familiar music ranging from Classic Rock, Southern Rock, and Country. This group features Dylan Roberson, Blake Roberson, and Dale Roberson.

• 2 p.m. - Riff Valley Monsters - reunites journeymen rockers Tommy Lee and Dennis Smith with Will Robinson and Bill Lee and several special guests to bring the audience a set of guitar-oriented Classic Rock and Blues.

• 3 pm - The Roberson Brothers Band - will be on hand to provide their well known harmony vocals. Bobby, Jack, and Roy Roberson will be singing songs ranging from Country to Folk Rock.

• 4 p.m. - Carrie Hassler – the accomplished local Bluegrass and Country recording artist will be performing some of her songs. We are truly blessed that Carrie will be sharing her vocal talents with us!     

• 5 p.m.– Sequatchie Valley All-Stars – participants from all the above groups will assemble to sing and play some classic and traditional songs and jams. It will be a high-energy ending to a day of Sequatchie Valley music!  

Event Sponsors:

• BCH&GS – Chairwoman Sara Goins and Ross House Coordinator Joan Patton.

• Winki’s Sound and Stage – Winki Cagle.

• Bledsoe County Rescue Squad – food and refreshment.

• City of Pikeville.

• Bledsoe County.

• Swafford’s Portable Toilet’s  - Randy Swafford.

About Dr. James A. Ross: After serving as an Assistant Surgeon in 16th Regiment of the Tennessee Infantry, Dr. James A. Ross attended medical school in Nashville. In 1868, he moved to Pikeville, Tennessee where he practiced medicine until the early 1900s. In 1872, he built the house and the adjoining medical clinic at 222 Frazier Street that now bear his name.

About the Ross House: The Ross House property is owned and maintained by Bledsoe County. The Ross House Restoration Project was initiated under the administration of County Mayor Billy Frank Wheeler. The project to restore this historic home and clinic was coordinated by Gene Collier, father of current Bledsoe County Mayor, Bobby Collier. The county leases the property to the BCH&GS which uses the home as its headquarters and manages the site as Bledsoe County’s historical museum. The Ross House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

About the Bledsoe County Historical and Genealogical Society: This local group formed in 1994. The BCH&GS and its 45 members coordinate projects that help preserve the rich and colorful history of Bledsoe County. For information about becoming a member of the BCH&GS, contact Chairwoman Sara Goins at (423) 949-2649 or at sgoins@bledsoe.net.


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