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We bring you today’s show live, on location at the 34th annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming, at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, TN. The Fall Homecoming features more than 400 traditional musicians, singers, cloggers, and buck dancers, and is one of the nation’s largest, most authentic music and folk festivals.
We’ll pause in between things to catch up on a Calendar of Events in the region this week, with special attention paid to events that emphasize heritage and local color.
This weekend, the air at the Museum of Appalachia grounds is filled with the sounds of bluegrass, old-time, Southern gospel, and Americana music spilling off five different stages.
Historic demonstrations of mountain skills, Revolutionary War and Civil War encampments, and a large arts and crafts fair featuring authentic Appalachian artisans are all happening over this 3-day festival. The smells of Pinto beans cooked over an open fire, home-made ice cream, Dutch oven cobbler, sassafras tea, and barbecue all waft through the crowd.
First-time performers at the Fall Homecoming this year are Blue Highway, The Box Cars, Chris Jones and The Night Drivers, and The Dale Ann Bradley Band. The 2013 lineup also includes returning favorites Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Grascals, Blue Moon Rising, and Brand New Strings.
For lovers of the area’s history, the museum offers a picturesque backdrop to the weekend’s activities, with dozens of historic log buildings, display halls filled with authentic artifacts, and gardens and farm animals, surrounded by split-rail fences.
Let’s see if we can capture some of the spirit of this wonderful event for you in the next ½ hour.
So call your old Plott hound up on the porch, fire up your corncob pipe, and settle in for a dose of Appalachian history.