The Soundtrack Of Autumn Is Made In Tennessee

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Music is a year-round event in Tennessee, but there’s something about the leaves changing colors and the air getting cooler that cultivates lots of music festivals around the state. Any and all types of music are represented from Americana to rock n’ roll. Make sure to add these festivals to your calendar and the artists to your Tennessee playlist.

Thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals will make their way to Americana Music Festival Sept.

15-20 at various venues around Nashville. Jewel, The Vespers, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Buddy Miller, and Parker Millsap are just some of the artists attendees will be able to see. More than 170 showcases at more than a dozen venues will give guests an insight on why Nashville truly is Music City.

The roots of traditional Appalachian music are brought to life through the performers on tap for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Sept. 18-20 in Bristol, TN/VA. Known as the birthplace of country music, Bristol’s music history runs deep and will be celebrated this year through artists like Moon Taxi, Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue, Dr. Dog, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Delbert McClinton, The Black Lillies, Balsam Range, The Steeldrivers, Tauk and many more.

The eclectic, artistic and talented celebrate Memphis heritage, arts and culture during the Cooper Young Festival Sept. 19 in Memphis. The city’s largest historic district, Cooper-Young welcomes thousands and more than 435 artisans from around the U.S. to share their art. Music performances from Deering Down, Fast Mothers, Will Graves and Soul and others will range in sound from R&B to reggae to pop and gospel.

World icon and Nutbush, Tennessee native, Tina Turner is celebrated for her music accomplishments and contributions during Tina Turner Heritage Days Sept. 25-27 at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville. Turner’s former backup dancer, Ferly Prado will offer a luncheon and discussion and Donovan Marcelle, the only Tina Turner fan invited to perform with her onstage, will perform for audiences Sept. 26. Live music, tours of Nutbush and the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, food and fan gatherings will also take place.

Be there for the inaugural Pilgrimage Festival Sept. 26-27 at The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin. The lineup has big names like Willie Nelson, Weezer, Wilco, Cage the Elephant, Steven Tyler, The Decemberists, and Sheryl Crow and rising stars like St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Will Hoge, Kingfish, John & Jacob and more. The festival was created to bring a meaningful, music experience to its attendees. The region’s best food and drink will be available and merchants selling art and crafts round out the festival’s offerings.

The Tennessee Fall Homecoming, one of the nation’s largest and most authentic Appalachian celebrations with music, demonstrations and crafts will take place Oct. 9-11 at The Museum of Appalachia. Connect with the past in interactive, fun ways while taking in a weaving, ironwork, or woodcutting demonstration. Enjoy music throughout the day featuring The Del McCoury Band, The Gibson Brothers, Larry Sparks, The Boxcars, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Old Time Strings and many more.

UT Arboretum Society To Host Butterfly Festival On Aug. 4

Everyone interested in both butterflies and beautiful landscapes is invited to attend the Butterfly Festival hosted by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society. The family friendly event is scheduled for  Saturday, Aug 4 , from  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This event will host various speakers and activities for adults and children. Monarch butterflies will be ... (click for more)

This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up

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Former Dalton High School Teacher Who Fired Gun At School Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To 2 Years

Jesse Randall Davidson, 53, formerly of 5219 Hwy 11, Rising Fawn, and formerly a teacher at Dalton High School, entered a guilty plea to criminal damage to property in the first degree, carrying a weapon within a school safety zone and disrupting the operation of a public school.  He was sentenced to serve two years in prison followed by eight years on probation on the first ... (click for more)

Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Fire On Workman Road Tuesday Morning

Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched at 6:03 a.m. on Tuesday, to a commercial fire at 400 Workman Road. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were shooting through the roof and the request was immediately made for a second alarm response. The flames could be seen for miles as a total of 13 fire companies rushed to the scene. The large, two-story ... (click for more)

Bill Lee Is Great For Tennessee

I had the opportunity to meet Bill and Maria Lee at the grand opening of his Chattanooga Campaign HQ. He delivered, what was by most accounts, a showstopper speech at the Statesman’s dinner in Nashville the night before. He and Maria should have been worn out, but if they were, they really showed very little sign of it. His energy level, for a guy that couldn’t have gotten more ... (click for more)

A Successful East Ridge Bake Sale

Saturday's event at the Camp Jordan Pavilion was nothing more than extraordinary, if not history making.  Alongside the threatening eminent domain letters the citizens of East Ridge received, a Union was formed amongst the East Ridge Police Department.  Coming to City Council the night of April 26, I had only one thing I was focused on: eminent domain.  ... (click for more)