Monday, January 16, 2017


Smokies Strong bluegrass celebration Pigeon Forge, TN

     Some of the country's top Bluegrass Artists will perform in a two-night celebration in Pigeon Forge, TN, on February 10th and 11th at the LeConte Center. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Grascals, Flatt Lonesome and Volume 5 will take the stage on Friday, February 10th, and The Lonesome River Band, Barry Bales & Friends, Newtown, Dave Adkins Band and Jimbo Whaley & Greenbriar will perform on Saturday, February 11th. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Dollywood Foundation Wildfire Scholarship Fund.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Smokies Strong Celebration
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
     Doyle Lawson, who lives in Bristol, TN, said, "As an East Tennessee native, I've been especially moved by the mountain tough spirit of my neighbors in the aftermath of this event". Lawson and Quicksilver are seven-time International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Group of the Year Award winner, they have four Grammy Award nominations for best bluegrass album and they are a member of the IBMA Hall of Fame.

     Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism commented that "For these stellar artists to step up and donate their time and talents to support Sevier County families is beyond belief". The donated monies will help ensure Sevier County students receive scholarship funds.

Lonesome River Band bluegrass in the Smokies
Lonesome River Band

     Tickets are available at the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism offices, located at the LeConte Center at 135 Jake Thomas Road, or at

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