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J.D. to appear in Chattanooga

This one wasn't on the calendar, folks... J.D. will be in Chattanooga, TN on June 30.

More information at http://www.circleeguestranch.com.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 June 2012 07:15)


J.D. Announces Retirement Plans

After a professional career that has spanned six decades, J.D. Crowe has decided it's time to retire from the road.  He'll play out the dates on his 2012 calendar.  

J.D. would like to thank the musicians he has worked with and his fans for their support over the years.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 April 2012 10:49)


J.D. To Be Recognized with Trailblazer Award

From the folks who produce the Uncle Dave Macon Days...


Somewhere in the great beyond Uncle Dave Macon is smiling.

Uncle Dave Macon Days, the nationally-recognized music and dance festival, which is the namesake of one of the Grand Ole Opry’s earliest banjo-playing stars, will be honoring two performers known for their love and mastery of the five-string instrument during this year’s event, July 13-15.

Grand Ole Opry star Mike Snider will be presented the 2012 Heritage Award on Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m. On the opening night of the three-day festival, Bluegrass music legend J.D. Crowe will be the recipient of the 2012 Trailblazer Award at 7 p.m., Friday, July 13.

“We are celebrating our 35th anniversary of Uncle Dave Macon Days this summer and are especially excited our two award winners are both outstanding entertainers who, like Uncle Dave, embraced the banjo and have taken it to so many audiences,” said festival president Gloria Christy.

The Heritage Award recognizes an individual who has spent a lifetime perpetuating and preserving old-time music.  Snider certainly meets the criteria. He grew up in the rural town of Gleason, TN and continues to live there today.  Falling in love with the banjo as a 16-year-old teenager, he often carried it with him while doing his afternoon farm chores.  After winning the 1983 national Bluegrass banjo contest in Winfield, KS, he became a part of the syndicated television show Hee-Haw and landed a seven-year gig at the former Opryland USA theme park.  The West Tennessee native was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1990.

In addition to his genuine sense of humor he often displays on stage, Snider also has a deep affection for the frailing style of playing the banjo first shown to him by the late Grandpa Jones. Today on the Opry, he and his band members often play a rousing old-time fiddle tune during the broadcast.  WSM-AM radio personality Eddie Stubbs calls them the “best string band in the nation.”

“I am thankful to be chosen for an award that has to do with good ole string band music,” said Snider. “I feel like I’m in the business for the same reason as Uncle Dave; for the joy of playing the tunes and sharing a laugh or two with the common everyday folks.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in July.”

The bluegrass banjo legend J.D. Crowe fits the bill perfectly for the Trailblazer Award.  As a teen in 1956, he joined ranks with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. In the mid 1960s he formed the Kentucky Mountain Boys with Doyle Lawson, Red Allen and Bobby Slone. A new generation of bluegrass lovers was inspired in the mid-1970s with his band J.D. Crowe and the New South which helped to launch the careers of Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, the late Keith Whitley and others. This band’s 1975 debut on Rounder Records is considered one of the genre’s most important recordings. Crowe’s sound placed traditional standards along side of more contemporary tunes with a wealth of innovation.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 21 February 2012 23:27)


Thanks For a Great Turn Out

We would like to thank everyone who came out to the Powell County Fraternal Order of Police Cops & Kids Benefit show Saturday Dec 3rd.  We had a great time performing with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski and appreciate everyone for coming to join us in the fun. We are glad so many people came out to support this wonderful cause.

Last Updated (Sunday, 04 December 2011 21:18)


On-Line and Phone Orders Ending Dec. 1

The last day to be able to order advanced tickets on line or by phone for the “Cops & Kids” concert is December 1st, 10pm.  All remaining tickets will have to be purchased at the door.  With only approximately 150 lower bleacher seats remaining, we expect to sell out of them.  We still have several upper bleacher seats available.  Please remember to call 606-318-5000 with questions or ticket orders.  You can also purchase your tickets right here on our website.

Thanks to all who have already purchased tickets.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Last Updated (Monday, 21 November 2011 19:24)

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