Friday Night Preview Party October 25th

An all-female trio whose vocals and masterful playing skills have earned them strong fan base in the region.  We are excited to announce they will be the performers for our Mountain Makins Festival Preview Party on Friday night.  Steve Wildsmith of The Daily Times describes this trio of talented ladies this way, “Red Shoes & Rosin filters Old Time tradition through feminine sensibilities...The music is a delicate thing, lifted up on gossamer instrumentation rather than fast-and-furious picking, and the understated harmonies make the vocals all the more starkly breathtaking."  

Friday Night Preview Party is generously sponsored by...

Saturday, October 26th

Saturday Line-up At A Glance

Sparky & Rhonda

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children's author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances.

Sparky and Rhonda are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or their witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions. 

Gazebo Stage

11:00 - 11:45 AM

12:30 - 1:15 PM

Knox County Jug Stompers

Main Stage

11:45 - 12:30 PM

1:15 - 2:00 PM

What started out as friends jamming and sharing their love for jug and string band music quickly developed into a foot sompin' full-fledged jug band extravaganza. Over the past five years the group has performed at or appeared on:  The International Biscuit Festival Songwriting Competition (winners of 2013-15), WDVX's Blue Plate Special, Red Barn Radio Show, Dollywood's BBQ and Bluegrass, Dogwood Arts Festival, the Knoxville Stomp, the Bijou Theater, Museum of Appalachia's Fall Homecoming, Muddy Roots Festival,A Simple Life Magazine's Days of the Pioneer Festival, Paint Rock Valley Old Timey Craft and Bluegrass Festival, and many more.   

The Julie Williams Band

Singer/Songwriter from Carter County, TN bringing sounds from the Appalachian Mountains to her original songs. Folk/Americana at its finest with her East Tennessee sound that creates a unique listening experience for her audience. 

The Julie Williams Band were winners in the 2019 Spring Thyme in the Garden Festival Open-Call Auditions event. 

Gazebo Stage

2:00 - 2:45 PM

3:30 - 4:15 PM

Tennessee Sheiks

Main Stage

2:45 - 3:30 PM

4:15 - 5:00 PM

The Tennessee Sheiks (circa 2004) is a band made up of several long time Knoxville musicians, who have graced many stages in numerous groups over the years. The Sheiks music is best described as eclectic acoustic swing: they play jazz standards played (and sung) a la the style of the great Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, as well as original, folk, bluegrass and country tunes. 

Sunday, October 27th

Sunday Line-up At A Glance

Y'uns Jug  Band

Main Stage

11:00 - 11:45 AM

12:30 - 1:15 PM

Y’uns are a good time band that blend jug band music with elements of swing, country, blues, and an eclectic mix of modern songwriters. Steve Wildsmith, writing for the Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times describes Y'uns as "pure, straight fun: 150 proof.... just chock full of old-timey honky-tonk barn-dance joy." Featuring Danny Gammon on mandolin, fiddle, vocals and jug; Steve Horton on guitar, kazoo and vocals; Ashton Williams on guitar and vocals; Michael Crawley harmonica and vocals; Stan Turner bass, no vocals; and J. Miller on assorted percussion (including rubber chicken and washboard tie).


Y'uns have appeared with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Wiyos, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur.  Y'uns have also been featured at the National Jug Band Jubilee in Louisville KY & on the final Heartland Series episode.  The band lives by the slogan—"If it ain't fun, why do it?!” 

Osborne & Krause

Gazebo Stage

11:45 - 12:30 PM

1:15 - 2:00 PM

Osborne/Krause are singer-songwriters who write and play contemplative Americana and alt-folk music with acoustic guitars, harmonium, and vocal harmonies.

Osborne/Krause define "contemplative folk" as Americana music with a mindfulness twist. They strive for fresh melodies and interesting instrumentation that are enjoyable and fun to listen to and maybe sing along with. At the same time, their co-writing explores the human possibilities for awakening, and for meaning and connection in a world of both beauty and brokenness.

Audiences are fascinated by the unique sound of the harmonium in their music, a free-reed instrument with bellows worked by one hand while the other presses keys like an accordion. Developed in Denmark and France in the 18th and 19th centuries, it remains popular today in Indian and Pakistani music.

 

The Lonetones

Main Stage

2:00 - 2:45 PM

3:30 - 4:15 PM

“The Lonetones have perfected contemporary Appalachian music” according to Blank Newspaper. But that might not mean exactly what you think. Wayne Bledsoe of the Knoxville News Sentinel notes that “it's a group that isn't hemmed in by any boundaries… the Lonetones have developed into a genre-bending group that doesn't quite fit into any niche and instead feels right almost everywhere.”

 

They have been called Americana, Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Folk Pop, Modern Folk, Folkadelic.... Driven by the songwriting of Steph Gunnoe and Sean McCollough, the band artfully fuses urban and rural themes and musical styles. The lyrics are fueled by a search for identity in the changing Appalachian landscape. Sometimes you’ll catch them playing banjo and mandolin. Other times, electric guitar and keyboards...

Clinch Valley Bluegrass

Gazebo Stage 

2:45 - 3:30 PM

4:15 - 5:00 PM

Hailing from as far North as Virginia, as well as Claiborne and Union counties, this band began 15 years ago.  Earl Bull on banjo and Larry Cadle on fiddle are the two original members of the band.  They are joined by new members, Travis Sutton on bass and Jimmy Barnes on guitar.  With great vocal performances and the licks to match, this band is a real treat and a Mountain Makins Festival tradition.   

2019 Music Makers are generously supported by the First Tennessee Foundation. 

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