Aug
24
Sat
Asleep at the Wheel and Mandy Barnett @ Country Tonite
Aug 24 @ 12:00 am – 2:00 am

Asleep at the Wheel

Since the early ’70s, Asleep at the Wheel have been the most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather Bob Wills, the Wheel have earned enthusiastic critical praise throughout their lengthy career; they have not only preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music, but have also been able to update the music, keeping it a living, breathing art form.  Ray Benson, the 6’7″ frontman, has held it together for four decades, keeping Asleep at the Wheel a viable recording and touring concern and maintaining their devotion to classic-style Western swing.

Mandy Barnett

As a teenager, Mandy Barnett starred as country music legend Patsy Cline in the stage show “Always . . . Patsy Cline” at the celebrated Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The performances were sold out nightly and received rave reviews across the country.  She has reprised this role in recent years and received equally wonderful comments.  In addition to releasing her own albums over the last several years, Mandy has been featured on movie soundtracks, including “A Walk On the Moon,” “Traveller,” “Space Cowboys,” “Election,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” and “Crazy.”  She tours regularly and is a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry.

Sep
21
Sat
Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Lynn Anderson @ Country Tonite
Sep 21 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

During the last five decades Jim Ed Brown has had an amazing career – with his sisters, as a solo artist, and with his duet partner, Helen Cornelius.  In 1959, Jim Ed and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie, ‘The Browns’, released “The Three Bells”.  It sold over a million copies and created a sensation as the first Number One Country song ever to cross over to Number One on the Pop and Rhythm & Blues charts as well.  The group enjoyed many more hits before Maxine and Bonnie decided to retire.  Jim Ed then had a string of solo hits including “Pop-A-Top Again”, “Southern Lovin'” and “Morning”.  In 1976, he teamed up with Helen Cornelius to form one of the most successful recording duos of all time.

For Helen Cornelius, it was her songwriting that initially swung open the doors along the corridors of Nashville’s Music Row.  By the mid-70’s, Helen had songs recorded by a number of major artists, including The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Jeannie C. Riley and Connie Smith… just to mention a few.  While it was her writing that first won her major credibility, it was the voice that RCA Records executives heard that won Helen her first major recording contract in 1975.  With it, history was about to be made.  Jim Ed and Helen had an amazing string of hits including “I Don’t Wanna Have To Marry You”, “Sayin’ Hello, Sayin’ I Love You, Sayin’ Goodbye”, “Lying In Love With You”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, and “Fools”.

Billboard currently ranks Lynn Anderson among the Top-10 most successful female country artists for all-time record sales.  In a career that spans four decades, Lynn has charted 11 #1, 18 Top-10, and over 50 Top-40 recordings. This country music icon has earned 17 Gold albums and won virtually every award available to a female recording artist: CMA Female Vocalist, ACM Female Vocalist, American Music Award, and the prestigious Grammy Award. She was also named “Billboard’s Artist of the Decade” (1970-1980).  Her signature tune, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”, remained the biggest selling recording by a female country artist for over 27 years. Lynn Anderson is not only a singer, she’s an entertainer – an entertainer who shows no sign of slowing down. Some of Lynn’s other hits include “Cry”, “Top of the World”, “Keep Me in Mind” and East Tennessee’s anthem, “Rocky Top”.

Oct
1
Tue
MountainFest @ Inn at Christmas Place
Oct 1 – Oct 8 all-day

There’s no place like Pigeon Forge in the fall of the year.  The days seem cooler as the leaves begin to display their colors of autumn magic and at times the scenery may even leave you speechless.  You will enjoy the sounds of bluegrass music and the smells of funnel cakes, candied apples and hot apple pies.Inn at Christmas Place

Oct
19
Sat
Don Williams in Concert @ Country Tonite
Oct 19 all-day

There are few American classics these days, but Don Williams is certainly one of them. With a warm hickory baritone that balances strength with a gentle concern, he draws his listener into the intimate world of an old friend, someone who cares deeply about you and the quality of your life…and who will always offer a hand when you need it. With hits such as “Good Ole Boys Like Me”, “Amanda”, “Tulsa Time”, “You’re My Best Friend” and “I Believe In You”, this member of the Country Music Hall of Fame always delivers an amazing show.

Nov
9
Sat
Gene Watson and Jeannie Seely @ Country Tonite
Nov 9 @ 1:00 am – 1:00 am

2012 marked the Golden Anniversary of one of our greatest living country vocalists. In 1962, Gene Watson began his professional career by recording his first single.  Performances such as “Fourteen Carat Mind,” “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party,” “Memories to Burn,” “Got No Reason Now for Going Home,” “Speak Softly,” “Paper Rosie” and “Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget” have forged Gene Watson’s reputation as a “Singer’s Singer.” He is the envy of his peers and the idol of such younger performers as Joe Nichols, Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack and Randy Travis.  Gene says, “Every time I step out on that stage and see that audience, it’s a new beginning. Even though I’ve sung these songs millions of times, I look at each one like it’s brand new to me. Every night, I try to deliver that song the best that I can.  Being called a ‘Singer’s Singer’ humbles me. It’s flattering, but what I do is just what I do. The Good Lord just gave me the voice.”

Jeannie Seely has been a member of The Grand Ole Opry for more than forty-five years.  Among many achievements, she can claim Number 1 country songs as a solo artist, duet partner and songwriter.  Her recording of “Don’t Touch Me” not only hit the top of the charts, but also earned her the 1966 Grammy Award for the Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female.  With fellow Opry member Jack Greene, Jeannie scored another Number 1 hit in 1969 with “Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You”.  That song launched one of the most popular duos and road shows in country music for over a decade.  Her deeply moving vocals solidified her reputation as a country torch singer and earned her the nickname of “Miss Country Soul”, a title still frequently used today.

Nov
24
Sun
Pigeon Forge Community Chorus Winterfest Concert
Nov 24 – Nov 25 all-day

As the Winterfest celebrations and traditions continue make plans now to hear the sounds of the season during our Community Chorus Winterfest Concert. For information please call 1-800-251-9100.

Dec
6
Fri
School Day Shows @ Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
Dec 6 – Dec 14 all-day
Dec
13
Fri
School Day Shows @ Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
Dec 13 – Dec 21 all-day
Jun
22
Fri
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales @ Downtown Gatlinburg
Jun 22 – Aug 11 all-day
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales @ Downtown Gatlinburg

Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s.

Gatlinburg will present the 13th season of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales daily in downtown Gatlinburg. The collection of personalities and performers arrive nightly at 6 p.m. in the center of town. Visitors witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and storytelling.

This popular event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets in the walkability of the city and provides guests with an interactive, educational and entertaining experience the whole family can enjoy.

“Gatlinburg is a walking town. Tunes & Tales enhances our visitors’ experience as they stroll the Parkway in the evenings,” said Marci Claude, PR Manager. “The performers bring to life traditional Smoky Mountain heritage and culture in a fun and interactive way.”

Jul
3
Tue
100th Army Band “Hard Knox” @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm
100th Army Band “Hard Knox” @ Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies | Gatlinburg | Tennessee | United States

100th Army Band “Hard Knox” will be playing at the Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.