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Rogersville Heritage Days: Entertainment lineup includes 16 musical acts and 14 dance groups

STAFF REPORT • Oct 9, 2018 at 5:28 PM

History, music and fun on Rogersville Heritage Days schedule

ROGERSVILLE — The two sources of live entertainment during Rogersville Heritage Days will be hopping with nonstop music and dance this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday with 16 bands and 14 dance groups performing on two stages.

The music begins Friday at 6 p.m. on the Main stage beside the Hale Springs Inn with Cruise-In headliner “Ivy Road” playing until 9 p.m.

Following the opening ceremonies Saturday at 10 a.m. the Main Stage will feature eight different acts Saturday; and six different gospel acts Sunday.

Action on the Dance Stage, located on Washington Street behind the courthouse, begins 10 a.m.; Saturday with a a dozen performances. The dance stage hosts another six performances Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

Scroll to No. 2 in the photo gallery to see a full schedule for both stages.

Here’s a few of the musical acts you’ll be able to see at the 2018 Rogersville Heritage Days. 

Carson Peters & Iron Mountain

Carson Peters started playing the fiddle at the ripe old age of 3 when his parents bought him a 1/8 size fiddle. By age 4, he was playing in fiddle competitions and jamming at musical festivals.

Carson has continued to hone the fiddling and singing talents that God has so graciously blessed him with and has won many competitions along the way.

At 14 years old, Carson is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues with his band throughout the region; Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ, Asheville’s Bluegrass First Class, Song of the Mountains, Carter Family Fold and WDVX’s World Class Bluegrass concert series to name a few.

Carson has also had the honor of playing on national TV as a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey, as well as play with Jimmy Fortune on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate.

On March 28, 2014, Carson’s dream of playing on the Grand Ole Opry stage was realized when he was invited by Ricky Skaggs to come perform with him and his band, Kentucky Thunder.

In May of the same year, Carson was asked to make a reappearance at the Opry, but this time with his own band. On July 31, 2014, Carson made his Ryman Auditorium debut playing again with Ricky Skaggs during the 2014 Bluegrass Nights series. Since these appearances, Carson and his band have performed numerous occasions on the Opry Show.

Carson says that winning trophies and getting your name in the paper is “really cool” but that is not the main reason he works so hard at his music. “It’s all about using the talent God gave me to make people smile!” Carson truly loves entertaining people!

He lives in Piney Flats, Tennessee with his parents, Jamie and Robin. When he is not “fiddlin’ around,” he is just an ordinary country boy who enjoys baseball, basketball, golf, hunting, riding his four wheeler and going to church.

Carson has been blessed to have a great band, Iron Mountain, to help him entertain audiences performing old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music.

The band consists of Carson’s father, Jamie Peters, Eric Marshall and Ben Marshall of Mount Airy, North Carolina and Austin Tate of Marion, Virginia. Carson is truly blessed to have these fine Christian musicians in his band.

Terry Collins

National Gospel Recording Artist Terry Collins travels to spread the Gospel through song while following God and His leading. Serving God one song at a time is his ministry’s motto. Uplifting people spiritually and revealing to the lost that God loves them unconditionally are his goals.

He began his solo ministry in March of 2014 after singing eight years with The Gibsons, who had several Top 40 and Top 80 charting songs. In that short time, he has had several charting songs. In July of 2014, “If I Be Lifted Up” was #63 on the charts. “Some Things Never Change” hit #52 on the March 2015 chart and also was on the Southern Gospel Top 40 chart at #23 for the year in 2014. Recently, the song “I Need To Pray” charted at #47 for the month of November. Terry has had a total of five songs in the Singing news Top 80 Chart in the last two years.

Dark Holler

The music of “Dark Holler” is a nice blend of traditional foot stompin’ bluegrass and Southern rock, with a dash of blues. Each musician has played in various other bands across the region, but the boys couldn’t be happier to join their talents for this new project, debuting here at Heritage Days.

Brad Dye is on vocals and choppin’ his mandolin; Steve Gray is also on vocals and blowin’ up a storm with his harmonica; Larry Bass is rollin’ on his 5 string banjo; John Skelton is diggin’ taters on his doghouse bass; and Jerome Smith burnin’ up the strings of his guitar.

Get ready to have a big ol’ time and be sure to bring your flatfoot dancing shoes!


No strangers to the Heritage Days stage, the local group known as “DEVOTED” is always excited to join in the annual festivities. The group was formed from a local group of friends who enjoy singing for the Lord. A diverse group with a multitude of vocal talents, they are excited about being able to once again “bring it” to the hometown celebration.

The group tries to blend a little classic gospel with some contemporary flavor to stay fresh and open while allowing the Lord to use them to witness in song. Their love for singing together is second only to the joy of sharing the love of Christ through their music.

The group consists of Marie Robinson, a seasoned vocalist who is also a song writer. She has written and recorded a tribute to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Yvonne Jarrett, the group president and booking agent, she keeps the groups calendar of appointments,; Pamela Hoard, who ministers through the music as well as from the pulpit of Russell Chapel AME Zion Church; Harry Jarrett, who is not only the group chaplain, but keeps everyone on task.

The English Family

Chapel Vellay Studio and Church House Music recording Artist The English Family is a professional Southern Gospel trio from Rogersville, TN.

Their number one goal and vision is to bring a lost and dying world to the one and only risen savior Jesus Christ.

The English Family has had the privilege of singing with some of the biggest names in Southern Gospel music today. They count it an honor and privilege each and every time they perform, should it be in a small church or a large coliseum.

The English Family consists of Jim English (The Preacher Man) singing alto, playing the bass guitar and saxiphone; Wendy English sings lead and plays the piano; and Michael Willis who sings the baritone and bass and plays the rhythm guitar.

The English Family has been singing together for more than 30 years from full to part-time ministries, and count it an honor to be called Children of the Lord.

East Rogersville Baptist Church

East Rogersville Baptist Church Choir is a group of people who love to sing. We offer music that glorifies God and exalts the Name of Jesus. Our music includes the old hymns of the faith, Southern Gospel, and contemporary songs.

There are only three requirements to join the choir: 1. Love our Lord Jesus, 2. Love to sing, 3. Show up occasionally for practice. We have been singing at Heritage Days since 2003, and we are humbled and honored to be able to offer our songs of praise in beautiful downtown Rogersville, TN. Blessings to all.

Friendly View Trio

The Friendly View Trio has been blessed for the last 3 years to sing for the Lord. Trio members are Loretta Reed, Robin Newman and Randy Davis, with accompanying musicians being Matthew Michael Reed and Matt Barnes. They currently have 2 CDs released and are looking to record their 3rd.

Hope Community Church Worship Band

The HCC Worship Band is comprised of talented vocalists & musicians that play every week at our Rogersville, Allandale & Bulls Gap locations leading people in worship.

The members lead in a variety of settings including gatherings in the main auditoriums; 3SXTY (the youth gathering of HCC); Hope Street (the children’s gathering of HCC); & Camp Hope.

It is our honor that we may do something week in and week out that points people toward Jesus, and we hope that through what we do men, women, and children see more of who He really is.

Matthew Hurd Project

Local musicians Chip McLain , Clint Hurd, and Matthew Hurd have played bluegrass and acoustic music regionally and nationally for more than 15 years.

Combining their musical talents result in a mix that spans from modern acoustic and singer-songwriter styles, to the traditional sounds of Bluegrass. If you are a fan of acoustic music, this group is bound to please!

Newcut Bluegrass Band

The Newcut Bluegrass Band was formed in December, 2017 by Ron Coffey and his sons, Dylan and Andrew.

The Coffey’s wanted to find musicians who valued strong harmonies as well as originality.

They immediately called on Spencer Graves to handle the banjo as well as harmony vocals. Youngster Brandon Edwards, 15, completed the group when he joined as the bass player.

The band writes many of the songs they play, and adds new arrangements to some traditional classics.

Newcut has played at several bluegrass venues including The Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival in Denton, NC.

Hunter Patterson

Hunter Patterson resides in Church Hill, TN. He plays guitar, banjo and bass and sings very well too!

He has a musical family, with a sister that plays fiddle,and an uncle who plays guitar.

Hunter admires the Tony Rice unit. His favorite song currently is “Free Born Man”.

He played guitar and sang with “Boots on the Ground,” a hard driving Bluegrass band. Hunter is mostly self-taught musically speaking, with plenty of help along the way.

Rhythm Review

The Rhythm Revue is a classic rock, funk, and blues band from the Surgoinsville, TN, area.

A band heavily immersed with the passion and love for all genres of music, and the relentless search to restore balance to music with feeling and expressive color.

From some of the largest crowds and stages in our East Tennessee region, to the smoke-filled highway juke joints and house parties, The Rhythm Revue has played hundreds of events since June of 2014.

While they are not a full-time band, touring the globe, they choose to be a band for the people, and for the musicians of our beautiful area.

Members include Kent Seal from Surgoinsville on Bass and Vocals, Chris Bowman from Surgoinsville on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Eric Williams from Rogersville on Drums, and Rich Hann from Kingsport on Lead Vocals and Guitar.

Steve Ricker

Steve was born and raised in Greeneville, TN, the birthplace of a very famous frontiersman, David Crockett. Unlike Davy, however, he chose to stay in the mountains.

He has been a student of history and art for thirty years. It is his calling in life. His passion lies in the ability to teach and share his knowledge and skills with people from all walks of life. Native American, Frontier Skills and Craftsmanship. He displays his art in many fine galleries here at home and abroad. He has researched the techniques and materials used by the early frontiersmen and native people, including the weaponry and hide tanning for clothing and mocassins.


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