John Carter Cash,
John McEuen Help
Fill The House
At Dogwood Park
BY KEN LITTLE
Musical magic was in the air Sunday afternoon as a capacity crowd enjoyed the final show of the 2013 season at Dogwood Park's Summer Concert Series.
Featured acts John Carter Cash and John McEuen performed to an appreciative audience.
Local musician and concert coordinator John Brown said he hoped the crowd will return next season and take advantage of the venue and other attractions that have made the concert series a success.
Sunday's event was made possible through the support of Rural Resources and sponsors Tennessee Arts Commission, East Tennessee Foundation, Tri City Beverage, the Town of Greeneville, Greeneville Department of Parks and Recreation, Graysburg Hills Farm, Snapps Ferry Parking and Popcorn Video.
Volunteers are also instrumental to the success of the concert series.
Brown said having prominent performers such as Cash and McEuen take the stage at the Ginny Kidwell Amphitheater should help increase the visibility of the concert series, which has grown in popularity each year.
"Greeneville is coming into its own," Brown said. "There's a lot of people who stepped up to the plate to make this happen."
The family-oriented concert series included fireworks at the conclusion of Sunday night's show. Many concertgoers enjoyed cheese, soft drinks, or something more substantial, like a barbecue pork sandwich.
Food vendors included the Greeneville Farmers' Market.
"It's a wonderful venue, and it's such a well-kept secret. It's kind of our job to get the secret out," Brown said.
Musical attractions such as Cash and McEuen brought in a crowd in the hundreds for Sunday's free show.
"This is proof they're willing to come out. People are looking for entertainment," Brown said.
John Carter Cash is the only son of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
John McEuen, co-founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, teamed up with Cash and other talented performers for a set that held the attention of the audience.
PART OF 'CIRCLE' TOUR
The concert was part of the musicians' "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" tour.
The record album of the same name, released in the early 1970s and featuring guests including Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs, topped the charts and introduced many young rock music fans to country and bluegrass music.
Both McEuen and Cash related stories connected to each song and the musicians who wrote them.
John Carter Cash sang what he said was his father's favorite song -- "Ring of Fire."
Other guests and Carter family members also made appearances on stage.
The musical part of the show ended with a group rendition of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"
Many in attendance were veterans of the concert series, but the show also drew some new fans to the amphitheater.
"It's such a novel place, and it's a gorgeous day. We didn't even know about all the food stuff," said Jo Knabel, who was enjoying the show with her husband, Ron.
Maria Kaye said the venue is perfect for shows such as the one on Sunday.
"I love it! I think it's really good," Kaye said. "I think it will bring more people into the area. It's a fun thing to do, and the food smells fabulous."
Billy Joe Trantham is a fan of local music. Performing before the headliners were Sandy Ray, Steven Winslow and Paul McCray.
"I've been up here several times. I enjoy coming up here," Trantham said. "This is what Greenville needs, stuff like this."
Rural Resources' Debbie Strickland, AmeriCorps farm and food teen training coordinator, was excited about the diverse crowd the concert drew.
"It's going very well! It's a very nice crowd out here today," she said. "It's been the highlight of our summer to hear them."