Rural Resources and Greeneville Parks and Recreation will bring two members of “country music royalty” to their annual free concert series at the Ginny Kidwell Amphitheater at Dogwood Park on Sept. 15.
John Carter Cash and John McEuen will perform at the park, located directly behind Tusculum View Elementary School at 1725 Lafayette Street in Greeneville. Gates will open at 4 p.m.
This event is one leg of the “Will the Circle be Unbroken” Tour. The multimedia concert will use songs, images and storytelling to celebrate the music of the Carter Family, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and the landmark ‘Circle’ album.
Nitty Gritty co-founder John McEuen will host the event, as John Carter Cash and special guests join in.
Instigated by McEuen in 1971, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” brought together such country legends as Maybelle Carter, Doc Watson, Roy Acuff and Earl Scruggs, along with the “West Coast longhair hippies” of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
The album went on to become a legendary piece of music history, which will come alive again in this multimedia concert, organizers said.
McEuen, Cash and the ensemble will tell stories, share never-before-seen photos and perform songs from the classic album’s artists in a range of musical styles including bluegrass, country and gospel. Some examples include “Wildwood Flower,” “Keep on the Sunnyside,” “I Am a Pilgrim,” “Cannonball Rag,” “Wreck on the Highway,” “Earl’s Breakdown” and, of course, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
Food from local farms will be for sale from local vendors, including vegetarian options.
The event sponsor, Rural Resources, has been working for two decades to connect farms, food and families in the Greene County area and beyond.
“Local food and excellent music are perfect complements to each other,” said Joyce Doughty, Rural Resources board chair.
Rural Resources will offer farm-themed games for kids, such as corn hole and watermelon-seed spitting contests.
The concert is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the East Tennessee Foundation and Tri City Beverage, with volunteer assistance from the City of Greeneville, Greeneville Parks and Recreation, Graysburg Hills Farm, Snapps Ferry Packing, Popcorn Video and others.