Roadtrip: The Sweet Sounds of Southeast Tennessee

The crisp twang of a banjo, the drawl of a fiddle, the perfect harmony of a gospel choir singing “Hallelujah” – these are the sounds that ring across the mountains and through the valleys of Southeast Tennessee. Musical roots here run deep, and yet a new generation is building upon the region’s musical heritage. Music festivals and jam sessions take place throughout the year, so pull up a rocking chair, kick up your feet, and enjoy the sweet, sweet sounds of Southeast Tennessee.

Be sure to check out these musical venues in Southeast Tennessee:

Bluegrass:

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

Chattanooga, TN
Date:  October

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Birchwood Family Opry

5600 Block Hwy 60
Birchwwood, TN
7:00pm Friday and Saturday nights

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Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival

Raccoon Mountain
Chattanooga, TN
Dates: April and May

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Clayton Blevins Pickin’ Barn

New Hope, TN
423-837-6650

Bluegrass bands perform on the 4th Saturday of each month at 6 p.m. CT.

Dunlap Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival

Dunlap Coke Ovens Park & Historic Site
Dunlap, TN

Held in June.

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Great Southern Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention

Chattanooga, TN

Date:  March

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John Studdard Memorial Gospel Bluegrass Concert

Etowah, TN 37311
423-263-7608

Held in March

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Kimball Fire Hall Bluegrass Jam Sessions

925 Main St.
Kimball, TN
423-837-7040

Bluegrass jam sessions on the 1st Saturday of each month (6 p.m. CT).

Mountain Opry

2501 Fairmount Pike
Signal Mountain, TN
423-886-3252

Bluegrass, mountain and traditional Americana music every Friday night in a family atmosphere (8 p.m. ET).

New Hope Fire Hall Bluegrass Jam Sessions

New Hope, TN
423-837-6650

Bluegrass jam sessions every Monday night.

Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Department Bluegrass Festivals

Pikeville, TN

Festival dates:  May, June, August, September
 

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Opera House Music

230 South Cedar Ave.
South Pittsburg, TN
423-837-6650

Unique full-service music store with bluegrass jam sessions held every Monday at noon (CT).

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Ramp Tramp Festival

Reliance, TN

Date: April

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Festivals:

3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival

Chattanooga, TN
Date:  October

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Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival

Raccoon Mountain
Chattanooga, TN
Dates: April and May

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Dunlap Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival

Dunlap Coke Ovens Park & Historic Site
Dunlap, TN

Held in June.

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Fall Creek Falls Mountaineer Folk Festival

Fall Creek Falls State Park
Pikeville, TN
Date:  September

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Half Moon Music Festival

Ten Mile, TN

Date:  September

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Jazzanooga

Chattanooga, TN

Date:  April

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John Studdard Memorial Gospel Bluegrass Concert

Etowah, TN 37311
423-263-7608

Held in March

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Little Owl Music & Arts Festival

Audubon Acres
Chattanooga, TN

Date: May

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Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Department Bluegrass Festivals

Pikeville, TN

Festival dates:  May, June, August, September
 

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Ocoee River Jam

Ocoee, TN

Date:  July – August

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Riverbend Festival

Chattanooga, TN
Date:  June

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Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series

Chattanooga, TN

Dates: July – September

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Singing Echoes Blue Springs Valley Singing

Cleveland, TN

Date:  July

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Live Sounds:

Birchwood Family Opry

5600 Block Hwy 60
Birchwwood, TN
7:00pm Friday and Saturday nights

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Chattanooga Market

1829 Carter Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408
423-648-2496

Dates:  Sundays (May-November)

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Clayton Blevins Pickin’ Barn

New Hope, TN
423-837-6650

Bluegrass bands perform on the 4th Saturday of each month at 6 p.m. CT.

Jim Oliver’s Smoke House Restaurant, Lodge & Trading Post

850 W. Main St.
Monteagle, TN
800-489-2091

Locally-owned restaurant serving Southern fare, with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Make reservations to stay in their quaint vacation cabins or Mountain Lodge on beautiful Monteagle Mountain, near South Cumberland State Park. 

New this summer: Bike rentals for a 5-mile section of the Mountain Goat Bike Trail from Monteagle to Sewanee, Tenn.

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Kimball Fire Hall Bluegrass Jam Sessions

925 Main St.
Kimball, TN
423-837-7040

Bluegrass jam sessions on the 1st Saturday of each month (6 p.m. CT).

Mountain Opry

2501 Fairmount Pike
Signal Mountain, TN
423-886-3252

Bluegrass, mountain and traditional Americana music every Friday night in a family atmosphere (8 p.m. ET).

New Hope Fire Hall Bluegrass Jam Sessions

New Hope, TN
423-837-6650

Bluegrass jam sessions every Monday night.

Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Department Bluegrass Festivals

Pikeville, TN

Festival dates:  May, June, August, September
 

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Opera House Music

230 South Cedar Ave.
South Pittsburg, TN
423-837-6650

Unique full-service music store with bluegrass jam sessions held every Monday at noon (CT).

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Patton House

145 Patton School Road
South Pittsburg, TN
423-228-4343

Meat and veggies, with live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sounds of Summer

Market Park
106 South Jackson St.
Athens, TN
865-680-0939

Free summer concert series each Saturday, May – August (7 p.m. ET).

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The Jam at Legacy Hall

First United Methodist Church
46 Scenic Dr.
Copperhill, TN
423-496-2849

Live jams every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (6 p.m. ET).

Dancing:

Red Clay Pickin’ Barn

1095 Weatherly Switch Trail
Cleveland, TN
423-240-3439

Family-friendly music and dancing each Saturday night (7pm ET).