Bluegrass music came into Southeast Tennessee during the 1940s as musicians mixed the sounds of old-time string bands with the improvisational thrust of jazz. As Bluegrass is made for stage performance, attending a Bluegrass festival or jam can be an exciting experience. Performances revolve around the “breaks” that individual members of a band take, showcasing each individual musician’s virtuosity. At festivals, be sure to hear not only what’s happening on stage, but also what’s happening off the stage- in the parking lots, around the campsites. Some of the best bluegrass music is performed off of stages. Our region has produced some of the finest Bluegrass musicians in the country.
Southeast Tennessee boasts a number of family friendly festivals and venues. Click here to request the Music Trails brochure.
"Pikeville is a great place to experience Bluegrass music. The musicians are some of the finest around. The area is beautiful and the people...they'll treat you like family."
-Carrie Hassler, Pikeville native
and Bluegrass artist