Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top Express to Headline Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival

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Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top X-Press will headline the First Annual Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival in the recently renamed Rocky Top Tennessee.

Bobby Osborne

Bobby Osborne

Bobby Osborne and Rocky Top X-Press will headline the First Annual Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival. The festival will be held on Friday, April 24th from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, April 25th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the George Templin Memorial Athletic Field located at 214 North Main Street, Rocky Top, Tennessee.

"Mr. Osborne contacted us because the Osborne Brothers were the first to perform and record “Rocky Top" and he wanted to be the first to perform the song in our newly named town of Rocky Top, Tennessee", said Mike Lovely, Mayor of Rocky Top. "As a result of his interest, we decided to have a festival featuring some of the top groups in bluegrass."

Bobby Osborne and his band Rocky Top X-Press will be joined by other well known groups including Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway, Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice, The Boxcars, and the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artist of the Year, Flatt Lonesome.

The two day event will also feature arts and crafts as well as food vendors. Spaces for vendors are still available and may be reserved by calling the Anderson County Tourism Council at 1-800-524-3602. The fee for arts and crafts booths are $50 and $100 for food vendors. Vendors are required to be set up for both days.

Free parking for the event will be in designated areas and shuttles will be provided to the festival area. Maps for parking areas are available online at Gates will open at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Tickets may be purchased online at or in person at the WYSH AM Studios in Clinton, Rocky Top City Hall and Mark's Pharmacy in Rocky Top. Prices are $25 plus tax for Friday, $35 plus tax for Saturday, or $50 plus tax for a two day pass and children under 10 years of age are free.

Lodging options include campgrounds, hotels, cabins, and condos. Some lodging facilities are offering discount packages and some will have shuttle service to the festival area. For a complete list of lodging options and their offers, visit and click on lodging or call toll free 800-524-3602.

For a complete list and schedule of entertainers as well as other information, visit

Proceeds from the Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival will benefit the Coal Creek Miners Museum building fund, the North Anderson County Boys and Girls Club, and the soon to be renamed Rocky Top Elementary and Middle Schools.

The First Annual Rocky Top Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by Merle 96.7 FM, WDVX 89.9 FM, the City of Rocky Top, the Rocky Top Chamber of Commerce, and the Anderson County Tourism Council.

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