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Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival announces headliner for 2015

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Steep Canyon Rangers to do a headline performance at Sevierville's 2015 Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival. Image courtesy of Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.

SEVIERVILLE, TN - The famed bluegrass group, Steep Canyon Rangers has been selected to give a headline performance at Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass festival in May, 2015.

The 11th annual two-day festival will kick off on Friday, May 15, in downtown Sevierville with a live performance at 5 p.m. by local bluegrass and Americana group Dixieghost. Popular artists Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier and The Darrell Webb Band will follow Dixieghost before the award-winning Lonesome River Band closes out Friday night’s show.

On Saturday, the festivities begin at 1 p.m. with Mountain Ruckus – Dixie Stampede’s band featuring four-time National Banjo Champion Gary “Biscuit” Davis. Mandolin-picking virtuoso Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys, 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artists of the Year Flatt Lonesome, and rising bluegrass star Sierra Hull will each play two sets on Saturday afternoon before the evening’s headliner, Steep Canyon Rangers, cap off an incredible weekend of bluegrass. Steep Canyon Rangers have performed on a variety of stages, including the Late Show with David Letterman, the Today Show, Carnegie Hall, and the Grand Ole Opry. The group also tours with Steve Martin as Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

“We’ve got a great musical lineup for the 2015 Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass event,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce marketing director Amanda Marr. “It will be a great time to plan a weekend in Sevierville, hear some incredible music and enjoy the nation’s best BBQ.”

Friday, May 15
5p.m. – Dixieghost
6p.m. – Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier
7p.m. – Darrell Webb Band
8p.m. – Lonesome River Band

Saturday, May 16
1p.m. – Mountain Ruckus
2p.m. – Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys
3p.m. – Flatt Lonesome
4p.m. – Sierra Hull
5p.m. – Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys
6p.m. – Flatt Lonesome
7p.m. – Sierra Hull
8p.m. – Steep Canyon Rangers

Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass is a family-friendly event featuring the biggest names in bluegrass music, up-and-coming artists on the Hard Rock Café Community Stage, the nation’s top BBQ cook teams in the Bush’s Best Tennessee State Championship Cook-Off, and the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition honoring the songwriting of Sevierville’s favorite hometown girl, Dolly Parton. Event-goers can also enjoy delicious foods, handmade crafts and kids’ games.

Admission and concerts are free thanks to great sponsors, including the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce which encourages you to stay in Sevierville while visiting Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass. For festival lodging deals and more information about Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass, call 1-888-889-7415 or visit

Published December 15, 2014

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