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Rogersville Heritage Days Main Stage packed with talent Oct. 14-15

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR • Oct 2, 2017 at 11:13 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Once again, Heritage Days weekend will be packed full of talented musicians on the Main Stage at Town Square in downtown Historic Rogersville.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning (Oct. 14) and concluding at 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 15), everyone will find something that fits their taste. Saturday will focus on various genres of music, while Sunday will be gospel.

The Main Stage is sponsored by Eastman Credit Union and Tennessee Arts Commission. Come join the fun, bring a lawn chair and relax, while enjoying local talent. This year the featured acts will be:

Carson Peters & Iron Mountain

Carson Peters started playing the fiddle at the ripe old age of 3 when his parents bought him a 1/8 size fiddle. By age 4, he was playing in fiddle competitions and jamming at musical festivals.

Carson has continued to hone the fiddling and singing talents that God has so graciously blessed him with and has won many competitions along the way.

At 13 years old, Carson is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues with his band throughout the region; Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ, Asheville’s Bluegrass First Class, Song of the Mountains, Carter Family Fold and WDVX’s World Class Bluegrass concert series to name a few.

Carson has also had the honor of playing on national TV as a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey, as well as play with Jimmy Fortune on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate.

On March 28, 2014, Carson’s dream of playing on the Grand Ole Opry stage was realized when he was invited by Ricky Skaggs to come perform with him and his band, Kentucky Thunder.

In May of the same year, Carson was asked to make a reappearance at the Opry, but this time with his own band. On July 31, 2014, Carson made his Ryman Auditorium debut playing again with Ricky Skaggs during the 2014 Bluegrass Nights series. Since these appearances, Carson and his band have performed numerous occasions on the Opry Show.

Carson says that winning trophies and getting your name in the paper is “really cool” but that is not the main reason he works so hard at his music. “It’s all about using the talent God gave me to make people smile!” Carson truly loves entertaining people!

He lives in Piney Flats, Tennessee with his parents, Jamie and Robin. When he is not “fiddlin’ around,” he is just an ordinary country boy who enjoys baseball, basketball, golf, hunting, riding his four wheeler and going to church.

Carson has been blessed to have a great band, Iron Mountain, to help him entertain audiences performing old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music.

The band consists of Carson’s father, Jamie Peters, Eric Marshall and Ben Marshall of Mount Airy, North Carolina and Austin Tate of Marion, Virginia. Carson is truly blessed to have these fine Christian musicians in his band.

The short documentary form 2014 tells the story of how “Fiddlin Carson Peters got started:



The Clouds Creek Band

With backgrounds ranging from Bluegrass, Gospel, Country and Southern Rock the Clouds Creek Band is a true mix of music genres.

Rogersville natives Phil Harrell, on guitar, mandolin and vocals and Larry Bass on 5-string banjo bring a bluegrass feel to the band. Jarod Harrell of Rogersville adds to the bluegrass feel with a touch of country twang through guitar and vocals. Terry Joe Harrell of Rogersville on keyboards, harmonica and vocals brings a smooth rock edge to the band. Mickey Smathers of Nashville on bass guitar and vocals infuses a country and southern rock feel to the band. Their musical ability along with their vocal blend have made them a mainstay at churches and festivals in East Tennessee for the past eight years. Everyone in the band has a strong Gospel roots, which is the backbone of this “must see” band.


No strangers to the Heritage Days stage, the local group known as “DEVOTED” is always excited to join in the annual festivities. The group was formed from a local group of friends who enjoy singing for the Lord. A diverse group with a multitude of vocal talents, they are excited about being able to once again “bring it” to the hometown celebration.

The group tries to blend a little classic gospel with some contemporary flavor to stay fresh and open while allowing the Lord to use them to witness in song. Their love for singing together is second only to the joy of sharing the love of Christ through their music.

The group consists of Marie Robinson, a seasoned vocalist who is also a song writer. She has written and recorded a tribute to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Yvonne Jarrett, the group president and booking agent, she keeps the groups calendar of appointments, Pamela Hoard, who ministers through the music as well as from the pulpit of Russell Chapel AME Zion Church; Harry Jarrett, who is not only the group chaplain, but keeps everyone on task. He is high energy not only in his music , but also in worship; and last but certainly not least, Randy Banks, the only native of Rogersville, who adds his own special blend of vocal harmonies and soul as well some foot stomping gospel reminiscent of down home church. Randy also acts as the sound engineer by making sure tracks are ready and by doing mic and sound checks for the group.

Each member has the ability to sing lead and background vocals. Devoted continues to improve their sound and to give their best to the One who deserves it most. It is a labor of love, commitment and often sheer joy. They all agree that their primary goal is to sing for the Lord and to continue to be a blessing wherever they go.

Through many dangers, toils and snares we have already come, but GRACE!!!

For bookings please contact Yvonne Jarrett at 423-863-2724.

Elevation 1255

Elevation 1255 is a classic rock/blues band based in east Tennessee. The group is the brainchild of Bob Dilk (keyboards & vocals) of Morristown. Originally from New Jersey, Bob came to the area with TRW.

Bob first learned to play piano by ear and later learned to read music. He worked his way through college, picking up good money playing parties, clubs and weddings up until 1984 when other business interests forced him to curtail the weekend music. Bob says “ I had a wonderful time and learned a lot from some excellent local musicians. Turning 50 I felt the old need to Rock and roll again.”

On his first day at TRW Rogersville. he met guitarist Randy Ball. Randy has spent many years playing guitar with his daughters in The Ball Sisters Band, having written several songs they recorded. When Bob invited him to practice one night in October 2012, they found some common ground musically and began working on a diverse playlist.

Steve Schipp also originally came to the area with TRW, where he met Bob and Randy. He grew up near Buffalo, New York and began playing guitar about 10 years ago and later added bass. He “escaped” from New York in 2012 and joined Elevation 1255 in the fall of 2013.

Drummer Rich Owens joined the group in early 2017. He has played for over 50 years with many groups including Exodus, Johnny Echo, Steel Wheels, Ragtops and Stages. He lives in Nickelsville, Virginia.

Elevation 1255 released their self-titled debut CD in July 2014. Their music is widely available on the internet.

The English Family

The English Family is a Professional Southern Gospel Trio from the foothills of North East Tennessee, in a quaint town of Rogersville is where they call home.

They have had the privilege of sharing many stages with some of the greatest Southern Gospel Artists of today such as; The Whisnants, The Primitive Quartet, Jeff and Sherri, The Bowlings, Kim Hopper and Gerald Wolfe just to name a few.

Having traveled from full to part-time ministries over the past 28 years, this Trio is noticed as one of the Best in Southern Gospel music today with nominations for the 2008 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards Finalists in the Sunrise Award catagory.

Charting songs on the top 20 Singing News for 2008 with Keep On Runnin and There Came Mercy.

Hayden Garber

Hayden Garber is a dynamic singer/songwriter and musician born and raised in the hills of East Tennessee. He performs his original music along with various cover songs with his own flare and style. With an interest in music as early as walking age, and with his band behind him, the 6’4”, fire-starting, emotionally driven entertainer travels all over the region to perform shows for various crowd sizes while working on writing and recording as well. Hayden’s genre would be considered Country, but there is no denying the Rock element with a hint of blues in his music when you attend one if his live shows. With his first single radio single raising the bar on local charts, this young artist is setting fire to today’s entertainment industry.

You can check out his website at www.haydengarber.com along with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

Hope Community Church Worship Band

The HCC Worship Band is comprised of talented vocalists & musicians that play every week at our Rogersville, Allandale & Bulls Gap locations leading people in worship.

The members lead in a variety of settings including gatherings in the main auditoriums; 3SXTY (the youth gathering of HCC); Hope Street (the children’s gathering of HCC); & Camp Hope.

It is our honor that we may do something week in and week out that points people toward Jesus, and we hope that through what we do men, women, and children see more of who He really is.

Hunter Patterson

Hunter Patterson resides in Church Hill, TN. He plays guitar, banjo and bass and sings very well too!

He has a musical family, with a sister that plays fiddle,and an uncle who plays guitar.

Hunter says he is considering barber school when he gets through his regular education. He likes to fish and hunt for recreation.

Hunter admires the Tony Rice unit. His favorite song currently is “Free Born Man”.

He played guitar and sang with “Boots on the Ground,” a hard driving Bluegrass band. Hunter is mostly self-taught musically speaking, with plenty of help along the way.


“It’s not about us, it’s all about HIM”. InFaith lives by that motto every time they travel and sing. They pray that it is never about them but about the One whom all blessings flow.

They feel God has put the members of InFaith together and they give him all Praise and Honor for it.

The group is made up of members of Fairfield Baptist Church. Anthony Jones , Mark Morrow , Regina Countess & Lauren Lawler.

Their band consists of Adrian Lawler, Robert Trachsel, Isaac Moody & Jason Conway.

Their desire is to let God work through their music and let it be a blessing to someone and that someone might be Saved.

Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express

Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express was formed by brothers Jonah and Grayson Riddle. Jonah is 18, and Grayson is 13.

Growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina, Jonah has been playing the banjo for 4 and ½ years.

From the first time he picked up the instrument, he fell in love. He started out playing at church three times a week.

Because he enjoys bluegrass and gospel music so much, he decided to start his own band – Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express.

Jonah’s brother, Grayson, plays guitar and does vocals. He has been playing guitar for almost 2 years.

From the time he was only 5 years old, he would pick the guitar at church services.

Jonah and Grayson credit the Lord for their playing and singing talent.

Their dad, Benjie Riddle, plays the upright bass.

Rhythm Revue

The Rhythm Revue is a classic rock, funk, and blues band from the Surgoinsville, TN, area.

A band heavily immersed with the passion and love for all genres of music, and the relentless search to restore balance to music with feeling and expressive color.

From some of the largest crowds and stages in our East Tennessee region, to the smoke-filled highway juke joints and house parties, The Rhythm Revue has played hundreds of events since June of 2014.

While they are not a full-time band, touring the globe, they choose to be a band for the people, and for the musicians of our beautiful area.

Members include Kent Seal from Surgoinsville on Bass and Vocals, Chris Bowman from Surgoinsville on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Eric Williams from Rogersville on Drums, and Rich Hann from Kingsport on Lead Vocals and Guitar

Rogersville United Methodist Church

Rogersville First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir is dedicated to spreading the Gospel and Love of Jesus Christ through music and song. We are a volunteer ensemble, welcoming all ages and voices at our weekly rehearsals (Wednesday and Sundays at 7 p.m. in the choir loft of the Sanctuary).

We stay busy learning our music and leading worship each Sunday morning, and we always make time to support our choir members and have some fun along the way!

Most recently, the Chancel Choir has presented Hallelujah (Handel’s Messiah) during both the Easter and Christmas Season; a cappella “Carol of the Bells” (Peter J. Wilhousky Choral Series), a favorite during our annual Hanging of the Green Service; No More Night, an Easter Cantata/Drama; Arise My Love, featuring Benny Wilson; and several funerals of our loved ones.

The choir presented contemporary selections at The Rogersville Family Reunion, an interdenominational celebration hosted by Rogersville First Christian Church, and participated in the Hawkins County Worship Event Mass Choir, held at Cherokee High School and hosted by Hope Community Church.

The choir sings under the direction of Miss Ellen Shuck.

Pastor Paul and the Circuit Riders (also known at RUMC as “The Pickers”) is a bluegrass and gospel group formed by members of the congregation and guest musicians who love nothing better than to praise God with guitars, piano, banjo, and vocal harmonies.

The group takes its name from the early clergy of the Methodist tradition, who traveled on horseback to serve multiple congregations in our area. The group has presented selections at countless morning worship services, revivals, funerals, festivals, benefit concerts, church events, church “singings” and dinners, and even at the Rogersville City Park. Most notably, the group presented “Silent Night” on Good Day Tri-Cities (WKPT-TV) and opened for Carson Peters and Iron Mountain at the Singing on the Lawn hosted by Ebbing and Flowing United Methodist Church. Come on out to RUMC at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings…. You just might catch The Circuit Riders!

Terry Collins

National Gospel Recording Artist Terry Collins travels to spread the Gospel through song while following God and His leading. Serving God one song at a time is his ministry’s motto. Uplifting people spiritually and revealing to the lost that God loves them unconditionally are his goals.

He began his solo ministry in March of 2014 after singing eight years with The Gibsons, who had several Top 40 and Top 80 charting songs. In that short time, he has had several charting songs. In July of 2014, “If I Be Lifted Up” was #63 on the charts. “Some Things Never Change” hit #52 on the March 2015 chart and also was on the Southern Gospel Top 40 chart at #23 for the year in 2014. Recently, the song “I Need To Pray” charted at #47 for the month of November. Terry has had a total of five songs in the Singing News Top 80 Chart in the last two years.

Terry has had the privilege of singing each year at the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration at Dollywood since 2011. He has performed at Singing In The Sun in Myrtle Beach, SC and also at the National Quartet Convention. Recently, he was invited to sing at Six Flags over Georgia.

He resides in Sneedville, TN with his wife of over 20 years, Mechelle, and children Jordan and Makayla. Terry has been playing different instruments for most of his life. He enjoys traveling to share the Gospel and seeing many people come to Christ.