First Fall For­ever Blue­grass Fes­ti­val features 16 bands

Moun­tain Cove Farm is new home of three-day event

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - BY SU­SAN PIERCE STAFF WRITER

Grow­ing up in Walker County, Ga., Cindy Pin­ion’s dad, Thomas “Box­car” Pin­ion, had a stand­ing gig play­ing in the house band at the Ten­nessee Val­ley Play­house. The late Box­car Pin­ion loved blue­grass mu­sic and played for many years with the band Tom and Newell and the Grass­cut­ters.

“The Play­house was lo­cated right down the road from Moun­tain Cove Farm,” says Cindy Pin­ion. “As a child I went to the Play­house ev­ery week­end. I saw Porter Wagoner there be­fore he was play­ing with Dolly Parton. Coun­try stars came down ev­ery Satur­day night from Nashville to play mu­sic there.”

Now Pin­ion is bring­ing blue­grass mu­sic back to Walker County.

She is ex­pand­ing the spring For­ever Blue­grass Fes­ti­val, which she es­tab­lished in mem­ory of her fa­ther at Rac­coon Moun­tain Camp­ground, and launch­ing a new fall fes­ti­val this week­end at Moun­tain Cove Farm. Con­certs will be held in the his­toric Show Barn at the farm.

The first Fall For­ever Blue­grass Fes­ti­val will be held at Moun­tain Cove Farm to­day through Satur­day, Nov. 2-4. She’s lined up 16 blue­grass bands for this in­au­gu­ral week­end.

“There’s been a call for more blue­grass in this area” Pin­ion says. “It’s a gor­geous venue, es­pe­cially at this time of year. The per­form­ers are ex­cited to have a new venue in which to play mu­sic. In our par­tic­u­lar area, we don’t have a lot of three-day blue­grass fes­ti­vals. We try to make this af­ford­able to the work­ing man, so ages 15 and un­der are free if ac­com­pa­nied by a pay­ing adult.”

In fact, Pin­ion has been so happy with the new venue and work­ing with its staff that she’s mov­ing the spring For­ever Blue­grass to Chicka­mauga as well.

Camp­ing is avail­able at the mu­sic fes­ti­val, but re­quires a three- day ticket and three- night camp­ing. In ad­di­tion to the stage acts, vis­i­tors will find dozens of shade-tree pick­ers and jam bands all around the camp­site area.

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Lone­some River Band, whose vo­cal­ist Jesse Smath­ers just won the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Blue­grass Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion’s Mo­men­tum Vo­cal­ist of the Year Award, will play at Fall For­ever Blue­grass Fes­ti­val at 5 and 9 p.m. Satur­day.

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