The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place

“The Gathering Place” beer and wine garden is open to the public for the duration of the festival. The quaint, shaded garden area features live music off and on throughout the day

The Gathering Place

  • Jamie Collins


  • Brandon Maggard


  • Katie Bledsoe and the Holler Dogs


  • Momma Molasses


Performers will be announced at a later date

Jamie Collins

Hailing from Bristol, Tennessee, known as the Birthplace of Country Music, Collins was born to a mountain music family featuring her flatpicking virtuoso father, Tony Collins. Instilled with a deep love and appreciation for the local traditions at a young age, Collins grew up attending festivals and fiddlers’ conventions, where she witnessed some of the best in old-time and bluegrass.

Brandon Maggard

In these hills of Southwest Virginia, the art of Appalachian Music has been passed from generation to generation, each taking a new approach different from their predecessor, and Brandon Maggard is no exception. Brandon is a third generation Appalachian Songwriter obtaining most of his inspiration from his family, which has been a pillar to regional music for years and years. Brandon covers the musical spectrum with Appalachian inspired originals and even a few modern covers with a natural Appalachian twist that is always sure to please.

Katie Bledsoe and the Holler Dogs

Hailing from the old coal camp hollers of St. Charles, Virginia, Katie and The Holler Dogs consists of fearless leader Katie Bledsoe on lead vocals, guitar, and mandolin, her young and talented sister Cassie Bledsoe on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, and their big ol’ ugly daddy Earnest Bledsoe on lead guitar and whatever else the song calls for.

Momma Molasses

Momma Molasses was born & raised in Carthage, North Carolina where part of her family has lived 8 generations; she also has family roots in the West Virginian coal mines, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, & the East Texan cattle fields. She is currently based at the “Birthplace of Country Music ” Bristol, TN/VA; where she works for The Birthplace of Country Music Museum as an assistant producer & stage manager for Radio Bristol; a living exhibit focused on bringing the roots back to country music radio. She also recently released a new album “Take Me to the Country” which was recorded at Classic Recording in Bristol, VA.