Uncle Dave Macon Days will host bluegrass royalty when the award-winning Rhonda Vincent takes the stage July 13-14 for the annual roots music festival.
Vincent — known as the new “Queen of Bluegrass” — will be spotlighted as winner of this year’s Trailblazer Award. News was announced at the festival’s annual news conference Wednesday at the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“I’m proud to be here, and I’m excited to be back. I love that it merges young, talented musicians … with all generations. It’s just wonderful family entertainment,” said Vincent, who also earned the festival’s Heritage Award in 2006 and has garnered over 100 industry awards, including a Grammy.
Country music radio legend Tom Perryman will posthumously be honored as the 2018 Heritage Award winner. Murfreesboro’s Tom Petty teared up as he talked about his grandfather’s far-reaching impact on the evolution of country music. Perryman died in January at the age of 90.
Uncle Dave Macon Days also hosts national competitions in old-time buck dancing, clogging, fiddle, banjo, bluegrass band, mandolin and many more. Contestants travel from across the country to compete at the festival, held at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro.
Gabriel Kelley on guitar and Casey “Pickle” McBride
Gabriel Kelley on guitar and Casey “Pickle” McBride on washtub bass perform as part of The Hogslop String band that played at The Uncle Dave Macon Days press conference, to showcase some of the talent that will be performing at his year’s festival. The Trailblazer and Heritage award winners were also announced during the event on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. HELEN COMER/DNJ
After each day’s competitions, the music will continue into the late evening hours on the Dixie Dew Drop and Macon Manor stages.
The Dew Drop Jamboree will feature numerous artists on stage to perform classic country music each evening of the festival on the Dixie Dew Drop Stage.
A star-studded lineup will perform Concerts After Dark on the Macon Manor Stage. Vincent and her band, The Rage, will perform on the main stage both evenings of the festival.
Featured acts on Friday evening of the festival include Flatt Lonesome, Ralph Stanley II and the beloved Hogslop String Band. Saturday’s performers are The Isaacs, The Cleverlys, Newtown and Glade City Rounders.
Dan Henley performs a song that he wrote about RutherfordDan Henley performs a song that he wrote about Rutherford County during the annual Uncle Dave Macon Days news conference Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo: Helen Comer / DNJ)
Vincent will celebrate her birthday on stage Friday of the festival as she’s presented the Trailblazer Award, given to someone who continues to take bluegrass to the next level.
The Macon Manor Stage will host a historic appearance Saturday afternoon with a record release celebration for “Bluegrass Legends: Live at the Ryman.” Vincent and The Rage will be joined on stage by legendary bluegrass performers Mac Wiseman, Jesse McReynolds, and Bobby and Sonny Osborne.
“We are absolutely thrilled that she worked with us on a project and picked us to help her,” said Ben Wilson, executive director of Uncle Dave Macon Days.
The cost for both days of the festival is $10 for ages 13 and older. It’s free for ages 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online