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					                                                                        CONTACT PERSON: Elaine Irwin Meyer
                                                                                       Museum of Appalachia
                                                                                               P.O. Box 1189
                                                                                             Norris, TN 37828
                                                                                    865-494-7680 or 494-0514
                                                                      e-mail: museum@

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Mountain Connection brings ‘cutting-edge’ bluegrass
to Museum of Appalachia’s Tennessee Fall Homecoming

        NORRIS, Tenn.: Southeastern Kentucky’s own Mountain Connection will bring cutting-edge
bluegrass to the Museum of Appalachia’s 30th annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming.
       Scheduled to perform at the Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 10, this award-winning bluegrass
band brings high energy, musical precision, and a distinctive sound to its performances. Building on
Appalachian musical traditions, Mountain Connection has won a championship title at the 2007
Winterfest Bluegrass Competition, and performed in venues from Canada to New York’s Carnegie Hall.
         Mountain Connection was selected from among hundreds who submitted demo tapes or
auditioned to perform at the Tennessee Fall Homecoming. One of the largest and most authentic
festivals of its kind in the country, Homecoming will be held Oct. 8-11 at the Museum of Appalachia near
        The band will join some 400 nationally, regionally, and locally known musicians performing for
four days on five stages. This year’s lineup includes Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Cherryholmes, Dailey &
Vincent, and the Freight Hoppers.
        Also appearing: Mike Snider, the Clusterpluckers, Raymond Fairchild, Grasstowne, Blue Moon
Rising, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Leroy Troy, Hello Stranger
featuring Dale Jett (son of Janette Carter), Ramona Jones & Friends, Summertown Reunion Band, Wailin’
Wood, Dixie Gray, Hazel Holler, and many other outstanding performers.
       And it’s much more than music. The Museum’s mission is to preserve and pass along the
Appalachian heritage to future generations—hence the demonstrations of old-time skills like molasses-
making, rail-splitting, spinning, sheep herding, and much more.
        Homecoming includes scores of artisans making authentic Appalachian pottery, baskets, wood
carvings, musical instruments, quilts, artwork, and countless other hand-crafted wares. Authors and
musicians offer their books and CDs, and food vendors serve up tasty Appalachian “vittles”—from a full
meal of barbeque or cornbread and beans to special treats like fruit cobblers, homemade ice cream, and
apple butter.
       Advance tickets are available at a discount through Sept. 24 on line at Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Museum; by phone at
865-494-7680; or by mail at PO Box 1189, Norris, TN 37828. An additional discount is offered to
Museum members; call for details.
        Tickets at regular price may be purchased with cash at the gate any day of Homecoming. Hours
are 9 a.m. to dusk daily, Oct. 8-11, regardless of weather.
        Heritage Day for students is Wednesday, Oct. 7, with interactive music and activities geared
toward youngsters. Public and private schools, home-schooled students, and individual parents and
children are welcome to attend. Contact the Museum for registration and admission prices.
        The Museum farm/village includes historic log structures, display buildings filled with authentic
Appalachian artifacts, and gardens and farm animals in a picturesque setting surrounded by split rail
fences. A large craft and gift shop features handiwork from regional artisans.
        The Museum is located 16 miles north of Knoxville, one mile east of I-75, exit 122.

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