Texas roots-music favorite Lee Roy Parnell will bring his ace guitar playing, distinctive voice and combination of blue-eyed soul, delta blues, road house rock, Southern boogie, Texas swing and gospel to the headliner slot for the 2019 Blackberry Jam Music Festival.
The annual music benefit has become one of Franklin’s most anticipated summer events. This year’s festival takes place on Boyd Mill Blackberry Farm in Franklin on Saturday, June 22.
This year marks the 16th Jam. The festival brings together musicians from multiple genres and several states, with a focus on homegrown talent across Middle Tennessee and raises money for Franklin’s Hard Bargain Association.
“We are truly excited to have Lee Roy Parnell with us for this year’s event,” event founder Carol Warren said. “His talent is undeniable and we know that Blackberry Jam festival goers are going to be in for a huge treat.”
Parnell is a CMA Award-winning artist and well known for his masterful guitar playing, soulful acoustic sounds and emotional performances. He draws from a broad range of musical sources and combines them with seamless dexterity, and unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts. He considers himself a writer, guitarist, vocalist and performer, with every skillset feeding the next.
M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio will take the stage just before Parnell, bringing their traditional Piedmont blues style of music, influenced by the likes of Archie Edwards, Etta Baker and Cephas & Wiggins. They will also raise the roof with some old-fashioned house party tunes, entertain the crowd with their witty originals and bring listeners to tears with heartfelt blues ballads.
Known for its diverse lineup of acts each year, best falling under the umbrella of “Americana”, Blackberry Jam attendees are treated to an incredible day of music in a beautiful outdoor river bank setting while enjoying food provided by a variety of vendors.
Viva Nash Vegas Radio Show will broadcast live from the festival starting at 10 a.m. Beginning at noon, the kid’s entertainment stage will open with Emmy Award-winning children’s entertainer and crowd favorite Farmer Jason, then Giri and Uma Peters and two-time Parents’ Choice® Gold Award-winner, National Association of Parenting Publications® Gold Award-winner and Dove Family Foundation winner Roger Day.
More talent will take the main stage in late afternoon with Joann and Tray Eppes, Lockwood Barr, Reckless Johnny and the Hip Replacements, Heavy Drunk and the Hurricane, Carol and Dale, Baillie & The Boys and Freddy and Francine, all bringing unique Americana sounds.
As in years past, the beneficiary of proceeds from this year’s Blackberry Jam will be Hard Bargain Association, an affordable housing non-profit organization serving the historic African-American community of Hard Bargain close to downtown Franklin.
Blankets, lawn chairs, beverages in ice chests and well-mannered dogs on leashes are welcomed. A variety of food trucks and dessert carts will be on site ready to serve, anchored by Scout’s Pub.
Tickets are $10 in advance (plus $1.09 service fee), $15 at the gate, and children 12 and under are free. The gate opens at 11:30 a.m.
Visit www.theblackberryjam.com for further information.