Category Archives: 2015

Herald Chronicle Article 9/12/2015

Herald Chronicle

Gearing Up for Fall Heritage Festival
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 5:00 am

As Cowan’s Fall Heritage Festival moves into its second year, organizers are optimistic it will build on last year’s initial run and give area festivalgoers more of what they expect — abundant music in a unique arts and crafts setting.

The festival will be held on Sept. 18-20 in downtown Cowan. However, the band Bad Nayber will be hosting a street dance Saturday as a last minute fundraiser to help the festival. Music starts at sundown. Read more »

Press Release 9-8-2015


Cowan Fall Heritage Festival Returns Bigger, Bolder & Better

Cowan, TN September 9, 2015

The Fall Heritage Festival returns to Cowan on September 18, 19 and 20 with more music, more children’s activities, historical demonstrations & displays, and vendors.

The festival is a free community-driven event celebrating the region’s traditions and history as well as showcasing the continued talents, creativity and diversity of its residents. Read more »

Greg Thorpe

Greg ThorpeSewanee native Greg Thorpe returns to the Fall Heritage Festival with his unique take on acoustic rock. Greg will perform on the Dixie Highway Stage at 6:15pm on Friday, September 18.


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Nick Lutsko & his Puppet Ensemble

Nick Lutsko & His Puppet Ensemble will perform on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2:15pm at the Fall Heritage Festival.

Travis Bowlin will perform at 7:15pm on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Fall Heritage Festival.

Travis Bowlin will perform at 7:15pm on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Fall Heritage Festival.

Broad Mountain Band will be performing Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm at Fall Heritage Festival.

Broad Mountain Brewgrass will be performing Saturday, Sept. 19 at 7 pm at the Fall Heritage Festival.

The Reall Deal will perform at 7pm on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Fall Heritage Festival.

The Reall Deal will perform at 7pm on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Fall Heritage Festival.

The Flash Back Band

Flashback will perform at 7pm on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Fall Heritage Festival.

Jackwagon will perform at 6:45pm on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Fall Heritage Festival.

Jackwagon will perform at 6:45pm on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Fall Heritage Festival.

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Stillwater Bluegrass

Stillwater BluegrassStillwater Bluegrass hails from the hills and hollers of the Tennessee River Valley, performing up-tempo traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel songs in the styles of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, the Louvin Brothers, Jim and Jesse, the Country Gentlemen, the Dillards and Doc Watson, as well as time-honored, toe-tappin’, up-tempo fiddle, mandolin and banjo instrumental tunes.

Stillwater Bluegrass instrumentation features banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, Dobro and double bass; most members play multiple instruments. The three vocalists rotate singing leads and swap “high and lonesome” harmonies. In additional to having a different lead singer every song, Stillwater Bluegrass varies the dynamics, feel and the chord structures of their repertoire. A favorite comment, heard frequently, is: “We like listening to ya’ll, ‘cause your music doesn’t all sound the same!” Compliments don’t get much better than that.

This collection of musicians, aged 23 to 66, have played and/or sung most of their lives and entertains at concerts, corporate functions, festivals, farmers’ markets, fundraisers, listening rooms, parties, picnics, restaurants, BBQs and hat drops around the Valley, mainly within a 90-mile radius of Huntsville, AL.

Stillwater Bluegrass was honored as a featured act at Fayetteville’s Host of Christmas Past celebration for the last five years and at the Chamber’s Old Stone Bridge Park concerts and Huntsville’s Ditto Landing’s concerts. Stillwater performed at Von Braun Center’s 40th Year Celebration in March, Huntsville Arts Council’s 33rd Annual Arts Panoply in April and the Huntsville Arts Council’s Big Spring Concert in July.

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Dana Rogers

Dana Rogers with GuitarChattanooga singer-songwriter Dana Rogers brings an American musical mosaic of acoustic finger style jazz, folk and blues to the Fall Heritage Festival. An accomplished singer/songwriter and performer, having written more than fifty songs and performed more than six-hundred shows, Dana has been performing professionally since 1997 and in that time has gigged at such venues as Soup Plus, the oldest jazz club in Sydney, Australia, and NY Singer Songwriter Sessions at legendary Manhattan venues, CBGB and The Bitter End.

Dana returns to the Fall Heritage Festival on the Depot Stage at 10:45 am on Saturday, September 19.

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Street Dance Sept. 12, 2015


Fall Heritage Festival Revives Cowan’s Street Dance Tradition

Cowan, TN September 1, 2015

The Fall Heritage Festival revives Cowan’s street dance tradition with a preview performance by the newly reunited classic rock band Bad Nayber. The street dance will kick off at sundown on Saturday, September 12 on the corner of Tennessee Ave. and Monterey St. Admission and parking in the Monterey Station parking lot are free, though donations for the Festival are welcome.

bad nayber band bwYou might not want them next door but you won’t want to miss them on stage. Bad Nayber’s focus on classic R&B and soul sounds delivers an effortless groove that gave them a deserved reputation for being one of the area’s premier dance bands prior to their brief hiatus earlier in the year.

Bad Nayber is made up of lead vocalist and harp player Rich Sanders accompanied by long-time friends & musical collaborators Bill Walsh on lead guitar, DJ Garner on rhythm guitar, Mark Ledbetter on bass, Kevin Syler on keyboards and Moe Sholey on drums.

Bad Nayber will also appear at 2:15 pm on September 19 on the Depot Stage at the Fall Heritage Festival beginning an afternoon & evening of R&B, funk and soul. Bad Nayber will be followed by Pink Robin at 4pm with Jackwagon as the featured headline act at 6:45pm.

Check for the full entertainment schedule of 61 performances on four stages September 18-20.

The Hart Strings

The Hart Strings will perform at 2pm on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Fall Heritage Festival.

The Hart Strings will perform at 2pm on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Fall Heritage Festival.

The Hart Strings are a original alternative-folk band whose influences include The Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and Trampled by Turtles. Expect to hear the unexpected with multi-part harmonies, electric guitars, bass, violin, banjo, mandolin, drums and more.

The Hart Strings will perfom on the Monterey Station Platform at 2pm on Sunday, September 20.

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Citico String Band

Citico String BandBetween 1975 and 1981, Ron Williams released 8 LPs of field recordings of authentic traditional musicians from around Southeast Tennessee: the legendary Pine Breeze Recordings. He and fiddler Ken Parr formed Citico String Band to continue performing these rare local tunes and songs gathered from some of the last old time musicians from this area including Eldia Barbee, Homer & Calvin Chastain, Bob Douglas, Blaine Smith and Monteagle’s own Hamper McBee. Ron was fortunate to learn these tunes from the original performers, and nearly 40 years later, because of Citico String Band from Chattanooga, audiences can still hear the sound of old time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, and guitar just like in 1920!

Citico String Band will perform at 1pm on Saturday, September 19 on the Bandstand.

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2015 Arts & Craft Vendors

Vendors accepted for 2015 Juried Arts & Crafts:

  • Christopher Threet – Prints of my original charcoal & graphite drawings and a couple originals
  • Chris Bussler – Art by Chris – Acrylic & Pencil drawings; prints
  • Chuck & Robin Blaine – American Indian Beadwork, bags, dreamcatchers, flutes, bows & arrows
  • Tim Reid – As the Wood Turns – hand turned wood and acrylic pens, key rings, styluses, ornamental birdhouses, snow flakes, wine bottle stoppers
  • Kristy Adams – Adams Crafty Creations – metal art/yard art – recycled scrapmetal into animals/sculptures
  • Ida York – Original Paintings and prints
  • Jim Jolliffe – Splinter Carvers – Wood carvings
  • Mary McElwain – Jewelry/Mixed Media – Flatware and other repurposed vintage materials
  • George & Joyce Faulkenberry – Jewelry from Joyce – fashion jewelry we make, as well as sterling silver jewelry
  • Tracie Boswell – Lil Lee Copper – Hammered patina copper jewelry
  • David & Tami Newcomb – Solid Rock Jewelry – Handcrafted jewelry using genuine gemstones
  • Makenzy Hendrix – Tennessee Swank Jewelry: Handmade wire-wrapped jewelry: rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces
  • Frankie Wilton – Frankie’s Creations – Swarovski Crystall Jewelry
  • Gina Rhea – Nana’s Cedar Chest – Baby blankets, bibs & burp cloths. Kids trick or treat bags; some aprons
  • Diane Bass – Exclusively Dianne – Crochet items – scarves, hats, earwarmers, baby items, skirts, trivets/potholders
  • Wanda Burch – Creative Ladies – Fabric items
  • Debra Townsend – Tennessee Medicinals – Handcrafted soaps & Herbal salves
  • Patricia Warmbrod – The Doll Place – Craft: handmade clothing and accessories for 18″ dolls like American Girl, and 15″ dolls like Bitty Baby
  • Jerica St John Keller – Kitchen Kuties – Kitchen towels
  • Joe Heintz – Green Glass Arts & Crafts – Wine bottle planters, wind chimes, whiskey bottle barlamps, bottle bird feeders, pallet wood bee traps
  • Gloria Smith – Little Light Designs – wood and metal monograms, words & shapes; some painted, some unfinished
  • David & Denise Floyd – Mom & Dad’s Country Woodworks – wood crafts
  • Anthony & Jennifer Ingle – Down South Cornhole Boards – building & Painting Cornhole Boards
  • Melissa Kolben – Melissa’s Kreations – Craft:burlap & mesh wreaths, crochet items
  • Franklin Co. Arts Guild – Handmade items, paintings, prints, and more
  • Tammy & James Bowen – NHC Crafts – Handmade christmas stockings, embroidery, necklaces, wood rafts, bean bag toss, draw string bag holders, denim book marks and more
  • Kevin & Tina Dean – Deanlicious Dips – Gourmet dip mixes that we make ourselves
  • Allen White – Allen’s Honey Sales
  • Jackie & Catherine Puryear – homemade pickles, relishes, cakes, breads
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