First Lyrics on the Lawn Concert July 11

July 03, 2019

First Lyrics on the Lawn Concert Features The Flying J’s and The Billy Crawford Band Thursday July 11th

Main Street Greeneville’s 2019 Summer Concert Series first show is Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 pm. The FREE concert will be held on the lawn of the Dickson-Williams Mansion in the heart of downtown Greeneville, Tennessee. The concerts take place each Thursday evening in July. This week’s concert and the first one of the season will open with Greeneville’s own The Flying J’s followed by headliner The Billy Crawford Band form Bristol. The opening act will begin at 7 with intermission scheduled for 7:45 and the headliner taking the stage at 8. In the event of inclement weather the concert may be moved to The Capitol Theatre on S Main Street.

The Flying J’s Bio

With Roots dating back to 2008, the good ole days of Ella's Good & Good Music, The Flying J's began as show stopping, sell out act that featured some of the top musicians in the area. Vocalist John Price had a dream of keeping the classic country sound alive and made it his mission to do just that. The band included, drummer Jon Moore, guitarist Kevin Wilder, bassist John Brown and keyboard master Chuck Ward.
The group has continued in various forms to accommodate the show situation. John Price and John Brown have kept the music alive doing selection dates in and around the Greeneville area and with last years contract signing with the city of Gatlinburg Tennessee's summer concert series “Tunes and Tales”, they have been able to keep the music alive.
John Price has had a love for the classic country sound since his early childhood and has expanded on the classic's with his love for Elvis Presley. And a tribute to Elvis often presented with a full costume and JP has all the moves and lots of scarves!
John Brown brings the musical support and backing vocals to make this power duo a total package. JB has an extensive back ground of touring and working with many well know national artist over the years and along with John Price they create the total package.
Also the duo is know for their colorful costumes. Custom made suits are almost always worn to salute the artist of by gone days such as Buck Owens, Little Jimmie Dickins, the Wilburn Brothers and many others that knew you not only need to sound good but you need to look good as well.
2019 is shaping up to be one of the Flying J's biggest years ever. “Tales & Tunes” picks up in June and runs through August and the tour dates are being added daily. Check their Facebook page often and get out and enjoy this group. If you love the classic's, you'll love these guys!

The Billy Crawford Band Bio

Blues guitar might be associated with Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, but a man of the mid-South has something to say about that. The city of Bristol, smack on the Tennessee/Virginia border, claims itself as the birthplace of country music. But one of its native sons is making a huge blues noise. The common denominator in all of this is Billy Crawford – raised playing bass in church, then gaining an early hard-rock pedigree on electric guitar. But for the past three decades, he has turned his six-string action toward the blues. For much of the 1990s, audiences around the world heard Crawford’s intense work with blues-rocker Deborah Coleman. He gave up the road in 2002, when his wife gave birth to their son. Turns out, son Tyler is a little guitar hotshot, too.
But his daddy still has something to say. His Bristol-based Billy Crawford Band includes some of that region’s finest blues men. The fire is still burning blue from Crawford’s Guitar, as he rips through blues, ballads, rock, surf – even New Orleans-style.
Underpinning it all is a band with plenty of energy and mastery of dynamics. Go to thebillycrawfordband.com to hear and see more and find out when the band is playing in your town.
Full circle
Like a lot of kids growing up in East Tennessee, Crawford dug into hard rock. Randy Rhoads, Ritchie Blackmore and Gary Moore were big influences. But like Moore, Crawford turned to the blues. B.B. King and Elvis Presley were his earliest influences.
“If I saw B.B.'s name in the TV Guide I would beg to stay up and watch Johnny Carson with my Dad, to see Him with Lucille,” Crawford remembers.
The late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s work turned Crawford on his head, after he saw the Strat-master on television in 1984. But it would take two more years for Crawford to find musicians willing and able to play that style.

In 1997, Crawford led a band to a win at the Piedmont Blues Competition, in Winston-Salem, N.C. It earned Crawford and the act a trip to Memphis for the International Blues Competition. They didn’t win, but folks noticed Crawford’s blistering style. Calls came in for gigs, but he held out, remaining loyal to his band – until Deborah Coleman came calling. She was new, unknown and just signed to Blind Pig Records.
"It felt right,” he remembered. “She had just finished her debut recording and had an extensive U.S. and European tour scheduled."
He took the gig and hit the road with Coleman, playing 18 states over 12 weeks. Over the next six years, he recorded four albums with her, working with legendary producer Jim Gaines and top players from across the country. When the band wasn’t recording, it was on the road, touring in 20 countries.

Among those experiences was one that meant the world to Crawford. He performed with the late Vaughan’s band, Double Trouble.
"I felt after the first time I played with them that it had come full circle,” Crawford said.
The circle would come back to Bristol, though, after his wife Michelle told him she was pregnant. He left the road in fall of 2002. But he never put down his guitar.
“I still love the guitar. I play and practice every day,” Crawford said. “It has never gotten old for me. I’m still excited about creating sound out of silence every time I perform!”
Along for the ride with Crawford are Keith Chinault — Drums, Vocals; Robert McClain — Bass, Vocals; Mary Munsey — Sax, Vocals and Tyler Crawford — Guitar, Vocals
They’ll bring you a smoking blues show.

Food Available

On site event food vendors for this concert include, Creamy Cup, Top Dog Hot Dogs and Main Street Greeneville. Food service is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm.

Family Friendly Event

Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets and select your spot to enjoy the evening. The event is Smoke Free. Please note pets are welcome however they must remain within the designated Fido Friendly area during the event. This is the first concert of 2019.

Kaleidoscope Prints and Ornaments

Limited edition prints of Greeneville by artist Carol Chilton and custom designed ornaments of historic downtown and The Capitol Theatre will be available for purchase during the concerts at the Main Street Information tent. A fund raising effort of Main Street Greeneville, the proceeds go to support the organization and its projects. As in the past there will be the intermission “bucket pass” for donations. Please come on out and support the concerts.

Event Partners

Sponsors for the series are Andrew Johnson Bank, Consumer Credit Union, Greeneville Federal Bank, Heritage Community Bank, Marsh Propane, Edward Jones Investments – Billy Endean and Rob Gay, Radio Greeneville and The Capitol Theatre. Additional partners of Main Street: Greeneville helping to bring the concerts to life are the Dickson-Williams Historical Association, EMS, Fatz Café, General Morgan Inn, Greeneville Light & Power System, Road Show Mobile Stages, Sound Studio Live, Town of Greeneville, Public Works, Greeneville Fire Department, and Greeneville Police Department along with a host of volunteers. Visit www.mainstreetgreeneville.org for more information.


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