For three days, some of the finest performers in bluegrass music will again take the stage at Tom Johnson Camping World’s rally park for 45th Annual North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in Marion.

The event begins Thursday at noon and goes until 10 p.m. daily until Saturday night. The open stage daily is from 11 a.m. until noon.

Adams Bluegrass, LLC of Dahlonega, Ga. is the company that promotes and holds the festival. Legendary promoter Norman Adams has scheduled eight bluegrass festivals for 2019, from West Virginia down to Florida.

This is the ninth year that the North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival has been presented in Marion.

“We love to come,” said Adams of Marion.

Thursday’s lineup features Cane Mill Road, Kenny Stinson & Perfect Timing, The Inspirations, The Moron Brothers, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage (Queen of Bluegrass and IBMA female vocalist of the year eight times) and Gene Watson and The Farewell Party band with special guest Rhonda Vincent, who will perform one 90-minute show at 8:15 p.m.

“Gene Watson is greatest living country singer today in my opinion,” said Adams.

Friday’s lineup of talent begins at noon and goes until 10 p.m. featuring Backline, Deeper Shade of Blue, The Primitive Quartet, Jeff Parker & Company, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Seven time winner of IBMA gospel recorded performance award) and The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band with Leroy Troy.

On Saturday, the music kicks off at noon and goes until 10 p.m. The last day of the festival will feature The King James Boys, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Big Country Bluegrass, The Gibson Brothers, Haywood County’s own Balsam Range and The Malpass Brothers.

Adams said the audience will really enjoy The Malpass Brothers. They play old-time country music in the tradition of Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Buck Owens and other legends.

In fact, the Malpass Brothers used to be the opening performers for Merle Haggard. “They are great and they are super,” said Adams.

In addition to the bluegrass and country, the festival will feature gospel music groups every day with The Inspirations, The Primitive Quartet and The King James Boys. Adams said this gives the event more variety.

The festival will have 20-plus vendors at Tom Johnson’s rally park. The food vendors will have hamburgers, barbecue, ice cream, funnel cakes and boiled peanuts. There will be jewelry and craft vendors too.

“We have most anything that anybody would want,” said Adams.

All of the artists will sell their own CDs and souvenirs and sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.

Tom Johnson Camping World has 532 hookups, including water, electric, most with sewer, bathhouses, as well as RV sales and service. There is also a restaurant serving breakfast and lunch with other hot food concessions on site. Audience members are asked to bring lawn chairs. No high back, high seat chairs, rockers or extra wide chairs. No alcoholic beverages or pets except service animals are allowed in the concert area. Security will be on duty and this is a family show, according to the news release.

The show goes on rain or shine under a covered pavilion and tent, with tickets available at the gate. Daily ticket prices are $40 for adults in advance until Tuesday, Aug. 6th, then $45 at the gate. A three-day adult ticket is $90 in advance and $95 at the gate. For children ages 7-15, the cost is $15 per day or three days for $45 in advance, $50 at the gate. Children younger than 7 are free when accompanied by parents. Tickets may be ordered online at

The sound is by Blue Ridge Sound and Sherry Boyd is the mistress of ceremonies.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Open stage – 11 a.m.

Cane Mill Road – noon and 4:30 p.m.

Kenny Stinson & Perfect Timing – 12:45 and 5:15 p.m.

The Inspirations – 1:30 and 6 p.m.

The Moron Brothers – 2:15 and 6 p.m.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage – 3 and 7:30 p.m.

Intermission – 3:45 p.m.

Gene Watson & The Farewell Party Band with special guest Rhonda Vincent – 8:15 p.m. (one 90-minute show)

Friday, Aug. 16

Open stage – 11 a.m.

Backline – noon and 5:30 p.m.

Deeper Shade of Blue – 12:45 and 6:15 p.m.

The Primitive Quartet – 1:30 and 7 p.m.

Jeff Parker & Co. – 2:15 and 7:45 p.m.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – 3 and 8:30 p.m.

Tennessee Mafia Jug Band – 4 and 9:30 p.m.

Intermission – 4:45 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Open stage – 11 a.m.

King James Boys – noon and 5:30 p.m.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge – 12:45 and 6:15 p.m.

Big Country Bluegrass – 1:30 and 7 p.m.

The Gibson Brothers – 2:15 and 7:45 p.m.

Balsam Range – 3:05 and 8:40 p.m.

The Malpass Brothers – 4 and 9:35 p.m.

Intermission – 4:45 p.m.

For more information: contact Adams Bluegrass, LLC at 1-706-864-7203 or visit and Tom Johnson Camping World at 1-800-225-7802.

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