Uncle Dave Macon Days


Southeast Tourism Society Selects Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival as an STS Top 20 Event

Murfreesboro, Tenn.—Southeast Tourism Society has named Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival once again as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July 2018.

The long running festival will be held on July 13th and 14th in Murfreesboro at Cannonsburgh Village. Uncle Dave Macon Days will host bluegrass royalty when the award-winning Rhonda Vincent takes the stage as winner of this year’s Trailblazer Award.

This family-oriented event gathers more than 25,000 people annually to Rutherford County for a hearty helping of fun and southern hospitality. Slated as one of the most dynamic music festivals in the Southeast, Uncle Dave Macon Days has been honored with numerous awards in its 41 years of existence.

“Each year the Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival generates approximately $1.2 million dollars towards tourism economic impact in just two days,” says Barbara Wolke, Senior Vice President of the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are thankful that this festival is held right here in the heart of Tennessee and that it continues to be considered one of America’s premier summer festivals.”

The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. “These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities and this is a way for us to acknowledge the time and resources organizers have tirelessly spent to create memories for their attendees,” says Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.

About Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival

Uncle Dave Macon Days is a musical festival which honors traditional American music and the career of the first superstar of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Famer, Uncle Dave Macon. The event began as a one-day pickin’ banjo contest, the brainchild of Murfreesboro businessman, Jesse Messick, who wanted to have an event to attract business into the downtown area. For over 40 years, this down-home, shade-tree pickin’ festival has evolved into the National Championships for Old-time Banjo and Old-Time Clogging and Buckdancing as designated by the US Congress in 1986.

About Southeast Tourism Society

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism to and within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.


Media Contact:
Shana Miller
Director of Communications & Marketing,

Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
3050 Medical Center Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129



Queen of Bluegrass

Uncle Dave Macon Days will host bluegrass royalty when the award-winning Rhonda Vincent takes the stage July 13-14 for the annual roots music festival.

Vincent — known as the new “Queen of Bluegrass” — will be spotlighted as winner of this year’s Trailblazer Award. News was announced at the festival’s annual news conference Wednesday at the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“I’m proud to be here, and I’m excited to be back. I love that it merges young, talented musicians … with all generations. It’s just wonderful family entertainment,” said Vincent, who also earned the festival’s Heritage Award in 2006 and has garnered over 100 industry awards, including a Grammy.

Country music radio legend Tom Perryman will posthumously be honored as the 2018 Heritage Award winner. Murfreesboro’s Tom Petty teared up as he talked about his grandfather’s far-reaching impact on the evolution of country music. Perryman died in January at the age of 90.

Uncle Dave Macon Days also hosts national competitions in old-time buck dancing, clogging, fiddle, banjo, bluegrass band, mandolin and many more. Contestants travel from across the country to compete at the festival, held at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro.

Star-studded lineup

After each day’s competitions, the music will continue into the late evening hours on the Dixie Dew Drop and Macon Manor stages.

The Dew Drop Jamboree will feature numerous artists on stage to perform classic country music each evening of the festival on the Dixie Dew Drop Stage.

A star-studded lineup will perform Concerts After Dark on the Macon Manor Stage. Vincent and her band, The Rage, will perform on the main stage both evenings of the festival.

Featured acts on Friday evening of the festival include Flatt Lonesome, Ralph Stanley II and the beloved Hogslop String Band. Saturday’s performers are The Isaacs, The Cleverlys, Newtown and Glade City Rounders.

Vincent will celebrate her birthday on stage Friday of the festival as she’s presented the Trailblazer Award, given to someone who continues to take bluegrass to the next level.

The Macon Manor Stage will host a historic appearance Saturday afternoon with a record release celebration for “Bluegrass Legends: Live at the Ryman.” Vincent and The Rage will be joined on stage by legendary bluegrass performers Mac Wiseman, Jesse McReynolds, and Bobby and Sonny Osborne.

“We are absolutely thrilled that she worked with us on a project and picked us to help her,” said Ben Wilson, executive director of Uncle Dave Macon Days.

The cost for both days of the festival is $10 for ages 13 and older. It’s free for ages 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online at uncledavemacondays.org.