Uncle Dave Macon Days


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.

Bluegrass Legends Album Release

Bluegrass Legends album release show at Uncle Dave Macon Days

Uncle Dave Macon Days, a weekend roots music festival held each summer in Murfreesboro, TN to honor the iconic 20th century entertainer, announced today that their 2018 event will include a live performance and CD-release party for Rhonda Vincent and her upcoming Bluegrass Legends album.

Rhonda is this year’s featured act on the festival, appearing both days in Murfreesboro (July 13-14), and was on hand for today’s announcement in Nashville. Her Bluegrass Legends album is just as described, recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium with Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, and Sonny and Bobby Osborne on stage with Vincent and her band.

All the legends will be with her at Uncle Dave Macon Days as well, making for a must-see bluegrass experience. The historic event will occur on the Saturday evening of the festival, July 14, when all of these iconic artists return to the Macon Manor stage. The festival had previously honored Wiseman, McReynolds, and the Osbornes as Heritage Award winners, an honor bestowed annually by the organizers. Rhonda received this award as well in 2006.

The festival started in 1978 as an old time music and dance competition to draw folks downtown to the Courthouse area in Murfreesboro. Over the intervening years, it has grown into a major event, adding stage shows and a wide variety of vendors, but keeping to their old timey roots. The contests continue to this day, with a dozen categories for banjo, fiddle, singing, and harmonica, plus bluegrass and old time band. There is even a specific Uncle Dave contest where competitors dress in his likeness and try to recreate his unique stag persona.

The organizers make considerable efforts to ensure a family-friendly festival, and have many children’ activities each day. A juried arts and craft show is held near the site, along with an historic photo exhibit, and an attendee favorite, Dave Macon’s Marketplace.

You can find full details about Uncle Dave Macon Days online.