On August 27th, 2016 the air in Franklin will be filled with the sweet aroma of hickory smoke and simmering sauce for the inaugural ‘Great Americana Barbecue Festival’ at Harlinsdale Farm. The event will take place from 10a-8p.
Visitors will enjoy some of the most “finger licking good” barbecue around, prepared by professional pit masters and iron chefs from across the country – all within the town limits of Franklin. The BBQ festival is hosted by The Franklin BBQ Society and The Franklin Noon Rotary Club (FNRC). The FNRC has dedicated over six decades of service to its community and has distributed over two million dollars to local charities. FNRC continues to produce The Franklin Rodeo, Williamson County’s longest running annual event, celebrating its 67th year.
The Great Americana BBQ Festival is proud to partner with Music City Roots to provide festival goers with an incredible lineup of musical acts. Throughout the day these talented local and regional bands will grace the official music stage bringing the wide and varied sounds that can only be described as Americana.
Scheduled Performances Throughout the Day
10:00 – 11:00 Glade City Rounders
The Glade City Rounders musical influences stretch from Memphis to Bristol and from Louisville to the Mississippi River Delta. By intensely studying the musical stylings of musicians from the state of Tennessee and the Tennessee River Valley region, the Glade City Rounders are able to convey the feeling and tradition of this music with an energy unmatched.
11:20 – 12:20 Bill and the Belles
With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, Bill and the Belles skillfully breathe new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old time music, Bill and the Belles (Johnson City, Tennessee) continue to further the music traditions of their region.
12:40 – 1:40 Farmer and Adele
Imagine a perfect blend of Nashville and Vaudeville, incorporating sensibilities from Music City with Radio City, and you’ll find the dynamic female-fronted Americana group, The Farmer & Adele. With a distinct vintage style, Grace Adele sets her stage with traditional American roots drawn from classic country, western swing, bluegrass, folk, and contemporary indie rock.
2:00 – 3:30 Sheriff Scott & The Deputies
From the streets of Nashville, the Deputies have found a strong and passionate instrumental voice for the sweet, urban songwriting of Sheriff Scott Simontacchi. Instead of presenting cookie-cutter country music, the Deputies present a fresh, dark and modern interpretation on traditional music that is entirely their own.
3:50 – 5:00 Daphne and the Mystery Machines
Daphne Culver went from turning wrenches to turning heads on stage with the help of Jenn Palmer, a fiery redhead with a voice and a story that will leave you covered in goosebumps. The two of them joined forces very naturally with a kindred friendship and a common love for music as an outlet. They sing of love, loss, death, addiction, hope, and the occasional lack there of.
6:20 – 7:45 Sarah Potenza
Sarah Potenza relocated to Nashville Tennessee with not much more than her husband and her monster vocals. That coupled with her honest reflective songwriting she quickly garnered the attention of the city’s thriving music scene and she became a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program.
One of her performances on Music City Roots resulted in a phone call from the NBC television show, “The Voice”. Potenza took the challenge in stride and managed to land a four chair turn and out of 50,000 contestants, she made it to the top twenty.