Town of Historic Granville, Tennessee
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Historic Granville, Tennessee

931.653.4151
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Jimmy Thompson


Picture Caption: Uncle Jimmy Thompson stand by T Model Ford Truck given to him by Henry Ford

The 19th Granville Heritage Day on May 27th will again feature the Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival. Uncle Jimmy Thompson from the Granville Community was one of the first performers on the Grand Ole Opry. He was a noted fiddle Player and performed for Henry Ford in Texas. Mr. Ford ask him to come to Detroit to perform for the President of the United States. He did and afterwards Mr. Ford took him to the Ford Automobile Plant and told him to pick any automobile In the plant. He picked the Ford Truck and added a camper on it traveling the United States playing his fiddle and telling the story of the Grand Ole Opry.

The Uncle Jimmy Thompson Bluegrass Festival will have new competition this year with the Grand Champion Fiddle Competition. The winner of the competition will play center stage at the Birthplace of Country Music during a Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Night at the Ryman Auditorium. Registration for the event will be on the 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 at Pruett Stage in Historic Granville. Each contestant will perform three songs: breakdown, waltz and fiddlers choice.  The entry fee if $5.00 with first place receiving $225.00, second place $175.00 and third place $125.00. For more information call Sam Stout 931-265-5811 or Mike Singleton 615-202-8383. The show is made possible by Bates Ford of Lebanon, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, WSM Radio and Friends of the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour.

Bluegrass bands will also be performing during the day starting at 10:0 a.m. with Old Way Out Bluegrass Band, Giri & Uma Peters and Tom Brantley & Missionary Ridge performing. The Festival will also honor at noon Granville native fiddle player Eldon Burgess who is noted fiddle player in the Upper Cumberland. The every week Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Dinner Show will feature on May 27th Tom Brantley & Missionary Ridge with dinner at 5:00 and 6:30 with music beginning at 6:00 p.m Followed by radio taping at 7:00 p.m. For reservations call 931-653-4151. Granville Heritage Day also features a large Antique Car, Tractor & Engine Show, Crafts, Craftsmen, Children Entertainment & Rides, Parade, Great Food and a historic Riverboat town operating at its very best. For more information visit granvilletn.com or call 931-653-4151.
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The 3rd Annual Granville Cornbread & Moonshine Festival on May 6th will feature
Moonshine Stories of Yesteryear as a special feature of the annual festival. Dr. Op
Walker of Cookeville will share “Dry Hollow Moonshine” stories in the Pioneer
Village at 2:00 p.m. Dr. Walker will share stories of his father Oscar L. Walker
that was a noted moonshiner in Overton County. He walked almost everywhere
he went, carrying as much moonshine as possible. When going on some trips
he rode old Dina his mule. He was known in the Upper Cumberland for the
quality of his moonshine. The picture shows him after he was released from the
Celina Jail where he stood before a judge for delivering his moonshine to the area.
The judge had compassion on Dad and let him go because he was so poor and had to
survive. Walker raised 12 children in which Dr. Walker is the youngest. His dedication
to his family was unmatched. His transition from moonshine was also remarkable.
He became a greens-keeper at the Dayton (Ohio) Country Club. He became a
Christian in 1946 and stopped all connection with alcohol.

Other moonshine storytelling will be done at 11:00 a.m. by Leon Jeans who will
portray Raef Hollister of Andy Griffith Show; 1:00 p.m. by Arno Hatcher of Celina;
and 3:00 p.m. Mayberry Moonshine- Sutton Store Players performing Andy
Griffith scene. Moonshine tasting will be done Short Mountain Distillery
And Jug Creek Distillery of Wilson County. Also on display will be the General
Lee and the Hazzard County Patrol Car of Dukes of Hazzard. For more information
Call 931-653-4151 or granvilletn.com.
Granville Celebrates the 1940’s with Memories of the World War II Maneuvers in Granville

Historic Granville announced today that their 2017 theme will be “ 1940’s: A Decade of Change- Thanks for the Memories”. The 1940’s will be a year long celebration which will begin when the 2017 season opens on March 9th. Pictured in front of Sutton General Store is some of the 2017 scarecrows created by Granville resident Cynthia Mathews which represent soldiers that were in Granville during World War II Maneuvers as well as wives and girl friends that came to visit them while they were stationed in Granville. The 1880 Sutton Home will feature guided tours of “Maneuvers: They Came as Strangers and Left as Friends”, Antique Car Museum will feature 1940’s automobiles and military Vehicles, Granville Museum will feature Memories of the 1940’s and the town will be decorated in the 1940 era. The Granville Museum will be hosting the Tennessee State Museum Traveling Exhibit “ The Slaves & Slave Holders of Wessyngton Plantation” which will be on exhibit from March 9th till June 6th.

The official Grand Opening of the 1940’s Celebration will be on April 8th with the 1940’s coming to life in a grand fashion as two World War II Musicals entitled “ I’ll Be Seeing You” performed by the Freedom Belles as well as two World War II Re-enactments will be occurring. April 8th will also feature the 5th Granville Genealogy Festival with a full Day of wonderful speakers, booths and genealogy information. The celebration will also feature a Antique Car Show which will be for automobiles up to 1950’s with a parade At 3:00 p.m. The second annual Upper Cumberland Wine Festival sponsored by The Upper Cumberland Wine Trail will be held from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Pioneer Village which has been great expanded from last year. Museum will be featured all day by Lynn Beal Jazz Band at the Pruett Stage as well as craftsmen of yesteryear. April 8th will also mark the 9th Anniversary Celebration of the Sutton General Store and Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. John Tomlin & Company performing at the Anniversary Ole Time Music Bluegrass Dinner Show.

The 1940’s Theme will also be carried out at the April 22nd Vintage Fashion Show, Sale and Lunch, May 6th Cornbread & Moonshine Festival, 19th Granville Heritage Day on May 27th, 3rd Annual Grits and Glitz Shopping Extravaganza Pioneer Village Barn Sale on June 9th and 10th, Scarecrow Festival October 1st the 31st, Fall Celebration on October 7th and 1940’s Christmas Season entitled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas “ November 10th thru December 30th with 1940’s Granville Country Christmas on December 9th.

Historic Granville is operated by 180 dedicated volunteers who give of their time to preserve the historic town of yesteryear. Granville is currently enlisting new volunteers for the 2017 season. For more information call 931-653-4151 or granvilletn.com.
USO Show

Historic Granville will have the Grand Opening Celebration of Remembering the 1940’s on April 8th.  This special day will feature the World War II Musical performers Freedom Belles as they p
erform their show “I’ll Be Seeing You” at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m..  The Freedom Belles are a trio performing music of the World War II time in our history. They travel nationwide performing a show that celebrates and commemorates history.  Their musical show includes patriotic music, music of Andrew Sisters and much more.  They are known for their musical performances to recreate the USS0 shows of World War II.  Granville will also feature on April 8th two World War II Maneuvers reenactments as re-enactors from all over Tennessee come to Granville to re-enact World War II.  The re-enactments will be performed at 12:00 and 1:30 p.m.   The day will also feature up to 1950’s antique cars displayed on main street of Granville with parade at 3:00 p.m.  Granville has exhibits that will be in place all year on the 1940’s with a special exhibit at the 1880 Sutton Home entitled “Maneuvers- They Came as Strangers And Left as Friends”, 1940 automobiles at Antique Car Museum and Remembering the 1940’s Exhibit at Granville Museum.  April 8th will also feature a Genealogy Festival and the second Annual Upper Cumberland Wine Festival.  For more information call 931-653-4151 or granvilletn.com.  
SAM STOUT NAMED JAMBOREE PRESIDENT AND COORDINATOR
February 10, 2017
by: Tom Duggin/ WLIE Radio
Sam Stout

The Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree has a new President and Coordinator.
Born in Gainesboro and raised in the Bloomington Springs Community of Putnam Co. Sam Stout was elected to the position at a meeting of Jamboree board on Thursday night, February 9. Stout succeeds Jack Barton, who resigned as Jamboree President and Coordinator on February 2, after a nine-year tenure.

Born to James and the late Birdie Stout, Sam Stout grew up in a musical family that included two older brothers. At the age of 9, Stout began playing guitar and soon picked up the mandolin, as well. After high school, Stout started playing in country bands, and soon began pursuing music as a full-time career. Among his musical accomplishments during that time was serving as an opening act for guitar legend Chet Atkins and well-known Nashville songwriter Dean Dillon, who penned several of George Strait’s number-one hits. Stout also worked in Nashville in the recording industry as a demo singer, in hopes of landing a major recording contract.

After several years of struggling to make it in the country music industry, Stout returned to his first love, which was Bluegrass music. While holding down a full-time job, Stout started a Bluegrass band called Stoney Lonesome, which enjoyed a great deal of regional success. It was during this time Stout, along with Randall Clemons and Chris Neeley, launched the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour in Granville, TN. In the beginning, the Music Hour was covered by one small radio station in Thompkinsville, KY. Today, after nine years, the weekly show is now broadcast by 45 radio stations worldwide, including AM 650 WSM Radio in Nashville, the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Professional and semi-professional bluegrass bands are featured on the weekly show, which also goes across both the state of Tennessee and all across the country on PBS stations.

Stout says his love for music – and the Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree – runs deep. “I can never remember not being surrounded by music,” he said. “My father, James, plays the Dobro. He actually was the one who first brought me to the Jamboree before I could even play an instrument. I love the Jamboree and what it stands for. It is a true Tennessee tradition.”

Stout has competed in various Jamboree competitions in years past, but most recently, he has served as a member of the “Jamboree House Band,” a position he will resign with his new responsibilities with the festival. Stout was elected to the Jamboree board on February 2, and expressed an interest in the position of President and Coordinator with the Jamboree upon Barton’s resignation.

In addition to his passion for music, Stout - still resides in Bloomington Springs – and works as a Realtor in the Upper Cumberland area.

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