1-3 cowboy jubilee

Posted 1/3/18

Mountain Cove Bluegrass from Signal Mountain will headline the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee on Friday at 7 p.m.

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1-3 cowboy jubilee


Mountain Cove Bluegrass from Signal Mountain will headline the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee on Friday at 7 p.m.

"Mountain Cove has been voted Chattanooga's best bluegrass band too many times to count," said Steve Poteet, producer of the free weekly musical show. "And they've won the prestigious Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree's National Competition two years in a row."

Since forming the band in 2008 during lunch breaks at Signal Mountain Middle High School, the guys have been jamming together at Walden Ridge's famed Mountain Opry and dozens of other local venues. Over the years, they have gained an amazing and unique sound paying respect to traditional as well as modern bluegrass.

Besides winning the national band competition at the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree two years in a row, they have been featured on RFD-TV's Shotgun Red Show and can be seen on every local news station in Chattanooga on a regular basis and have been featured in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.

The band was featured on the "All Nighter" show with Marcia Campbell on WSM in Nashville and has performed at venues all around the Southeast including the Tivoli theatre, Riverbend Festival and Dollywood. They provided the entertainment at International Coca-Cola meetings, events for U.S Sen. Bob Corker and at Volkswagen International conferences.

The group's latest CD is titled, "Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band III." Both of their previous CDs, "New Generation" and "Back Home" sold out and are now in their second printings. They have a cut on the "Scenic City Sampler" CD that spotlights some of the area's best performers.

Band members are Cody Harvey (banjo), Tyler Martelli (mandolin and harmonica), Wil Markham (bass), Chris Brown (fiddle), and Eli Beard (guitar)

The Cowboy Gospel Jubilee is held at the Cleveland Cowboy Church in the Dockery Heights community, between Blue Springs and Blackburn Roads. It features both gospel and moral secular music performed in a variety of genres.

Also appearing on the Jubilee are Elmer Bramlett and Joel Moore and the Cowboy Church Band — featuring its pastor, Wally Varnell, playing the electric guitar in a Merle Travis-style. 


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