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Arts & Entertainment

Dailey & Vincent, an awardwinning bluegrass band with gospel, folk and country music influences, will make their third appearance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Aug. 15. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $20 each.

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are the front men of the group. Dailey plays guitar and bass and sings tenor and baritone lead and harmony vocals. He began his career as a member of the highly acclaimed band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. He has recorded with such greats as Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent, and has appeared in five Gaither Homecoming DVDs. He was also a guest on Ricky Skaggs’ Grammy-winning “Brand New Strings” album.

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Music with Marshall Ballew program will be presented on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

Ballew will take his audience on a musical journey through 20th century Americana, showing how gospel gave rise to ragtime, jazz, and blues while ballads, old-time, and bluegrass grew in the mountains from the British folk canon brought over by Scotch - Irish immigrants.

Using a variety of traditional instruments, Ballew will illustrate how all these forms developed, mixed, and hybridized into rockabilly, rhythm & blues, and rock and roll.

Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus will perform Sunday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m., in Tartan Hall at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin. With more than two dozen members, the all-male chorus sings lively a cappella renditions of old-time and contemporary favorites in four-part barbershop-style harmony.

The fast-paced hour-long program, titled “Kings Of The Road,” features many classic tunes including “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Kokomo,” “Taking A Chance On Love,” and, of course, Roger Miller’s everpopular “King Of The Road.”

Adding to the melodic fun are the Supersonic Quartet and the doo-wop group, Scha-boom, with lots of laughs interspersed with the music. Complimentary ice cream sundaes will be served. Admission is by donation; $5 is suggested.

Land of the Sky Chorus is a chapter of SPEBSQSA, Inc., one of about 800 society chapters in North America. The chorus is based in Asheville, and has performed for audiences throughout the region and beyond. The group recently spent a week at Nashville’s Harmony University, polishing vocalizations in preparation for the concert.

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Jeremy Jones explores the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains through song and reading at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. Performing old-time banjo tunes and reading excerpts from his book “Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland,” Jones presents the sounds and stories of his native Appalachian mountains in a blending of personal narrative and folklore.

In “Bearwallow,” his first book, Jones turns his attention to the complex and rich world of his Appalachian past and to understanding how this landscape shaped his own identity. Jones and his wife move into a small house above the creek where his family had settled 200 years prior, and he takes a job alongside his former teachers in the local elementary school. But living at the foot of Bearwallow Mountain after a year in Gracias, Honduras, makes Jones realize he has lost touch with his Appalachian-crafted voice. Thus, he sets out on a search that sends him burrowing into the past and pondering the future.

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