41A Music Festival set for Sept. 29-30


Kali Bradford

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The eighth annual 41A Music Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30, in downtown Tullahoma.

Locals from Tullahoma and surrounding communities are invited to enjoy an evening of music, food vendors and more.

Now in its eighth year, the 41A Music Festival is a significant fundraising event for its sponsor, the Highland Rim Kiwanis Club, which uses the proceeds to support children’s charities in the area.

One the bill this year are local favorites Sweet Honey, The Sound Dawgs and Jackwagon.


Jackwagon co-founder and local musician Michael Rudder recently spoke with The Tullahoma News about the upcoming performance and the importance of community events such as the 41A Music Festival.

The band is made up of four core members that include Rudder, Joe Bailey, Shaun Furman and Will Rudder.

Since 2004, the band has been entertaining with its eclectic performances that feature a variety of musical genres depending on the venue.

The band is also known for recruiting local musicians to help out or to add to the performance. Those musicians come in the form of drummers, guitar players or even an entire horn section.

“It really depends on the gig and what the promoter wants,” said Rudder. “But we are lucky that we have such a talented group of local musicians to call on if we need them. There are some crazy-talented musicians in the area.”

Rudder added that for the upcoming 41A Music Festival, the band will play what he calls the “festival set.”

“We just played the Rising Sun Red Bud Music Festival. We opened for the Allman Brothers Tribute Band. During these types of festivals, we play what we call a festival set,” he said. It’s a blues- and funk-based set. I call it a funk with blues and rock overtones, so it’s probably blues rock. It’s more of a danceable blues.”

Rudder said that the band is excited to perform at the upcoming festival, and that music festivals such as these offer a way for the community to come together.

“There are a lot of great things about outdoor music festivals such as these,” he said.  “It’s an opportunity for people to be able to see bands that they might not otherwise see. Particularly the ones that are in a town setting, I feel like there is a really strong community aspect to them. There is not much that will bring people together like music in a town square. You have people from all walks coming together for an evening of music. It brings people together and there are few things that will bring people together like music.”

He hopes people will come out for an evening of dancing and some “wild moments.”

“We hope to give people something that will speak to them during the performance. We want them to come away having had a good time and humming the tunes.”

Jackwagon will perform from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.


41A Lineup

The following acts will perform at the 2017 41A Music Festival.


The Springs

6-7 p.m. Friday

Nashville Billboard Charting Artist and 2017 Country Music Association’s Emerging Artist The Springs will kick off this year’s 41A Festival.

The duo first met while both were performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.

The husband and wife duo are described as a “cross between Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood to Journey, with elements of pop and old-time rock ’n’ roll thrown in, offering something for everyone and making their shows a sing-a-long crowd-pleasing good time.”

This duo and their band have performed their high-energy shows with major acts Hunter Hayes, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Reba and many other top country artists.


Pop Rox

7:30-8:45 p.m. Friday

Knoxville-based Pop Rox, fronted by Tullahoma native Valerie Buckner, returns to the 41A Festival for a command performance. Buckner and her band have made a name for themselves on the Knoxville music scene and in local performances. For the upcoming 41A performance, the band will perform hits of the ’80s, ’90s and today.


Boy Band Night

9:15-10:45 p.m. Friday

Covering N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Boyz 2 Men, One Direction and more, The Boy Band Night pays tribute to everything that is boy bands.  For the upcoming festival, the band will perform dance hits from the ’80s through today.


Salem Creek

2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday

Local band Salem Creek will perform Saturday, delivering a mix of music from Johnny Cash to Kiss, and everything in between. The band will also perform some of its most requested originals.


Chase Clanton and the Vintage Vibes

4-5 p.m. Saturday

Check out this young talent surrounded by veteran musicians playing a variety of genres.


Sound Dawgs

5:30-6 p.m. Saturday

Tullahoma’s favorite party band, The Sound Dawgs, kicks off a great night of solid rock ’n’ roll.  Fronted by Joe Brown, The Sound Dawgs will perform hit covers of the best ’80s, ’90s and 2000s tunes.


Sweet Honey

7-8:15 p.m. Saturday

Nashville natives and Tullahoma favorites Jessie Rose Pennington and Lindsey Brassfield bring their Sweet Honey duo back to Tullahoma for a repeat performance.  Packed with well-crafted songwriting and tight harmonies, Sweet Honey is a crowd pleaser.


Whiskey Myers

8:45-10:15 p.m. Saturday

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The Texas-based band has been making a name for itself over the last two years after hitting No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart with the breakout third album “Early Morning Shakes.” The band earned raves from Rolling Stone to USA Today, and has toured the United States and Europe, sharing stages with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson and more.

 Kali Bradford may be reached by email at tnlifest@lcs.net.