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Join us at the corner of South Church and Donnelly Streets in downtown Mountain City, Tennessee. Reception to follow at Lois's Country Cafe
One of the best kept secrets in East Tennessee is the rich musical heritage of Johnson County, but that story is about to be told in a big way. The Johnson County Arts Council recently secured funding through the East Tennessee Foundation, the Johnson County Community Foundation, and several prominent Johnson Countians and local businesses for the Musical Heritage Mural Project. The project will result in three murals to be created and installed on downtown buildings that honor the nationally and internationally known old time musicians who have called Johnson County home. In addition to beautifying downtown Mountain City, the murals will document local history and create a strong cultural element. The much anticipated first in the series has just been completed: a mural that depicts Clarence “Tom” Ashley picking his banjo for his pony. The public is invited to come out for the official unveiling of the mural on Saturday, November 16th at 3:00 in the afternoon at the corner of Church and Donnelly Streets. A reception will follow at Lois’s Country Café. Guests at the reception will be treated to an intimate concert in which Kenny Price demonstrates Tom Ashley’s signature clawhammer banjo style. If you would like to keep up with the progress of the mural project, hear related music, and see some of the old black and white reference photographs that informed the paintings, visit the Musical Heritage Mural Project facebook page.