Chattanooga Now Bluegrass acts remember Cousin Jake in Etowah

Chattanooga Now Bluegrass acts remember Cousin Jake in Etowah

March 9th, 2012 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

IF YOU GO

What: Cousin Jake Memorial Bluegrass Festival.

When: noon-10 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Gem Theater, 700 Tennessee Ave., Etowah, Tenn.

Admission: $15.

Phone: 423-263-7608.

Website: www.etowaharts.org.

Residents of Etowah, Tenn., will celebrate the legacy of a native son and bluegrass pioneer Saturday at the Gem Theater.

The Cousin Jake Memorial Bluegrass Festival, now in its 18th year, honors the late Jake Tullock. The "all-day, down-home bluegrass festival" held in his honor will feature performances by Kenny & Amanda Smith, Farm Hands Quartet and guitarist Jim Hurst, along with local bands Just Us and Reliance.

Tullock began his professional music career on the old "Cas Walker" and "Mid-day Merry Go Round" radio shows in Knoxville. He eventually joined Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs as a bass player and comic, performing with the seminal duo for 20 years. After his retirement from Flatt & Scruggs, Tullock returned home to Etowah, where he continued to perform until his death.