By Leeann Akers - Editor
June 19, 2013 — The picking of mandolins and strumming of banjos is going to be a bit louder this week in Carter County.
Rudyfest kicks off its 13th year (or 14th depending on who’s telling the tale) Wednesday night at the Carter County Fairgrounds.
Campers began loading into the campground on Saturday. The grounds added 36 new electric sites and all 180 spots are expected to be filled.
Festival organizer Rudy Burchett said people from across the county and as far away as Scandinavia are planning to attend this year.
Burchett expects about 5,000 to attend on Saturday.
The biggest change for this year’s festival is an additional day. The festival is traditionally three days but expanded to four this year.
Burchett said most bands return to the festival every year. This year’s lineup includes 24 acts that will play everything from Newgrass to traditional tunes.
Darrell Webb Band, Michael Cleveland, and Republik Steele are three new acts that will play tonight (Wednesday) along with returning bands Pactolus Pony Riders and Mountain View.
Thursday’s lineup includes Mountain Melody, Billie Renee & Cumberland Gap, newcomer Nightflyer, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Daily & Vincent, and The SteelDrivers.
On Friday Rudyfest goers will see Hammertowne, Josh Williams, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, Doyle Lawson, and Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time.
Saturday’s lineup includes Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, American Drive, the Box Cars, the Grascals, IIIrd Tyme Out, Bluegrass Album Band, and the Lonesome River Band.
Tickets for the festival are available at the gate for $90 for a weekend pass, $20 on Wednesday, or $40 each day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
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4 p.m. Pactolus Pony Riders
5:30 Mountain View
7 Darrell Webb Band
8:30 Michael Cleveland
10 Republik Steele
2:30 Mountain Melody
4 Billie Renee & Cumberland Gap
7 Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
8:30 Daily & Vincent
10 The SteelDrivers
12:50 Josh Williams
1:40 Balsam Range
2:30 Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
3:20 - 4:30 Supper Break
5:30 Josh Williams
6:30 Lonesome River Band
7:30 Balsam Range
8:30 Doyle Lawson
10 Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
11 a.m. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
11:50 American Drive
12:40 p.m. IIIrd Tyme Out
2:20 Box Cars
3 - 4 Supper Break
4 p.m. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
5 American Drive
6 Box Cars
8 IIIrd Tyme Out
9 Bluegrass Album Band
10:30 Lonesome River Band