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“Sacred Bluegrass” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rocky Branch Community Center

Rocky Branch Community Center
Rocky Branch Road, Walland, TN
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Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Walland
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Sacred Bluegrass”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

We moved to East Tennessee 7 years ago and started going out to Rocky Branch several years ago. It truly is sacred in that, no frills, no fluff, just pure, raw mountain bluegrass from the area residents. Not only are they talented, but it is obvious they love and desire to pass on the rich heritage of this beautiful place. I call Rocky Branch a "nugget".

Visited July 2013
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Maryville, Tennessee
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“Great entertainment for gospel and bluegrass!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Rocky Branch is just off hwy 321, headed toward Townsend!! Homegrown musicians find their way there every Friday night for some downhome "pickin and grinning"!! The atmosphere is tremendous!! It offers some very talented homegrown musicians!! Folks move from room to room or might just stay in one. There is some "sing along" from time to time!! Thankfully it is not a "tourist" type location!! Many folks come for a bowl of home cooked soup or beans and cornbread and this helps to fund the cost of building upkeep!! It is will be a good night of entertainment for one and all!! Donations are accepted...

Visited June 2013
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Kingsport, Tennessee
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“For the best in Bluegrass and Gospel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Rocky Branch is a converted elementary school which is supported by donations and folks who love the music of this part of our country. Musicians from all over East Tennessee descend on Walland and Rocky Branch every Friday night. Seven or eight old classrooms have been converted into small entertainment rooms that will accommodate around 50 people each. The audience moves from room to room (or not) to sample the music in each room which ranges from Bluegrass to Old Time Southern Gospel to Country. The quality of the musicianship is very professional although the musicians are not. This area is loaded with talent, many of whom have never gotten the one big break.

There is an auditorium and stage for events, the building is available to rent, and the auditorium serves as a dining hall and conversation room for those having a snack or taking a break from the music.

There is a donation jar at the entrance, but no set admission charge. Leave what you can and enjoy! It is not tourist oriented, but it should be on the tourist map for Friday nights.

Visited May 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Friendly Country Folk and Authentic Mountain Music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

This is an authentic rural community center where people hang out to enjoy music and socailize. The music is great and so are the people. The desserts are tasty too. There is no set admission fee, but they have a donation jar.

Visited May 2011
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Maryville, Tennessee
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

It's been awhile since I've been there, but I LOVED stopping in and listening to the music, ALL the music! I'm glad it's still going on - I will start making plans to be there again! BTW, I've brought out-of-towners there, (just the special ones) and they were just blown away!
Be very respectful, though - part of the alure is that it isn't a "tourist-y".

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