Saturday, July 1, Windy Hill welcomes the moving sounds of American songwriter Pony Bradshaw and welcomes back Tyler Ramsey, this time with his full band. Both artists will play a complete set. Gates open at 5:30 with music starting around 6:30. Enjoy these incredible artists as the sun sets over the Granary Stage. General admission and VIP passes available. Click here for tickets. Or call for more information, 865-657-1700. Book an overnight stay for the best way to enjoy the experience.
North Georgia Rounder is strongly related to Pony Bradshaw’s last album (Calico Jim) but also stretches its legs into different territory. Place/region/localism/history has been a focus of Bradshaw’s over the past few years and he has continued that focus with North Georgia Rounder. But as the album title (Rounder) suggests, it’s also about life on the road: in taverns, in vans, sleeping on floors, meeting good folks, etc. Bradshaw notes how he longs for a well-ordered life and acknowledges the struggle to reconcile that instinct with spending half of it on the road. “But stories need to be told,” he said, “and somehow I’ve finagled my way into a position to tell a few.” Listen to Pony’s music.
As much as he prefers to spend his time at home, Tyler Ramsey’s past decade was spent largely away from it. As guitarist for and co-writer with the rock group Band of Horses, Ramsey found himself on the road constantly, making temporary shelters inside of hotel rooms and bus bunks. After ten years with the band it was time for a change, and Ramsey seized the opportunity to pour all of his creative energy into his solo work. It became natural, then, for some of his new material to explore that dynamic of being away and creating a respite wherever possible. Listen to Tyler’s music.