By day, Tina Kilgore, Teresa Buckner, Denise Ball and Susan Burgin work together for Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice. After hours, as the music group Spirit of Smoky, they focus on a different kind of nurturing, sharing their love for the music of the mountains with audiences in and around Newport.
Pickin’ Up Tennessee may be dealing with litter, but it’s really about the things that make Tennessee beautiful—our music, our communities, our natural and scenic beauty. All three of these elements come together in the Pickin’ Up Tennessee music performances. These performances showcase our most beloved music traditions, from country to gospel to bluegrass to barbershop to old-timey to garage band to front-porch pickin’ to the traditional flute of the Cherokee. They take place in some of our most scenic natural and cultural settings, from historic town squares to the shores of iconic rivers to some of our best-known state parks to the ridgetops of the Great Smoky Mountains. Above all, these performances embody the helpful spirit of Tennessee’s people. All of these music events, many of which feature songs specially written for this project, are provided to this project absolutely free of charge. They are performed by a true cross-section of Tennessee’s musician-citizens, from children to farmers to old-timers.
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