Ole Smoky Distillery - The Island in Pigeon Forge

Appalachia is full of rich history, tasty food, and great music. While you’re enjoying the Smokies, we encourage you to get out and appreciate the live music many destinations offer. Here are our picks for Southern and country music.


Seen on the Home & Family show on Hallmark Channel, award-winning male quartet The Kingdom Heirs present their greatest hits of Southern gospel. Performing since the 1980s, they got their start in the Silver Dollar City theme park, which is now Dollywood. They are performing at the Showstreet Palace Theater through October 29, 2016.

From September 30 through October 29, Dollywood hosts their 2016 Harvest Celebration music festival (free with admission to Dollywood), so you can listen to new music from various groups throughout the park.

Playing regularly through January 1, 2017, you can enjoy bluegrass music at the Showstreet Gazebo with the Smoky Mountain String Band. Kerry, Sonny, Ashley, and Jerry will make your ears dance as they play on the bass, banjo, fiddle, and guitar.

Check Dollywood’s daily schedule for up-to-date showtimes for all performers.


Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery

Ole Smoky Distillery - Music at the Holler in Gatlinburg, TN

Come on over to The Island and start tapping those feet to bluegrass, country, gospel, and more. Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery has a rotating schedule of guest performers, which can be found on their website. Their Gatlinburg, TN, location also offers live music down at The Holler. Best of all, these concerts are completely free. Just sit in the open air, relax in a wooden rocking chair, and savor the experience.



If you’re at The Island and there’s no one playing at Ole Smoky Distillery, no worries! The 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is another great hotspot for live music in Pigeon Forge. It’s right across from the Margaritaville Island Hotel. While the dining experience with Caribbean and seafood menu offerings makes you feel like you’ve set sail, no passport is required for this adventure!


Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe - Music in Pigeon Forge

Live music from the in-store music stage is on the calendar! Check out their website for current line-ups, you’ll find a wide range of musical genres represented on their Free Music Nights (Fridays and Saturdays). They host musicians with Southern styles as well as those performing indie, rock, Americana, and more. If you haven’t been to the new Pigeon Forge location, stop by for a visit. While you’re waiting for the music to start, play with the 52” interactive rock wall and explore their digital music memorabilia collection. For Dolly Parton fans, the Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge also has a dining area with collectible items featuring a rhinestone skirt she wore.

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About Andrew Parrott

Andrew Parrott is as close to the most interesting man in the world as you can get. As a resident of Tennessee, he knows his stuff when it comes to the Smoky Mountains! When not wrangling wild boars, he enjoys spending time with his family.

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