Gatlinburg has suffered serious and extensive devastation since the wildfires hit The Great Smoky Mountains. In an effort to raise money to repair the broken town, the Zac Brown Band headlined the “Mountain Tough” Festival that started at 11am and lasted all day. Other artists that performed included Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Derek St. Holmes, Jason D. Williams, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Randy Kohrs, Sarah Potenza, Moe Pitney and Chelle Rose.
The event was fairly emotional with local artists like Kirk Fleta who lost everything in the wildfires. Fortunately, her guitar and harmonica survived. It’s such an incredible opportunity to give local artists like Kirk an opportunity to perform with successful artists and restore validation and sense of purpose to the popular vacation town.
“Right now, this town needs every bit of help it can get and I’m proud to be a part of it. This is an amazing event that Ole Smoky is throwing and I’m proud to be here,” Fleka said.
The guitarist for the Zac Brown Band,Coy Bowles, was reported saying, “I know it doesn’t bring anything back, but maybe a couple of good tunes or something will get a smile on their face,” said Bowles.
To make a contribution to the Sevier County Community Fund, visit https://etf.givingfuel.com/sevier-county-community-fund. You can also make checks payable to East Tennessee Foundation with “SCCF” in the memo line and mail to: East Tennessee Foundation, 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902.
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