True Blue Bluegrass Band

The True Blue Bluegrass Band will perform Saturday for the “WDVX Full Moon Jam” at Blackhorse Pub and Brewery in Alcoa.

WDVX-FM and Blackhorse Pub and Brewery in Alcoa are partnering for a new music series that returns on Saturday night.

The “WDVX Full Moon Jam at Blackhorse” will take place at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 24, and is the second in a “monthly mountain music series” in the establishment’s beer garden, 441 N. Hall Road in Alcoa. Performers for this month’s jam, the second in the new series, include the True Bluegrass Band and Jack Hatfield.

According to the band’s website, “True Blue was founded by Jack Hatfield in the early 1980s,” after Hatfield performed for a number of years at The Stampede in Pigeon Forge. A capable fiddler, mandolin player, guitarist and dulcimer player, Hatfield has helped make True Blue “one of most experienced bluegrass bands in East Tennessee,” having logged shows at venues such as Blackberry Mountain, the “Behind the Barn” live radio show, Wild Wing Cafe, Barley’s Taproom and the WDVX “Blue Plate Special.”

WDVX, the presenting station, has been East Tennessee’s nonprofit, grassroots radio outlet since first broadcasting in 1997. In 2004, the station moved to the Knoxville Visitor Center and remains a bastion of Americana, bluegrass, old-time, country and roots music.

According to a press release, guests to Saturday’s family-friendly jam “may bring lawn chairs, blankets and dogs,” and “cornhole boards will be set up” for additional entertainment.

Admission is free, and interested guests can call Blackhorse at 865-448-5900.

Steve Wildsmith was an editor and writer for The Daily Times for nearly 17 years; a recovering addict, he now works in media and marketing for Cornerstone of Recovery, a drug and alcohol treatment center in Blount County. Contact him at

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