Jammin’ with the General to return for second year

Staff Reports • May 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Randy Moore and the Fabulous Suedes will headline the second annual Jammin’ with the General music series when it kicks off Thursday at the Lebanon Square. 

Live entertainment kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with an Elvis Presley tribute, followed by the Suedes at about 7 p.m.

Admission is free, and attendees should bring lawn chairs. The stage will be set up on the parking lot in the southwest corner of the Lebanon Square. Music fans are encouraged to come out earlier to tour the retailers on the square and enjoy shopping. Several stores will stay open late for the enjoyment of Jammin’ attendees. Concessions will also be available.

Randy Moore and the Fabulous Suedes are known crowd pleasers who have great audience appeal and an extensive song list. They have opened for Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Hank Williams Jr., Amy Grant and others. They play concerts, conventions, casinos, weddings, private parties and festivals.

Jammin’ with the General is presented by the Tourism Division of the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce and offers three nights of summer entertainment. 

The second Jammin’ with the General is set for June 12 and will feature a display of antique cars in the center of the square, compliments of the Antique Automobile Club of America, which will hold its 2014 Grand National and SE Fall Dual Meet at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center that week. 

Headlining the June Jammin’ is popular comedian and impressionist Johnny Counterfit. People love to remember the music, singers, comedians and stars they grew up with. Counterfit re-creates voices and transports the audience back and forth through the wonderful times of their lives. 

Counterfeit astounds audiences with the accuracy of his voice impressions, hilarious clean comedy and impressive singing ability. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion on RFD TV. 

Counterfit is also a Lebanon resident and is a popular fixture at the Wilson County Fair on the Opry stage. Also performing June 12 will be up-and-coming country artist Payton Taylor and Trisha Yearwood tribute artist and professional singer Corrie Cluck. 

Taylor was recently recognized by NBC affiliate, WSM-TV Nashville, as one of the top three up-and-coming female acts in country music, and was featured as an emerging artist at the 2013 CMA Music Festival.

The third and final 2014 Jammin’ with the General will be July 17 and will feature the Michael Ryan Vance Trio. Vance grew up in Watertown and took up guitar in his teens. His natural talent drew mentors to Vance, with seasoned musicians from the Nashville music scene taking him under their wing. 

Influenced by blues greats such as B.B. King and a diverse list of guitarists, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer and Brad Paisley, Vance is on the path of becoming an influential guitarist and performer himself. He has grown quickly as a guitarist and vocalist by playing at weekly jam nights in the Nashville area. 

Also bringing energy and enthusiasm to the stage July 17 will be the Evermean Evergreen Cloggers. The group is often found at clogging competitions throughout the south and performs and competes at the Wilson County Fair, as well.

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