Ross Key Country Spring Fling upcoming

Staff Reports • Updated May 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

The third annual Ross Key Country Spring Fling will be Saturday at Smitty’s Bar and Grill on the Hill. 

The event will kick off at noon and continue until midnight or later at Smitty’s at 1960 Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon. 

“This year we have lots of live entertainment, including – as always – performers of traditional country, Americana, bluegrass and Southern gospel,” said Ross Key. “You can hear some of your favorite classic songs, as well as some of the artists’ original tunes.

“We have gotten tips that some other great hit songwriters and entertainers may be dropping by for a song or two. This is going to be a fantastic show this year. Each year it just keeps getting bigger and better.”

Donations will be accepted on behalf of Steve Kassa and Ella May Kay to help with living expenses due to life-threatening injuries they each sustained last fall in a wreck caused by a drunk driver. They are still undergoing physical therapy and numerous doctor appointments, Key said.

The Ross Key Country annual Spring Fling is an international winner of the Independent Country Music Association’s 2013 “Best Country Music Festival” award.

The event is open to the public with no admission fee.

“The Spring Fling has always been free and open to the public. It’s our way of saying thank you to the many fans and supporters of traditional country music,” said Key.

Schedule to appear are Mark Brine, Donna Staten Cunningham, Allen Karl, Gloria Willowdean, Don Chapel, P.J. Steelman, Starr Belle, Gator, Brad Howard, Hershel Butts, Renae Hudson, Chazz Wesley, Darren Rhodes, Jamie Wayz, John Goode, Rose Angelica, Tommy Shortt, Clint Burgess, J.K. Coltrain, Rick Alan King, Mark “Woodstok” Stewart, Tim Hood, Charlie Painter, Vince Barrios, Shon Cagle, Danny Hardin, Jeffrey and Sebrina Lyle, Johnny Ray, Mary Brandt, Lyle Hoskin, Laura Simon, Glenn Alann, Dave Hawkins and John Sparkman. 

“Music is the mainstay of the event and always will be,” Key said. “So, we will be adding a table for the performers to not only sell their merchandise and CDs, but to also give the public an opportunity to meet and greet them with photo opportunities and autographs.

As always, the event is free and open to the public.”

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Free off-street parking will also be featured.

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