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SATURDAY: Tune in for Gatlinburg Benefit Concert with Sam Bush, Zac Brown, Jim Lauderdale & Others


Watch a video stream of the all-day concert by clicking here. Or listen on WUTC radio.

Saturday at 1 pm, tune in to WUTC 88.1 to hear a special hour of the concert. Also, the entire all-day concert will be broadcast on our second channel, WUTC HD-2.

The November fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee took a steep toll in lives, homes and businesses, touching anyone who cherishes the culture of East Tennessee and its musical soul. 

Answering the call to help, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Yee Haw Brewing Company, the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Music City Roots are partnering to produce and present “Mountain Tough” on Saturday, Dec. 17. The day-long, outdoor mini-festival will raise money in person and over a live broadcast for the Gatlinburg community.

HOW TO LISTEN: Saturday at 1 pm, tune in to WUTC 88.1 to hear a special hour of the concert. Click here to listen online.

Also, from 11 am to 9 pm Saturday, the entire concert will be broadcast on our secondary channel, WUTC HD-2. Click here to listen online.

To make a contribution to the Sevier County Community Fund, visit  https://etf.givingfuel.com/sevier-county-community-fund.

For more information about the all-day concert, click here. View the schedule here.

Artists confirmed for Mountain Tough include the Zac Brown Band, Jim Lauderdale, Rodney Crowell, Sam Bush, Derek St. Holmes, Jason D. Williams, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Randy Kohrs, Sarah Potenza, Moe Pitney and Chelle Rose - with many more announcements expected in the coming days.

The outdoor show at 705 Parkway in Gatlinburg will be broadcast live on 100,000-watt WMOT/Roots Radio from Middle Tennessee State University as well as WUTC FM in Chattanooga, plus a network of statewide and regional radio stations. Music City Roots will webcast the event live worldwide as well. Donations will be possible through a variety of online and in-person platforms, and 100% of the funds will go to the Sevier County Community Fund, an affiliate of the East Tennessee Foundation established specifically for this cause.

“Our home town has experienced immeasurable pain and suffering over the last week,” said Joseph A. Baker, founder of Ole Smoky Moonshine. “We're working hard to open up the city, get people back to work and start making memories again for the millions of families that love to visit Gatlinburg.  We're incredibly grateful to the Zac Brown Band, Music City Roots, and many others for their help in making this Mountain Tough Benefit possible. While this event is free and all are invited, we hope that people will share what they can knowing that 100% of all proceeds from this effort will go to those affected by the recent fires.”

“In addition to raising much-needed money for the families that were devastated by the fires,” says Mark Adams of the Gatlinburg CVB, “we’re putting out the message that Gatlinburg is ‘Mountain Tough’ and open for business. The best thing people can do to help is to come here and enjoy the beauty, same as always. We need to get everyone back to work.”

To make a contribution to the Sevier County Community Fund, visit https://etf.givingfuel.com/sevier-county-community-fund.

You can 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

About Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is a four season resort town surrounded on three sides by Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America's most visited. Gatlinburg welcomes more than 10 million guests every year and offers a variety of lodging options for families, exceptional shopping, Tennessee's only ski resort, thrilling attractions and much more. For more information on Gatlinburg, visit www.Gatlinburg.com

About Music City Roots

Music City Roots is a weekly live radio show on WMOT 89.5 FM, HD webcast and annual series distributed by American Public Television featuring outstanding roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has broadcast the authentic sound of today’s Music City, embracing the traditional and the progressive in equal measure. More information at www.musiccityroots.com

About Ole Smoky Moonshine

Ole Smoky is the leading distiller of premium moonshine in the world and the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee. The company’s roots can be traced to the early settlers of the Smoky Mountains. In 2009, the law in Tennessee changed and suddenly, it was legal to make, distill and sell the infamous bootlegger’s hooch. It was at that point that a group of families decided to bring their artistry of superior moonshine making to the world.  www.olesmoky.com

About Yee-Haw Brewing Co.

Yee-Haw Brewing Company is one of the Southeast's fastest growing craft breweries. Based out of Johnson City, Tennessee, the company garnered a prestigious World Beer Cup Medal in its first year for its Dunkel a classic dark German lager. www.yeehawbrewing.com

About WMOT/Roots Radio

WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM, is a 100,000 watt NPR affiliated radio station serving Middle Tennessee from the College of Media and Entertainment, owned and operated by Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. It has served the mid-state since 1969, and in September of 2016 it adopted a full time Americana music format with a Nashville focus branded as Roots Radio. With live DJs from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays and a range of specialty programming on nights and weekends, its mission is to reflect the ongoing evolution of Music City and its American roots traditions. Information at www.wmot.org

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