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Long Journey Home is Johnson County's Heritage Music and Arts Celebration held every Labor Day weekend in Mountain City.

You can hear claw hammer banjo played on the front porch of the Clarence "Tom" Ashley homeplace, hear Appalachian Murder Ballads on the creek bank where Tom Dooley was captured, and so much more! That weekend, a new mural painted by local artists and depicting the musical heritage of Johnson County is unveiled downtown.

Friday: There is busking in downtown.

Saturday: Live music throughout the community paying tribute to musicians from Johnson County who impacted the music landscape from Early American to the Folk Revival. Mural unveiled.

Sunday: Gospel music performed on the stage of the original 1925 Old Time Fiddler's Convention.

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Fred Price, Clarence "Tom" Ashley, and Clint Howard
Buskin' on Main Street on Friday evening... great food, great music, and great times
The 2017 mural was a recreation of the Historic 1925 Fiddler's Convention
Johnson County musicians Fred Price, Clarence "Tom" Ashley, and Clint Howard toured with Doc Watson and put the 'folk' in folk music during the 1960s.
Clarence "Tom" Ashley mural is one of several by Cristy Dunn
G B Grayson recorded the original Ballad of Tom Dooley in the 1920's
Open Jam at the Fred Price Homeplace
Long Journey Home


127 College Street
Mountain City, TN 37683


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Most Long Journey Home events are free.

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