The summer music tradition continues

There are few major events that can boast of having been around for more than 40 years.

One of those is being renewed for the 42nd time this week, not too far from here in Morristown.

It’s Jamboree in the Hills, and this year’s outdoor country music festival, which will feature entertainment Wednesday through Sunday, once again will draw fans from all points of the United States and Canada to Belmont County.

The annual event has become a can’t-miss date on the calendars of many music fans, and that’s good for businesses from around the Tri-State Area. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend, which certainly will provide an economic boost to area hotels, restaurants, gasoline stations, convenience stores, department stores and camping areas.

But when you get right down to it, Jamboree in the Hills is all about the music, and a look at the acts it has attracted also shows how the genre of country music has changed and evolved. While the iconic Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Barbara Mandrell, Merle Haggard and June Carter Cash were among those who played in 1977, this year’s schedule will include Travis Tritt, the Charlie Daniels Band, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Outlaws, the Stickers, Toby Keith, Big & Rich, Gretchen Williams and the Kentucky Headhunters as well as favorites Neal McCoy, Joe Zelek and the 1170 Band.

There have been many changes in the music industry during the past 40 years, and many other outdoor country music festivals have come and gone in that time. Jamboree in the Hills has been a constant — and remains a mid-summer tradition.


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