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On April 27th, Jim Oliver's Smokehouse Restaurant, a well known restaurant and live music burnt to the ground after 61 years of operation.  Located just off of I-24 in Monteagle, TN, Jim Oliver's Smokehouse Restaurant was not only a tourist attraction for many who traveled to Tennessee, but a place many residents frequented including our own local musicians.  On Saturday, the community and musicians came together for a rally and prayer gathering to support the employees, family, and friends in this difficult time.  A second Rally and Cruise In gathering is scheduled for Saturday, May 8th.  Full details and updates are posted on Jim Oliver's Smokehouse Restaurant Facebook Page.  

This Saturday May 8th
LODGE & CABINS OPEN Restaurant and Gift Shop totally destroyed
We’re having a second rally in prayer the last one was short notice and so many people could not make it they’ve asked me to have another one. Hope you can attend
Saturday May 8th, 4-830 pm at least...(Some artist and song writers want to play so we’re gonna let them play as long as they want and as long as you guys want to stay)
Who will be there:
Employees, Singer Songwriters, family, friends, hotel guest and anyone in the community and surrounding area who would like to attend.  Show your support this SATURDAY ....maybe give some people some hugs.
Rally & Cruise IN ...TO show LOVE and SUPPORT to The Smoke House Family.
In the barbecue pavilion behind where the restaurant once stood
This Saturday May 8th 4:00 pm-8:30 pm or later
The 3 Radioactive Writers(Jason Adams, Randy Finchum, Paul J Cicero ) will perform their regular show 4:30 to 6:30
Anyone else that wants to play bring your guitar for a bonfire jam after the 3 RadioActive Writer Show.
Because we love The Smoke House and it is an iconic and historic part of Tennessee and Monteagle.
Some of the Smoke House Musician family have offered to play for tips That will go to support the rebuild efforts. This is not an official benefit ,it’s just a gathering of love and support.
What to bring:
Potluck Super (kind of like we used to do for old time Sunday after church )If you can bring snacks, SIDE ITEMS, beverages, desserts or whatever you would like for you and your family and friends and may be a little extra for someone else.  You’re welcome to bring your own beer BYOB.  We are cooking lots meat on the grill.
Thanks to everyone for your overwhelming love and support we really need some healing and this is just a small way that we can all come together to support one another. Thank you for your continued prayers. We are truly heartbroken and devastated by the loss of that iconic Smoke House Restaurant, music room and gift in Monteagle Tennessee..
We Will have some food but NO beverage service so if you want any food or beverages you guys are going to have to bring some things you don’t have to share or you can bring things to share. Mostly bring a hug.
Thanks for your support,
Marla Sitten
Music & Media Manager
To make a donation for the rebuild:
Feel free to send this link to anyone who wants to donate, Or an alternative you can mail a check or drop off money at the front desk of the Lodge and Cabins
The mailing address is:
The Smoke House
Lodge & Cabins
844 West Main St.Monteagle, TN 37356
Make check payable To:
The Smoke House
No amount is too small ...every dollar will help
The 37th Annual Poke Salat Festival will be held on Saturday, May 15th from 10 am to 8 pm.  WFMC Jams will be on location all day covering the event and hope to see you there!
The Poke Salat Festival is rooted in tradition in our community. The festival is run by a team of volunteers and depend on the community's support for the Festival to be successful.  Plan to bring your family and introduce your kids to the tradition.  Bring your dog and try to win recognition as the Poke Salat Festival Top Dog.  Run in the 5k race. Play in the Disc Golf Tournament. Try to win the scavenger hunt. Visit with the Art Departments. Check out the Cost of Freedom Museum with free admission.  Enjoy the food, taste the Poke Salat, visit with the vendors and enjoy their wares. Take a turn singing or performing at the Open Mic areas.  Bring your chairs and enjoy the concert (6-8pm) with award winning artist Johnny Collier and the Misbehaviators.  But the thing we need the most right now is post shares. Share the event. Share our posts as we make them over the next few weeks. YOUR help is important. Invite your friends. Invite your family. Post sharing is awesome because word of mouth is always the best advertising. So please mark "going" on the event and spread the word - After missing last year due to lock-down, the Poke Salat Festival, Rooted in Tradition, is BACK! 
The Poke Salat Festival 5k is back! The run will begin and end at Arab First Baptist Church on May 15th at 7:30 AM.
You must registered on Active 5k Link below by May 1st to receive your T-Shirt. Register today!
Please arrive before 7 to complete necessary paperwork.

Poke Salat Top Dog CompetitionThe Top Dog Competition is a crowd favorite at the Festival each year. Sponsored and hosted by Brindlee Mountain Animal Rescue this year, you’ll be able to enter your pups in a variety of categories to try and win the coveted title “Poke Salat Festivals Top Dog!”

Registration starts at 10, competition at 2:00.  Is your pooch the next Poke Salat Top Dog?  Bring the pup out Saturday, May 15, to the Poke Salat Festival for a tail-waggin’ good time! Registration will be open between 10:00 and 1:30 Saturday.

You can register at the Brindlee Mountain Animal Rescue’s booth, located near the Information Booth, corner of 1st Ave and 1st St NW.  At 2:00, all entries will meet at the small stage - don’t worry, they’ll tell you where it is.

Registration fee is $5 donation per dog for each category and you may enter your fur baby in as many categories as you want. Donations go to Brindlee Mountain Animal Rescue.
Categories Include: Largest Dog ~ Smallest Dog ~ Best Costume ~ Best Talker and Best Trick.  Largest and smallest will be picked by the judges. Best costume, talker and best trick will be chosen by crowd applause (hint… be sure to bring your friends to help your pet win!)
All dogs will then compete for Crowd Favorite - picked by crowd applause who will walk away with the award of Poke Salat’s Top Dog!
For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This is sure to be a Guaranteed Doggone good time for furry and not-so-furry friends.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times while at the Festival unless the dog can be carried by the owner. Dog owners are responsible for dogs behavior, please be sure they are okay around crowds and other dogs. Owners MUST clean up after pets.

Long time Alabama favorite country music artist, Johnny Collier, and his band, the Misbehaviators, will be headlining the 2021 Poke Salat Festival in Downtown Arab, Alabama on Saturday, May 15th, 2021. The Concert will be held on the main stage and will begin at 6:00 pm. This show is family-friendly, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and admission is free.

Johnny earned his first major music award on January 27th, this year with his song, “Never Really Famous” in the Country Music category for a Hollywood Music in Media Award.

“I’ve met some pretty fantastic folks in Arab,” says Johnny Collier “and I’m so proud to be entertaining at this years’
Poke Salat Festival. I can’t wait to see everyone again. I always plan a little extra time to hang around the merchandise table after the show so we can talk to the folks who come out to see us. I invite everyone to stop by.”

You can check out more about Johnny and his band at or right here on Facebook

There will be space to dance and to set up your chairs and enjoy the free concert. Bring your family, invite your friends! In addition to downtown diners there will be food trucks available.

Like to sing? Have a dance group? Play the guitar?   There will be open mic and street corner performance areas available where you can perform.

Charlie Allen and Johnny Garcia took the stage Saturday in Manchester, TN at Praters BBQ performing a variety of original music and favorite tunes to local patrons.  Charlie Allen debuted his most recent single "Whiskey God & Jones" during the evening.

Charlie Allen is a world renowned songwriter in the music industry and has written for many artists.  He has released many songs and albums of his own including "If Jesus Came this Year?", "Dying to Be Seen", "No Welcome Home", "Grandpa's Recipe" and many more.

Johnny Garcia, a Texas native, moved to the Nashville area in 1991 and has been performing, producing, and songwriting.  Johnny is also known for playing guitar for Trisha Yearwood as well as being her music director.

Praters BBQ is well known for its ribs as well as its ribeye steaks, specialty sandwiches, burgers, catfish and hand-battered fried chicken and hosts live music most weekends at its Manchester location.  Visit their Facebook page and website for information on upcoming events.

This year the Third Annual May Day Music Festival helps a Music Brother in need!  Kerry Gilbert a well known singer/songwriter has been battling cancer for some time now. He has strength of a thousand guitarist and is now going to battle again. We are here to help raise money for Mr. Gilbert and help take the stress of bills off him while he battles!

Kerry Gilbert

When Kerry Gilbert began the KGB in 1992, he never imagined that he would still be getting to do what he loves today. After working with some of the best musicians in the Shoals area and in Nashville, Kerry has put together a group of six individuals who all have a passion for entertaining. Donny Carpenter, Mitchell Curtis, Shane Goodson, Randy Kimbrough and Jim Seales have joined Kerry to complete a band that has become one of the most talked about bands in North Alabama.

Because these guys have all come from different musical backgrounds and have worked with some of the most well known musicians in the United States, they are able to provide a unique blend of musical genres. They have such a chemistry on stage that it draws their audiences in and brings them to their feet time and time again.

"This band is definitely the best collection of musicians that I have ever worked with, I am amazed at their overall attitude...these guys are like family to me." -- Kerry Gilbert

Source: Alabama Music Office

3rd Annual May Day artist lineup at Bama Jams

We have a great lineup of music throughout the day:
2:00-2:45 - Traditions Rising
3:00-3:45 - Southern AxCent
4:00-4:45 - Tequila Falls
5:00-6:45 - Twisted Country
8:00-until - Bad Ethyl

This year's event will be held at Bama Jams Lounge  -  2600 George Wallace Hwy Littleville, AL 35654.

Giveaways will be held in between artists.  $5 cover at the door to enjoy the music. 21 and over only inside. Vendors well be setup both inside and outside.

More information to come so keep watching!  PLAY IT LOUD for Kerry Gilbert!

Special Thanks to:

Buffalo RockBuffalo Rock Bama Jams LoungeBama Jams Lounge Glenda's Rockin It PromotionsGlendas Rockin it Promotions
Alabama JamsAlabama Jams WFMC JamsWFMC Jams Colbert County ReporterColbert County Reporter
Big River BroadcastingBig River Broadcasting

Fame Recording Studios

Fame Recording studios

Alabama Music Hall of FameAlabama Music Hall Of Fame
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