The third annual Top of Georgia Bluegrass Jamboree will take place at the Dillard House Convention Center & Resort in Dillard, Georgia on March 16 & 17, 2012. While only three years old, The Top of Georgia has already established itself as a premier late winter indoor bluegrass festival held in a lovely spot featuring some of the best, and most varied, bluegrass bands in the business. Top national bands and well established regional ones present the finest in contemporary and traditional bluegrass music in the welcoming confines of the James Room & Ball Room. Meanwhile, the hotel and dining room are well-recognized for their comfort and quality. I'm told that a few rooms remain in the Dillard House while other accommodations at a variety of prices are available nearby, including a campground.
Audie Blaylock successfully integrates his experience with Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys with his own unique bluegrass stylings and an increasingly strong band. Jesse Brock, former IBMA mandolin player of the year, is currently touring with Blaylock. We heard them a couple of weeks ago at Palatka, and they were the best they've ever been.
Dillard, Georgia lies nestled in the southern end of the Appalachian chain of mountains just a few miles south of the North Carolina border. It's a convenient driving distance for a weekend getaway from Knoxville, Chattanooga, Charlotte, and Atlanta. The Top of Georgia Bluegrass Jamboree promises to be a weekend of inspired bluegrass music from some of the very best bands in the genre.
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