The Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival is completely free to the public and we'd like to keep it that way. It is made possible by a group of dedicated volunteers and by contributions from our generous sponsors and festival supporters like you.

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Listen to Louie Bluie's music

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Official Artwork for 2014 Festival

This year’s official festival art was created by Deseree Horseson, a 17-year-old Campbell County High School student.

Become a Louie Bluie Volunteer

The Louie Bluie Festival is an ALL-VOLUNTEER run event. Our Louie Bluie volunteers are very important in making our festival the BEST in our region.

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Louie Bluie Crafters

Our crafters are skilled in the hand-me-down traditions of these Cumberland Mountains as well as those with more contemporary appeal. They include basket weaving, wooden toys and games, handmade bird houses, woodworking and carving, stitchery, rug hooking, hand-painted china, and countless objects skillfully and imaginatively transformed.

2013 Best Decorated Booth Award winner Jackie Holloway

Visit our Craft Village page for Craft Vendor application and tips on booth decoration.

Louie Bluie Artists

Fine artists working in oils, water color, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, and pen and ink offer canvasses for the walls of home or office that reflect the skills and techniques of paint and brush.
Learn more about our Judged Art Show

2014 Sponsors

View a complete list of our Festival Sponsors.

Official Festival Hotels:
Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn

Looking for other fun things to do while you're in the area? Check out Edge Trekker where you can plan your whole trip.

Photos on this website courtesy of Gary Heatherly Photography, Pook Pfaffe, Peter Koczera and Candy Barbee.

8th Annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival
A Celebration of the Life of Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN

Photos on this website courtesy of Gary Heatherly Photography, Peter Koczera, Pook Pfaffe and Candy Barbee.

  • Two Stages of Music featuring performances by The Armstrong Legacy Trio featuring Howard’s son Ralphe and collaborators Ray Kamalay and John Reynolds; Cajun band The Revelers; Campbell County family gospel group The Beelers; soul music legend John Myers and his band; Paris-meets-Argentina swing jazz band Kukuly & the Gypsy Fuego; old-time string band The Bearded; folk duo Sparky & Rhonda Rucker; a performance of Howard’s favorite songs and stories by the Carpetbag Singers; revered Campbell County bluegrass band The New River Boys; legendary banjo player Wade Hill and the Bluegrass Professionals Reunion Band; The Betty Lou Hall Band; a reunion of The Muse Family led by Doris and Betty (Muse) Johnson; and Ashlie Denise & Outer Limits.
  • Kids Fun Zone
  • Craft Village
  • Judged Art and Quilt Show
  • Food Court
  • Acoustic music jam session open to all players! 

Admission is FREE.

A $2 per person/$5 per family donation is encouraged and goes to support the Campbell Culture Coalition, an all-volunteer non-profit community arts organization that puts on the festival.

Pre-Festival Bluegrass Show
Sounds Like Home: A Night of Music from the Cumberlands

Friday, September 26, 2014
Gate opens at 5 p.m. 

This year's concert brings together Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley with Pinnacle Mountain Boys (featuring Steve's dad Don) with Vic Graves.

Visit the Friday Concert page for more information, a listing of local ticket outlets, and to purchase tickets online.

The Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival is named in honor of Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong (1909-2003), the internationally acclaimed string band musician who grew up in LaFollette in the 1920s and became one of the nation's finest string band musicians, as well as artist, storyteller, and writer. Read more about Howard Armstrong's life and music: