Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival is free to the public thanks to dedicated volunteers and contributions from our generous sponsors and festival supporters like you.

2014 Sponsors

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Official Festival Hotels:
Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn

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2014 Best Decorated Booth Award winner is wood carver A.J. Byers!

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

8th Annual Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival
A celebration of the life of Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong
at Cove Lake State Park, Caryville, TN

Thanks to everyone for a great event! We look forward to 2015!

Photos on this website courtesy of Gary Heatherly Photography, Peter Koczera, Pook Pfaffe and Candy Barbee. To see more photos from this year's festival, visit our Facebook page.

  • 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; Ashlie Denise & Outer Limits; and up 'n' coming bluegrass band The Beechfork Boys.
  • 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. Gate opens at 5 p.m. 

This year's concert once again brings together legendary bluegrass musicians Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley with the Pinnacle Mountain Boys (featuring Steve's dad Don), plus Vic Graves & Friends. These remarkable musicians with roots in East Tennessee and Kentucky present a musical homecoming for locals and visitors alike.  Visit the Sounds Like Home page for more information, a listing of local ticket outlets, and to purchase tickets online.


About the Festival

The Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival is a project of the Campbell Culture Coalition, a nonprofit arts agency. It's 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:


Official Artwork for 2014

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