ROGERSVILLE — The annual Independence Day Parade in Rogersville will roll through historic downtown at 11 a.m., followed by an evening filled with music, food, fun, and fireworks.
Lineup for the parade will begin at 10 a.m. at East Rogersville Baptist Church. The theme for this year is, “I Pledge Allegiance”, and persons or organizations who would like to enter a float in the parade may contact the Rogersville/Hawkins Co. Chamber of Commerce at 272-2186.
Singer, songwriter, producer and instrumentalist Andrea Davidson and band, along with Hawkins County’s own “Bulls Gap” country music band will be the featured performers at the 2019 Fourth of July show — on Thursday, July 4 — at Rogersville City Park.
Food and soft drink vendors will be on hand beginning at 5 p.m., and the City Pool will be open from 12 noon until 7 p.m. for free swimming. (Established city rules for pool use/behavior apply.)
A Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament is again planned with sign-up at 9 a.m. that morning at the park.
Opening ceremonies onstage will kick off the show at 5:30 p.m.
Andrea Davidson and band will perform at 6 p.m. followed by Bulls Gap at 7:15 p.m. (NOTE: Late additions to the concert may be announced closer to the event.)
The fireworks display will close the event at 9:30 p.m.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Madison, Indiana, Andrea’s commitment to music’s ability to bring people together led her to win the International Song of Peace Award in Ireland, fundraise to donate guitars and teach music to children in South Africa, and open for the Dalai Lama as he toured the world to promote peace and compassion.
She moved to Nashville in 2014, signed a record deal with Warner Brothers, a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, and a production deal with Jay Joyce.
While in Nashville, she co-wrote with various acclaimed songwriters, got a song placed in the hit TV series “Nashville”, and toured extensively all over the US.
She is currently starting up a program called Voluntour — an organization that gathers groups of artists together to tour schools and inspire creativity in youth in grades K-12.
Andrea recently moved to Pressmen’s Home, in Rogersville, to start a music venue, The Castle Barn @ Pressmen’s Home, a family friendly venue that will launch its first Saturday Concert Series on Tennessee’s Birthday, June 1, 2019.
The concerts will bring nationally-known musical acts to the valley, and will also be open during the day each Saturday for Disc Golf, Corn Hole Tournaments, Yard Games, Hitting the Green, Food, Drinks, Arts and Crafts Vendors, Golf Course Hikes, and Fishing.
Jerry Vincent and Scott Arnold – who comprise the country music duo Bulls Gap – have been a part of each other’s lives for years.
“We started first grade together, and we graduated high school together,” Arnold said.
They also grew together musically.
“We did all the talent shows in high school, and had a guitar and amp after high school, and said that we were going to make music,” he added. “We began to play locally, and then we bought sound equipment, and doing shows for fire departments and rescue squads all over the country for several years, selling several thousand CD’s and cassettes at those shows.”
Those shows made a name for the duo all over the Southeastern United States – including Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. Word of mouth quickly spread throughout the industry, and soon the band was opening for acts such as Darius Rucker, Sawyer Brown, and the legendary Vern Gosdin.
In 2008, the duo released their album Keep On Believing, and soon found themselves all over country radio with songs such as “Country Kind of Cowboy.”
Then, life – in this case, a series of business and personal matters that needed their attention – happened. But, the bond – and the music between these two men couldn’t be denied. So, the duo returns with the aptly titled “Ain’t It Funny How You Never Know”, a collection of moods and lyrics that are all steeped in reality.
And, that’s the way that Bulls Gap likes it.
“We’re everyday people,” said Jerry Vincent. “We get out here and work every day, and do what we have to do to make a living. Our music and words comes from our hearts, and is everything to do with our life. We just write about what we do and who we are.”
The new disc is a collection of heartfelt entries into the Bulls Gap song catalog as the inspiring “Have A Little Faith” and “Words,” as well as the thought-provoking title cut, which is their philosophy on life and music. One never knows where the road leads – and where the music will take them.
“I just think it’s a good record, and takes us back to let people know who we are,” said Arnold. “We’ve always just tried to be who we were. There’s been a lot of opinions from people trying to change us, suggesting the kinds and types of songs that we needed to do. But, the only way we’ve been comfortable with ourselves and our music is just to present both just the way that we are – two men who are proud of their upbringing, and ones that love what they do.”
Concert goers are reminded that no coolers, alcoholic beverages, fireworks or animals (except documented service dogs on leashes) are allowed in the park.
Persons are also reminded that the July Cruise-In on the Square in downtown Rogersville will be Friday evening, July 5, from 6-9 p.m. The featured entertainment will be Ivy Road.