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Aces & Eights - A Music Pathways MCTA Event

Updated: Sep 13, 2022


by George Hawver

MCTA will host a Country Music Concert at PaPaw’s Opry Barn in Oakdale on September 24

Oakdale, Tennessee – The Morgan County Tourism Alliance is hosting Ace’s and Eights, a Country Music Concert at PaPaw’s Opry Barn in Oakdale to showcase Morgan County’s contribution to Tennessee’s role of providing the Soundtrack of America. Oakdale is the home of Jazz Great Clarence “King Pleasure” Beeks and there is a Tennessee Music Pathways plaque to commemorate his birthplace and his place in musical history. Past years concerts have featured jazz and country.

Tennessee Music Pathways connects visitors to the people, places and genres that make Tennessee the Soundtrack of America. A statewide driving tour, the Pathways represents hundreds of landmarks across the state and spans seven genres of music: blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock 'n' roll.

This year’s concert will feature John Overton and The Country Class Band, a Knoxville-based band that has been together for over 15 years and has played over 750 shows in the area. Their set list is comprised of popular songs and radio hits from the classic era of Country music. In addition to music, there will be food available for purchase from the new Italian Restaurant, Luciano’s, which is set to open this fall in Wartburg, in the former Angie’s location. The menu offerings of Spaghetti and Meatballs, Meatball Subs and Lasagna are in keeping with the Spaghetti Western Theme. Beer will be provided by the 62 Ale Trail, comprised of the county’s three breweries: Lilly Pad Hopyard Brewery, MoCo Brewing Project and the Beer Barn.

Early bird discounted tickets to the event are available online and at Tanner’s Historic Cafe during operating hours. The price for tickets is $20. The event will be held from 6-8 pm on September 24, 2022 at PaPaw’s Opry Barn, 3549 Airport Road, Rockwood, Tennessee 37845.

Moneys raised at this event will fund the Alliance’s mission of promoting tourism in Morgan County. Other upcoming events for MCTA are the the MoCo Color Dash fun run supporting first responders in the county, the Rods & Pistons at the Prison Car Show on Oct 1 at Brushy, the Squarecrow Showcase in October and the Christmas Market in December. The Alliance also restored and operates Tanner’s Historic Cafe and hosts the annual Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival which will be held next spring on 19-20 May 2023.

For more information on Morgan County and the Morgan County Tourism Alliance, including the link to purchase tickets to Aces and Eights and how you can get involved, go to


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