Lisa Hall

Lisa Hall writes from her home in Fall Branch, Tennessee. She has written a series of books called the Cutie Pies Chronicles (includes 5 books), and five short stories that appear in various anthologies, and a children’s book. Currently she is working on a new series and a biography project for a local family.

In addition to her writing, Lisa also works as a public speaker and facilitator. She regularly does presentations, workshops, teambuilding, and consultations for various organizations, schools and individuals.

Lisa graduated from Carson-Newman College (B.A. in Psychology and Human Services). She received a Masters in Education from East Tennessee State University.

She is married to Todd and they have two young daughters (ages 5 and 10). Lisa spent ten years working in local school systems (Washington and Sullivan Counties-instructional assistant, guidance counselor, and assistant principal) before deciding that she would stay home to write and raise her family.

Ras Alan & The Lions

Equal parts Doc Watson and Bob Marley, The Carter Family and Burning Spear, RAS ALAN has been blending old time Appalachian music with reggae rhythms and Rastafari spirit for over 20 years. His self-styled “reggabilly”, hundreds of radio, festival and music hall performances and 5 full length albums have won Ras Alan wide acclaim and international recognition. The most recent album’s title track, “Organic”, is already a live dreadneck festival highlight.

Join Ras Alan and his talented band, The Lions, for their headlining  9pm set  Friday, April 25, at Tusculum College’s  Old Oak Festival 2014. Admission is free to this performance of brand new material as well as the most-beloved Appalachian Reggae hits, including material from the Folklife, Letter From Appalachia, Stone inna Hurricane and Native albums.

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Shirley Butler
Story Teller

During her years in Connecticut, Shirley Butler pursued her creative writing interest incorporating a variety of sources including the Institute of Children’s Literature.  The idea for the Flat Freddie series originated from her grandson’s school assignment, which was a request to write a story.  ‘A Treasury of Tantalizing Mini-Tales’ is a collection of six short stories.  Retired now, she resides in Chuckey, Tennessee.

Carson Peters

Carson Peters, or “Fiddlin’ Carson Peters,” as he is becoming known started playing the fiddle at the ripe old age of 3 when his parents bought him a 1/8 size fiddle.  By age 4, he was playing in fiddle competitions and jamming at musical festivals.  Carson has continued to hone the fiddlin’ and singing talents that God has so graciously blessed him with and has won many competitions along the way.  At ten years old, Carson is a seasoned performer playing numerous venues with his band throughout the region; Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Dollywood’s Bluegrass and BBQ, Asheville’s Bluegrass First Class, Song of the Mountains and WDVX’s World Class Bluegrass concert series to name a few.   Carson has also had the honor to play on national TV as a guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as play with Jimmy Fortune on the floor of the Tennessee State Senate.  On March 28th of 2014, Carson’s dream of playing on the Grand Ole Opry stage was realized when he was invited by Ricky Skaggs to come and perform with him and Kentucky Thunder.

You can get more info about The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band and upcoming shows at their website

Carson Peters will be performing on Saturday from 11 am at the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival 2014.

Living Testament
Contemporary Christian

Living Testament is a Contemporary Christian band based out of Brown Springs Baptist Church in Mosheim, Tennessee. The band has been blessed to play across East Tennessee playing 100% Christ-centered music stretching from Contemporary Christian, Christian Rock, and Gospel. Members are Mark Rothe, Jared Ramsey, Chance Lamb, Alex Smyth, and Mike Smyth.  The band has released two cd’s, “The Gilbreath Road Sessions”, and “The Heart of a Lion”. The band leads worship at the monthly Sunday Night Contemporary Service at Brown Springs.

To hear songs or see videos of the band, please go to


Living Testament will be performing on Sunday from 3:30 pm at the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival 2014.

Michael Cable
Americana, Country Blues and Appalachian

Michael Cable and Dane Hinkle are a song writing team from the Tennessee region, that specialize in Americana, Country Blues and Appalachian music. Both have been playing music for many years all over the region in various bands and groups. Michael started a singer-songwriter and front man for his first group Michael Cable & his JazzBox while he was attending college in the early 2000′s. That then lead to the current group Hot Mountain Caravan, where Michael meet Dane Hinkle at a series of show the band played in there hometown. Dane join the group shortly after and as a result Michael and Dane became good friend as well as co-writers. Dane is veteran of the regional music scene as well. He started his career as a singer-songwriter, and has played with various bands over the years. He is a well versed musician as well, and a great recording artist and producer. He and Michael are both multi-instrumentalist, and have learned how to make it in a tough business. Both are self produced, making there own records and releasing them independently without the help of a label. Now Michael and Dane are playing shows as a acoustic duo of sorts. They have found that there music has a special place on stage with a lo-fi sound. There shows have an eclectic taste of roots music, and it’s sure to please anyone who loves some good ole down home music.

For more information on Michael and Dane go to

Also check out a video of the band at

The Madisons

Nestled in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, The Madisons left behind gritty city life to find something greener. Along the way, they brought a career filled with Texas roots music experiences.

Their newest project, Greener, the band’s fourth collection of songs, blends American music forms (Country, Blues, Traditional, and Jazz) with varied instrumentation (Dobro, Theremin).

Recorded old-school style, rehearsed and played together live, the Madisons maintain a spontaneity and spark lacking in much modern music. Studio veteran Lizzie Harrah’s production experience with acts such as ZZ Top and Timbuk3 help define Greener’s sound which ranges from sparse arrangements to electronic or full orchestral feels.

The Madisons began in Texas seventeen years ago with original members Teri Greene, Lizzie Harrah, “Little” Stevie Wilson, and Denny “Cletus” Blakely,  together on the live recording DRIVE. Ruel Russell, Lee Hamilton, and Rusty Stone later joined Teri and Lizzie, and the five-piece recorded Goodtime and Money and Do You Love Me. They performed at weekly appearances and headlined at major venues in Texas such as Balinese Room, Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar, Cosmos and Helios. The song “Sleepin’” was featured in an independent film and video.

Check out their website at

The Madisons will be performing on Saturday from 5 pm at the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival 2014.

Jimmie D. and the Jimmie D. Band with special guest Samantha Gray

Since 1989, Jimmie D. has been packing houses and thrilling audiences coast to coast with his searing hot guitar lines and heartfelt, soulful vocals.  Jimmie D. is also a running member of Wallace Coleman’s Southland Band.  A two time winner of Bay’s Mountain Battle of the Blues Bands, Jimmie D.’s influences have their roots in the old school Chicago Blues–and transcend to the contemporary–including such greats as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Albert and B.B. King, SRV, Ronnie Earl, Jimmy Vaughn, Robert Cray and many many more.

Whether you’re looking for a scorching three piece act or a full uptown band with B-3 and Horn Section, Jimmie D. always delivers.  Check out Jimmie D. today  and find out what people from LA to the Carolinas already know.  When it comes to Blues, Jimmie D. is always puttin it down heavy!!!!!  His shows are packed full of intensity, professionalism and showmanship.  Look for Jimmie D. at a Blues venue near you.

Check out their website at

Also check out Samantha Gray’s website at

Jimmie D. and the Jimmie D. Band will be performing on Saturday from 7:15 pm at the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival 2014.

Claxton Creek
Americana/Bluegrass/Country and Gospel

Claxton Creek was founded in 2007 by Wise County, Virginia natives John Vandiver and Tracy Wells. A chance meeting between the two led to a friendship that would become a partnership of more than just musical proportions.

It started when John moved back to Wise County from North Carolina and began working across the street from where Tracy was working. He would often come into her store and soon they struck up a friendship. It was then that they discovered their shared love of music. Tracy had been writing songs for years but did not play an instrument to put the music to her lyrics. In John, she found the perfect opportunity to give her words life. When they finally made a musical date the connection was instantaneous. Within minutes they were throwing out harmonies. John’s playing meshed perfectly with her lyrics and his vocals with hers.

Claxton Creek will be performing on Sunday from 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm at the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival 2014.

For more information about this band visit their website:

Steve Brown
Country, folk and pop music

Steve Brown has been writing, singing, and playing his own style of country, folk and pop music on and off for 40 years.

Steve Brown will be performing on Sunday from 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm at the Tusculum College Old Oak Festival 2014.