The 8th annual Hatchie Fall Fest has a lot of great main stage entertainment lined-up. Beginning at 9:45 Saturday morning, October 15, 2011, a unique mixture of local and regional musicians are scheduled to keep the crowds pleased and the stage rocking until 10 p.m., in Brownsville, Tenn.
Local gospel favorites will open the festival. David Smith, The Singing Firefighter, will start the show with the Southern gospel picks he has loved since he was old enough to hold a hymnal. The Barnett's will share their family and ministry in song at 10:15 a.m.
The Haywood High Show Choir will take the stage at 11 a.m. to show-off their musical talents with song and dance performances. This award-winning choir has been performing at the Hatchie Fall Fest since its inception.
A special proclamation will be presented to hometown boy Alex Harvey during the official opening at noon. Also present will be local and area elected officials. Sponsors will be recognized and the winners of the morning's cake and pie baking contest will be announced at this time, too.
Taking the stage immediately following the noon opening will be Remnant, a group of eight young people who perform a mix of melodies. At 1 p.m., Jimmy Duvall will take the stage to share his interpretations of your favorite country tunes. Eleven year old Emma Webb, of Memphis, takes the stage at 1:30 p.m. Webb has just released a CD and will be singing some of her "tween" pop hits.
Brownsville's Porshia Gibbs takes the stage at 2:30 to perform more gospel favorites, followed by the contemporary sounds of Christ Church Praise Band at 3:30.
Blind Red Rooster, a blues band from Union City, Tenn., will take the stage at 4:45. Haywood's Got Talent winner Clifton Smith will perform with the Diverse Five beginning at 6:30. Their rhythm and blues performance will put you in mind of the Temptations.
At 7 p.m., Roses Unread will rock the stage and share songs from their newest CD. This group originated in Brownsville and features vocalist Allison Teague of Brownsville and four other West Tennessee members. The heavy guitar riffs, bass licks and aggressive drumbeats will make you take a second listen to this alternative rock group.
Headlining again this year is Haywood County's own Alex Harvey. Harvey, who is a singer, songwriter and actor, will share his unique form of the Delta blues and country rock from 8-10 p.m. With a multitude of influences, Harvey's songwriting skills lead him to pen hits like "Delta Dawn" and "Reuben James." His music and performances are describes as "soulful" and throughout the years, Harvey has sold more than 80 million recordings.