Sparta, Tennessee To Honor Its Bluegrass Heritage May 23rd
Sparta, Tennessee, home of bluegrass legend Lester Flatt, will celebrate the icon’s memory with a special event on the city’s square on Saturday, May 23rd beginning at 11:00am.
In 2007 the Tennessee State Legislature declared the 4th Saturday in May to be “Official Bluegrass Day in Tennessee” and in keeping with the branding of Sparta, Tennessee as “Bluegrass U.S.A.”, the city will host its annual event, Liberty Square: A Lester Flatt Celebration beginning this year on May 23rd. Sparta, Tennessee has a rich bluegrass heritage and is not only the home of Lester Flatt but also the home of Benny Martin, Blake Williams (Lester Flatt & The Nashville Grass, Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys, Williams & Clark Expedition), Josh Swift (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver) and many more great musicians and luthiers. It is also home to Oldham’s Theater where Lester Flatt first watched the movie “Bonnie & Clyde”, that featured Flatt & Scruggs’ Grammy award winning “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”.