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Johnson County Tennessee Music Pathways Marker Dedication

November 19, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

You’re invited
to join us
Tuesday, November 19th
at 12:45

for the dedication of the TMP Marker
in honor of
Clarence “Tom” Ashley

and the new Musical Heritage Mural Mile in Downtown Mountain City. A short dedication will take place near at the corner of Church and Donnelly Streets and will be immediately followed by a reception at the Center for the Arts with Kenny Price and Jerry Moses performing Tom Ashley’s signature clawhammer banjo style. 

About Clarence “Tom” Ashley

Clarence “Tom” Ashley was a performer, an artist, and a showman who spent 30 years traveling with a medicine show where he played clawhammer banjo, sang, and performed as a comedian. For two years, he traveled with a young fiddler named Roy Acuff, who said Ashley “showed him the ropes” of show business.

Ashley was the first to record the legendary “House of the Rising Sun,” a song he learned from his grandfather, Enoch.  Later, he influenced a whole generation of folk music of the 1950’s and 60’s including Bob DylanJoan BaezJean Ritchie,  and Doc Watson. The album, Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley’s was inducted into National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.


November 19, 2019
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
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Johnson County Center for the Arts
127 College St.
Mountain City, TN 37683 United States
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(423) 460-3313
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