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Foot-Stomping Fun With Jimbo Whaley: Exploring the Allure of Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Immerse yourself in the world of bluegrass music as we take you on a journey through the lineup of the highly anticipated Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival coming up in Sep 2024 at the Dumplin Valley Farm in Kodak, TN. Each month, we'll spotlight two exceptional bands, giving you an in-depth look at their music, history, and what makes them a must-see at this year's festival.

The Best Dumplin Valley Bluegrass festival of 2024: Jimbo Whaley

Jimbo interacting with fans
Jimbo Whaley on stage

The Man Behind the Music

Nestled in the heart of the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains, Jimbo Whaley, a beloved figure at Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festivals, has woven his influence deep into the fabric of bluegrass history. Alongside his band, Greenbrier, and a roster of special guests, Jimbo is gearing up for the highly anticipated 24th Annual Concert at the Dumplin Valley Farm in Kodak, scheduled for 19-21 September 2024. Get your tickets early for the show and schedule your campsites now: Dumplin Valley - Bluegrass.

An Immersive Experience

For those fortunate enough to attend Jimbo's shows, it's more than just music; it's an immersive experience. His original compositions paint vivid portraits of life, love, and the enchanting scenery of his Tennessee home. The audience, a blend of long-time supporters and fresh faces, stands as a testament to Jimbo's enduring charm. This band serves as a harbinger of the approaching festival season, and their shows consistently exceed expectations.


Nostalgia and Memories

One of the standout songs is "M.R.'s Rolling Store," a track that evokes a bygone era when rolling stores were a common sight. If this term is unfamiliar, don't hesitate to ask your parents or grandparents – envision a mobile Walmart, a nostalgic facet rekindled by Jimbo's music.

Yet, Jimbo's repertoire extends beyond nostalgia; it encompasses songs with a delightful blast from the past theme, particularly resonating with Sevier Countians. Nevertheless, these melodies strike a universal chord. We all hold cherished memories of places from our past. For some, it's a beloved eatery like Remac's Drive In, perhaps with fond recollections of their signature steak sandwich basket. Others may reminisce about the Midway Drive In Theater, a cherished hub of entertainment in days of the past.

Notable Hit Recordings

Jimbo Whaley's discography is a treasure trove of bluegrass classics. Here are some of his most notable hit recordings that have left an indelible mark on the genre:

  • "M.R.s Rolling Store": This track is a vivid reflection of Jimbo Whaley's upbringing in the scenic town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Through the notes and lyrics, he paints a vivid picture of a place close to his heart. It's a testament to his ability to transform personal memories into universal experiences that resonate with listeners.

  • "The Legend of Jack Huff": In this song, Jimbo Whaley weaves a narrative that captures the essence of storytelling in bluegrass music. "The Legend of Jack Huff" is a shining example of Whaley's skill in creating musical tales that transport listeners to another time and place.

  • "The Kings of Orebank": Among the fan favorites, "The Kings of Orebank" holds a special place in Jimbo's heart and in the hearts of his audience. This song strikes a chord with its heartfelt reflection on a simpler time, the cherished places, and the bonds forged in the crucible of family and friendship. It's more than a song; it's a piece of Jimbo's soul shared with the world.

  • “Summer of ’69”: One of the standout moments in Jimbo Whaley's exciting show is his unforgettable cover of Bryan Adams' iconic hit. While Whaley is primarily known for his prowess in bluegrass, his rendition of this rock classic showcases his versatility and ability to breathe new life into beloved songs.

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Dumplin Valley Farm

Join Us for a Timeless Experience

If you've yet to experience one of Jimbo's shows, there's no better moment than now. Head over to his official website, gather all pertinent information, and mark the date on your calendar. This is an encounter that transcends mere music – it's a voyage through time and memories, a celebration of community. We eagerly anticipate reuniting in the barn with our fellow Dumplin Valley Festivarians. Together, we'll craft new memories to add to the intricate tapestry of Jimbo's enduring bluegrass legacy.


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