Folk singer Maggie Longmire will be performing Granddaughters- An Americana Opera at Postmark LaFollette on Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm.
Longmire was born and raised in LaFollette on Nevada Ave., near the WLAF Station; now she resides in Knoxville, but her roots are still embedded in Campbell County. She has been referred to as the “Lilly of LaFollette” and exudes the feeling of just being from East Tennessee. Her song “Campbell County Girl,” says it all. Longmire has a beautiful alto voice that lends itself to her unique style. Her songs are drawn from the family stories of her mother’s time was born in 1912.
Granddaughters-An Americana Opera tells the story of Maggie’s mother and her two sisters who were the granddaughters in an interesting time in Campbell County. Hear selections from Longmire’s new CD on WLAF Radio (AM 1450 and FM 100.9).
Maggie Longmire performs. Listen HERE.
The songs and stories are set in Campbell County where they happened in Red Ashe, Caryville, LaFollette as well as Jellico and Turley. The musical and historical journey begins in the early 1900’s and take a ride up to the 1950’s. She will engage with the audience by telling stories of Campbell County in between songs such as Cove Lake Picnic, Campbell County Girl, L & N Lullaby and more. Maggie and her brother John Longmire enjoyed collaborating on many of the songs included in this collection.
Maggie’s band-Free Soil Farm will be performing with her. Band members are RB Morris, Greg Horne, Sarah Pirkle, Ashton Williams, Don Cassell and Nicholas Cassell.
Tickets are on sale at Community Trust Bank’s downtown LaFollette Branch and United Cumberland Bank for $12. Seating is limited. Please call 423-907-2980 for more ticket information. This is in conjunction with a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/10/2019-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF MAGGIELONGMIRE.COM)