Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies owner LuAnne Powers, center stage, jamming with friends, including Jan Winters, far right (Contributed photo)

By Richard Rourk

A music lover’s getaway is coming to Unicoi County.

Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies, located at 3051 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, will soon start making melodies and memories through live music.

The performance and event venue has been a labor of love for Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies owner LuAnne Powers.

“I thought this would be a great place to make music,” Powers told The Erwin Record. “I’ve made music all my life.”

According to Powers, her husband was part of the Powers Brother group and the Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies will be a tribute to the Powers Brothers.

The excitement for the family-friendly music venue is mounting.

“Everyone is just so excited and ready for good, clean fun,” Powers said. “We just had some friends come over and jam last night and everyone just had so much fun and we want to share that.”

According to Powers, it was important to provide a facility that would hold a large stage, a dance floor, a kitchen and a large green room.

“Nowhere has a dance floor anymore, and we want to take care of our guests as well as our performers, Powers said.

Powers also said that Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies would be open for rentals as well for private parties.

Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies will be open every Friday and Saturday night. Friday night will feature country, bluegrass and old-timey music.

“Friday nights are what we are calling ‘Hometown Friday Nights,’ and will feature Wayne and Jean Keplinger as well as Jan Winters to run the show,” Powers said. “They will have a house band and will play some bluegrass, country and rockabilly stuff for a couple of hours and then there will be some more groups coming in to close the night out.”

Saturday night at Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies will see a wider variety of music being played.

“Saturday nights will be our ‘Wide Open Saturday Nights,’ and it will feature everything including southern rock, modern music and dance bands,” Powers said. “We are going to have Brian Keener and Blue Steel to come in and play several shows.”

Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies will hold a special kickoff during the Apple Festival weekend. On Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies will hold a soft opening and will be free to the public, so be there early.

On Saturday, Oct 5, Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies will hold an invitation-only event to honor the music and lives of the Powers Brothers.

Tennessee Hills Mountain Melodies will start normal hours on Friday, Oct. 11. Normal business hours are 6-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night. There will be a $5 cover charge nightly.

“We want to make sure that our artists are paid for their hard work and talent, and you cannot beat the entertainment value you will get here,” Powers said.

If you are interested in performing or booking the venue for private parties, please contact LuAnne Powers at [email protected] or call 220-0610.

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