This year’s PulaskiFest will see a number of musical acts perform, including Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, the Breeze Brothers and Leigh Beamer.
The members of Still Lonesome all have rich musical backgrounds. Austin Brown, Jeff’s son, plays acoustic bass and has been playing with his dad since age 3. Meredith Goins, on fiddle, has played with the Boxcars and Wayne Henderson, among others, and was a special guest with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. Josh Blankenship, on mandolin and vocals, is from Floyd and has performed with Statement and Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue. Josh Underwood, also from Floyd, is on banjo and vocals; he has performed with bands such as Statement, Makeshift, No Speed Limit, Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue. Jeff Brown, on guitar and vocals, has performed since age 9. He has played with Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash as well as Dr. Ralph Stanley.
Local bluegrass musician Leigh Beamer began taking guitar lessons two years ago and now takes clawhammer banjo lessons from Jim Lloyd Of Rural Retreat. She continues to study the music of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the fall of 2010, Leigh released her first album, “Reflections of Me.” In May of 2011, she released her second album, “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight.” She has also been on a two-week tour called “Roots of American Music Tour,” with the Crooked Road.
The Breeze Brothers are a party duo specializing in current top 40, Motown, and classic rock, along with blues, soul, country and Jimmy Buffet, but are perhaps best known for their performance of summertime Carolina beach music.
PulaskiFest 2013 is Saturday, Sept. 28 in the town of Pulaski’s Jackson Park. Entertainment starts at 10 a.m. and the last act will begin at 4 p.m.