Sounds of the ’60s

Mountain Folk Reunion entertain at library

A chance encounter in Loudon brought The Mountain Folk Reunion bluegrass band together three years ago, and Blount County folks had a chance to hear their music on Aug. 26 at the Blount County Public Library.

The roots of the band started when Bobby Wilson discovered that his old high school friend Kelley Massey was playing folk music from their youth with Vern Lindsey. Along with Walker Johnson, The Mountain Folk Reunion band was born in 2007.

Last year, Lindsey formed his own group, but Massey and Johnson, both guitarists, and Wilson, a banjo player, stayed together.

“Folk music went away for a long time,” Wilson said. Now the musicians are committed to playing hits from the 1960s and a few from the 1950s.

The band played at the Blount County Library as part of their Hot Summer Nights series in August. Wilson said the event, “exceeded our expectations.” The concert attracted about 250 people.

Even though the library is known as a quiet place, “They were an enthusiastic audience,” said Wilson.

He said they usually perform at various venues for 45 minutes sets but they played for an hour and a half straight in the Rotunda of the library.

For more information on upcoming concerts, to sample music or purchase a CD, visit their website at

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