"The Twentieth Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival will be held June 12th and 13th at Governor Morehead Park in Eden, North Carolina.  Piedmont Folk Legacies (parent organization of the festival) is proud to look back at the past two decades of presenting the very best in Americana, old-time, bluegrass, and blues - in other words, all the finest in acoustic music- that trace their roots back to the seminal influence of Charlie Poole, and his unique impact on the sound of American music.  This year’s event is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet, with a combination of a look back to our beginnings along with some exciting new offerings.

The highlight of the weekend will be the presentation of our highly esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award.  This year’s honor will go to the legendary Tony Rice, considered to be one of the most influential acoustic guitar players in bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass, and acoustic jazz.  Rice has won many awards, including the Grammy, and was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2013.  While recent health problems have silenced his guitar (hopefully only temporarily), we will be honored to have him visit with us on Friday night of the festival as we celebrate and honor his many contributions to the world of music.

Another local music legend, former Morehead High School choral director, Duane Best, and his lovely and always community-minded wife, Gloria, will be traveling back to Eden for the CPMF weekend to help us host our anniversary weekend (they will be celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary!), and have planned a festive kick-off party on Friday evening, and numerous fun activities on Saturday, as our community comes together once more to honor our native son, Charlie Poole.  Stay tuned to our festival website at for more plans and details, or “like” our Facebook page - Charlie Poole Festival - for festival updates as they develop.  And, don’t forget to start practicing your instrument and vocal skills so you can participate in Saturday’s competition - always lots of fun, with cash prizes and ribbons going to the talented winners. 

Food and other vendors will be on site for the festival, with lots of home-cooked treats and handmade treasures.  Camping, on the grounds of the historic Spray Cotton Mills (where Charlie Poole worked), is free to festival goers, and will feature hosts to help you get settled into “Charlie’s home.”  Tickets are $15 for Friday night’s concert; $15 for all day Saturday (or $10 with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the local Salvation Army); or $25 for a weekend pass ($20 with the food donation).  This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council and the Rockingham County Arts Council, as well as the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development, and the City of Eden Tourism Development.  For more information, you may call 336-623-1043 or email"

- A Press Release

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