Two from Anderson County to take part in ‘Trail Concert’

On May 19, The Cumberland Trail is going to present a project that is unprecedented in the 80 years of Tennessee State Parks.

Bob Fulcher, the Park Manager for the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail, announced Monday, April 16, that the story of the Cumberland Trail would be brought to Nashville, in the form of a concert.

This Nashville concert will be called Crossing The Cumberlands and it will take place at the James K. Polk Theater.

“We are presenting our story through the music of our neighbors in the Cumberland Mountains.

“Two of Anderson County’s remarkable musicians will be presenting and honored at this event.”

The two artists are Curtis Byrge and the Hicks Family who will be representing Bess Ford Hicks.

Two of the Anderson County stories that will be presented musically are that of the Fraterville Mine Explosion of 1902 and the Coal Creek March.

The horrors of these events triggered change for mine workers and have become important events, not only in Anderson County but also throughout the United States.

Fulcher is hoping to work with school officials on selecting students to be able to witness this event.

Grammy winning musicians such as Jerry Douglas, Alan O’Bryant, and Stuart Duncan are apart of a star-studded line up.

He also stated that he would encourage all descendants and all that love Anderson County’s history and heritage to attend this event.

More information can be found at or at The Cumberland Trail Facebook page.