Friday, June 3, 2011
Donations during the kickin' 'n' 'pickin' event will be used for ongoing barn maintenance.
Now that Suwanee's iconic bluegrass music site is kickin' and pickin' again, it's time to hold the annual daylong event. The Everett Music Barn on Stonecypher Road, which revived its weekly Saturday night gigs in April, will hold an all-day Barn Benefit on Saturday, June 4. Events begin at 1 p.m. There will be a meal break at 5 p.m., and performances will resume in the evening. People are welcome to bring a covered dish and, of course, musical instruments for jamming at the barn and in the main house. Bands will be playing in the barn every 45 minutes, Everett said. Tommy Everett, curator, sound man and nephew of Everett Brothers Band founders Roger and Randall Everett, said recently that donations during the event will be used for ongoing…
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Tommy Everett, soundman and curator, talks about the site's history and return after the months off.
As a longstanding Suwanee tradition, the Everett Music Barn had become deeply ingrained in the lives of local bluegrass fans. That's why after a five-month hiatus, the music barn was packed Saturday, April 16, with regulars and newcomers alike who had come to hear the revamped Everett Family Band, and probably partake in some of the homemade cakes and goodies at the concession stand, too. The performances will continue every Saturday, per tradition, with a house band and guest performers.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Bluegrass performances at the former Everett property resume Saturday.
There'll be a lot of bluegrass music and a lot of history in the air Saturday, April 16, at 4055 Stonecypher Road in Suwanee. The weekly gigs at the renowned Everett Music Barn will resume at 8 p.m., under the property's new ownership. And the revival comes at a special time. On April 17, 1964, Gwinnett County policeman Jerry Everett and two other officers were slain during a robbery. It was Jerry Everett's death that gave rise to the bluegrass performances, recalled Tommy Everett, his nephew. "Folks were gathering to soothe the family," Tommy Everett said last week during a work session at the Everett barn, where many locals gathered to prepare the property for the new performances. The "pickin" began in the living room of the main house…