BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Heavy rains didn’t stop the Blairsville faithful from attending the final concert in the 2019 Concert Series at the Historic Union County Courthouse.

A full house of attendees greeted the Skillet Lickers on Friday night for the band’s annual pilgrimage to Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, a trip taken in 22 consecutive Octobers, dating back to 1998. Scroll for photos of the night’s action.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – In this small, picturesque North Georgia town nestled in the heart of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Friday nights are a sacred tradition for hundreds throughout the summer and early fall.

On the square, inside the historic Union County Courthouse, the former chambers turn into a mountain music venue, featuring some of the region’s best Bluegrass, Folk, and Old Time artists and bands from May through October. It’s a tradition that has stood for decades – and a tradition that has always concluded each year with a Skillet Licker performance on the last Friday in October.

“The band looked a lot different then, but I can vividly remember playing the Courthouse in the 1990’s with Art [Rosenbaum], Doug [Landress], Joe [Miller], and Russ [Tanner],” recalls Phil Tanner, guitarist and grandson of Skillet Lickers founder Gid Tanner, who also performed in the historic venue more than 75 years ago.

The Courthouse is always filled to capacity for the series finale with the Skillet Lickers each year. In fact, some fans arrive as early as three hours or more before show time to ensure they receive a prime seat in the courthouse. Employees with the Union County Historical Society, who occupy the courthouse, are known to close doors to the courthouse as early as 30-45 minutes prior to showtime due to maximum capacity, forcing some fans to listen from the downstairs lobby.

Joel Aderhold, banjo player for the group, says the passion the Blairsville crowd brings each year is not lost on the band. “The audience is always very enthusiastic and being at arms length away helps the band feel their energy.”

Aderhold also says the history of the building means a lot to the Skillet Lickers, “knowing that many of the first generation country music groups such as The Monroe Brothers, The Blue Sky Boys, and the [original] Skillet Lickers played there, adds an additional measure of enjoyment to playing there.”

“It’s certainly a highlight of the year for us… we could have a date on the calendar to play in front of thousands, but we always look forward to Blairsville,” says Russ Tanner, band leader and fourth-generation Skillet Licker. “It really is our favorite night of the year, next to Christmas Eve. The people are so hosptiable, so much fun to play for, and they’re not going to want to miss out on this year’s show. We may just have a surprise that everyone will want to see and hear.”

The Skillet Lickers, now in their 94th year, will perform at the historic Union County Courthouse, located at 1 Town Square, Blairsville, GA on Friday, October 25, 2019, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free, however, fans are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating.

DACULA, Ga. – On Friday, the Skillet Lickers announced their first three stops on their 2019 Fall Tour. Traditionally, the fall is the busiest season of the year for the band, performing at festivals and venues across North Georgia and beyond.

The first three confirmed cities on the tour include Athens, Blairsville, and the band’s hometown of Dacula. Check them out below:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5Elisha Winn Fair (Dacula)

The Skillet Lickers have been performing at the Elisha Winn Fair, at the site of the historic Elisha Winn House, for decades. The festival features historic building tours dating back to the days of Gwinnett County’s founding, along with arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, delicious food, and of course, great live music. There is a nominal fee for festival admission and music is free! Show time TBA.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12North Georgia Folk Festival (Athens)

For the first time in four years, the Skillet Lickers are heading back to the North Georgia Folk Festival in one of Georgia’s most eccentric musical cities! Located at Sandy Creek Park and featuring a star studded lineup of local and national folk artists, this event is a can’t miss. Show time TBA.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 (7p) – Historic Blairsville Courthouse

A fan favorite and one of ours, too. Since the days of Gid Tanner, the Skillet Lickers have rarely missed a show on the last Friday night of October in Blairsville. It’s a free night of great entertainment and the house is always packed! Get there early for good seats in this historic venue in the heart of beautiful downtown Blairsville!

The fall season has traditionally been the busiest time of year for Country music’s longest running supergroup — and 2018 will be no exception. The Skillet Lickers will kick off their latest tour — which will feature nearly two dozen shows — in Lawrenceville at the inaugural “Foot Stompin’ Festival”, held at the historic Isaac Adair House.

The festival is slated to begin at 3pm on Saturday, August 18th with the Skillet Lickers taking to the stage at 4:30pm. This show will mark what is sure to be a very busy six weeks for the band, who will play 18 shows throughout August and September, including sixteen showings of ‘Smoke on the Mountain’ from September 6-30 in Cumming, Georgia.

The 2018 Fall Tour also includes popular stops in Dacula at the Elisha Winn Fair, in Blairsville at the always-packed historic Union County Courthouse in the heart of the North Georgia mountains, and two stops at the Canton Theatre in November.

For a full list of shows in the Skillet Lickers’ 2018 Fall Tour and complete details, visit www.skilletlickers.org/tour.