Boisterous, sold-out crowd greet Skillet Lickers in Blairsville

The Skillet Lickers have had a long history at the Blairsville Courthouse, reportedly first performing at the historic venue in 1926 when Gid Tanner and the original group made a stop in the mountain town during the band’s very first year. Now, 91 years later, the band continues its annual tradition of performing at one of the area’s most storied venues. Not much has changed in those 91 years. Still, the band is packing out the courthouse year-after-year. In fact, the seats filled for this year’s free show in around thirty minutes, leaving ushers to block off entrances to the courthouse (as it had reached its capacity).

“We love this place… it’s always amazing to think that Papa (Gid) Tanner played in this very spot nearly a century ago… and to keep packing it out with such incredible crowds such as this… really means a lot to us,” says Russ Tanner.

The crowd of hundreds inside the courthouse seemed to enjoy the format of this year’s show — which mixed history tidbits with storied Skillet Licker classics and classic country favorites by artists influenced by the Skillet Lickers. As the band closed the show, the crowd stood to their feet, demanding not one, but two encores, as the band closed out the night with its most successful classic, “Down Yonder”, recorded in 1934, eight years after the band’s first trip to Blairsville.

UP NEXT: The band now prepares for its second and final trip to North Carolina as they perform next at the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby, NC on Saturday, November 18th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at

Check out highlights from Blairsville below!

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