Del McCoury Band, Molly Tuttle, Sam Bush and Bryan Sutton will perform. (Photos: Contributed)

The annual 3 Sisters Festival of bluegrass music returns this fall with two nights of entertainment on the banks of the Tennessee River.

The Oct. 6–7 festival will include headliners Del McCoury Band, Molly Tuttle, Bryan Sutton, Kruger Brothers and Sam Bush.

This year marks the 11th year for the festival, a free event featuring both contemporary and traditional bluegrass superstars. The festival takes place at Ross’s Landing during the early fall each year and is hosted by Fletcher Bright Co.


More information on each artist can be found here. A full schedule is below.

Friday, Oct. 6

  • Dismembered Tennesseans, 6–6:30 p.m.
  • The Stray Birds, 6:50–7:50 p.m.
  • Jeff Austin Band, 8:10–9:10 p.m.
  • Del McCoury Band, 9:30–11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7

  • Lone Mountain Band, 12–12:45 p.m.
  • Fantastic Bluegrass, 1–1:45 p.m.
  • Hamilton County Ramblers, 2–2:45 p.m.
  • Berklee College of Music Fiddlers, 3–3:45 p.m.
  • Molly Tuttle, 4–5:10 p.m.
  • Bryan Sutton, 5:30–6:40 p.m.
  • Sam Bush, 7–8:10 p.m.
  • Kruger Brothers, 8:30–10 p.m.

A stalwart at the festival, Del McCoury and his band will once again headline the Friday evening showcase. A brief description of McCoury’s career is almost impossible. His 31 awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association are a testament to his longevity and prowess in the Nashville scene. His band includes his sons, Ronnie and Rob. Watch “Nashville Cats” below.

Molly Tuttle is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist who is making a name for herself in Nashville and beyond. She has performed since the age of 11, with appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion” and at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Watch her perform John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind” below.

Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush will also make a return visit to Chattanooga. Bush, who has performed in Chattanooga for years at Rhythm & Brews, Railfest and 3 Sisters, has been credited with expanding the horizons of traditional bluegrass music by fusing jazz, blues, funk and other styles. He is also a pioneer of a genre called newgrass, along with contemporary artists like Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Béla Fleck, Lyle Lovett and others.

The 3 Sisters Festival was named one of the top five bluegrass festivals by Great American Country. The festival is rain or shine, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, tarps and umbrellas to enjoy the music.

Food and beverage vendors will be on-site, and several restaurants are within walking distance.