This will be a festival designed to educate, promote, and highlight the gold and gem heritage of the region through entertainment, tours, and events during the spring. The festival will serve as a promotional tool. The Festival will also help foster partnerships with local businesses, surrounding county businesses, and regional groups interested in promoting the captivating history of the area using the gold prospecting heritage as a catalyst.
2018 Performances and listings:
Country Music’s answer to Weird Al Yankovic, Cledus T. Judd had a similar approach to song parody, recording backing tracks that were similar as possible to the original versions. Like Yankovic. He also recorded some original material, but parodies of recent country hits were his bread and butter; also, like Yankovic, a Judd parody came to be regarded as a badge of honor by many of the artists he reworked. Judd made his bow in 1995 with the “Razor & Tie” album Cledus T. Judd (No Relation) a billing that made clear his of connection to Wynonna and Naomi. His breakthrough set was the follow-up, 1996’s “I Stole This Record”, which established his long-running preoccupation with Shania Twain – not only did he transform her “If You’re Not In It For Love (I’m Outta Here)” into “I’m Not In Here for Love (Just Yer Beer),” he also recorded the original “If Shania Was Mine” and had her guest (along with Joe Diffie) on “(She’s Got A Butt) Bigger Than the Beatles.” “Did I Shave My Back for This?” the title cut of a parody of Deana Carter, followed in 1998, also featuring redone material from Brooks & Dunn and Tracy Lawrence, among others. Released in 1999, ‘Juddmental’ saw him branching out into pop with a Ricky Martin parody as well as a Garth Brooks/Chris Gaines send-up and another ode to Twain, “Shania I’m Broke.”
Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express