Battle at Rock Creek

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Battle at Rock Creek began Aug. 15 with three bands taking the Rock Creek Park stage in Lewisburg to compete for a shot at $2,500 and the chance to open for Shenandoah at the Goats, Music and More Festival. Now, it's down to the final four.

In all, 12 bands competed for the four semifinal spots over the course of four Saturday nights bringing an average of 350 people to Rock Creek Park from Marshall County and surrounding counties.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, Nickajack, Chip Willmore, Tyterope and Uncle Tom will compete for the two final spots and a step closer to the grand prize.

Nickajack comes from Dayton, Tenn., and is led by front man James Cain. James Cain is a singer/songwriter out of Nashville whose music has caught the attention of such country music legends as Alan Jackson. He hooked up about two months ago with some mountain boys from Dayton and they have been setting the stage for a country music career that is sure to come their way. You can check out Nickajack at

Chip Willmore of Hendersonville is a singer/songwriter who's been honing his craft since the eighth grade. Raised on a horse ranch, Chip has always had music in his heart as well as his faith in God and his songs reflect both. You can hear Chip Willmore by logging onto;; or

The boys from Chapel Hill took home the third spot in the competition on Sept. 12. Tyterope of Chapel Hill have been playing together since they started at Forrest High School and won the talent show performing Free Bird in 2007. Since then, the band has played Rocket Town, numerous benefit concerts and even played the youth stage at our very own Goats, Music and More. Take a listen to Tyterope at

Uncle Tom of Shelbyville features father and son, Tom and Toby Fuss, who have been playing together for most of Toby's life. The band, with James Bolin on bass, has been performing for six years now and has even performed at the Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville. Toby says his son is getting so good on the guitar that they may add a fourth member and a third generation to the band soon.

On Friday, Oct. 9, after the first full day of the Goats, Music and More Festival, the final two bands will open the evening's entertainment by competing for the Battle at Rock Creek title as best band on Southern Middle Tennessee. Shenandoah will headline Friday night following the Battle at Rock Creek performers. Motown Madness and Shawn Klush, The Closest Thing to the King, perform on Saturday night, Oct. 10. Admission to the Goats, Music and More Festival and the nightly concerts is free.