A chance to start new traditions

It’s the third week in July, and that means the hills of Eastern Ohio once again will come to life with the sights and sounds of country music.

And, while the name, location and scale of this year’s regional outdoor festival will all be new, fans will have the chance to relax while enjoying live music.

The Blame My Roots Country Music Festival will run Thursday through Saturday at the Valleyview Campgrounds in Belmont. For 28 years, the private facility served campers who had traveled from all parts of the country to be a part of Jamboree in the Hills.

That festival, which was first held in 1977, effectively came to an end when Live Nation announced in November that it had been placed on hiatus.

That decision provided an opportunity for the Dutton family, which owns the campgrounds, to organize a music event of their own.

The lineup for the inaugural event includes the Gypsy Cowboys, the Ullom Band and the Stickers Thursday; Walker Montgomery, the 11/70 Band, Whiskey Myers, Dillon Carmichael, Joe Diffie and Trace Adkins on Friday; Sydney Mack, Joe Zelek, Whey Jennings, Gabby Barrett, Ryan Hurd, Kyle Daniel, Lyndsey Ell on Saturday.

There also will be a disc jockey and a separate stage featuring local artists, assuring, organizers said, that those who attend will be able to enjoy live music from the moment they arrive at the site.

Organizers hope to attract 6,000 or so spectators each day, and explained that ticket sales will be capped at 6,500.

While area residents might never know for sure what caused Live Nation to pull the plug on what had been one of the larger country music festivals in the East and Midwest, we’re certain they will be able to enjoy different experiences while creating new traditions beginning Thursday, when the first Blame My Roots event gets under way.


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