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Cold Mountain Music Festival Announces Lineup for 2023

Celebrate summer with an eclectic range of live music, fun vendors, plenty of family friendly activities, and vibrant mountain views at the Cold Mountain Music Festival on August 12 at Lake Logan.

Located on the outskirts of Canton, Lake Logan boasts great mountain views, swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding, promising to make the festival a uniquely immersive experience. Campsites are available until reservations are filled.

Doors open at 10 a.m. Five great bands will take the stage starting at noon. The lineup includes Southeastern talent from North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Headlining the Saturday event is soul singer Bettye LeVette. Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the great soul interpreters of her generation”, Bettye LaVette is a vocalist who can take any type of song and make it completely her own. LeVette’s career began during the birth of soul music in the 1960s, and she is still creating vital recordings today. To quote the late, great George Jones: “Bettye is truly a ‘singer’s singer.”

The 2023 Cold Mountain Music Festival lineup also features Asheville local, Tyler Ramsey. Ramsey’s writing has been compared to Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, and his songs smartly blend elements of rock, Americana and folk, taking the listener on their own meditative, soulful and rewarding journey.

The lineup continues with Eddie 9V who hails from Atlanta, Georgia. One of the breakout artists of 2019 his sound includes horn blasts, drums rattles, and howling slide guitars. At the heart of it all is Eddie’s stinging guitar and unmistakable vocal, the bandleader thrilling us one minute with his soul-man holler, then spinning story songs like he’s sitting on the next barstool.

The weekend continues with performances by Grizzly Goat from Nashville, Tennessee, and Unspoken Tradition from western and central North Carolina. Grizzly Goats' blend of folk-rock spans the entire breadth of the Americana genre, from soft and sincere campfire ballads to rocking electric harmonica solos on top of pounding drums and flailing banjo.

Unspoken Tradition is about new, original Bluegrass and is a fast-rising voice of a new generation of roots music artists. Their 2019 release from Mountain Home Music Company, “Myths We Tell Our Young,” debuted at #5 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts.

Festival passes are on sale now. General admission is $70 for adults, $40 for youth, and free for children under 10. Campsites and catered breakfast can be reserved along with ticket purchase and will sell out fast.

Proceeds from the festival support the nonprofit ministries of Lake Logan – Retreat Center, Camp Henry, and the Outdoor School – making it possible to offer summer camp scholarships and program offerings throughout the year for every member of the family. Lake Logan’s mission is to serve Christ by welcoming all generations to experience restoration and reconciliation with God, one another, and creation.

Cold Mountain Music Festival is presented by the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina with partners iHeartMedia and Haywood County Tourism Development Authority. Sponsorship, vendor, and volunteer opportunities are available. Learn more and get tickets today at

If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the planning team at


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