Civil War music with Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

Jul 17, 2013

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announces a free special music program featuring old-time musicians Sparky and Rhonda Rucker at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 in the park Sugarlands Visitor Center theater.

The program will focus on the Civil War and its impacts on the Southern Appalachian Region, and will include stories, period music, and personal reflections on the war and its effects on the mountain people.

Sparky and Rhonda have performed throughout the United States, singing songs and telling stories. Sparky Rucker has been performing over 40 years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author.  Rhonda Rucker is an accomplished harmonica and piano player, and also adds vocal harmonies to their songs.

“We’re excited to have Sparky and Rhonda return to Sugarlands this summer,” said supervisory ranger Kent Cave. “As we continue to commemorate the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, this performance will be an entertaining and interesting way to learn more about the unique history of the war in these mountains.”

Sugarlands Visitor Center is located on U.S. Highway 441, two miles south of Gatlinburg, TN.  For more information call the visitor center at (865) 436-1291.  National park information is also available from the park’s website at