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Wet Willie headlines Sautee Jamboree festival
Popular Southern rock band Wet Willie will headline the Sautee Jamboree this weekend.

The popular Southern rock band Wet Willie heads a diverse lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the the Sautee Jamboree two-day music and arts festival Sept. 23-24 at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.

A blend of familiar favorites and Sautee newcomers will be featured.

"We always try to mix it up a little bit, present something that we know our audience loves as well as something they might not have seen around here before," said festival co-producer Tommy Deadwyler. "There definitely is that pleasing sense of the old and new coming together at this year's Jamboree."

Wet Willie takes the stage between 9 and 10 p.m. Saturday.

Though Wet Willie initially split in 1980, the band reunites to tour periodically. Most of the original nucleus remains intact, led by lead singer and saxophonist Jimmy Hall, who co-wrote the band's biggest hit, "Keep on Smiling."

"Every time I play that song, I run into a new story from someone who was touched in some way by it," says Hall. "You know, someone who says, ‘your song really pulled me through,' or ‘that song really encouraged me when I needed it.' People really relate to that song."

Returning for a sixth straight Jamboree are the Mosier Brothers: banjo-playing vocalist Jeff Mosier joined by his guitarist brother, Johnny, and their longtime collaborator, fiddler David Blackmon.

"It just doesn't feel like a Sautee Jamboree without Jeff and Johnny and David," Deadwyler said.

Davin McCoy and The Coming Attractions return for a second year, as will Michelle Malone. Other artists familiar to the Sautee crowd are Sol Driven Train, Lefty Williams and Carly Gibson.

Among those making their Jamboree debut are American Anodyne, Insonnia, Larkin Poe, Shovels & Rope and Home Grown Revival.

Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. Sept. 23 and again at 10 a.m. Sept. 24. They are $40 for members of the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, $46 for all others.

Free primitive camping is available on site, and campers may begin setting up at noon. There is a limited amount of free parking around the venue, and multiple sites around the Sautee Center at $5 per car. Water, soft drinks, beer, wine and food will be available.

For more information, visit online or call 706-878-3300.