About Us

The Atwood Music Festival was founded in 1975 by several bluegrass loving locals of Lawrence County, Mississippi who had the dream of creating a festival for locals to come and enjoy on Memorial Day weekend. This group of Lawrence County residence pulled together their funds, connections, and worked together to hold the first ever Lawrence County Bluegrass Festival.

The first ever festival was held at the Atwood Water Park on Memorial Day weekend featuring Doc Watson and Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass. This event created a great environment for residents all over the county and some from surrounding counties a place to enjoy time with family and friends and also getting to enjoy all the beautiful park located adjacent to the Pearl River had to offer.

Once Donald Vince and his friends saw what this festival could become they quickly started planning for the following year. What started as a local residence concert and camping weekend quickly became and event that people from all over would come to see. The festival as time went on starting exploring music options that reached a larger audience by introducing country music artist, Christian bands, rock bands, and more.

Thanks to the hard work of the residence of Lawrence County who started this festival it has been thriving ever since offering the people of southwest Mississippi a place to come enjoy a relaxed weekend with nature and great music right out your tent or camper door. The festival has even become a long, standing tradition for families with some coming as long as 40 years without missing a year.

We in Lawrence County are so proud of this festival and the opportunities it offers for our community and our residents. We hope you all enjoy this event as much as we do and look forward to seeing you all at the festival year to year.

Below is a list of the artist who have played on our stage in years past up to the current artist:

1975 – Lester Flatt and the Nashville Grass, Doc Watson

1976 – Grandpa Jones, Jim Jesse and the Virginia Boys

1977 – Minnie Pearl, Paul Ott Carruth

1978 – Dave and Sugar, Kurt Kilpatrick

1979 – The Hagar Twins, Jimmy Martin

1980 – Stella Parton, The Carter Family

1981 – Dave and Sugar, Rattlesnake Annie McGowan

1982 – Helen Cornelius, Razzy Bailey, Paul Ott Carruth

1983 – David Frizell and Shelley West, Jimmy C. Newman, Elmer Fudpucker, Eddie Rabbit

1984 – Charly McClain, Vern Gosdin, Lorrie Morgan, Linda Nail, Kent Westberry

1985 – Justin Tubb and the Texas Troubadors, Jacky Ward, Helen Cornelius, Kathy Twitty

1986 – Dan Seals, Robin Killen

1987 – Tom T Hall, Mark Gray,

1988 – Jim Ed Brown, Shelley Mangrum

1989 – Billy Crash Craddock, Mike Snider, Vicki Bird

1990 – Baillie and the Boys, Irlene Mandrell, Jimmy C. Newman and the Cajun Country.

1991 – Connie Smith, Scott McQuaig

1992 – Gene Watson,

1993 – Ronnie McDowell, Mac McAnally

1994 – Jimmy C. Newman, John Conlee, Pearl River

1995 – Terry McBride and the Ride, James Dixon, Dave and Sugar

1996 – Paul Overstreet, Lee Roy Parnell

1997 – Ronnie McDowell, Confederate Railroad

1998 – Wade Hayes, Doug Supernaw

1999 – Suzy Bogguss, Aaron Tippin

2000 – Ricky Van Shelton, Cletus T. Judd, Tracy Byrd

2001 – Tracy Lawrence, The Bellamy Brothers, The Kinleys

2002 – Highway 101,Trace Adkins, John Anderson,

2003 – Neal McCoy, Doug Stone, Ricochet

2004 – Sammy Kershaw, Jeff Bates, Honky Tonk Tailgate Tour

(Chad Brock, Rhett Akins, David Kersh, and Daryle Singletary)

2005 – Joe Diffie, Pam Tillis, Andy Griggs

2006 – Marty Stuart, Exile, Little Texas, Billy Dean, Kelsey

2007 – Emerson Drive, Keith Anderson, Shane Prather,

2008 – Charlie Daniels Band 2009 – Jamey Johnson, LoCash Cowboys, Honky Tonk Tailgate Tour ( Mark Wills, Trent Willmon, Jeff Bates), The Lost Trailers

2010 – LoCash Cowboys, Colt Ford, Chris Young

2011 – Easton Corbin, Jake Owens

2012 – Brett Eldridge, Craig Campbell, Randy Houser

2013 – Frank Foster, LoCash Cowboys, Earl Thomas Conley, Chris Cagle

2014 – Chris Jansen, Craig Morgan

2015 – Chase Bryant, Travis Tritt

2016 – Jeff Bates, Brother Osbourne, The Bellamy Brothers, LoCash

2017 – William Michael Morgan, Little Texas, Drake White and the Big Fire

2018 – Ben Haggard, Muscadine Bloodline,(rainout) Steel Wood, Oakridge Boys, Colt Barron

2019 – David Lee Murphy, Steel Woods, Sweet Tea Trio, Matt Mason

2020- Zach Bridges, Sullivan’s Hollow, Sweet Tea Trio

2021- Lainey Wilson, Larry Fleet, Royal Horses, Fordie Hayes

2022- Jerrod Niemann, LANCO, Zach Top, Dr. Zarr

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