PRINCESS THEATRE - Raising the Curtain

Friday, March 9, 2018

Crawdaddy Jones to open for Delbert McClinton on May 11th!

Crawdaddy Jones, featuring Stevie Jones and Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley; (Crawdaddy on harmonica and vocals, and Stevie Jones on acoustic guitar).
Stevie Jones (left) and Crawdaddy (right)

Michael “Crawdaddy” Crawley was born in Detroit, Michigan. His musical influences stem from his family, especially his father, Frank, and his grandmother.  Frank introduced Crawdaddy to the music of Nat King Cole, The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots, as well as show tunes like “South Pacific,” “My Fair Lady” and “The Music Man.” Then one fateful day in 1964, he and millions of Americans saw the Beatles perform on the “Ed Sullivan Show” for the first time, which changed his musical life forever. Soon after he and his brother Brian began collecting all of the Beatles’ records they could find.

At the age of eight, Crawdaddy’s grandmother gave him his first harmonica (“Hohner’s Little Lady”), a gift from Hawaii where she once lived. It inspired him to learn his first Beatles song, “Love Me Do”, and pretty much from that point on Crawdaddy would always keep a harp in his pocket.

In 1972, while in high school, he joined his first band as lead singer with David Allen on guitar and drummer Bill Reyna called Ernie and the Neighborhood Gang. His cousin Kevin told him, “If you’re going to be a lead singer of a rock band you need to blow that harp once in a while.” So he took his advice, practicing constantly until he mastered the harp. 

Crawdaddy spent the year with various bands, some of which he formed, and had the privilege of playing with influencing artists. 

Crawdaddy moved to Knoxville, TN in 1991.

During those first few years in Knoxville he formed a band called Crawdaddy, which eventually morphed into the Macdaddies, playing clubs, parties and events and earning them the Best Blues band honors in 1994.

Crawdaddy’s first introduction to the world of Trop Rock was at Knoxville’s Tropic Festival in 1997, where he appeared with St. Somewhere, A1A and Greg Bridgewater. The next year he travelled to Key West with St. Somewhere for Meeting of the Minds, the official Convention for Parrot Heads in Paradise. Here he discovered Parrot Heads and their love of Trop Rock music. From 1998 to 2001 he joined St. Somewhere on the road, traveling all over the United States.
Thirty years after picking up his first harp, Crawdaddy continues the musical journey his grandmother began.  

You will be entertained by his harp as he opens for Delbert McClinton on May the 11th.

Delbert McClinton, Larry Raspberry, and Crawdaddy all on one stage for $39.50!  Get your tickets today at either, or at Duff Subaru and Roane Street Grill in Harriman, Tennessee.

Larry Raspberry (of "Keep On Dancing" fame) To Open For Delbert McClinton May 11th

Before Delbert McClinton hits the Princess Theatre stage on May 11, you'll be treated to the high energy of Larry Raspberry.  Cub Koda once described Larry this way, "On-stage, Larry Raspberry was a true dynamo, going back and forth between funky lead guitar and Jerry Lee Lewis-style piano pounding, all the while working the crowd like an evangelist full of spiritualistic fervor."
Larry Raspberry is a celebrated and consistent part of the American Music  scene representing a significant part of the Memphis Music heritage.  Larry is more active than ever as a performer, recording artist, public speaker, songwriter and producer of unique commissioned shows featuring some of the most famous rock and roll performers of the 60s, 70s, and 80s in his Rock For Real Revue.
Larry started by founding, leading and singing lead in the top ten hit record band The Gentrys (Keep On Dancing - #4 Billboard rock charts — MOM Records). The Gentrys were honored by the Memphis Music Foundation with a commemorative Note on Beale Street in 2012.
Following The Gentrys, Larry formed his band Larry Raspberry and The Highsteppers and recorded for Max Records, Mercury Records and Larry's labels Backroom Records and Intense Records.  He has 6 CDs in release at the present time with plans underway for 2 more CDs in the next 12 months.  Larry Raspberry and The Highsteppers were honored by the Memphis Music Foundation with a commemorative Note on Beale Street in 2015.
Larry Raspberry and The Highsteppers perform regularly to appreciative crowds and they continue to be known for their high energy on stage, for their wild abandon rock n roll and for Larry's original music.

Larry has distinguished himself as a songwriter. His music has been recorded by such creative artists as Jimmy Buffett (Dixie Diner), Carly Simon (Tired of Being Blonde), The Everly Brothers (Always Drive A Cadillac), Carl Perkins (Let's Get Upset), and more.

You get all this, and more*, for the price of one $39.50 ticket!

Tickets are going fast, so get yours now at either, or at Duff Subaru and the Roane Street Grill in Harriman, Tennessee.  DO IT TODAY!

*See next post about Michael (Crawdaddy) Crawley, and Steve Jones!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Princess Theatre Foundation Hosts 5th Annual Multi-County Talent Show - March 22

The Princess Theatre Foundation will host its annual talent show, now in its 5th year on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Princess Theatre in Harriman at 6 pm.

Categories for this year’s show will include music (individual and group), dance (solo and group), drama (skits, variety acts, monologues), and visual arts and literature (drawings, paintings, poetry, literature, crafts).

The entry fee is $25 per act (group or individual). If paying by check, please make it out to the Princess Theatre Foundation.
There will be a Princess Idol Award given to the overall winner of stage performances only. Winners in each category and age group will receive a trophy and a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Age categories are K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Entry forms can be faxed to 423-369-2821 or mailed to Oakdale School 225 Clifty Creek Road, Oakdale, TN 37829 with Attn: Paige Byrd. For more information or forms, please contact Paige Byrd at

General admission is $5 for adults. All area students and participants are admitted FREE. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 16, 2018.

There will be a dress rehearsal on March 21st beginning at 4 p.m. which will include a sound check. If you are unable to attend, please arrive early on Thursday to do a sound check prior to the performance. Entries for the art/literature portion must be submitted by March 16, 2018.  If art/literature entries need to be picked up, arrangements must be made prior to March 16.

Sidewalk art will begin on March 21, in front of the Princess Theatre. It is FREE and chalk will be provided.

Please fill out a form (see forms below) to register. Local students can get them from their school or you can visit the Princes Theatre Foundation’s page to print a form. These forms must be turned in by March 16.

Local merchants and interested individuals help sponsor the event which showcases school children’s talent and gives them a chance to perform live on stage. Long-time supporter of the Princess and movie actor MUSE WATSON will be on hand to greet theatre goers.

There will once again be sidewalk art beginning the day before the show.

John Condrone, a performing artist will emcee the show and perform along with previous Princess idol winners.

Businesses and local merchants who would like to sponsor the event can make checks payable to: Princess Theatre Foundation. Please mail all donations and sponsorship checks to 225 Clifty Creek Rd. Oakdale, TN 37829 with Attn: Paige Byrd.

Please join us for a night of fun and getting to see some of our great, local, and young talent!

Copy and past the form/s into an email and forward as indicated below.

Entry Forms -

5th Annual Multi-County Talent and Art Show

Princess Theatre, Harriman Tennessee
Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
Student names):__________________________________________________________

School: ___________________________________________________

Grade and Teacher
Name: ____________________________________

Group Name (if applicable): ___________________________________

Category: __________________________________________________
(Categories: vocal, instrumental, dance, art, literature)

*You must contact me by email with any questions or concerns. You may also contact me through text message. No phone calls please. I will respond as soon as possible. Please return your entry forms by fax or mail. You may also collect all forms at your school and they will be picked up by no later than Friday, March 9th.

Contact Information:
Paige Byrd*
225 Clifty Creek Rd.
Oakdale, TN 37829

Fax: 423-369-2821

***DEADLINE to enter is Friday, March 16, 2018***

Entry Fee $25 (individual or group)



Sidewalk art will begin on Wednesday, March 21 at the Princess Theatre in Harriman. Participation is FREE and chalk will be provided. Please arrive by 4:30 on March 21 in front of the Princess Theatre.

Sidewalk artists will be recognized during the talent show on March 22 that begins at 6 pm, during the art/literature portion of the show.

***Please register and return form to your school by Friday, March 16.

Student Name: ____________________________________________

School Name: ____________________________________________


***DEADLINE to enter is Friday, March 16, 2018***

Monday, February 19, 2018

Final Auditions For The Tennessee Medieval Faire This Saturday!

Are you funny, talented, and friendly?

Come to Final Auditions (#3) and Call Backs for the 4th annual Tennessee Medieval Faire. Seeking few more Street Characters for Robin Hood theme. Sat, 2/24, from 2-5p ET, at 125 Barrie Ln, Kingston. Festival opens May 19! "Live the Age of Chivalry!"

Experience knighthood, human battle chess, acrobats, jugglers, jousting matches, and so much more at the Tennessee Medieval Faire! Saddle up your dragon and fly on over to Harriman for this three-weekend-long festival straight out of Game of Thrones.  Opens May 19!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Live the Age of Chivalry at the Tennessee Medieval Faire - Audition Feb. 10th!

Open Auditions – February 10, 17 & 24
Vendors Needed – Deadline April 2

Darkhorse Entertainment, LLC, invites you to time-travel back to the Middle Ages at the fourth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire.  The festival is located in Harriman near I-40 just 30 miles west of Turkey Creek.  This rugged outdoor festival will spring to life on May 19 and run for three weekends, including Memorial Day.

Our theme this year is Robin Hood, and patrons are invited to Live the Age of Chivalry in the High Middle Ages (circa 1194).  Patrons can interact with well-loved characters of Sherwood Forest, meet Maid Marian, and even get knighted,” said Barrie Paulson, VP-Manager and Entertainment Director.

The festival will include continuous professional family-friendly entertainment.  In the tournament arena will be Real Jousting and Warriors’ Chess, where the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and his henchmen square off against good Robin and his Merry Men.  There will also be interactive comedy shows, puppet shows, Irish and Celtic music, English folk dances, patron costume contests, and costumed street characters.  In addition, vendors will be selling medieval crafts, food and beverages, including beer.
For those interested in participating as street characters, open auditions are Saturday, February 10, 17 and 24, from 2-5pm at 125 Barrie Lane, Kingston, TN.  Auditioners are asked to come prepared to demonstrate their talents, for example:  sing, play an instrument, tell a story in character, dance, and participate improvisational games.  Adults (ages 18+) are preferred.  Experience and costumes are helpful, but not required to audition.  Professional acts can audition by emailing show details and a video link to
The Faire is also seeking vendors to help create the village.  Vendors must make and sell their own wares, and all work will be juried to ensure quality and fit.  The application deadline is April 2.  Medieval crafts may include leather, glass, wood, cloth, metal, henna, face-painting and hair-braiding.  Medieval foods may include turkey legs, gyros, dragon jerky, Scotch eggs, bread bowl soup, pastries, fruit and desserts.  Please visit under the vendor tab to download the applications. 
The Tennessee Medieval Faire is a family-friendly outdoor festival.  Dates are May 19-20, 26-27-28, June 2-3.  Hours are 10am-5pm ET.  Ticket prices are $17 for ages 13+, $9 for ages 5 to 12, and free for ages 4 and under.  Field parking is free.  The festival is located at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman, TN. 

For more information, please visit, find the Tennessee Medieval Faire on Facebook, or call 865-376-0319.


Barrie Paulson
VP-Manager & Entertainment Director
c: 865-466-1902

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Mardi Gras Masquerade At The Princess - February 20th!

Join the fun Feb. 20 at Roane State Music Department's annual Mardi Gras celebration. Princess Theatre. Gumbo. Music. Costume contest, Gumbo contestants needed.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gospel Singing At The Princess Theatre - February 3rd!


With Special Guests:
  • Kelsey Cate from Nashville, TN and
  • Tanner Kirby from Kodak, TN

WHERE: The Princess Theatre in Harriman, TN

WHEN: Sat. February 3, 2018 @ 7pm
ADMISSION: $10.00 at the door

Proceeds benefit the Roane County Cancer Society

Friday, January 19, 2018

Delbert McClinton - Coming May 11th!

The Princess Theatre Foundation in association with i105.3 WFIV FM, Knoxville's Independent Radio Station, proudly presents Delbert McClinton in concert at the Princess Theatre on May 11th!

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Delbert McClinton and those who haven’t heard him yet. Delbert is always working on that second group.  We think you will be in that first group after the first song!
Lyle Lovett has said, “If we could all sing like we wanted to, we’d all sing like Delbert.

Celebrated three-time Grammy award winner Delbert McClinton and Self-Made Men released their newest recording, Prick Of The Litter on January 27th, 2017.  Prick Of The Litter contains 12 new songs that feature the soulful blend of blues, jazz, country and rock that has become synonymous with McClinton’s distinctive style.  The multi-Grammy Award winning artist is at the top of his game with his 19th studio album, Prick Of The Litter (Hot Shot Records/Thirty Tigers). 

The new offering captures the balance of soulful energy and restraint that the legendary performer has been delivering in his live performances for decades all over the world.  On Prick of the Litter, Delbert incorporates a variety of styles, and as always, just enough to keep him comfortably outside the traditional marketing categories.

Advanced tickets can be purchased at or at, Duff Subaru and the Roane Street Grill in Harriman.

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