June 23, 2024

Morgan Wallen performs at Cotton Eyed Joe

The country artist from Sneedville, Tennessee returns to his roots to rock Appalachia

Friday March 30, rising country artist Morgan Wallen took the stage at the Cotton Eyed Joe off Kingston Pike. As a Tennessee native, Wallen looked to thrill the home crowd, including many who watched him compete on season six of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Wallen brought a bit of old, country twang to the modern country bar. He performed his first hit single “The Way I Talk” to a cheering crowd. 

“I love seeing Morgan Wallen perform because he takes the sounds off old country and ties them into new music, all while making you feel how much he loves Knoxville,” UT student and fan Mia Wolfenbarger said. 

Wallen threw in other genres of music he sang while on “The Voice.” He performed a mash up, including Led Zeppelin songs and “hillbilly country”. 

Closing with his newest hit “Up Down,” a track featuring Florida-Georgia Line, Wallen left the fans at the Cotton Eyed Joe chanting his name and singing his songs for the rest of the night. 

The Joe, whose moniker comes from local patrons, features many country artists conducive to its down home, Southern feel. Country artists like Cole Swindell and Dylan Scott got their starts headlining at The Joe. 

College students frequent the bar. Concert tickets range from $10-$30. Cotton Eyed Joe requires a $10 cover charge at the door if you are under 21. The bar also advertises Sunday nights as college night with food and drink sales for patrons holding a student ID. 

The next concert at the Cotton Eyed Joe will feature Ned LeDoux on April 21 followed by a packed May schedule including Chase Rice and High Valley. For a full calendar of concerts or to preorder tickets check out the Cotton Eyed Joe.


Edited by Lexie Little