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Hickory Hill

Chairman, Talent Coordinator, Coordinator for Bluegrass Media Publicity

The Overton Bluegrass Festival


Hickory Hill

Hickory Hill

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Don Eaves, ...

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Don Eaves, Festival Chairman

This was the first year the ...

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This was the first year the Stanleys organized the festival and at the opening they gave a plaque to the man who made it possible the previous 22 years, Don Eaves.

The casually-clad Eaves said in amusement, "If I knew I would be getting this, I'd dress better."
He thanked the Stanleys, then thanked the audience for being there.
Twenty-three years ago, Eaves, Phillip Sikes and the then-Mayor of Overton, Jack Barrett, decided their town could use a social boost.
To show people what a good town Overton is," Eaves recalled.
Eaves managed the Bluegrass Festival from beginning to 2010. His own band, Hickory Hill, has never missed an Overton performance. Eaves left Hickory Hill in 2009.
Veteran members Early and Stegall and Eaves formed Hickory Hill in 1979 with Ronny Singley and Roland Foster.

Tyler Morning Telegraph

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Don Eaves, founder of the festival and 26-year member of Hickory Hill, said he fell in love with bluegrass music after a day of fishing years ago.He came to shore to hear groups of people playing bluegrass together, and dragged his family back the next day to hear it.

"The music struck a note with me," he said.
Eaves plays the banjo with longtime bandmate John Early in Hickory Hill, who played Friday night and will continue to perform originals and twists on old favorites Saturday afternoon.

Tyler Morning Telegraph

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OVERTON - Don Eaves was returning from a day of fishing in Florida in the late 1960s when he stumbled upon a music festival.

So 17 years ago, when the Overton City Council was looking for an event to bring visitors in, then-City Council member Phillip Sikes, a friend of Eaves, suggested a bluegrass festival, knowing the family atmosphere it could encourage and the following it could attract.
Eaves, who is the co-chairman of the event and the banjo player for Hickory Hill, said the festival is different from others because of its wholesome family atmosphere.
"I like the idea of wholesome, family-friendly music that is fun to play," he said.

Meet Our Staff

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Don Eaves

2010 Overton Bluegrass Festival Committee
Don Eaves , Chairman, Talent Coordinator, Coordinator for Bluegrass Media Publicity
Mr. & Mrs. Don Eaves and Gary Edwards between them.

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