The Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival, hosted by Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long, will feature three days of bluegrass and gospel music on May 4 – 6, 2017 at Elijah Clark State Park in Lincolnton. The lineup for the fifth annual festival includes The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, The Oak Ridge Boys, Connie Smith, Jeff & Sherri Easter, Daryle Singletary, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, The Band Kelley, Leroy Troy, The Marksmen, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, The Jeff Little Trio, The Rebekah Long Band, The Inspirations, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Moron Brothers and The Doug Flowers Band.
The Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival is produced by Adams Bluegrass LLC, the award-winning promoters Norman and Judy Adams who are headquartered in Dahlonega, Georgia. Advance tickets are $45 for Thursday and Friday, $50 for Saturday or $95 for all three days. Children’s tickets are $25 per day or $60 for all three days. For camping reservations at Elijah Clark State Park, call 1-800-864-7275 or reserve at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.
Little Roy Lewis grew up as a founding member of the Lewis Family, long recognized as “The First Family of Gospel Bluegrass.” He was one of the eight children of Roy (“Pop”) and Pauline (“Mom”) Lewis and one of the four who began performing in the late 1940s as The Lewis Brothers until Roy and the daughters joined the group in 1951 and they changed the name to the Lewis Family. Three generations of Lewises recorded, performed and toured together for more than six decades. “Mom” Lewis passed away on Feb. 8, 2003, and patriarch Roy “Pop” Lewis died at age 98 on March 23, 2004. Though the official family group retired in 2009, the musical roots run deep. Sheri Easter, who along with her husband Jeff has earned numerous awards including six Dove Awards, is the daughter of Little Roy’s sister, Polly Lewis Copsey. Roy’s youngest sister, Janis, performers with her son, grandson and nephew in The Lewis Tradition.
Elizabeth Long, or Lizzy as her friends and fans know her, was born on a farm in Lincolnton on the same road where the Lewis Family lived. She started playing piano at a young age and soon took up fiddle, guitar, autoharp, bass, banjo, and mandolin, as well. At 15 due to trouble at home, Lizzy was taken in by Little Roy Lewis and his wife, Bonnie, who became her foster parents. The first recipient of the Glenville State College Bluegrass Music Certificate Scholarship Program in West Virginia, Lizzy graduated, moved to Nashville and began performing solo. She already has Dove Awards, IBMA Awards and induction into America’s Old Time Fiddler’s Country Hall of Fame under her belt.
As a member of The Lewis Family, Little Roy, a banjo master, has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, SPGBMA Hall of Greats, IBMA Hall of Honor, and the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. When The Lewis Family officially disbanded in 2009, Roy and Lizzy formed the Little Roy and Lizzy Show and began to record and tour, although Lizzy continues to pursue solo projects. In 2012, the pair established their namesake music festival in honor of The Lewis Family Homecoming and Bluegrass Festival that had been held for 22 years at Elijah Clark State Park until the final one in 2009.