Spectators were not charged admission to the live music event, however, attendees had to dine in at the barbecue joint to claim a seat.
“I liked their wholehearted and soulful sound that they had,” Tori Downing, a Pigeon Forge resident, said in regard to the band. “Their aura they put off is very friendly.”
This event left no empty space inside the restaurant, and the full crowd was energetic. Many people joined in by clapping or singing along with some of the popular gospel songs, such as, “I’ll Fly Away” and “Amazing Grace.”
“I have not [heard of this band before] but I liked them a lot, they brought home a country feel,” Downing said.
Downing also mentioned that The Ray Ball Singers made her consider playing bluegrass herself.
“I’ve never had the courage, before now, to bring out my inner hee-haw,” Downing said in regards to playing and singing bluegrass. “My dad could tear up a banjo, so maybe I’ll take it up myself and play like this band did.”
After hearing about the event on Facebook, Dustin Sutton, longtime Sevier County resident, said he decided to head to the barbecue joint, when he got off work, to listen to the band play.
“I’ve always been a fan of ‘I’ll Fly Away’, and I really liked their version,” Sutton said.
Sutton said he hopes to hear the band play again.
“I thought their guitar playing and picking was good, made for a good ol’ time,” Sutton said.
Buddy’s Bar-b-q’s Sevierville location will host local bluegrass/gospel bands every Monday night, in February, at 6:45 p.m.