GRITS is well versed in several Genres:

R&B/Funk / Dance / Pop
Back-up band for Paula Michelle (former Raylette) 2012 & 2013 Dandridge Music on Town Series
Playlist includes lots of high energy pop rock and dance and funky music.

Classic Rock - Southern Rock
Especially favored by car and bike enthusiasts, special events, BBQ festivals, etc

80s Rock - Popular for Class Reunion and 80s Parties - features Abby Helton

Selected to represent East Tennessee at the 2014 International Blues Competition in Memphis
Back-up band for  International Blues Artist Larry Grisham on several shows since 2008.  GRITS has a wide selection of many styles of blues,  from the 30s til present.

Performed country music at 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Dumplin Valley Concert Series and 2015, 2016  Lenior City Park July 4th Show and local VFW, Elks, and other establishments that call for Country songs in the mix.  Singer Rick Sharp has several top-200 country hits in Europe where he toured for a several years.   Rick also has a Waylon Tribute show that we incorporate on occasion.

As a very versatile group, GRITS can play many styles of music, whatever the crowd calls for at whatever volume is appropriate for the venue.  GRITS performs throughout East Tennessee at many and various venues such as:

Brackins Blues Club, Maryville

Rarity Bay Resort

Elks Lodge, Morristown

Off The Hook Marina, Cherokee Lake

Newport Harvest Festival 2015, 2016, 2017

Municipal Festivals                                                               
All Smoky Mountain Brewery Venues
Harley Davidson Dealer Events   
Bristol Raceway Miller Lite Rocking & Racing Series 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Rockin The Docks Lenoir City 2015 , 2016

Gatlinburg RibFest, County Fairs, City Street Festivals,

Class Reunions LOVE GRITS

Dandridge June Jubilee 2015,2016,2017, 2018

GRITS has also opened for large concert venues  for major acts as:
Little River Band
Joe Nichols
Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels
1964 The Tribute
Chris Hennessee  

The Beat Daddys

A few current references:

Rarity Bay Resort Corrie Manager                                                (423) 884-3020
Smoky Mountain Brewery                          John Woodward        (410) 207-4243
Cocke County Partnership Lynn Ramsey                                    (423) 608-3822
Aaron Snukals -  Music Promoter Southeast                               (865) 368-4602
Little River Band                                            Chris Marion           (615) 812-0354       
Creative Event Svcs & Mgt Group             Tom Bullard               (865) 209-0858
Jefferson County Chamber Commerce   Darrel Helton               (865) 397-9642
Carson Newman College Randall O’ Brien, President                 (865) 368-8364

A Few Referrals:


Alan Palmieri    Jefferson County Mayor    Dandridge, TN 37725            Feb 2016
"Each time I have had the opportunity to hear GRITS perform, it lifts my spirits.   Always a great performance."     

Tom Bullard, Owner Creative Event Services ,  who has produced thousands  of national top-tier entertainment events, and featured Grits on multiple municipal and corporate events says this:
 "Grits is a great band, talented musicians performing their own material along with a variety of covers. They are perfect for a wide range of events.  I've used them multiple times and always been pleased." 

Chris Marion of Little River Band says this concerning Grits and TN Weather:  "Mark has been one of my best friends and an occasional band mate for over 35 years. But, I truly got excited about Grits when I had an opportunity to sit in with the guys on an actual gig and became convinced that we needed to record their music. There is a phenomenal chemistry and musicianship in the band and their interaction with the crowd and relationship with a growing fan base explains why they have become regulars in demand around the East Tennessee music scene. With their recording, "TN Weather", they are ready to step up to regional and even national audiences with their distinct blend of blues and funk infused rock. I am proud of our collaboration and look forward to any opportunity to sit in with GRITS." 

 For  information & booking - Mark Havely  (865) 567-6944