I live in a county in North Carolina (Iredell) with a rich heritage of bluegrass music. Growing up here I knew many families with bluegrass blood…. musical ability passed down from generation to generation. From young to old they came together to play music. Nothing high brow. We didn’t have violinists….we had fiddlers. Our fiddler’s convention had people coming from near and far to hear the best in bluegrass.
My friend Drew, who normally plays in the band 3rd Creek Bluegrass, has organized a monthly bluegrass jam in my town (Statesville, NC) that’s always a fun time. There’s no telling which musicians will show up, but if they do they are welcome to join in and even lead a song or two. All ages and instruments are welcome, as you can see. Tonight we even had someone playing the spoons!
It’s an informal night for the purpose of having a good time and having musicians who don’t usually play together get that chance. The old mentor the young….and sometimes the young mentor the old…but regardless of age there is respect for the music.
I added a couple of snips of video at the end, just so you can get an idea of the music. I always seemed to record when there was someone who needed to pass by, so tonight I never got a full song recorded. I finally gave up, snapped a few pictures and just enjoyed the music.
So this is what I did tonight in our town. What were you up to?