Posted by arcticpoppy on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
One of my favorite features here on BHO is where you can search for jams and other banjo happenings across the country and around the globe. Since I was headed to TN, VA, and NC last May, I found the note about the Wed. night jams at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence, VA. I am SOOOOO glad that I stopped by while I was in the area! Anyway, I was just thinking back to how they did it -- they went around the circle and each person had a chance to start or request the next song. One of the wonderful things about that was that if someone wanted to just play a song that not everyone knew, they got a chance to do it -- and we all got a chance to hear new and different songs. There was one woman there who was a wonderful singer who had prepared a song to sing for us that she had written. That was great.
I love my jam group that meets Thursday nights at Guido's Pizza in Anchorage. But our method of song choice by whatever organically happens from the fiddlers -- although at times inspired and fantastic! -- can sometimes mean that there is more talking than some might care for.
And oh, a question about Independence, VA: I loved the area, so beautiful. And it's on the New River. So, what is this about the New River being the oldest river on the continent? Intriguing....
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @5:14:13 AM
Glad you enjoyed your trip and that sounds like a great jam session. You got to wonder how they figure the New river is the oldest on the continent....
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