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Jan 21, 2020 - 9:30:07 AM
225 posts since 4/10/2008

I live in the west. If I had a week or two to spend learning, experiencing, exploring and gaining an appreciation of the real roots, history, of mountain, rural, bluegrass music what would you suggest. Where would I go what would I see. I would assume I would go somewhere in the south. Give me suggestions, towns, jams, festivals, people, teachers, workshops, music stores, instrument makers etc.

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:09:54 AM
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TonyW

USA

88 posts since 10/13/2007

The Mt. AIry NC/ Galax VA area is hard to beat. Mt. Airy has the Earle Theater which hosts the second longest running live radio show in the Merry-go-Round. The Earle Theater also has nationally known bands play there at least once a month and more so in the summer. There are countless places to jam and people to jam with. There is old-time and bluegrass bands. There is a fiddler's convention June 5th and 6th. Galax is just up the mountain and their fiddler's convention is in August. Galax also hosts Houstonfest which has many national acts and local acts playing. You would meet all kinds of people who play music as well as country folk who don't play but love it. There are a few small music stores. There are tons of instrument makers all over this area. Fiddle makers may be the most numerous. I'm sure others who are more connected and well-known can add to this.

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:56:40 AM
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7 posts since 12/19/2019

If you are traveling by car, stop by Banjo Museum in OKC.

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:53:10 AM
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1311 posts since 4/13/2009

http://www.thecrookedroad.org    Explore the Crooked Road in SW Virginia.

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:47:45 PM

239 posts since 3/29/2018

Merle Fest and visit Banjo Warehouse

Jan 21, 2020 - 4:53:48 PM
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kwl

USA

544 posts since 3/5/2009

I'll second the Banjo Museum in OKC and the Crooked Road. Although it doesn't have a lot of banjos, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is a great place to visit for anyone interested in instruments.

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:01:52 PM

2127 posts since 4/5/2006

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Originally posted by deestexas

http://www.thecrookedroad.org    Explore the Crooked Road in SW Virginia.


If the above link doesn't work for you try, The crooked road

All of the above. Travel light, banjo, sleeping bag, tooth brush, minimum clothes, credit card, and as much cash as you feel comfortable carrying. Two weeks ain't near enough!  But if that's all you have, fly to the nearest airport & rent a car.

Now that I'm retired, I'd drive the hot rod and except for arrival at my starting point, there would be no time schedule. smiley


 

Edited by - monstertone on 01/21/2020 17:14:49

Jan 21, 2020 - 6:31:02 PM
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139 posts since 4/10/2018

All the above mentioned places are great, Consider Bristol and the Country Music Museum there. Also Asheville and a journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s all good and plenty of old time and bluegrass sites along the way! Happy trails!

Jan 22, 2020 - 7:36:21 AM

104 posts since 4/20/2009

KENTUCK THE CROOKED ROAD

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:43:53 AM
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4644 posts since 9/5/2006

in north carolina there are alot of fiddlers conventions starting in march and earl scruggs museum in shelby n.c. as mentioned mt airy is a goodun and the 3rd week in july sparta nc has a good fiddlers convention,, lil johns festival is good in snow camp. in sept ibma is in raleigh,,, its huge. hopw you see alot an have fun.

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:17:13 PM
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2127 posts since 4/5/2006

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Originally posted by Big Doug

I live in the west. If I had a week or two to spend learning, experiencing, exploring and gaining an appreciation of the real roots, history, of mountain, rural, bluegrass music what would you suggest. Where would I go what would I see. I would assume I would go somewhere in the south. Give me suggestions, towns, jams, festivals, people, teachers, workshops, music stores, instrument makers etc.


Music brings people together who may otherwise never associate with one another. Music is the key to opening the door to their world.

Do you have any relatives East of the big muddy? Do they know you play Bluegrass banjo? If the answer to either is yes, that may be a good starting point. You may luck out by someone knowing someone who also plays Bluegrass or OT.  Do a search on BHO for players in areas nearby your relatives. Contact them ahead of time about getting together when you are in the area.

It's impossible to come anywhere close to getting to know people by just picking with them a few short hours & moving on. But if you can return next year & pick with them again, the ice has already been broken & you are no longer a stranger. Do not overextend yourself, by moving too fast. Slow down & smell the roses.

Wishing you the best.

JD

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