This is a meetup for country musicians to get together and jam some classic and retro country tunes.

We're talking, Hank, Buck, Cash, Merle, Lefty, Loretta, Patsy, Ray Price, Willie, Waylon, George Jones, Johnny Horton, Bob Wills, Graham Parsons, Kristofferson, Webb Pierce along with current retro-country bands like BR-549, Mike Stinson, Wayne Hancock, The Derailers, Hank III, Paul Burch, Two Dollar Pistols, Robbie Fulks, Asleep at the Wheel and so on.

Any styles we can pull off we'll do. Shuffles, western swing, 2-step, r ockabilly, bluegrass, folk, back-beat rock seem to be the go-to's. As long as it's a classic country tune, it's good. No blues jams! Some current pop-country radio stuff can be snuck in from time to time.  But no Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood or Keith Urban at any time.

Great place to meet other country-lovin' musicians in a cool, easy-going jam, with plenty of time fire off the chops, sing the great songs of Country.

Guitarists, bassists, steel, lap, mando, fiddle, harmonica, vocalists, drummers, all welcome. All talent levels welcome, but most players have been around the block a bit.  A Songbook is provided for the jams with lyrics and chords (some in Nashville notation) of our standard list of tunes - see below!

Generally, we'll meet in a rehearsal room somewhere on the West Side, though we'll plan on a couple out in the Valley, South Bay and Long Beach if enough pickers join from that part of town. Please check the details of the meetups when scheduled.

It's Pickin' Time, y'all.



Other tunes will be added as we go, but this is generally our playlist:


  • Cold, Cold Heart
  • Hey Good Lookin'
  • I Can't Get You Off My Mind
  • I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
  • Lost Highway
  • Mind Your Own Business
  • Moanin' the Blues
  • My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
  • Please Don't Let Me Love You
  • There's a Tear in My Beer
  • Weary Blues from Waiting
  • Your Cheating Heart
  • You Win Again


  • Act Naturally
  • Close Up the Honky Tonks
  • Cryin' Time Again
  • Down on the Corner of Love
  • Excuse Me, I Think I've Got a Heartache
  • Love's Gonna Live Here
  • My Heart Skips a Beat
  • Only You
  • Together Again
  • Your Tender Loving Care


  • Mama Tried
  • Swinging Doors
  • The Bottle Let Me Down
  • Shackles and Chains
  • Working Man
  • Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink


  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • Get Rhythm
  • I Walk the Line
  • Jackson
  • Ring of Fire
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky


  • Cow Cow Boogie
  • Drinkin' Blues
  • Gonna Be Flyin' Tonight
  • High Rollin' Train
  • Thunderstorms and Neon Signs
  • You Nearly Lose Your Mind

OTHER FOLKS (by performance of the tune)

  • Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain - Willie Nelson
  • On The Road Again - Willie Nelson
  • Whiskey River - Willie Nelson
  • Bubbles in My Beer - Bob Wills
  • Cherokee Boogie - BR-549
  • Country Heroes - Hank III
  • Crazy - Patsy Cline
  • Drivin' Nails in My Coffin - Hank Thompson
  • End of the Line - Bob Wills
  • Gentle on My Mind - Kris Kristofferson
  • Georgia on a Fast Train - BR-549
  • Going Away Party - Bob Wills
  • Guitars and Cadillacs - Dwight Yoakum
  • Two Doors Down - Dwight Yoakum
  • Help Me Make it Through the Night - Kris Kristofferson
  • Honky Tonk Song - Webb Pierce
  • I Ain't Never - Webb Pierce
  • If the Shoe Fits - Hank III
  • If You Got the Money Honey - Webb Pierce
  • It's Hard to Kiss the Lips - Cherry Bombs
  • Lifetime to Prove - BR549
  • Long Black Veil - Roseanne Cash
  • Me and Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson
  • Milk Cow Blues - Bob Wills
  • Mystery Train - Elvis
  • Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
  • Roly Poly - Bob Wills
  • Route 66 - just about anyone
  • Sea of Heartbreak - Roseanne Cash
  • Six Days on the Road - Dave Dudley
  • Six Pack to Go - Hank Thompson
  • There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce
  • This Land is Your Land - traditional
  • Walking After Midnight - Patsy Cline
  • White Lightning - George Jones
  • You're Still on My Mind - George Jones
  • Bury Me Underneath the Weeping Willow - traditional
  • Help Me Make it Through the Night - Kris Kristofferson








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