The organizers are music teachers and players who love acoustic music of all genres: folk, bluegrass, acoustic blues, jazz and classical. Getting together with folks and playing is also one of the main objectives of this group. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
If a member would like to suggest a 'meetup' please feel free.
Our musical influences are wide. Our bluegrass influences range from Flatt and Scruggs to Alison Krauss including Tim O'Brien, Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Nitty Gritty, Seldom Scene, Nashville Bluegrass, JD Crowe and New South, gosh I'm sure I've left folks out....but you get the picture.
Other influences are Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, John Denver, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and then we can go into the '80's.... The 90's ... Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow .........
There's so much good acoustic music to be heard & played. Let's get together and just do it.
If you are interested in becoming an assistant organizer just let us know and we'll be happy to add you to the list. If you are not an assistant but know of a good event to be scheduled, let us know that, too!
You will see a variety of items on our calendar, of which, not all are playin' sessions. Some will be listening sessions. To be a good musician, you need to be a good listener, right?!
For our pickin' parties, standards are a good way to get started and keep things rollin'. So I've started this SOS List (Songs of (the) Sessions).
Some Favorite Instrumentals
- Old Joe Clark - A
- Cripple Creek - A
- Little Red-Haired Boy - A
- Salt Creek - A
- Blackberry Blossom - G
- Soldier's Joy - D
- Cumberland Gap - G
- Bile 'Em Cabbage Down - A
- Foggy Mountain Breakdown (for 'em Banjars) - G (God's Key)
- ...feel free to suggest a fiddle tune for the group to work on
Some Favorite Vocal Tunes
- Will The Circle Be Unbroken - C
- I'll Fly Away - D
- Rocky Top - A
- Slew Foot - B
- Dooley - B
- Blue Moon of Kentucky - A
- Please suggest more....
These are just a samplin' of the many, many we do and are representative of the types of appropriate pickin' party tunes. They are somewhat easy chord progressions, recognizable and fun to play and sing. By all means the list is a living breathing changing evolving list and is, hopefully just a place to start so we all have something in common or at least are working toward having some 'tunes' in common.
PLEASE offer your suggestions for the list. Keep in mind there are various skill levels involved and if you are offering up a song you should probably know how to play and sing the tune you offer up.
If you are new to bluegrass, that's great! May I offer the suggestion that you have a 'capo' (pronounced 'KayPo'). New banjo players will need to soon invest in 'railroad spikes' for your banjo for capoing the 5th string when you put the other capo on the appropriate fret. I say railroad spikes because I'm not a fan of the sliding 5th string capo contraption.
Oh - one more thing. This is a social pickin' party. That means we don't all sit with our faces in a book reading songs word for word or following chord progressions by staring at a book. So step out on a limb with us and memorize a song or two or 45. When we're playing listen to others, watch you're neighbor if you're not sure of the chords (or pick out someone it knows the chords) and learn some new stuff!