Jackson County JAM (NC)
Located in Southwestern North Carolina is Jackson County. The musical roots of Jackson County run deep into the wellspring of traditional Appalachian music. The musical styles are mixed fairly evenly between old time, bluegrass, and gospel. Like its neighboring Haywood County, many of the styles here are mixed, producing the bluegrass gospel sound and many other musicians that play across genres. One of the most famous early musicians in Jackson County was Samantha Biddix Bumgarner who, in 1924, was the first woman to record “hillbilly” music. Her accompanist on the recording was Eva Smathers Davis of Sylva, NC. Samantha’s father, Has Biddix, was also a fiddler of some reknown. Today, there are still many musicians of high caliber in Jackson County like the notable Queen Family, The Fiddlin’ Dills Sisters, Darren Nicholson (award winning mandolin player with Balsam Range), Rye Holler Boys and the up and coming bluegrass/gospel band Mountain Faith.
Fall 2012 Instructors and Staff at Jackson Co. JAM:
Dusk Weaver, Program Director
Jackson County JAM is held at Cullowhee Valley School for kids in grades 3 – 8 on Thursday afternoons from 3:45 – 4:40 September – May of each year.
Classes are in Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin & Banjo
Amy Ammons Garza
For more information, please contact:
Jackson County JAM
538 Scotts Creek Rd., Suite 205
Sylva, NC 28779