Sunday, June 28, 2015

JUNE 27, 2015
Gazebo at the Rossville, TN, Town Square

The first-ever bluegrass and old-time music jam at the Rossville, TN, Town Square was held on Saturday, June 27, 2015. What a glorious day it was for bluegrass and old-time music. Musicians and fans alike came out to play and listen to the music we all love! There is no jam on Saturday, the Fourth of July. The restaurant and businesses on the Rossville Town Square will be closed for the holiday. The music jam will return on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
With the Town's hearty approval, Cindy Krag, of stepped up to sponsor the event. Cindy and Betty Knox Salmon are joint owners of The Original Wolf River Café and the new town square gift store called In High Cotton. We are so grateful for their help in launching the jam! They invite you to eat at the café and to shop at the gift store. Furthermore, we can tell you that this is an ongoing event on Saturday evenings (5:30-9:00 PM Central) until rainy weather delays or postpones the event. Look for us on the Rossville Historic Town Square until about mid-October, when the musicians will take a break until the spring of 2016.

There is delicious fried catfish with all the trimmings at The Wolf on Friday ('til 10 PM), Saturday ('til 9:30 PM), and Monday ('til 8:00 PM). In addition, there is a full menu of other items and good ol' iced tea! In High Cotton Gift Shop stays open late on the nights that the café is also open late. Drop in and shop for that special gift for someone!
Thomas Dunavent, Mike Quick, Michael Osborne,
Fans at rear enjoying the music
Here are some photos from the bluegrass and old-time jam! You're invited to come and play, sing, or just enjoy the music. We must mention that the jam will adhere to bluegrass music traditions: A circle of performers who take their turns or pass to the next player, acoustic stringed instruments only, no drums/microphones/amplifiers, no drugs or alcohol, and no solicitation (political, personal, or religious). We keep it simple so that everyone can enjoy the music.
Wayne and Lil Byrd, Marilyn and Coley Graves
Coley Graves, Marilyn Graves, Lil Byrd, Wayne Byrd
Thomas Dunavent, Mike Quick, and Michael Osborne at rear
Foreground: Valerie Gray, Ken and Stephanie Chappell
Bruce White, Coley Graves, Marilyn Graves, Donna Gray, Karl Gray

Michael Osborne Mike Quick,
 Thomas Dunavent
Marilyn Graves and Coley Graves at rear
Foreground: Lil and Wayne Byrd
Marilyn Graves, Coley Graves,
 Thomas Dunavent,
Mike Quick, Michael Osborne 
Thomas Dunavent, Michael Osborne,
Marilyn Graves,
Coley Graves, Bruce White, Mike Quick
Wayne and Lil Byrd, Marilyn and Coley Graves
Karl Gray and Donna Gray
Michael Osborne at far left
Fans listening at rear
Two fans chatting and enjoying the music
on a lovely Saturday evening in Rossville

Rossville Town Square Bench dedicated to the
Memory of Aaron German
Grandson of Lowell & Betty Knox Salmon

Plaque in Memory of Aaron German
Grandson of Lowell & Betty Knox Salmon
Seen at lower right in bench photo above

Friday, June 5, 2015

(December 8, 1922 - June 1, 2015)
Jean Ritchie, truly a voice of America, has been called home.
Through the magic of the internet, we may hear Jean Ritchie again and again:
A memorial gathering for Jean was held on Sunday (June 7, 2015) from 2-5 PM local time at
Davis and Powell Funeral Home, 616 Chestnut Street, Berea, KY.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Appalachian Voices,
171 Grand Boulevard, Boone, NC 28607
Donations to Appalachian Voices may also be made online!
Pete Seeger and Jean Ritchie singin' on the porch in times gone by!
There are many YouTube videos of both Pete Seeger and Jean Ritchie. Give a listen sometime!
How very rich they made all of our lives, whether we know it or not.
Rest in peace, dear Jean and Pete! We are better because you lived and gave us your music!
Pick away in that Angel Band!