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Bluegrass Takes Root at Vol State with Jam Sessions and Classes

Submitted on October 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Bluegrass music often brings together musicians in a spirited community where players and fans can share in a relaxed atmosphere. That's the idea behind a new series of Bluegrass Jam Sessions at Volunteer State Community College. The picking sessions are part of a new a new Bluegrass approach at the college that will include classes in the future.

"I think the number of young players who have grown up listening to the rebirth of this music at the grass roots level is growing, and we are really just now starting to see some of the up-and-coming artists of this most recent bluegrass revival," said musician Melissa DuPuy. "They have seen that it's just plain fun."

DuPuy is helping to lead with sessions with fellow Bluegrass musician Dr. James Satterwhite. The two are working with Vol State Continuing Education and Academic Affairs to develop classes that can help players develop.

Bluegrass players are a devoted group of musicians," said DuPuy. "They play the music simply because they love it. Jam sessions offer a venue for players and singers to share their music with one another in a very informal setting. The upcoming classes and Continuing Ed programs will go a step further and provide insight into the history of this music as well as courses in career opportunities, music theory geared for acoustic musicians, and both private and ensemble lessons, just to name a few."

The Bluegrass Jam Sessions are coming up on Monday, October 25, Friday, November 12 and Monday, November 22. They are free and open to everyone. You don't need to register ahead of time, you can just show up and play or listen. All of the sessions will start at 6:30 p.m. and are held in the Carpeted Dining Room in the Wood Campus Center on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. For more information about the sessions and to get on a mailing list about future classes e-mail: mdupuy@bellsouth.net

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