Plenty of Picking at the Sumner Bluegrass Jamboree

Submitted on March 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

The second annual Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree is coming to Volunteer State Community College on Saturday, April 13 and everyone is invited to enjoy the free competitions and concerts. The event is hosted by Vol State as part of the bluegrass music degree program at the College.

The competition starts at noon with Mandolin, Guitar, Pee Wee Fiddle, Beginner Fiddle, Junior Fiddle, Senior Fiddle, Pee Wee Dancing, Junior Dancing, and Senior Dancing categories. There will be monetary prizes and judging by bluegrass veterans. Registration is free and open to everyone. Sign-up will be held the day of the event starting at 10 a.m. The public is invited to watch the players square off.

"It's fun. I just enjoy it and I've played a lot," said nine year-old Ivy Phillips of Chapmansboro at last year's Jamboree. "Playing is what I love to do."

"She's got nerves of steel," said fiddle teacher Adam Chowning of Goodlettsville. "It's kind of neat to see them learn the song and they go out on the stage with it."

The Jamboree will also feature jamming and concerts in the afternoon. The Great Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Band from East Tennessee and the Vol State group Bluegrass Ablaze are set to perform. Roland White will play and present a master class on guitar and mandolin. Finger style guitarist Don Jones will demonstrate his technique. Aaron Till and Billy Contreras will perform on the fiddle. The emcee for the Jamboree will once again be Marcia Campbell from WSM radio.

The Sumner County Bluegrass Jamboree will be held from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Caudill Hall on the Vol State campus at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. There is plenty of free parking and food will be available for sale. For more information visit www.volstate.edu/bluegrass or call 615-452-8600, extension 2936.

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Pictured: Mary Rachel Nalley came down from Bowling Green to compete in the 2012 Jamboree. Mary has a fiddle signed by many Opry stars.

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