A vast collection of musicians and singers can be found in Buncombe County, or the greater Asheville area. Traditionally, this area exhibits a variety of musical styles, including gospel, bluegrass, old time, mountain swing, and ballad singing. J.E. and Wade Mainer are from the Buncombe County area, which additionally today claims well-known old time fiddler Marcus Martin. Today, the area still boasts a variety of musical styles, but the majority of the traditional artists in Asheville are sticking with bluegrass and old time music.
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Buncombe County JAM is held at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain every Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:00 throughout the local school calendar. The program is offered to youth grades 3-9 and offers instruction in banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and bass, and also offers opportunities to learn traditional mountain dance and songs.
Ben Nelson – banjo
Cary Fridley – guitar, bass
Meredith Watson – fiddle, mandolin
For more information about the Buncombe County JAM program, please contact:
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
225 West State St.
Black Mountain, NC 28711