Caldwell JAM (NC)


Closer to the Piedmont area, Caldwell County differs from its mountain neighbors in its musical styles. In addition to old time and bluegrass music, this area is also known for its blues traditions. Although there are several documented old time and bluegrass musicians from Caldwell County, such as bluegrass musician and singer Carl Story, most of the music in this area is heavily influenced by blues. Etta Baker, a famous blues singer and musician, was from Caldwell County. Today, musicians like the Harris Brothers are carrying on the blues tradition in their music.

Click here for more information about Caldwell County musicians, past and present, from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Caldwell JAM offers guitar, blues guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin through the school year at the varied locations. They also offer a Summer JAM ending with performances at the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention

Current Caldwell JAM (multiple sites)
Granite Falls Elementary School – Mondays
Happy Valley School – Tuesdays
Hudson Uptown Building – Wednesdays (beginners and Blackberry JAM advanced)
Martin Luther King Jr. Center – Wednesdays (blues guitar only)

Blackberry Jam is the performing band for Caldwell Junior Appalachian Musicians. Bob Henson works with the group of advanced pickers. The band’s current lineup consists of: brothers-Dawson and Lincoln Clark, Brother/Sister- Dalton and Averi Sigmon,  Kemdyn Clement, and Gideon White.  The band has quickly gained experience performing at a variety of events, festivals, and venues over the past two years.  While rooted in the rich musical traditions of our area, the musicians are open to many musical influences.


Caldwell JAM Instructors
Alyssa McLean, guitar
Bobby Joe Henson, guitar
Doug Davis, mandolin, banjo, fiddle
Mary Irvin, fiddle
Justin Butler-Blues Guitar

Caldwell JAM Advisory Board
Adrienne Roellgen
Alex Berhardt
Eric Rabinowitz
Andrea Evans
Christie Arney
Annamarie Clark
Bob Henson
Kaye Crouch
Kim McClure

For more information about the Caldwell JAM program, please contact:
Bob Henson, Interim Program Director
Caldwell Arts Council
PO Box 1613
Lenoir, NC 28645
[email protected]

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