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, is from Caldwell County. Today, musicians like the Harris Brothers are carrying on the blues tradition in their music.
Current Caldwell JAM (multiple sites)
Hudson Uptown Building – Mondays
Caldwell Community College – Wednesdays
Caldwell JAM offers guitar, fiddle, banjo and mandolin through the school year at the varied locations. They also offer a JAM Camp each summer during the Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention and provide multiple performance opportunities in the community.
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
Molly Barrett, fiddle
Doug Davis, mandolin, banjo, fiddle
Mary Irvin, fiddle
McRoy Gardner, banjo and guitar
Caldwell JAM Advisory Board
For more information about the Caldwell JAM program, please contact:
Bob Henson, Interim Program Director
Caldwell Arts Council
PO Box 1613
Lenoir, NC 28645