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Wise JAMS – Big Stone Gap (VA)

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Wise County, Virginia is in the coal fields of the southwestern part of the state. This area is known for both bluegrass and old time music, and is famous for being close to the stomping grounds of Ralph Stanley. Wise County is also the home of Dock Boggs, a famous songwriter, old time singer, and banjo player and bluegrass legends, Jim & Jesse McReynolds. The clawhammer banjo style in the Wise County area is more of an “up picking” rather than the down picking of other Southwest Virginia areas. Bluegrass and old time music are very much alive in Wise County today, and are growing with the three JAM programs. In addition to bluegrass and old time music, legendary blues singer, Carl Martin, was born in Big Stone Gap.

WiseJAMS – Big Stone Gap/Appalachia is partnered with The Crooked Road, Virginia State Parks, Friends of the Southwest Virginia Museum, Wise County Public Schools, Mountain Empire Older Citizens Transit, the Town of Coeburn, the Town of Big Stone Gap and Wise County. The WiseJAMS – Big Stone Gap/Appalachia program is held every Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap.  The program serves children grades 4-8 at Powell Valley Primary/Middle and Appalachia Elementary. WiseJAMS – Big Stone Gap offers lessons on fiddle, banjo and guitar and also feature an enrichment class and advanced string band class.The group will be performing at Big Stone Gap’s Home Craft Days festival, the Lee County Tobacco Festival, and Appalachia October Festival.

Current Instructors

Ron Short – fiddle
Matthew Bright – banjo
Joey O’Quinn – guitar

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Coeburn JAM Enrichment
Coeburn JAM Enrichment
Coeburn JAM Guitar Class
Coeburn JAM Guitar Class
Coeburn Group
Coeburn Group
Big Group of Kids at Lays Hardware
Big Group of Kids at Lays Hardware
Kids Learning Traditional Music in Coeburn
Kids Learning Traditional Music in Coeburn
Guitar Class at Lays Hardware Center
Guitar Class at Lays Hardware Center
First Day of Classes, January 2013, Coeburn
First Day of Classes, January 2013, Coeburn
First Day, Spring 2013, Take 2
First Day, Spring 2013, Take 2
Wise JAMS - Coeburn Instructors, Spring 2013
Wise JAMS - Coeburn Instructors, Spring 2013
L-R: Ron Kennedy, Glenn Graham, Larry Mullins, Corbin Hayslett
Helpers at Wise JAMS - Coeburn
Helpers at Wise JAMS - Coeburn
Learning about Music
Learning about Music
Guitar Pickin' at Lays Hardware Center
Guitar Pickin' at Lays Hardware Center
Banjo Class - Coeburn
Banjo Class - Coeburn
Banjo Class, Take 2
Banjo Class, Take 2
Banjo Class, Take 3
Banjo Class, Take 3
More Guitar Pickin' at Coeburn
More Guitar Pickin' at Coeburn
Guitar Instruction
Guitar Instruction
Learning Chords - Coeburn
Learning Chords - Coeburn
Fiddle Class - Coeburn
Fiddle Class - Coeburn
Guitar Players at Lay's Hardware
Guitar Players at Lay's Hardware
Concentration!
Concentration!
Wise JAMS (Coeburn)  kids having fun
Wise JAMS (Coeburn) kids having fun
...and more fun!
...and more fun!
Lays Hardware provides a nice big space for the JAMS program in Coeburn
Lays Hardware provides a nice big space for the JAMS program in Coeburn
Time for a Wise JAMS (Coeburn) performance at Heartwood Artisan Center
Time for a Wise JAMS (Coeburn) performance at Heartwood Artisan Center
Getting Ready to Play
Getting Ready to Play
Fiddlers in line
Fiddlers in line
Back to Guitar Class at Wise JAMS in Coeburn
Back to Guitar Class at Wise JAMS in Coeburn
Great to see so many children learning mountain music!
Great to see so many children learning mountain music!
Big Stone Gap - Students in the Beginner Guitar 1 Class with instructor Steve Souther
Big Stone Gap - Students in the Beginner Guitar 1 Class with instructor Steve Souther
Big Stone Gap - Fiddle Students positioned and ready to play.
Big Stone Gap - Fiddle Students positioned and ready to play.
Big Stone Gap - Students in the Beginner Banjo 1 Class with instructor Julie Shepherd-Powell
Big Stone Gap - Students in the Beginner Banjo 1 Class with instructor Julie Shepherd-Powell
Big Stone Gap - Students in the Beginner Guitar 2 Class with instructor Larry Mullins
Big Stone Gap - Students in the Beginner Guitar 2 Class with instructor Larry Mullins
Half of the Wise JAMS-Big Stone Gap group learning how to flatfoot with guest instructor Anna Wells
Half of the Wise JAMS-Big Stone Gap group learning how to flatfoot with guest instructor Anna Wells
Performance at Coeburn program
Performance at Coeburn program
Special Guests for Enrichment at Coeburn
Special Guests for Enrichment at Coeburn
Snacktime at Coeburn!
Snacktime at Coeburn!
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Guitar Class at Lays Hardware - Coeburn
Guitar Class at Lays Hardware - Coeburn
learning to dance at Lays Hardware Center for the Arts
learning to dance at Lays Hardware Center for the Arts

The new program at Big Stone Gap has bee featured in the Virginia State Parks eNewsletter. Click to read more

Please visit the Southwest Virginia Museum and Historical State Park’s website

For more information, please contact:
Doretha Cole, Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park
PO Box 742
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
doretha.cole@dcr.virginia.gov
(276) 523-1322

WiseJAMS Advisory Board

Aaron Davis
Bill Dotten
Charlie McConnell
Debra Wells
Fred Ramey
Greg Edwards
Jonathan Romeo
Marcia Shortt
Pat Johnson
Pat Murphy
Paul Kuczko
Michael Wampler
Ron Kennedy
Shannon Scott
Sharon Ewing
David Volk