Buncombe County JAM (NC)


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.

J.E. Mainer


Marcus Martin

Click here for more information about these legendary musicians, as well as modern musicians in Buncombe County with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

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Buncombe County JAM is held at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain every Wednesday from 3:45 to 5:00 throughout the local school calendar. The program is offered to youth grades three through twelve and offers instruction in fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass, singing, dance, band and also offers opportunities to learn traditional mountain dance and songs.

Current Instructors
Cary Fridley – Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo
Maddy Mullany – Guitar, Fiddle
Travis Stuart – Guitar, Banjo
Clarke Williams- Guitar, Fiddle
Aidan Saunders- Guitar, Banjo

For more information about the Buncombe County JAM program, please contact:
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
Lori Cozzi
225 West State St.
Black Mountain, NC  28711
[email protected]

Visit the Black Mountain Center for the Arts’ website:

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