Dickenson County JAM (VA)


Dickenson County JAM is a TCR JAM program that started in 2013. It is made possible by The Crooked Road, The Columbus Phipps Foundation, Dickenson County Public Schools, Dickenson County Board of Supervisors, the Virginia Commission of the Arts, and the Town of Clintwood. The program is held in Clinchco at the Dickenson County Career Center on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:30. The program serves children grades 5-9 throughout Dickenson County and is free to all students with many thanks to the Columbus Phipps Foundation.  The program offers instruction in banjo, fiddle and guitar.

Dickenson County is in the coalfields of Southwestern Virginia, sitting on the Kentucky border. The area was settled mainly by the Scots-Irish, but as the area’s industry in coal and timber was developed, many other nationalities came to Dickenson County for work. Traditional mountain music has been a part of life for nearly everyone in these mountains. Dickenson County is the home of Ralph and Carter Stanley (The Stanley Brothers) and many other well-known bluegrass, old time and gospel groups such as The Mullins Family, Eates Rae Fleming, Stanifur Stanley and Vic Lambert.

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Current Dickenson JAM Instructors
Ron Kennedy
Glen Graham
Jimmy Mullins

Dickenson Co. JAM Advisory Board

Tammy Hill, Judy Compton, Rita Surratt, Ron Kennedy, Jimmy Mullins, Jonathan Romeo, Donnie Rife, Haydee Robinson, Glenn Graham.

For more information, please contact:
Judy Compton
(276) 859-2713
[email protected]