Hancock County is nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee in an area of rich farmland. A somewhat geographically isolated area, Hancock County is known for its musical and cultural heritage, as well as its natural scenic beauty. One claim to fame is that Sneedville, the county seat, is the hometown of bluegrass legend Jimmy Martin. As to be suspected, bluegrass rules in this local area.
It even has its own bluegrass song, “Back to Hancock County”
The program in Hancock County is a partnership between Hancock County School, the Clinch-Powell Educational Co-op and Junior Appalachian Musicians. This JAM program is being offered twice per week on Mondays and Thursdays to students in grades 6-12 at Hancock County Middle/High School. This is the first year for the JAM program, and kids are learning guitar, bass and mandolin from local master musician, Matthew Hurd. The program is funded in part by the LEAPS After School Program coordinated by the Clinch-Powell Educational Coop and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The group plans to perform at Rogersville Heritage Days and the Hancock County Fall Festival.
For more information, please contact:
Leshia Cope, Program Director
PO Box 791
Sneedville, TN 37869