Washington Co. JAM (VA)


Washington County, Virginia lies in the western corner, bordering Tennessee. The county was officially formed in 1776, but pioneers and Native Americans lived there for many years prior. To its east, Washington County borders the highest peaks in the State of Virginia, and to its west, the City of Bristol, otherwise known as the Birthplace of Country Music. Many notable musicians have made their home in this area, and the old time, bluegrass and country music traditions countinue to be carried on and celebrated today with such festivals as Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, museums such as the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, music venues such as the Barter Theater and Paramount Theater, and local jam sessions. Washington County is also the home of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail and Heartwood Artisan Center in Abingdon.

Washington County JAM is a Crooked Road JAM program made possible by its site sponsor and fiscal agent, the 4-H Center of Southwest Virginia. Washington County JAM is for students 4-8 throughout the county, and runs on Tuesday afternoons at the 4-H Center on Hillman Highway outside of Abingdon, from 4 – 6 p.m. Classes are currently being offered in clawhammer banjo, fiddle, guitar and lap dulcimer. Enrichment sessions are also offered as part of the program. The students perform annually at the Heartwood Youth Music Festival (Crooked Road event) and for their families at the 4H Center.

Current Instructors:
Ryan Bernard – fiddle, string band
Lisa Reedy – clawhammer banjo
Tammy Martin – lap dulcimer
Jesse Morris – guitar
Jeanne Denton – Ukulele
Bass is also offered

For more information, please contact Craig Makufka at the 4-H Center:
[email protected]
(276) 676-6180