Note: I have not been to most of the jams listed here. It's hard for me to know if this is 100% accurate
Note: (Oct 3 2005). Most of this information is about five years old, and I'm not keeping it up to date. I've left it here for historical reasons. The best way to keep current on old-time music in the Atlanta area is to join the atloldtime group at Yahoo! Groups. To learn more about the atloldtime group, please visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/atloldtime.
Generally every sunday 2-5 PM music jam at the John C. Campbell folkschool's Keith house in Brasstown NC. Music can be anywhere from old time to celtic and all in between. For more infomation contact Mike Robinson email@example.com or call 828 389 6463
Monday nights in Travelers Rest SC, Old Time Jam hosted by Roger and Amy Burns. For more information, give them a call at (864) 834-4012.
Every other Tuesday evening 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, an old time jam in the Northeast Georgia mountains, at Sautee-Nacoochee Country Store (next to the Community Center on Hwy 255 between Helen and Clarkesville). The goal is to provide a venue for local residents to learn about and enjoy old-time music and for local old-time musicians to get a mid-week fix between their usual music-filled weekends. There is plenty of space inside for a good jam session and as the weather warms up in the Spring, may move to the benches outside. More information - Lynda Averack firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays 7~10ish PM Brevard NC, at Celestial Mountain Music and Folk Art (home of Cedar Mountain Banjos.) 16 W. Main St., call Lo or Mary Gordon at (828) 884-3575 for more information.
Tuesdays 7:30-ish to 9:30-ish downtown Sylva, NC at City Lights Bookstore & Cafe at 3 E. Jackson Street. 828-586-9499.
Every OTHER Tuesday, Decatur GA at Messiah Lutheran, you can sit in with the band at an open band/ open mic contra dance. They have a base band and anyone is welcome to sit in. There's more information under dances.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays 8:00PM Birmingham AL. Open jam session at the home of Jerry Anderegg. E-mail him for directions:email@example.com
Wednesdays, 8:00-ish downtown Asheville, at Jack of the Wood pub, Patton Ave. "a larger jam - groupings tend to trade off when there are a lot of musicians in attendance."- D.L.
Fridays, 7:30PM, Brasstown, NC at Clays Corner country store just down the hill from the John Campbell Folk School."About Clay's corner, the weather was bad and they had canceled the program at the Campbell School, so we dropped in and sure enough about 8-10 locals showed up plus about 10 or so (students-guitar for the past week) as audience. Two fiddles, two banjos, three guitars and a harmonica plus bass. Also one spoons player. One banjo was bluegrass and we had a great time." - G.B.
2nd Friday of each month7:00~10:00PM . Hiram, GA, at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Gospel Jam "This Gospel Jam is a combination of an instrumental jam and an old fashioned singing. We typically have about 5 fiddles, 2 mandolins,1 banjo, 6 flat-top guitars, 1 lap steel guitar, and a dog-house bass. The string players form a circle and we pass the mic around, with the person with the mic at the time choosing the tune/song and leading it, but we all play along on all the tunes." -LH Contact Larry Holland for more details (or call at (770) 943-2410).
1st and 3rd Fridays 7:00PM, Simpsonville SC at Woods, Strings, and Dulicmers MusicARTS studio, contact Carolee for more information (864) 288-1440.
Fridays, 7pm to 11pm , Blountville TN, at The Anderson Town House, a historic c.1796 log cabin on Main St. (next to a big church). This jam session is hosted by Appalachian longbow master fiddler Ralph Blizard. This is actually a long haul from Atlanta but I talked myself into including it anyway, having gone there once. You can find out more information about it here. Ralph Blizard passed away in 2004. I'm not sure if the jam is still there. Maybe - Ted
Saturdays 10:00AM to ~1:00PM, Old-Time (only) Jam at the Hayden Gallery (behind NuWray Inn, 1/2 block from town square), Burnsville, NC. Contact: J. Koerner 828-675-0691, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturdays, 3~7ish PM Atlanta, Manuel's Tavern. This is an old-time jam and people of all playing levels are welcome. Sometimes there is a large crowd. This is a really friendly, fun jam. Load a movie clip from the jam (MPEG format - will take several minutes to load).
Saturdays 2:00-5:00PM Appalachian Jam on the square in Dahlonega, GA.
Old-time and bluegrass jams open to all. Info: Glenda or Nick Pender 706-864-7817,
2nd and 5th Saturdays of the month, Birmingham Country Dance Society has dances. Often old-time bands play and/or there are jams afterward. The dances start at 7:30 and are held either at South Highland Presbyterian Church or the YWCA. Write Joyce Cauthen at email@example.com for information about the dances.