The Historic 1908 Courthouse Foundation and Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. are continuing to present the Courthouse JAMboree Concert Series highlighting the region’s top youth and master musicians of old time and bluegrass. This third installment of the concert series will feature music by Strictly Strings and the Mountain Park Old Time Band on Friday evening, March 23, in the Baldwin Auditorium of the 1908 Courthouse in Independence. Students from local Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) after school programs will start the show at 7 p.m.

Strictly Strings encompasses a variety of talent from four young artists accompanied by Cecil Gurganus, their former instructor in the Boone JAM program, where they first met and began playing music together. Listeners will be able to quickly hear their major influences of musical pioneers such as Ola Belle Reed and the Carter Family in addition to old time string band music and many other genres, as well. Two of the band members, sisters Anissa and Kathleen Burnett, are currently students of ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies Program where they perform as part of the Old Time Pride Band.

Bringing the local flatfooters to the 1908 Courthouse will be the Mountain Park Old Time Band with special guest, former JAM student, Madison Shepherd. The Mountain Park Old Time Band is known for playing mountain music with a hard-driving dance beat, and takes pride in carrying on the traditions of the region. Clawhammer banjo player Madison Shepherd learned her first notes as part of the Ashe JAM program and has often represented Junior Appalachian Musicians, as well as achieved many top prizes at area fiddlers’ conventions.

Posted on:  March 14, 2018