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News: 9/04/2017

 

Smyth County Jam Schedule for 2017 (Monday Nights starting around 6:45) [The last Monday of each month is Birthday/Cake Night]

Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24.

May. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

Jun. 5, 12, 19, 26.

Jul. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28.

Sep. 11, 18, 25.

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23,30

Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27.

Dec. 4, 11,

18 (Christmas Dinner).

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Welcome to the Smyth County Jam Website.

Smyth County Jam - Every Monday Night

Smyth County Jam Update:

Next week will mark 12 years we've held the jam at the Chilhowie Lions Club building; we had the first jam there on October 10, 2005.

I know I am a way behind on adding the photos, bios and videos to our website and Facebook. Going by the likes and shares of the various items added from time-to-time, it seems like very few people are even looking at our Facebook pages anyway.

Our Original Mission Statement: "Our goal is to provide a musical event that will showcase the various musicians and singers in the surrounding area while teaching the aspects of musicianship as well as encouraging the development of new talents while at the same time providing entertainment as a service to the community and the county."

What we have done: "The Smyth County Jam has really grown over the years and is almost solely responsible for exposing our area to the many great talents and people who have adorned our stages and audiences. It's like everywhere we've stepped, a new jam has sprung up. This is a testament to our success. As the old saying goes; imitation is the most sincere form of flattery."

I believe we have accomplished our original mission and then some. But something has changed drastically in the past few years. I've been looking back through the nearly 50,000 photos on the website, reading post on Facebook, watching YouTube videos and doing a lot of soul searching trying to piece together why the jam ain't like it used to be. The attendance is down dramatically; especially the musicians. It's making it more difficult to justify renting the building to continue the jam. There are many reasons and theories of why; people have passed on, people have moved, gotten out of school, started school, gotten married, playing in bands, changes in work schedules, functions with the kids, more jams these days, musicians not wanting to play for free, musicians not feeling welcome, politics, the state of the world, the economy, jealousy, Monday's, the weather, too much work, attitude, burn-out, just in a rut, not enough young musicians, lack of interest, we lost our uniqueness when we became affiliated with the Crooked Road, etc. The list goes on and on. We'll never pin down one specific cause. Nevertheless, the jam, while still great by many definitions, is not what it used to be.

 Anyway, I said all that to say this: I want to thank everyone who has helped make the Smyth County Jam one of the premier music events of our time. I won't mention names at this time for fear of inadvertently leaving someone out. But the list includes all the help, musicians, loyal fans, and visitors from afar and the Chilhowie Lions Club. This has always been OUR jam.

Last year, we took a break from the end of December to April due to the attendance being down as well as other issues.. This year, we are talking very seriously about shutting the jam down at the end of this month (October) and opening it back up in April for some of the same reasons. We're also discussing switching the jam to every other week. The amount of time and work it takes to put the jam on every week is finally taking it's toll on some of us; we're not getting any younger you know.

We will make announcements at the jam, on Facebook and the Smyth County Jam website as we finalize our thoughts and plans.

Once again THANK YOU for helping make the Smyth County Jam into one of the best music events in the country if not the world.

Our goal is to provide a musical event that will showcase the various musicians and singers in the surrounding area while teaching the aspects of musicianship as well as encouraging the development of new talents while at the same time providing entertainment as a service to the community and the county.

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The Smyth County Jam has really grown over the years and is almost solely responsible for exposing our area to the many great talents and people who have adorned our stages and audiences. It's like everywhere we've stepped, a new jam has sprung up. This is a testament to our success. As the old saying goes; imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

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We have an open mic stage show as well as plenty of jamming every Monday night. Both pickers and listeners are welcome at this great Bluegrass, Old Time and Acoustic Music Event.

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