Old time folk music in the Appalachian Mountains produced the sounds and styling of bluegrass music and as such there are numerous seasonal bluegrass festivals and spots where you can check out old time mountain music. "Porch pickin'" as it is sometimes called by locals is when a group of musicians get together to teach one another and play music together regularly. Years ago, the front porch of someone's home, or the front porch of a general store was often the spot to be if you wanted to enjoy some fantastic bluegrass music. One of Ashe County's most popular places to enjoy that old time mountain music is Phipps Store.
On any given Friday night you can find musicians of all ages and skill levels jamming at The Phipps Farm and Country Store. These jam sessions have become a regular event for this quaint old country store here in Ashe County NC. If you do not play, come listen. There's even room for people to dance if the notion strikes you. The venue is mountain string music only, old time and bluegrass. The music reflects the region's rich old time fiddle and banjo traditions.
The store and jams sessions have been mentioned and or featured in The Old Time Herald, High Country Magazine, and Carolina Country Magazine. The contact names are James and Rita Wood and the phone number is 336-384-2382.
The store is located at 2425 Silas Creek Road, Lansing NC 28643. Admission is free, donations are welcome for upkeep. The starting time is 7:00PM and ending at 10:00PM. The coffee is free, nabs and soft drinks are available for purchase.
From Jefferson: Go North on Main St.(Old Hwy 16 N.) approx. 4.4 miles. Turn Left on North Fork New River Rd., go .5 miles. Cross river bridge, take right on Silas Creek Rd. go approx. 2.5 miles.
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