We are excited to announce not one, but TWO Nashville Jam Camps in 2020.
See below for information on both camps.
Fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars, Dobros, and basses welcome!
These camps are for intermediate and advanced players who are looking to improve their skills playing with other people.
This is your chance to get better at all the things you love about bluegrass jamming with the
guidance of some of the greatest bluegrass musicians in the known universe.
Registration for both camps opens July 1st, 2020 at 9am Central.
Previous campers may register June 25th, 2020 at 9am Central.
November Jam Camp
Thursday through Sunday, November 12-15, 2020
Megan Lynch Chowning ~ Deanie Richardson ~ Charlie Cushman
Jeff Burke ~ Brandon Bostic ~and more TBA
*November Camp instructors include Megan Lynch Chowning (FiddleStar, Pam Tillis, 7 Time National Fiddle Champion), Deanie Richardson (Bob Seger, Grand Ole Opry, Sister Sadie, The Chieftains, Patty Loveless), Charlie Cushman (The Earls of Leicester), Jeff Burke (Jam Class Expert), and Brandon Bostic (Likely Culprits, Blue Moon Rising, Patty Loveless), with even more instructors TBA.
*December Camp instructors include Megan Lynch Chowning (FiddleStar, Pam Tillis, 7 Time National Fiddle Champion), Deanie Richardson (Bob Seger, Grand Ole Opry, Sister Sadie, The Chieftains, Patty Loveless), Greg Cahill (Special Consensus, Old Town School of Folk Music), Greg Blake (Greg Blake Band, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado), Nate Lee (The Nate Lee, Becky Buller Band), and Brandon Bostic (Likely Culprits, Blue Moon Rising, Patty Loveless), with even more instructors TBA.
*Dates for November Nashville Jam Camp are Thursday through Sunday, November 12-15, 2020.
*Dates for December Nashville Jam Camp are Thursday through Sunday, December 3-6, 2020.
*This camp will focus on bluegrass-style jamming and will draw on traditional bluegrass songs and tunes.
*Registration will be first come, first picked, and numbers will be updated in real time on the home page and registration page. When an instrument category is full, we will post that.
*You can visit the legendary Carter Vintage Guitars in downtown Nashville, TN for an amazing shopping and picking experience.
*The price for on-site lodging, tuition, and all meals is a mere $850. The price for traveling to and fro each day (we call this being a "day camper" which includes tuition, lunch, and snack) is $650. We also offer additional meal options for day campers. Read the FAQs to learn more about the specifics.
*Nashville Jam Camp loves Straight Up Strings.
*Register early - with only 16 spots time is of the essence... All of the Nashville Acoustic Camps sell out, so hurry! You don't want to miss this.
This is unlike any camp you've ever encountered...
In the hills just above Nashville, TN there is a house set back in the woods where people go in the late fall to learn how to jam and play bluegrass music from some of the greatest players and instructors in the known universe.
Only 16 campers are allowed to attend so each class is small and every camper comes away feeling like he or she had a couple of days of private lessons. And yet, friendships are made that last a lifetime. It's pretty magical. Teachers are chosen because they are able to make special connections with their students. Meals are handmade and generally pretty southern and always delicious. You will stay on-site or travel from your home each day and learn from the masters.
This camp will be a little different than most of our other Nashville Acoustic Camps because we are bringing several instruments together to learn to play music as an ensemble. Jam classes will be grouped together by experience levels with an even mix of instruments and led by an instructor. There will also be workshops where we will choose groups randomly (with a more uneven mix of instruments) and play songs together with guidance from the instructors, simulating a real life jam situation. We'll also be doing a lot of singing. Lead singing, harmony singing, we'll work on it all. On Sunday of camp you'll have the opportunity to record your jam group along with any of the instructors with a real Nashville recording engineer. We plan to offer bass instruction for everyone at camp, (we'll provide a few basses for everyone to share) since we don't expect to get many, if any, bass players to sign up for camp. But we'd like to make bass players out of everyone who does come. We are so excited about this new format - bringing all the instruments and voices together to share a Nashville Acoustic Camp experience!
Nashville is only a stone's throw away so there are always field trips into town to see a great concert or visit a traditional music hotspot.