Bluegrass Jam, Charlotte NC, Australian bluegrass muscian, new bluegrass, old time music jam

Posted in Charlotte, Coffee shops, Country music, Dilworth Coffee Charlotte, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, Media, Music, NC music, Old Time music with tags , , , , on April 4, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

We had a great jam session at Dilworth Coffee Shop in Quail Corners Shopping Center, last night, Thursday, April 3, 2008. John Werner and his wife, from Australia joined us. John plays in a bluegrass band in Australia and his wife plays in an Irish music band. We had a good mix of people and instruments. All had a good time. The seeds of future bluegrass and old time music jam sessions have been planted. We will be inviting more musicians and singers to join us. Keep checking back. I will provide details about upcoming jam sessions. Please tell your friends.

I spoke to John on the phone yesterday afternoon. He was ecstatic. He had been in bluegrass heaven. He took part in jam sessions at Fort Mill in NC and in multiple sessions in SW virginia. People welcomed them both and showed the hospitality and friendliness that I treasure about this area of the country. Well, enough of me speaking for John. He promises to provide a writeup when they get back to Australia.

One of the people that came to listen to the music searched the internet and found the jam session on this blog. It gives me great satisfaction to have been a part of this.

Emily, thanks again for bringing the vintage bass that John played and for playing some incredible old time fiddle music. Michael, thanks for helping organize the jam session and thanks to all who came and made it a memorable event.

Stay tuned. Take care.


Bluegrass jam, Charlotte NC, April 3, 2008, Aussie bluegrass musician, Dilworth Coffee Shop, bluegrass

Posted in Blue Grass, Charlotte, Coffee, Coffee shops, Country music, Dilworth Coffee Charlotte, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, Media, Music, NC music, Old Time music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 7:00 PM we will host a bluegrass jam in Charlotte NC. The location for the bluegrass jam will be Dilworth Coffee Shop in Quail Corners Shopping Center on Park Road. This is not just any bluegrass jam. John Werner, a bass player and bluegrass musician from Australia will be in town and will jam with us. John is a member of The Strzelecki Stringbusters, a bluegrass band. Whether you play bluegrass or old time music, you would like to learn to play, you sing or just want to listen, join us on Thursday, April 3. A good time will be had by all.

To read an earlier post on this blog about John and his band, click here:

To visit the band’s site, click here:

Here is a photo of the band:


Green River Boys, bluegrass, gospel music, Saluda NC, March 21st , April 4th , April 18th, every other Friday

Posted in Blue Grass, Country music, Country Stores, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, gospel music, Music, NC music, Old Time music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

From James Metcalf:

Join the green river boys at shaffers roadside grill ozone dr saluda nc (of i-26 exit 59) every other friday ,march 21st ,april 4th ,april 18th etc etc ,at 6pm each night check out for more info or call 828-749-1800

The following exerpt is from their website:

The Green River Boys from western North Carolina started as a group by getting together on Tuesday nights at the home of Charles Jones.Jones who was the original banjo player of the group along with Fred Lyons, bass-man Ireland Brown and CA Morgan played their instruments, while Bruce Cole and later James coot McDowell sang those old time gospel songs in late 1999 towards the end of the year.

 In December 1999 the green river boys were invited to perform at the Saluda family restaurant (now shaffers grill) in Saluda, NC.  This is a gig that we have continued every other weekend since, to the delight of local residents and travelers and truckers passing through or visiting the Carolinas.

The Green River Boys have shared the stage with many nationally know gospel and bluegrass groups including The Primitive qt, The Jody Brown Indian family, Standing Tall, Mike Upright, Naomi and the Sego’s, The Singing Echoes, The Hoskins family, The Hayes family, The Redeemed, The Melodyaires, The Jimmy Justice family, and Furman Boyce and Harmony Express ,the Jason Camp familyAND THE PRINCIPLES.

Zakk’s Coffeehouse, Murfreesboro, NC, rock concerts, tickets

Posted in Coffee, Coffee shops, Entertainment, Events, Music, NC music, Rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

I just discovered Zakk’s Coffeehouse in Murfreesboro NC. I have not been there so I would like some feedback. They apparently have free WIFI and a rock music venue with tickets available for purchase.

Zakk’s Coffeehouse
“343 E. Main St., Murfreesboro, NC 27855 Tickets available at call 252-398-5115 for info ”

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Their current URL is:

I believe they are also working on a new website. Let me know what you think of them.

Dilworth Coffee Shop, Quail Corners, Jam Session, Australian bass player, bluegrass jam

Posted in Blue Grass, Charlotte, Coffee shops, Country music, Dilworth Coffee Charlotte, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, Media, Music, NC music, Old Time music with tags , , , , , , , on March 7, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

Pete at Dilworth Coffee Shop in Quail Corners Shopping Center has offered his coffee shop for a bluegrass jam. John Werner, an Australian bass player in a bluegrass band, is visiting Charlotte and NC later in March and April 2008. John wants to soak up the bluegrass experience in NC and participate in some jam sessions. He is also hoping someone will let him play their upright bass. I have sent this information to The High Lonesome Strings Bluegrass Association, The Charlotte Folk Society and to some local bluegrass musicians. If you have any interest in a bluegrass jam at Dilworth Coffee Shop, let me know. 

Here is a link to John Werner’s website and below a picture of his band:


Mount Airy NC events, Mt Airy, March 2008

Posted in Art, Blue Grass, Coffee shops, Country music, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, Media, Mt Airy, Music, NC music, Old Time music, Radio with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic
Click here to plan your Girlfriend Getaway or Family Fun Weekend in Mount Airy! Pet Friendly Lodging Available.

Please stop by the Mount Airy Visitors Center – open 7 Days a week to assist you with Lodging, Attractions, Shopping, Dining, Weddings, Family Reunions, Romance Getaways and More!

For more information on these events and to see the updated calendar, visit our website!

Upcoming Events

  • The Wizard of Oz, Thursday March 6, 2008 at 7pm, Friday-Saturday March 7-8, 2008 at 8pm and Sunday March 9 at 3pm. This event will take place at The Andy Griffith Playhouse. The Surry Arts Players directed by Melanie Perron travel down the yellow brick road in this musical adaptation. The classic fantasy “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” renforces that “There’s No Place Like Home.” Join Dorothy on her magic journey. Admission: $10.00. For More information please visit: or call 1-800-286-6193 or 336-786-7998.
  • Dennis Tolbert, 6:30pm at The Old North State Winery on Friday March 7 (336) 786-8600,
  • ArtsBall 2008 on Saturday March 8: Dinner/Auction/Dance with Too Much Sylvia and Duke-Carolina Game Showing, 6:30pm at Cross Creek Country Club 1-800-286-6193 or visit
  • Voice of The Blue Ridge on March 15: Host Time Frye and The Carolina Travelers featuring guests Southland. Admission is $10.00. The show begins at 7:30pm at The Andy Griffith Playhouse. For More information please call 1-800-286-6193 or visit
  • Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 16 -High Energy Celtic Music by “The Almost Irish Band” FREE Admission. 2pm-4pm at The Gertrude Smith House. For more Information please visit or call 1-800-576-0231
  • Steve Lindsay Performing at The Old North State Winery on Friday, March 21 (336) 786-8600,

Weekly Events

  • Andy Griffith Museum & Collection, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Pilot Mountain State Park, Hours 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, click here for more information.
  • Mount Airy Museum of Regional History Tours, Tuesday – Saturday, click here for more information.
  • Youth Jam Session, Every Thursday 5:30pm – Andy Griffith Playhouse, call 1-800-286-6193 or visit
  • Bluegrass Jam Sessions, Every Thursday and Saturday – Andy Griffith Playhouse, Call 336-786-7998
  • Live Entertaiment at Black Wolf Vineyards every Friday & Saturday Night, (336) 374-2532 or
  • Live Entertainment Weekly at The Old North State Winery, Fridays & Saturdays, Phone: (336) 786-8600,
  • Downtown Cinema: Movie Showing Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (336) 786-2222
  • Tour the Dr. Smith House, Donna Fargo Exhibit, The Original Siamese Twins Exhibit and more. Click here for more information.
  • Tour Floyd’s City Barber Shop, for more information call 336-786-2346.
  • Movies at the Bright Leaf Drive-In, Thursday – Sunday, click here for more infomation.
  • Winery Tour, tour several wineries in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region, click here for more information.
  • Creekside Cinemas, 10 wonderful screens to serve you everyday. Plus, we offer early bird specials for showtimes before noon! Come and get the ultimate movie experience. Private Party Room Avaliable
  • Movies In Spanish, Every Sunday. Join us at the Downtown Cinema in for these G-Rated, FREE Movies in Spanish every Sunday of the month.All Shows at 4:00 p.m. Please call the Downtown Cinema Infoline (336) 786-2222 for current feature movies. 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week in both English and Spanish

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Aussie bluegrass musician coming to Charlotte, seeks jam sessions, upright bass, let’s show NC hospitality

Posted in Blue Grass, Charlotte, Country music, Entertainment, Events, Folk music, Music, NC music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2008 by nccoffeeshopmusic

I received a post from a musician in Australia who is visiting Charlotte and North Carolina soon. He has played a lot of different music but has embraced bluegrass music and wants to experience bluegrass music in NC. He is a bass player and will not be bringing his bass from Australia. I am going to provide some jam session suggestions, but would love to hear from bluegrass musicians. Also, if someone out there has a bass he could play at a jam session that would be great. Let’s show him some NC hospitality. The Australians have stood by us and fought side by side with us for years. Here is the email he sent:

We fly in on March 27th, and will be touring around Western NC & TN until April 1st. …….. and we then fly out on April 8th. So I’ll have a bit of free time on my hands….

I’m a bassist who 3 years ago moved over to the upright after 25yrs as an electric player (you name it, I’ve played). Some friends turned me onto folk, and from there I found my way back to my country roots. Bluegrass is my staple diet now, and by getting along to the many great session available around Australia I’ve been fortunate to play with, and learn from, some of the best pickers here.

I won’t be able to take my bass for obvious reasons, and am hoping that in the fine bluegrass tradition I may be offered the opportunity to borrow one, if only for a few tunes. To be able to jam with locals at the ‘coal face’ would make the trip worthwhile.

I’ve attached a pic of one of the bands I play with…..a great bunch of blokes called The Strzelecki Stringbusters, named after the mountain range we all live in here in regional Victoria (waaaay down south). Not all 14 members are shown here, but the shot captures what we (and the genre) are all about. Whilst not strictly bluegrass, we’re at the forefront in our region (Gippsland) of showing folks another way to interact musically, and support a wide variety of community-based projects. As they say, there’s a lot of work for a band that doesn’t charge any money!

Google Gippsland Bluegrass and check out various info and blogs. The band also has a site, albeit a basic one..

My two main questions are:

What would be good to get to in and around Charlotte with the above timeframe?

Any chance of sitting in on someone else’s instrument?

Cheers, John