McClurg Jam

McClurg Jam

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Time to end active posting.

For some time now I realized the interest and energy to maintain this blog had largely left me. I am sure you have noticed no posts this summer. I will leave the blog up and running and I encourage visitors to peruse the achieves for some good information. I largely achieved my goals for learning about Old Time music in this region. I will makes a few closing observations. The deep divisions that are tearing our country apart affect our musical world too. Left/Right? There are jerks from both sides but most folks are real nice. Meanwhile the polarization keeps us apart. I don't see this changing. In my opinion Arkansas is the Old Time Ozark music heartland. Specifically Mountain View. The McClurg jam is in serious danger of ending soon. The building is up for sale. More proof that local traditions are not going to be passed on by local people as much as before. Enthusiasts from "away" will be the standard bearers in the future. In fact, they pretty much are now. The recession hurt a lot of musicians. Still is. Instruments did not get cheaper. Chinese instruments are catching up in quality of sound and will in time dominate. Just like everything else. Change is inevitable. Embrace it.