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.

1 comment:

  1. Don't get discouraged about the music. There are still an awful lot of musicians out there who play for fun and are very interested in the type of music you enjoy. Cyril Stinnett's DVD and style are popular way out here in South Dakota, where we are working on stealing all his music we can. Groups of fiddlers and where and when they play change as the core group changes. New groups will take their place, and will rediscover, learn, play and embrace the good old tunes. Am watching that unfold in SD as one group of OT fiddlers are leaving us and a new group of fiddlers is on the rise. Does the new group play the tunes exactly like the old crew does - no. That's OK because the old crew does not play it exactly like the older folks they learned it from either. One advantage the musicians of today have is they can go back and find the old 78's etc. and at least have a reference to how a certain fiddler at a certain point in time played the tune. We have great jams at the house with folks from Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and even Missouri stopping by on the way through swapping stories and tunes. Some have been to places like Mountain View and learned and left tunes there. Listen for the music my friend - it is still alive and vibrant because it still being played and passed on.


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