The Roots of Country Music
The roots of traditional country music in America will be featured in a presentation in the museum’s grand hall on Thursday, November 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jimmye Turner and Glenn Morrison along with five of their band member friends will share traditional country songs from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. From Appalachian Mountain tunes and old gospel songs to cowboy western and honky-tonk hits, the songs will be sung and played on acoustic instruments such as banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, metal and wooden steel guitars, harmonica, and standup bass. Joining Jimmye and Glenn will be Carrie Hendrix, Kate Hockersmith, Bruce DeLeonard, Trudy Ostby, and special guest Jo Shay. Jimmye and Glenn have been playing traditional country, gospel and bluegrass music together for over 40 years, originally in The RyeGrass String Band with Trudy and Bruce, and recently with Kate and Carrie in The Jasper Mountain Band. Jo Shay is a well-known local traditional county musician who leads Grandma and the Boys and is often heard jamming with local musicians at regional sessions. As musical historians, Glenn and Jimmye along with these music friends work to preserve and share the older songs with younger players and folks interested in traditional American music. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Cost at the door is $10 general, $7 museum members. Light refreshments will be served.