Thursday, October 30, 2014


Dear Friends,
  We will not have our first Saturday Bluegrass jam and show on November 1st in order to accommodate the special bluegrass event in McKinney on that date. I am attaching the flyer for that show in the event you would like to attend.
  We moved our event to November 8th when The Full Quiver will perform. We will host a jam at 5 o’clock on that date. The Melody Ranch Ramblers will do a short set before the main program. We hope to see you there!
Annette Hayes
Chrystal Opry House        

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Feedback received as of Saturday afternoon indicated that many of our jam crowd are going to the Poche Plantation festival Sunday in Convent (It's 9 am - 5 pm).  Those who wish to meet for a jam at Boutin's at 3 pm will be welcome there as usual.  Gina Forsyth may join in at Poche Plantation, but whether she comes to Boutin's later in the day depends upon whether the Convent affair tapers off long before 5 pm.  Since the Convent festival is scheduled to end at 5 pm, there will be an opportunity for the pickers and jammers to reconvene at Boutin's by 3, 4 or 5 or 6.   We would not know until about 3 pm Sunday.  I'll try to stay in touch with all inquiries.

.Baton Rouge Bluegrass Ass'n
(Jonathan Harris, Social Chairman /Janitor
P O Box 4112, Baton Rouge LA 70821 (Louisiana)
Tel. (225) 387-1600
Home of BlueGrass on the Bayou
Louisiana Bluegrass & Olde Tyme Music
.Bluegrass & Olde Tyme
acoustic string music on the Rivers,Bayous and Roadside Ditches of Louisiana

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014


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The Spinney Brothers in Dallas - Thursday at 7:30p
Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival - Next Weekend!
Bloomin' Bluegrass Friday Night After-Party with Frank Solivan
Lone Star Fest is coming - March 13-14, 2015
First Tuesday Bluegrass Jam at Charley's
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Spinney Brothers in Dallas - Thursday at 7:30p
We are pleased to share a special evening with the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning Spinney Brothers, and their full band, at the University Park United Methodist Church!  According to Neil Rosenburg of Memorial University, "the heart of the Spinney Brothers' music lies in their duet singing that is as tight as you'll find in bluegrass today." 

Our venue is the beautiful Fellowship Hall of University Park United Methodist Church, located at 4024 Caruth Boulevard in Dallas.  This is just off Preston Road, about 1/4 mile south of Northwest Highway. The entrance to the hall is on Caruth across from Smith Park.  Come early and jam in the park!  Show begins at 7:30 p.m. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival - Next Weekend!
Are you ready?  The FIFTH huge and FREE Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off music, jamming, and chili-eating weekend at the Farmers Branch Texas Historical Park is only 10 days away - Friday and Saturday Oct. 17-18!  The band schedule is available on the Foundation website.  This incredible weekend of music, JAMMING, and fun is FREE and perfect for the whole family - no ticket required!  This festival is so much fun that it was nominated for the 2014 Bluegrass Event of the Year Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association!

The hotels in Farmers Branch are going all-out to host us for our big FIVE YEAR celebration.  Check out the STAY & PLAY offers and make reservations today. 

Artists scheduled to appear include Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, the Seldom Scene, the Gibson Brothers, Balsam Range, the Rambling Rooks, Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Flatt Lonesome, and the Herrins(Note that Ben Eldredge will not appear with Seldom Scene due to planned back surgery.)  This is FREE with no ticket required thanks to the City of Farmers Branch and Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.

The newly-renovated Wyndham Garden Dallas North Hotel (formerly known as the Night Hotel), within walking distance of the Park, is offering a discounted rate of $89/night (plus tax) with free breakfast for two and shuttle service to the park.  Call (972) 243-3363 or book online now!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bloomin' Bluegrass Friday Night After-Party with Frank Solivan
The newly-renovated Wyndham Garden Dallas North Hotel (formerly known as the Night Hotel), within walking distance of the Park, in appreciation of the bluegrassers who come back year after year, is throwing an after-party for us all on Friday night!  IBMA 2014 Instrumental Group of the Year  FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN will take the stage in the lobby at 10:30 on Friday night, right after Rhonda Vincent & The Rage close down the stage in the park. 

Walk or ride to the hotel and join the fun!  Free for hotel guests and $5 cover for all coming from the Festival!  The Wyndham is has a discounted rate of $89/night (plus tax) with free breakfast for two and shuttle service to the park.  Call (972) 243-3363 or book online now!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Lone Star Fest is coming - March 13-14, 2015
Our March festival is moving to the DOUBLETREE in Richardson, Texas so we can ALL BE UNDER ONE ROOF for the show, jamming, socializing, eating, and sleeping!  It will be a great new experience, so we gave it a new name - Lone Star Fest!
Make Lone Star Fest your fun and relaxing music vacation for spring of 2015!  We've got a rate of only $89/night with free parking, free wireless internet, and easy access at Campbell Road just off US75.  Tickets will be reasonably priced.  Please make your hotel reservations nowWe must fill up the hotel to make this event work!

Ticket sales will open on Monday October 13, so get ready!  The lineup includes Suzy Bogguss, the Boxcars, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Gold Heart, and many more!  These folks have a LOT of GRAMMY, IBMA, CMA, and ACM award wins and nominations between them!  Seating is very limited - about 1/2 the capacity of South Oaks Church - so please grab your tickets early.  We expect this event to sell out quickly. 

Tickets will be on sale at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival next weekend.  We're still working on the event website, but some details are up at


More details will be coming soon!  Please reserve your room for Friday and Saturday nights now, and mark your calendar!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ First Tuesday Bluegrass Jam at Charley's
The Foundation is proud to co-sponsor the First Tuesday Bluegrass Jam at Charley's Guitar Shop. Join us at 7p on each
first Tuesday at Charley's Guitar Shop, 2720 Royal Lane in Dallas.  That is tonight! 

Bring your guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, or dobro and spend an evening playing old favorites at a tempo anyone can enjoy.  Jams are led by legendary jam master The Gerald Jones. Space is limited, so arrive early! Check the Charley's website before traveling for schedule changes.  Our thanks to Mr. Carl Stewart for his support of the First Tuesday Jam! 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Three Youth Scholarships Awarded to Acoustic Music Camp
Part of the mission of the Foundation is to educate and encourage young people in bluegrass music. This year, the Foundation teamed up with Acoustic Music Camp to offer scholarships so that three deserving young folks could attend the camp, which is held annually in Arlington, Texas. 

Fiddler Maddie Smith of Lewisville, fiddler Chad Bekarian of Dallas, and banjo player William Roberts of Watauga, Texas were awarded scholarships.  All three were learning, picking, and having a great time all three days at camp!  The Foundation sincerely appreciates the support of all who attend our events, volunteer, and make donations so that we can provide assistance to fine young people like Maddie, Chad, and William.

Acoustic Music Camp is a three-day instructional program for musicians with intensive, expert instruction in how to play mandolin, bluegrass and clawhammer banjo, flatpick guitar, upright bass, fiddle, songwriting/vocals, dobro, and fingerstyle guitar. 
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Your donations are always appreciated!
The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers, promoting bluegrass music in north Texas. While it's free to get in the door to many of our events, keeping those doors open every month isn't free.  We truly appreciate your donations so that we can continue helping to create wonderful music events and jamming opportunities for everyone.

Regular monthly support of any amount is most helpful. Many banks allow you to set an automatic monthly payment of at least $5 through your checking account bill-pay feature. We will be happy to help with this if needed.  Please contact us with any questions.

And donations of any amount can be made through the donation link on our website.  We truly appreciate any help you can provide.  Thank you!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bluegrass TWICE each Sunday on KHYI-FM 95.3!
In the D/FW area, be sure to tune to KHYI-FM 95.3 Sunday morning between 10:00am - noon to hear the Bluegrass Heritage Radio Show.  You can also listen at by using the "click to listen" links.  If you can't tune in on Sunday morning, you can catch the show AGAIN between 9:00pm - 11:00pm! 

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Dallas-Fort Worth radio station KHYI-FM 95.3 The Range are proud to present the Bluegrass Heritage Radio Show, hosted by Alan Tompkins, from 10:00a until noon (Central) every Sunday morning.  Thanks for listening!  
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Attention Kroger shoppers!
If you shop at Kroger, Tom Thumb or Albertsons, you can help the Foundation by simply making it the designated charity on your reward card!

Albertsons, Tom Thumb, and Kroger will send a donation of 1% of your grocery purchases to the Foundation if it is the designated charity on your reward card.  This costs you NOTHING, adds NOTHING to your bill, and is an easy way to help out!

Kroger logo If you shop at Kroger, link your Kroger Plus card to us using #91103.  You can do this at Kroger or on their Community Rewards website.

If you shop at Albertsons, e-mail us your address and we'll send a scan card for your key ring.  Use it when you shop, and Albertsons does the rest!  You can also use a temporary card the next time you shop.

If you shop at Tom Thumb and have a Reward card, just download this form, fill it in, and e-mail/mail it to us (P. O. Box 25032, Dallas TX 75225) or take it to your local Tom Thumb.  If you need a card, ask the cashier.  Take your card and the form to the customer service counter - they'll do the rest!

The donations from these programs alone could pay 100% of the annual operating costs of the Foundation.  Please help if you can!  THANKS!
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Sunday, August 24, 2014


Hey East Texas!

Look who is coming to LONGVIEW

RUSSELL MOORE & IIIRD TYME OUT along with The Roys will be at LETU Belcher Center on Sunday, Nov 2, at 3pm.

While many bands have come and gone since that May in 1991, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured.  In the process, they've managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice-winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors, in the mid and late 1990s, then persevering through rough times to see Moore recapturing the Male Vocalist trophy for the past three years.  Along the way, they've made a whole new generation of fans, and with the release of Timeless Hits From The Past...BLUEGRASSED by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the quintet are poised to deliver their distinctive kind of music more widely than ever.
Add it all up, factor in an appearance on Billboard's list of the 15 best-selling bluegrass albums for 2013, and the future is looking very bright for Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. As for "All the awards, all the recognition, those things are just by-products of doing what we love to do."

Get your tickets today at
or by calling the Box Office at
(903) 233-3080 

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Rebel State Historic Site
Home of the
Louisiana Country Music Museum
In Marthaville, LA

Calendar of Events


July Folk Art and Music – July 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Acoustic Jam Session – July 19, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Karaoke Night – July 19, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dulcimer Day – July 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

August Back to School Bash – August 9, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.
 “Mini” Mountain Dulcimer Workshop – August 16, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon

September Governor Jimmie Davis Day – September 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Acoustic Jam Session – September 20, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Rebel’s 4th Annual Gospel Jubilee -- September 27, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.

October The 13th Annual Haunted Museum Tours
October 17, 18, 24, & 25, 2014 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
October 31, 2014 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
         Trunk or Treat -- October 31, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m.

November – History of the Louisiana Hayride – November 15, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December Rebel Country Christmas Lights Display with over 75,000 lights.
Tuesday through Saturday hours extended to 9 p.m., December 2, 2014 to December 20, 2014
Visits with Santa – December 6, 13, 20, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Acoustic Jam Session – December 20, 2014 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Upon Request Events

Nature Hike – On the Rebel Outback Trail – Take a 1/4 mile hike here at Rebel SHS.

Permanent Programs at Rebel State Historic Site – offered Tuesday through Saturday
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Listening Library at Rebel State Historic Site is a collection of book, films, and musical recordings that tell the story of Country music. Visitors can listen to country recordings and access information about the roots of country music from Rebel’s Listening Library. Also, any donations to our collection are gladly welcomed.

Musical Petting Zoo is a collection of stringed instruments on display for visitors to touch, play, and enjoy!

The Recording Studio at Rebel State Historic Site offers visitors and musicians the opportunity to record their music and join in the legacy that is Country Music.
(This exhibit is currently under renovation.)
The Staff at Rebel would like to remind everyone that if you can’t make it to one of our events, come out to the site and visit the Louisiana Country Music Museum, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  Closed to the public Sundays and Mondays, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day.  Admission is $4 for adults.  School groups, children (12 and under), seniors (62 and over) and State Parks annual pass holders are always FREE.
 For more information about Rebel or any of our upcoming events, call us toll free
 1-888-677-3600 or locally (318) 472-6255.

Please remember that the facilities at Rebel State Historic Site are available for all of your family functions and can be reserved by calling 1-877-226-7652 or online at


Tuesday, March 11, 2014


The dates for the FALL PICKIN' has been changed to 
Oct 19 - 25, 2014.

We're hoping that Oct will be cooler. Last Sept was very hot & there is not as much shade available since some of the trees had to be removed. Hopefully this will not conflict with other fall activities. 

We just got home from the March pickin'. Despite Mother Natures attempt to freeze us out we had a wonderful time. It has made us decide to change next years March pickin to the 2nd week in hopes of warmer weather.(also the time change will mean more light for evening pickin'). As usuall we all ate too many goodies. There was lots of great music. Thanks to all who braved the weather to join us!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Back in August, the Huber Banjo Company built a special-edition Wade Mainer Tribute banjo (see the stories in Bluegrass Unlimited and and auctioned the banjo on eBay with a commitment to donate a portion of the proceeds to our Play It Forward! Instrument Lending Program.  (See more about the banjo here.)

Our Play It Forward! Program helps develop performance skills in deserving young people (ages 8-21) by providing free loans of bluegrass instruments such as mandolins, fiddles, banjos, and guitars. The program has enjoyed great success and has more than 35 instruments out to young people from Texas to Tennessee. Read more on our news page.

Well, the winner of the eBay auction did not pay, so the banjo was sold by Huber Banjos to a relative of Mr. Wade Mainer.  But Steve Huber still wanted to help us out, so he made a substantial contribution to the Play It Forward! ProgramWe appreciate Steve Huber and the Huber Banjo Company.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


I would like to introduce you to Paul’s Journey. They are a full time Gospel Music Ministry, who travels about 200 days a year nationwide. They want to present a program that is not only entertaining but uplifting to the soul as well. Wherever the Lord sends us, we go with these thoughts in mind: to lift up the name of Jesus, to see lost souls saved, and to see other Christians touched by God.

The ministry of Paul's Journey started over 35 years ago with four young men all related to each other. The group traveled as the “Relations Quartet” for 30 of those years. Of course, many faces have come and gone since that time, but the calling and commitment of the group has never changed. It's been a honor all these years to have served our Lord and to help spread the word of Jesus Christ through song and testimony.

The group was voted SGM FanFair Favorite Male Quartet in 2007. They were awarded South Texas Association Group of the Year for 2001, 2004, and then again in 2007. The group was also nominated for a Diamond Award as Group of the Year in 2004. They were also nominated for Horizon Group of the Year in 2012 and most recently was nominated for New Traditional Qt in the 2013 Singing News Fan Awards. The group has sung on the NQC Main Stage in 2010, 2011, & 2012. Our music can be heard on the radio and the internet all over the world. We have been the featured on Paul Heil’s Gospel Greats several times and Solid Gospel Radio.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Fall 2013
AMUS 160
Traditional Music Ensemble
Section 003 - Bluegrass Music
Len Springer, Instructor

UL Lafayette students who play violin, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, Dobro or acoustic guitar: here is your chance to play bluegrass music for credit. Singers welcome. The ensemble meets for two hours a week for one credit.

Instructor Len Springer is the leader and fiddler for the Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band. Their most recent CD is Story to Tell. Len toured widely with several Nashville-based artists including Brenda Lee, Donna Fargo, Ronnie Reno and Ray Price. He also worked as a staff fiddler for Top Tracks demo studio in Nashville. He was a founder and director of the South Louisiana Bluegrass Association, Inc.
 Sign up for a 10-minute audition time by phone 337-482-1020, email , or in person outside the door of Angelle 247. Audition time slots TBA or by appointment. Regular rehearsal time will be set after auditions.
Previous knowledge of bluegrass music is welcome but not required. Must be able to play your instrument above the beginner level.

Audition Requirements: If you sing or play any instrument besides bass, please have two contrasting songs to play, such as one slow and one fast. For bass players, the instructor will ask you to accompany him.

Please also bring your course and work schedule so that we can schedule the rehearsal time. 

Friday, July 26, 2013


Every month on the 2nd Sat. at 1:00 to 5:00 pm, our Bluegrass club puts on shows for the public, FREE.  The location is at the old Railroad Depot/museum in Arcadia, LA., which is Air cond. And heated.
There is a large seating area, raised stage area,  and concessions.   We are also always looking for local talent, North La, to be a part of these shows and if you know anyone/band that would like to play, have them call me at: 318-355-6449 or Email me at:

Aaron Carr, Board member
North La. Bluegrass Club

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Every Third Saturday, Glen Rose, TX Paluxy River BMA, Jam (3 pm) and Show at Oakdale RV Park, 1019 Northeast Barnard St.

Glen Rose, Texas 76043 Frank Simurdak 817-776-2131

Friday, December 07, 2012


No Texas Pickin Park for December 2012 - March 2013
There's NO TEXAS PICKIN' PARK during December, January, February, or March. It's SUPPOSED to be COLD in December, right? We'll start back up the second weekend in April.

If you're looking for some bluegrass to listen to or looking for THE jam, the Central Texas Bluegrass Association (a sponsor of the Texas Pickin' Park) will have a gathering on Sunday, December 9th at Scholz's Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Boulevard Austin, TX from 3pm - 6pm. There will be some great bands performing and lots of parking lot jamming going on. And speaking of's OK to park in the garages on Sunday, no towing enforced on Sunday's.

There are prizes for people who become new or renewing members too. Come see Alan Munde, Billy Bright, Rolf Sieker, Doc Hamilton, Jeff Robertson, Steven Crow, Ben Hodges, Jenn Miori, Eddie Collins, Silas Lowe, Elliott & Janice Rogers, Tony Kamel, J.P Shafer Band, and the Bottom Dollar String Band. Did I say there would be jamming with lots of other great musicians? Let's pick!!!

Please join Central Texas Bluegrass Association (CTBA) if you are not already a member.  CTBA provides support to the Texas Pickin' Park.  We'd also like to thank the City of Fayetteville, R.V.O.S #72 in Fayetteville, and Spencer & Liz Cubage for their support.
Contact for questions on how you can support the Texas Pickin Park.


Tom Duplissey, 
Texas Pickin Park 
(512) 415-3177
Central Texas Bluegrass Lifetime Member