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Traditional Music of the Ozarks: Local Jam Sessions

A guide to research materials and special collections (including the Max Hunter Collection and the Gordon McCann Collection) available at the Missouri State University library

The Ozarks Jam Session: A Rich Tradition!

Additional information is available in the Research Materials tab of this web site--in particular, under Internet Resources: Online Articles.

McClurg, Missouri

A 1998 TV feature that highlights the legendary Bob Holt (1930-2004) on fiddle and Gordon McCann on guitar.

Harry Smith revisited the "old country store" in 2017. And yep, that's Gordon McCann at the beginning...still playing the guitar almost twenty years later!

Mountain View, Arkansas

Want to Experience a Jam Session in Person?

Here's some great news for music lovers: the weekly McClurg Jam Session is alive and well at 3899 State Hwy W.  The potluck dinner begins every Monday night at 6:00, followed by a relaxed time of music-making. Read all about it here, and connect with the musicians on their "McClurg Jam" Facebook page by clicking here.

TRY THESE OTHER LOCAL GATHERINGS:

Mountain Grove Schoolhouse - every Thursday at 7:00 PM

This is a historic 1-room schoolhouse built in 1928...outhouses included! No admission fee, but there is a donation jar to help cover electricity/heat costs. Directions: Take Hwy 76 into Branson, MO to Hwy T. Drive north on Hwy T to Mountain Grove RD, and turn left. The school building is about a block on the left.

Northview "Country Music Jam" - every Friday at 5:00 PM

This weekly gathering was started in 2004 by the Brashears family, and has continued even after the 2004 death of the the Brashears matriarch, Beulah, who was the lead organizer of the night's activities. The music takes place in a beautiful church building that was built in 1900. Directions: Drive east from Springfield on I-44 for about 20 miles.

The Woodshed - 1st and 3rd Fridays at 7:30 PM

Located in the back of Cherry's Art Emporium on the Square in Carthage, Missouri. The live music features bluegrass, gospel, and "old time" musicians. No admission charge, but donations are encouraged. Directions: 311 S. Main Street (just off Rt. 66) -- Carthage, Missouri (417) 358-2707

Ozarks Mountain Springs RV Park - "open mic" every Friday night after the house band plays

$5.00 admission to the main performance, 700-8:30 PM. Doors open at 5:30. Directions: 5400 County Road 3200, Lot 19 in Mountain View, Missouri (417) 469-3351

Old-time Fiddle Tunes Jam - 1st Saturdays from noon-2:00 PM

This is a part of the community Folk School project in St. Louis, Missouri. Lessons are available at all levels. Directions: 3323 Washington Ave. in St. Louis (314) 441-6062

Hallsville Instrumental Jam and Square Dance - 2nd Saturdays from 4:00-10:00 PM

Dance lessons and instrumental jam starts at 4:00, followed by a 6:00 potluck meal. Square dancing starts at 7:00 PM! Directions: Hallsville Intermediate School (in the Commons) at 411 MO-124, just west of Hwy B in Hallsville

Oldfield Opry - every Saturday from 7:00-9:30 PM

Not really a jam session, but features traditional music from the house band every Saturday, and an added 5:45 pre-show from other invited musicians on the second Saturday of the month. No admission charge, but donations are encouraged!  Directions: Hwy 125, just north of Oldfield Rd (about 30 miles southeast of Springfield, MO).

McDowell Gold Jubilee - every other Saturday night (winter months)

Bluegrass and country music jam in the old McDowell Schoolhouse in Barry County, Missouri (7234 State Hwy VV in Verona, MO). Be prepared for a "rustic" experience...there is no indoor plumbing, but two outhouses are provided outside!