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Have You Tried Bluegrass Jam?

Updated on February 24, 2014

I Wouldn't Try It With Peanut Butter

I love blackberry jam with peanut butter but, while you can't eat bluegrass jam, it's a load of fun. Before I got into photography I used to play a little bluegrass and even played in a local band. Eventually I decided I'm a better clicker than a picker so I've set my guitar aside to take pictures.

One of the things I liked about bluegrass was jammin' with other bluegrassers. There's a synergy that multiplies the fun when you're jammin' and it's an activity that pushes you and improves your skills.

In this article I'll be using some of my photographs to feature "Jammin on Main'" an annual bluegrass jam session on Main Street in the rural town of Etna in Northern California. You need to see this.

All photographs are mine.

Jammin' On Main - Bring your significant other, your instrument, your camera, your dog and don't forget the kids.

Jammin' on Main
Jammin' on Main

Each year on the evening before the Scott Valley Bluegrass Festival the public is invited to gather on Main Street in downtown Etna for a bluegrass jam session. People from far and wide come with their kids, dogs, instruments, and cameras to join in the fun. Not everyone plays an instrument but everyone is free to sing along or just watch and enjoy. As a photographer I find this event a target-rich environment and I love to photograph the people as they are watching or participating. It's a classic slice of Americana in a rustic setting.

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Anderson Family Bluegrass
Anderson Family Bluegrass

A great family band that is fun to watch and hear.

 

JAMMIN' ON MAIN

Following are some of the photos I took of Jammin' on Main in July 2012. If you would like to see all of them, you can go to my website here. If you watch the gallery as a slideshow, you will see the images in full screen mode and hear some great original music written played sung and recorded by Dave Dalton, a very talented friend. To go directly to the slideshow, click here.

Jammin' on Main

Jammin' On Main
Jammin' On Main

Jammin' On Main

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Jammin' On Main

Jammin' On Main - Who Says Bluegrass Isn't SERIOUS Music

Jamin' On Main
Jamin' On Main

This is a delightful lady with a great smile but she's pretty serious about her banjo picking. When she's playing her banjo she can get an intense expression on her face. Here's proof of her great smile from the previous year.

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I have a fine art photography website where you can view my diverse photographic interests. I have a gallery dedicated to vintage vehicles and buildings, galleries for landscapes, waterfalls, birds, wildlife, painterly photography and a variety of other specialized subjects. Mount Shasta and various northern California scenes are prominent in many of my galleries. Most of the galleries have background music if you play them as a slideshow. This allows you to kick back and listen to the music as the images flow by. Whether you are looking for some interesting images or looking to purchase some photographic art, I think you will enjoy your visit to Chuck Nelson Photography.

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      Chuck Nelson 3 years ago from California

      @paulahite: Thank you!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Very cool photos! You may wan to add a description to the Amazon products. It has the default which is not as nice really....

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @writerkath: I think you would enjoy the experience.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Love the photos - and now you've got me wanting to go to a bluegrass festival! Nice job! Love the photo of the little girl on mandolin. Priceless! :)

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Nanciajohnson: Thank you!

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Wonderful photos of musicians on Main.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi....I love that tune too

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @JoshK47: Thank you so much!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I think this may be the tastiest sort of jam - for your ears, at least! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just loved this for your on FB...."Why do some trees break and others only bend?"....I got the music in me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a delightful time you have shared with us and I did go directly to your slide show ...."Where does one day end and another one begin?" sounds like life on Squidoo...."Every day's different bot every day's the same" Thank you for inviting us to Jammin' on Main...whew 268 pictures, now that's a slide show! Delightful!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @fullofshoes: Thank you for the kind words and Squid Blessing!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Excellent photos, love the whole lens! You've captured the essence of jammin' for sure. ~blessed~

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @MizzMary: Thank you Mary....blessings

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      MizzMary 5 years ago

      Fantastic photos, especially the serious looking lady and the little girl. My dad used to enjoy bluegrass, when he would listen to it he would have such a rare smile on his face. Thanks for the memories!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @zigpop lm: You would enjoy it for sure...just a bit of a commute for you.

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      zigpop lm 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed this article. I play guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica. Jammin' on main looks to be right up my alley. Thanks for sharing! Great lens!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @bagelmanmarc: Thank you

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      bagelmanmarc 5 years ago

      Great photos!

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @pawpaw911: Thank you...it should be worth your time for a visit.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      We have a bluegrass festival not far from here, and I have always meant to go, but never have. Thanks for reminding me, with your great photos.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      @Deadicated LM: I agree...thanks for stopping by.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your Lens; this is a type of American music that should never die out.