Due to an influx of Appalachian migrants who came looking for work in the 1940s and 50s, Baltimore found itself the recipient of an extraordinarily talented crop of musicians and for a brief time was the center of the bluegrass world. Much of this scene in Baltimore was built around house parties and the all-night jams that used to go on around the city. The spirit and energy of those all-night jams will be on display this year with the introduction of the Picker’s Grove.
Bring your instrument and come join in for some picking and grinning throughout the day. The Grove will feature an all-day jam that is open to everyone from amateurs to professionals. Don't be surprised to see some of the best local talent from area show-up or find yourself picking next to someone who has just finished their festival set and is looking to play some more.
Also at the Grove will be local author Tim Newby who will be speaking about and signing copies of his book, Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound and its Legacy.
Based upon interviews with many of the legendary players from this golden-age of bluegrass in Baltimore, who had moved to the city in hopes of a better future and found it in music, Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin' Sound and Its Legacy, is the first book to take an in-depth look into how the music that was played in Baltimore came to wield influence across a broad musical landscape.
The book looks in detail at the highly-influential scene in Baltimore that produced such key figures as Del McCoury, Earl Taylor, Walt Hensley, Alice Gerrard, Hazel Dickens, Mike Seeger, and Mike Munford and explores the impact the music they made had on a wide-range of musical luminaries including Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, Pete Wernick, Sam Bush, Chris Hillman, and many others.