Jammin’ on the Porch

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It’s Thursday in Berea – time to get together and jam! It’s not just for music. Storytellers, poets, everyone is invited to come and share. Father and daughter Donna and Lewis Lamb, musicians from nearby Paint Lick, host the free festivities beginning at 7:00 pm. When the weather is fine, Jammin’ on the Porch is held on the porch of the log cabin on the lawn in front of the L&N Depot/Welcome Center. When it is too cold to be outside, they move indoors, usually to one of the local churches. Call the Welcome Center to find out where they are – 800-598-5263. Donna and Lewis specialize in “old time” mountain music and bluegrass, but they welcome musicians of all styles. Out of towners are just as welcome as local folks, and all ages and all skill levels participate. Many people time their travels up and down I-75 to allow for a stopover in Berea just to join the jamming. They sit in a circle, pass the mic around, and give everyone a chance to share their music or musings – and they sing together. Experienced musicians help beginners, eighty year olds play with eight year olds. “It’s like a big family,” Donna explains – a family you are invited to join!