Pioneer Music Day

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 4, 2002



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Jammin’ will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, Pioneer Music Day, at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama and won’t stop until the last picker’s pooped.

And that could take quite a while, said Calvin Bodiford, the main string of the Southern Strings.

"We expect to have a big crowd again this year," he said. "Last year we had around 300 or more and we had a big time picking and singing."

Bodiford said basically, Pioneer Music Day is a a big jam session and features country, western bluegrass and gospel music.

"Whatever you like, somebody’s going to play," he said. "We invite everybody that loves to pick or sing or just sit back and listen to come on out and spend the day or a part of it with us. We run until we get all tuckered out."

Bodiford said at times there will be more pickers than singers and sometimes more singers than pickers, but it’s always good to have a whole bunch of listeners.

"A lot of folks just enjoy listening and we like having an audience to play to," he said. "So, even if you don’t pick or sing, come out and listen, applaud, throw money at us

or just parade around. We’ll be glad you’re there."

There is no admission to Pioneer Music Day unless you want to visit the museum.

"And, we strongly encourage that," Bodiford said. "You can get snacks at the museum or you can bring a picnic and eat it right on the grounds. You can stay all day or come and go and come back again."