Byrd's Eye View - Old Time Jam
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
It started four and a half years ago in the East Nashville home of married couple Tiffany and Brian “Buck” Buchanan as a way to play the music they loved without being confined to a single band.
The gathering has since grown into a Nashville movement, one that is celebrated and cherished each week at The 5 Spot in the Wednesday Night Old Time Jam.
Nearly a hundred of Music City’s best old-time musicians and bluegrass pickers and players congregate each Wednesday to do what they love, play their instruments among friends and meet new people who share their passion.
“Old-time is about more than just the music; it’s a way of life, a community of people who appreciate their ties to history and to each other,” Tiffany says.
“The musicians who show up play for their own enjoyment and are not obligated to put on a show,” adds Buck. “It is very much community-orientated, interactive and attracts people of all ages who share a common interest in traditional-based music. The jam provides everyone an opportunity to get together and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere.”
Last week marked the three-year anniversary of the move to The 5 Spot, an occasion that was celebrated with music, revelry and even square dancing.
And while the faces of the participants may change from week to week, there are several things you can always count on. There’s never a cover charge, and you can expect to see the smiling face of co-owner Travis Collinsworth behind the bar each week serving up discounted beers. During warmer months, the musicians and their music spill out onto the sidewalks and into the back parking lot, and they keep the music playing into the wee hours of the morning.
PICTURED: Daniel Frazier served as the "caller" for the square dancers at the third anniversary party of the Old Time Jam at The 5 Spot on Wednesday, March 3, 2010.