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wilco real life in new acoustic music store (21) RE: real life in new acoustic music store 02 Aug 05

Again, if anyone is interested, this is how this developed.
   About two years ago, I started a "slow jam circle," on a once a week basis. Since then, we've had about 800 musicians come through, and we have added two more weeknights and a weekend jam.
   Nobody dominates the jams, and we confine it to "the kind of music you would have heard on the Grand Ol Opry prior to about 1952."
   We pass a mike around the circle, and you can play, pass, or ask someone else to play something. We usually run off the big egos in an hour or so.
   Dozens of bands have formed out of the jams.
   Out of the jams, I saw that people couldn't get decent acoustic instruments at fair prices, so I opened a store. I probably ahve more mandolines or fiddles or autoharps or harmonicas or upright basses or banjos or ukes than all of the other stores put together within 80 miles. Guitars are another matter, since everyone has them.
   Thanks for encouragement!!!

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