BLUEGRASS PICKERS JAM ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND; Tuesdays Bring Music to the Park

By Dickson, Terry | The Florida Times Union, June 29, 2004 | Go to article overview

BLUEGRASS PICKERS JAM ON ST. SIMONS ISLAND; Tuesdays Bring Music to the Park


Dickson, Terry, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- It will be flattops and flip-flops at Neptune Park tonight as bluegrass pickers bring their guitars, mandolins and perhaps banjos to the oceanfront to jam with some traditional tunes.

The gatherings begin at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and end when the last pickers decide to quit, said Paul Mozo, who plays guitar in what he calls a traditional bluegrass circle. That's when musicians take turns with the lead, the way they've done it in living rooms, garages and under shade trees for years.

With live oaks overhead and the ocean stretching to the horizon, Neptune Park may seem an unlikely spot for the music born in the Appalachian Mountain hollows, but beach flip-flops tap out a beat as well as farm brogans.

For some reason, mandolins dominate the picking sessions. Some musicians are more accomplished than others, but even with threatening thunderstorms last week, the pickers drew an audience.

Lily Kilgore, a high school junior, leaned against a tree reading and listening. …

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