Bluegrass RV Park

Kentucky / April 24, 2012 / by Chris
Bluegrass RV Park

When we first pulled Stanley the Bus into the Bluegrass RV Park in Lexington, Kentucky, I’m not sure we really expected it to live up to its name. But as the sun started to go down, we heard someone tuning up a banjo, and soon we could hear the sound of bluegrass music coming from one of the nearby RVs. Further investigation revealed a group of four musicians making music together on guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin. 

It turns out this group has been getting together at the RV park for over a decade; while membership has changed over the years, the enjoyment everyone gets from playing new songs and keeping old ones alive has not. The group was nice enough to let me join in with my guitar and play along; I even plucked up the nerve to sing on a few songs.

I confess that, Bethesda MD not being a bluegrass hub, my knowledge of bluegrass is relatively limited. But what I love about the style that my experience in the RV park exemplified is the sense of community that comes from making music together. Great skill is valued, but not required to join in; the woman playing bass was playing for the first time, and only knew how to play in a few keys, but she was just as valued as the banjo and mandolin players who had been playing for quite some time. I had a wonderful time sitting in with these fabulous musicians, so thank you to Ron, Carol, Jerry, and Kerry for a great night of music.