Salt Creek practices in a room off stage. Members include Herbert Brady on guitar, Tony Warner on banjo and Charlie, who said he did not have a last name, on the fiddle. (Photograph by Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot)
Every Tuesday evening, dozens of musicians gather at Maness Pottery and Music Barn in Carthage for a community jam session.
Guests arrive shortly after 6 p.m. and begin fanning out to different sections of the venue. A cacophony of plucked banjo strings and whining fiddles soon fills the air.
Only acoustic instruments are allowed at the weekly sessions, which owner Clyde Maness started organizing for friends at his home in 1975. Today, anyone is invited to perform or spectate.
In addition to live music, visitors are feted with cornbread, coffee and potato salad. Members of local churches sometimes cook food and bring covered dishes.
Maness is a passionate bluegrass fan — his email address is email@example.com — who makes a living selling the handmade pots and vases displayed on shelves inside the barn. He doesn’t charge admission for the musical get-togethers, but attendees are encouraged to make a dollar donation at the door. — Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot