Weekend Workshops

Bentonia Blues Workshop with Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and Tom Feldmann

Blue Front Cafe, Bentonia, MS
April 24-26, 2020
All Levels Welcome

Workshop fee is $925 – Workshop is SOLD OUT – email tom@playcountryblues.com to be put on the waiting list

Learn the blues at the oldest surviving Juke Joint in Mississippi with the last direct musical descendent of Henry Stuckey, Skip James and Jack Owens.  If you’ve ever dreamed of learning the blues from the source at the source, then this is the experience you’ve been waiting for. 

Limited to 12 students, this weekend workshop will provide a one of kind in depth look into the Bentonia style of blues, as well as other aspects of Mississippi blues.  In an effort to create a more intimate setting, students will be divided into two groups of 6 and follow a rotational system working with both Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and Tom Feldmann throughout the weekend.  If that wasn’t enough, students will also get to experience the real life juke joint nightlife with shows on Friday and Saturday nights at the Blue Front Cafe.

Itinerary:

Friday, April 24

  • Evening show at Blue Front Cafe

Saturday, April 25

  • 10:00a – arrival
  • 10:30a-4:00p – Workshop (includes Lunch)
  • Evening show at Blue Front Cafe

Sunday, April 26

  • 10:00a – arrival
  • 10:30a-12:30p – Workshop (does not include Lunch)

***Lodging is not included in the workshop fee.  Local AirBnB listings.  Yazoo City and Jackson, MS would be the nearest area hotels.

Riffs and Grooves

Underwood Recording Studios, Minneapolis, Mn
November 6-8, 2020
All Levels Welcome

Workshop fee is $425.  Sign up now!

It’s been my observation over the years that the real struggle for many guitarists is the ability to establish and stay in the groove.  Most players have no real issue with learning chords, scales, riffs, licks and pieces of songs.  But what makes those elements musical is the groove, or beat, and that’s where things tend to fall apart.  If there is no groove, there is no music.

As a group we will establish a groove centered around a riff, and then each player will be able to take a solo or simply work on staying in the groove.  Soloing will be discussed and as stated there will be plenty of learning by experience.

Itinerary:

Friday, November 6

  • Evening workshop including dinner – 5:30-8p

Saturday, November 7

  • 10:00a – arrival
  • 10:30a-3:00p – Workshop (includes Lunch)

Sunday, November 8

  • 10:00a – arrival
  • 10:30a-12:30p – Workshop (does not include Lunch)

***Lodging is not included in the workshop fee.  Local AirBnB listings.