The Kentucky Thumbpickers Club

NEWS & HOT EVENTS

2018 CALENDAR

Saturday Jam Sessions - The Kentucky Thumb Pickers Club gets together to pick and grin on Second Saturdays of every month at the Hopewell Baptist Church.  It is located at 4305 Hopewell Road in Jeffersontown, Ky.   We start at NOON and go till we give up. Come pick with us or just drop by and listen.  See details and schedule of dates below.

  Monday, July 23-27, 2018 -  Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Camp – Memphis.  Tommys's guests are Jerry Douglas, Steve Cropper, Mike Seale and Pat Bergeson.  Jerry Douglas workshop will focus on a wide range of topics including the similarities and differences between the guitar and the dobro and how the two instruments play together.  Steve Cropper and Tommy will be leading a master class together on performance and recording.  Mike Seale will focus on chord theory, chord voicings, solo building, and looking at soloing over chord changes, Pat Bergeson will be teaching the students basic fingerpicking patterns and techniques, the fundamentals of Blues and Jazz improvisation, Jazz harmony and Reharmonization as well as showing the students how to improve their rhythm and timing.  A Musical Tours of Memphis is available led by Memphis music historian David Simmons for an additional charge.  Go HERE for details.

  Sun, Jul 29 - 7:30 PM - Downtown Listening Room Presents Guitar Masters Showcase with Christie Lenee and Parker Hastings at Memorial Hall, Cincinnati, OH.  It is located at 1225 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.  Phone: (513) 977-8837.  Ticket information HERE.

Four Legends Jamboree - August 4th 6:00 PM - Drakesboro City Hall in Drakesboro, KY. Everyone gets a chance to join in the picking and grinnin’. For more information, contact Scott at 1-859-223-3576 or thumbpickers@windstream.net

Saturday - Auugust 11th at Noon - KTPC Picking Party    Come out to Louisville and enjoy an afternoon of great picking.   Everyone is encouraged to attend and invite as many friends as you can to help support this club activity.  It will be at our Club home, the Hopewell Baptist Church.  It is located at 4305 Hopewell Road in Jeffersontown, Ky (Louisville).   Come enjoy a day of guitar with us.  Call Chris at 1-502-821-6020 or Scott at 1-859-223-3576.  Click here for more club info.

  Friday, September 28 - 5:00 PM doors open - National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame. The 2016 Induction ceremony will be held at The Merle Travis Music Center in Muhlenberg County, Ky and begin at 6:30 PM. The Induction ceremony includes Special guest picking performances and picking by some of the nominees. This year's special guest is Tommy Emmanuel, CGP.  Just one part of a full weekend. For info on hotels and directions, click HERE. For details go the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame site HERE.  Tickets for the whole weekend are $50 per person or $25 for Friday night, $10 for the Saturday contest and $15 for the Saturday night concert.  Hall of Fame members receive a discount.

  Saturday, September 29 - 9:00 AM - International Thumbpicking Contest and Evening Concert - The contest has become divided into 3 contests for traditional thumbpicking, contemporary fingerstyle and junior-thumbpicking. Great guitars are given away as prizes and loads of great pickin' and grinnin'. Also held at The Merle Travis Music Center in Muhlenberg County, Ky. That's near Powderly, between Central City and Greenville. For info on hotels and directions, click HERE. For details go the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame site HERE..   The evening concert will feature thumbpickers Ben Hall and Chet's Grand Niece Megan Anderson with Floyd Cramer's grandson, Jason Coleman on paiano.  $10 for the Saturday contest and $15 for the Saturday night concert.   Contact Joe Hudson at 1-270-977-0409 or joehudson01@att.net.

  Sunday, September 30 - 11:00 Start - Open Mic Jam at Paradise Park. They'll have refreshments and concessions so just bring your guitar and lawn chair to sit at the tree covered park and enjoy an array of fine pickers on stage.   No admission.  A great way to close out the picking weekend. For details go the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame site HERE or contact Joe Hudson at 1-270-977-0409 or joehudson01@att.net.

Saturday - October 13th at Noon - KTPC Picking Party    Come out to Louisville and enjoy an afternoon of great picking.   Everyone is encouraged to attend and invite as many friends as you can to help support this club activity.  It will be at our Club home, the Hopewell Baptist Church.  It is located at 4305 Hopewell Road in Jeffersontown, Ky (Louisville).   Come enjoy a day of guitar with us.  Call Chris at 1-502-821-6020 or Scott at 1-859-223-3576.  Click here for more club info.


Regularly Scheduled Picking Events

KTPC Saturday Meeting and Picking Party Schedule - Our meetings are on the Second Saturdays of every month starting at NOON. A short business meeting is generally preceded by an informal jam session and is followed by a guest performer or the continuance of the jam session. A pot luck meal or light refreshments are available. Members, friends and the general public are invited to attend.  Sometimes the dates may not be 2nd Saturdays due to scheduling conflicts with the facilities.  

Here are the dates through 2018 for the Saturday picking parties:

  • March 10

  • April 14

  • May 12

  • June 9

  • July 14

  • August 11

  • September 8

  • October 13

  • November 10

  • December 8

If you are traveling far, you should call Chris at 1-502-821-6020 or Scott at 1-859-223-3576 before you go to make sure there are no changes in the dates.  Bring your guitar and plan to pick with us.

Four Legends Jamboree is held every first Saturday at the Drakesboro City Hall in Drakesboro, KY. Everyone gets a chance to join in the picking and grinnin’. For more information, contact Scott at 1-859-223-3576 or thumbpickers@windstream.net

Pickin’ In The Park provides a variety of players and some open mic nights and operates seasonally.  On the 3rd Friday of the month at Paradise Park in Powderly, KY from June thru September the stage is filled with the sounds of West Kentucky picking. Call 1-270-338-2520 for details and head on down to pick and listen. 

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