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stevebwWe are very excited to host Blues Harmonica master Steve Guyger for our September, 2016 meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Medford Memorial Community Center, 21 South Main Street, Medford, NJ. Steve will have a guitarist accompanying him at the performance.

Visitors $10 at the door. Current SJARMS members: no charge. For more information on membership please see the membership tab above. Other information please call 609-280-4926.

As usual we will have an all-level acoustic jam for about an hour after Steve’s performance and a short refreshment break. If you are attending the performance and are a musician that would like to participate in the jam please feel free to bring your acoustic instrument with you. More information can be found in the Acoustic Jam tab above.

Steve’s bio:

Philadelphia is home to one of the finest blues harp players in the world, much to the surprise of people not “inside” the blues scene. Over the past forty-plus years, 2009 Handy Award nominee Steve Guyger has been dishing out some of the finest blues to be heard anywhere. Whether in a duo, trio, or with his band, The Excellos, Steve always rocks the house.

Steve has toured with the late Jimmy Rogers, among others, and has played with many of the great Chicago bluesmen and contemporary players, yet he remains one of the best kept secrets in blues. The late William Clarke called Steve “the best harp player I’ve ever seen.” Mark Hummel called him “a monster player.” If you have heard Steve play, you know what they’re talking about. If you’ve never heard him, you’re missing a major page in your blues portfolio.

Steve began playing harp back in the late 60’s on a harmonica given to him by his future sister-in-law. Sometime later, his brother turned him on to Paul Butterfield. Steve’s passion for the blues harp took him to Chicago to learn at the feet of the masters of the art. Each trip taught him skills that he brought back to the local bands in which he paid his dues.

Steve has shared the stage with the greats in Chicago and the contemporary harp players touring the world today, names like Little Sammy Davis, Carey Bell, Rick Estrin, Rod Piazza,Kim Wilson, Mark Hummel, Charlie Musselwhite and many others. His playing, vocals, songwriting and stage presence have earned him a place among the best of the players on stage today.

Steve makes his home in Philly and can be seen on a regular basis at clubs in the tri-state area in addition to touring with the New Legends of the Blues All-Stars.


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We have a great night of incredible bluegrass music planned for you on Monday, June 13, 2016!
SJARMS is very excited to have the bluegrass band, Stone Mountain Road, fronted by the award winning Resonator guitar (Dobro) player Jimmy Heffernan, performing for us as part of our June, 2016 meeting on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Medford Memorial Community Center, 21 South Main Street, Medford, NJ. Visitors $10, pay at the door. SJARMS members: no charge. For more information on membership please see the membership tab above. Other information please call 609-280-4926.

Members of Stone Mountain Road include SJARMS member Joe Jones, as well as Craig Kuhlow, Larry Hunsberger, Peter Lorch and Jimmy Heffernan.

Stone Mountain Road was one of SJARMS’ original performers back in 2010. Stone Mountain Road’s leader, Jimmy Heffernan, is one of the original SJARMS Trustees. He has given us invaluable guidance and advice over the years.

Jimmy has been an active member of the professional music industry for over 40 years.  He is a highly respected Nashville session player, sideman, and producer.  He is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, an outstanding music instructor who loves to teach, and one of the true masters of the resonator guitar (Dobro®).  He is a master in the recording studio and many musicians have worked with him to produce their recordings.

Early in his career Jimmy was a member of several bluegrass bands including Raintree,  Transatlantic Bluegrass and Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, and toured with notable musicians as Bill Keith, Red Allen, Bill Grant, Delia Bell, and Doug Kershaw, performing on resonator guitar (Dobro®), banjo, pedal steel and electric guitar.

He was an integral member of Joe Diffie’s band for nine years, touring the country and performing at every major venue as well as appearing on many television programs, among them Grand Ole Opry Live, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America and Hee Haw.

Jimmy was a member of Brad Paisley’s touring band for two years and played Dobro® on Brad’s album track “Too Country” which featured performances by George Jones, Buck Owens, and Bill Anderson.

He collaborated with legendary resonator guitar (Dobro) player, Mike Auldridge and pedal steel guitar Ace Hal Rugg with the release of the 2003 recording “The Resocasters.”

He has also performed with Mark Cosgrove and toured with Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers in 2008 on the Lucinda Williams tour.

He has performed with his current band Stone Mountain Road for several years and they enjoy a large following of enthusiastic and dedicated fans!

Jimmy offers face-to-face lessons as well as online lessons which can be found at jimmyheffernan.com. He will be teaching at Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp again this year from June 19-25, 2016.


Photo Credits: Carolyn Miller

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South Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society (SJARMS) presents cowboy/western, prairie, and railroad song singer/performer Bob Bovee on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm at our new location at the Medford Memorial Community Center, 21 South Main Street, Medford, NJ (on the block with The Pop Shop and Braddock’s Tavern- parking is directly behind the Community Center in the Public Parking spaces- please enter the building via the back door off the back porch.) Doors open at 6:45 pm. Admission $10 at the door for guests and visitors (free admission to current SJARMS members.) More info: 609-280-4926. For information on membership please see the membership tab above.


As always we will have an intermission and light refreshments after the performance where attendees can greet the performer and an acoustic jam following for about an hour to an hour and a half, ending promptly at 9:30 pm. We have been able to run two separate jams: one strictly bluegrass picking and the other for singer/songwriter songs.


Bob is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called “The History of Country Music” for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota.

Since 1971 Bob has traveled the country taking old time music to audiences of all ages at festivals, fairs, concerts, dances, schools, libraries, music camps, radio and TV programs, including Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage. This is rural music as played in homes, at dances and for earlier entertainments such as minstrel shows and country radio.

Along with a repertoire including dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers, blues and rags, he spices their shows with stories, history and folklore.

For more information about the Medford Memorial Community Center and for directions, please visit their website at http://www.medfordcenter.org/.

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Greetings to all SJARMS friends and members,

We had to make a last minute change in location for the Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm performance by “Dr. Licks”/Allan Slutsky due to a heating problem at the Medford Arts Center.

The location is now: Medford Memorial Community Center, 21 South Main Street, Medford, NJ.

http://www.medfordcenter.org/. It is on the block between the POP Shop and Braddock’s Tavern (on the same side as both) There is a driveway just before the Community Center with a green and white sign that says Parking. You can turn into that driveway and go behind the Community Center to park.

All of the other information in the previous post is the same except for the location.

Hope to see you there!


SJARMS is excited that the young singer-songwriter and guitar player, Nardo Lilly, (aka Annie Nardolilli) will be our featured performer for the SJARMS’ October meeting on Monday, October 12, 2015 at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N. Main St., Medford, NJ. Doors open at 7:00pm. Admission is free for SJARMS members, $10 for visitors. Information on joining SJARMS can be found in the membership tab above.
Annie’s songs are cleverly written and she sings them with her naturally resonant, gorgeous voice. She will be performing songs from her newly released LP “Wing Woman” as well as her 2013 album “Kitty Hawk.” A Temple University graduate with a major in Anthropology and minors in Italian and Political Science she hails originally from Arlington Virginia. From Benedict Cumberbatch to Hot Park Rangers to David and Goliath, Kitty Hawk and everywhere in between: the cast of characters, images, and places in Annie’s songs will delight and challenge you. The universe she surveys is complicated and crazy, but generous and good for a laugh.
Come out on October 12th and enjoy Annie’s songs and stay for the all-level acoustic jam afterward, either jamming with the group or hanging out to listen. If you want to jam please bring your acoustic instrument.

SJARMS is very pleased to host Warm Hearted Country at our September meeting on Monday, September 14, 2015 at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N. Main St., Medford, NJ. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Cost is $10 for guests and FREE for current SJARMS members.
As usual there is an all-level, acoustic jam following the performance that all concert attendees are invited to stay and participate in (bring your acoustic instrument).
Please see the membership tab above for more info on membership.
Warm Hearted Country performs an enjoyable mix of Classic Country, Bluegrass, Oldies, Old Time Rock & Roll, and Gospel music. Warm Hearted Country was formed in 2003 by Laurie and Alice Dorisio. Alice has been performing country music for about 50 years, mostly in family bands. Laurie’s love of country and bluegrass music goes back to her childhood when she began singing with her mother at age 6. Laurie sings lead vocals and plays guitar and mandolin. Alice plays the snare drum, bongos, provides harmony and sings lead vocals.
Other Warm Hearted Country band members include Dave Thomas playing lead guitar and mandolin; John Cleveland on upright bass; Alice’s son Bruce Bunning on harmonica and Diane Bunning singing backup vocals and playing other percussion instruments.
The band’s main goal is to keep the legends alive. You can expect to hear songs by the great Kitty Wells (Queen of Country), Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Chet Atkins, Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe (Father of Bluegrass).
It doesn’t stop there, you can also expect to hear a mix of Oldies and Old Time Rock & Roll including such legends as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, and the Drifters.

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We are thrilled to have our wonderful friend, incredible musician and SJARMS founding member Mike Kaufman perform for our June, 2015 SJARMS meeting on Monday, June 8, 2015 at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N. Main Street, Medford, NJ. Doors open at 7:00pm.
We are sad to say farewell to him as he leaves our South Jersey area in a couple weeks. We heartily invite you to come to hear him perform- it will be his last NJ gig for the near future. He will have copies of his new CD Carolina Life” available.
As usual there will be an acoustic jam after the performance. The performance is free for SJARMS members (www.sjarms.com for info on becoming a member) and $10 for visitors.

Here we have included some of our favorite photos of Mike and some samples of his fine music. Enjoy!

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SJARMS is very pleased to announce that the band Wood Sounds will be performing for the May, 2015 SJARMS meeting on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N. Main Street, Medford NJ. Doors open at 7:00pm. The performance is free for current SJARMS members and $10 for visitors and guests. More info on SJARMS membership can be found at the membership tab above. As always, there will be an acoustic (all levels) jam after the performance.

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About the band:
Wood Sounds features four established New Jersey artists drawing from varied musical backgrounds, blended into an acoustic music styling in the bluegrass format. Wood Sounds draws its cover tunes from traditional bluegrass, new grass, folk, rock, and country as well as playing original compositions.

The band members are Ed Fortuna on guitar, Bill Sullivan on banjo, Jeff Tryon on mandolin, and Owen O’Malley on bass.

Ed Fortuna:
Through his father’s influence Ed became a fan of traditional country and bluegrass music. In his teen years, upon hearing Clarence White and Doc Watson he was hooked and wanted learn to play guitar just like them. South Philly, where Ed grew up was not exactly a hotbed of bluegrass or flatpick guitar. So, it wasn’t until many years later, upon meeting and taking lessons from well-respected guitarist, Mark Cosgrove, did he make any progress in learning to pick. He has been influenced by many styles and artists, including Tony Rice, David Grier, Bryan Sutton and Norman Blake. Ed considers himself a fan of any good music. A founding member of Sully’s Fortune and Wood Sounds, he provides solid guitar and soulful vocals.

Bill Sullivan:
Bill is no stranger to the bluegrass and country music scenes. Since the 70’s he has been lending his unique playing style to a variety of bands. His band credits include Charlie Morris bands, Catfish, High Noon, Double Shot, Murphys Law, Cedar Crik, Tabernacle Turnpike, Whiskey Chicken and Sully’s Fortune.

Jeff Tryon:
“Spike” has been playing and appreciating bluegrass since he bought his first guitar and banjo in the late 70’s. He plays a variety of musical styles from folk to rock and is a founding member of the jam band Only Footprints, which he has played in for the last 25+ years. Jeff picked up the mandolin while playing with the Bubbleheads at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. In addition to Only Footprints, Jeff was a long time member of Sully’s Fortune.

Owen O’Malley:

Growing up, Owen was the youngest of five children (and still is). He was into the folk scene, and the Beatles drove him to playing music. He listened to a lot of Weather Report, Return to Forever, and Yes. Owen became very interested in Jaco Pastorius and what he could do with a bass. Eventually, Owen was introduced to The David Grisman Quintet album. He became a huge fan of Tony Rice and his style of guitar playing. He listened to a lot of Sting, and really liked his work with The Police. His CD collection goes from Andreas Vollenweider to Bill Monroe and everything in between. Owen has been a member of Jersey Grass, Walls of Bluegrass, Mark Cosgrove & Good Medicine, Keep The Change, and Blue Roots.



kaufman_black_260Steve Kaufman, the three time winner of the prestigious National Flatpicking Championships, will offer a Mandolin and a 2-Day, Hands-On, All-Level Flatpicking Guitar Workshop.
Workshops to be held at Open Door Alliance Church
904 Cooper Rd., Voorhees, NJ
April 16: Beginner/Intermediate Mandolin Workshop
April 17-18: Flatpicking Guitar Workshop
April 18: Steve will be in concert with Mike Kaufman Show starts at 8pm
Concert to be held at Medford Friends Meetinghouse, 14 Union St., Medford NJ
Enrollment for the workshops is limited. This year’s slots are going fast, so make your reservations now.

April 16: Mandolin Workshop will be 2 1/2 hours. Steve will go over Back-up skills, new tunes and songs, better understanding of chords and much more. 7-9:30 PM
April 17-18: The two day workshop will last approximately 8 hours. At the two hour session Friday night, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Steve will get to know each student. He will answer questions, give pointers and evaluate each student’s strengths and weaknesses. From Friday’s observations and questionnaire, he will tailor the next day’s session for the group. The 9:30am-3:30pm Saturday session will cover core picking skills and techniques, repertoire and building blocks for growth. Small groups and some individual attention make this workshop valuable for flatpicking guitarists at all levels of experience.
Bluegrass Unlimited has said, “As a professional guitar teacher, Kaufman has perfected his teaching skills as much as his picking technique.”
The fee for the Mandolin Workshop is $50 per person
The fee for the Flatpicking workshop is $100 per person.
Tickets for the concert are $15.
Enrollment is limited so make your reservations now!

No Video Recording of the workshop allowed.
For more information: Andrew at 609-217-1388
To purchase tickets/Register for the Workshops and Concert online please click on the “Purchase Tickets” Tab above and use PayPal for payment.
Kaufman’s music covers a broad range of styles, including bluegrass, swing, Irish and Appalachian fiddle tunes and folk and country classics. He has been captivating audiences from California to Austria since 1976 and is a feature
performer at many major bluegrass festivals.
In addition to his performing and teaching schedule, Kaufman is the author of more than 100 instructional materials and has released 19 recordings to date.
A Teacher’s Teacher
Steve Kaufman was born into a musical family in 1957. His father was a jazz piano player and his mother was a classically trained pianist. Music was always around. At four Steve start-ed plinking at the piano and did so for several years. He then moved on to the electric guitar at 10 for a few years and put it away. Next came the cello in 5th grade for a few years. After this Steve picked up the acoustic guitar again and blazed right through a “Folk Guitar” method book. When finished he thought if this is as hard as it gets it’s not for him. Then his younger brother, Will, started playing the banjo and his instructor told him he needed a rhythm guitar player to help with his timing. So Steve then picked up his guitar again and got into the bluegrass rhythm. One day Will brought home a Flatt and Scruggs LP, which featured Doc Watson on guitar, and Steve was hooked on flatpicking.
Steve practiced hard with his newfound love of music, sometimes up to 8 hours a day. At age 18 he entered the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield, KS and made the top 10. The following year was a wash. In 1977, Steve took 2nd place to Mark O’Conner and in 1978, at 21 years old, he returned to win the championship. Then after being barred for 5 years he returned on the 6th year to win the 1984 championships again. Winfield bars the winner for 5 years and they can come back on the 6th year but in 1986 they decided to open up the contest to everyone and not bar the past years champs. Steve returned to win his goal. He became the winner and the first and, at this writing, the only Three Time Winner of the
National Flatpicking Championships.
Steve continues to work hard in the world of music. He began producing books and videos in 1989 after teaching private lessons for close to 20 years. His catalog of instructional materials is now over 85 items. His listening CDs and Videos number over 17. Steve began touring the world conducting seminars, workshops, clinics and concerts in 1990 and after 5 years he and his wife, Donna, began “Steve Kaufman’s Flatpicking Camp”. Every other year they have added more camps into their agenda and now under the title “Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps” they host a Fingerpicking Kamp, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo and Mandolin Kamp as well. They have grown into the largest Kamps of their kind in the world with students traveling from around the world to Maryville, Tennessee. Since 2002, Steve Kaufman received the Gold Award from a reader’s poll in Acoustic Guitar Magazine for running the “Best Workshops, Seminars and Camps”.
Steve stays busy being a husband and father, running his Kamps, tour schedule, writing books and recording videos and CDs.
To see Steve’s complete
touring schedule and
instructional and listening
products, go to
www.flatpik.com or write steve@flatpik.com for an
Always Current Catalog mailed to your door.
Download Free Tab and Music Paper for the Workshop at
www.flatpik.com and follow the Downloads link

Headshot_Lo-ResSouth Jersey Acoustic Roots Music Society (SJARMS) welcomes minstrel, humorist and storyteller, Mike Agranoff to our March, 2015 meeting on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Medford Arts Center, 18 N. Main St., Medford.

Doors open at 7:00pm. The performance is free for SJARMS members and $10 for guests and non-members. As always, there will be an acoustic jam (all levels) following the performance.

Mike is one of those folk performers that steadfastly defies categorization, and yet amasses stalwart fans from folk aficionados of all categories. He draws his material from sources as diverse as traditional ballads and fiddle tunes, Scott Joplin rags, Tin Pan Alley, contemporaries in the Folk World, and his own witty pen. He delivers it with a skilled hand on guitar, piano, and concertina, an almost telepathic transmittal of the essence of the song, and occasionally sly twinkle in the eye in anticipation of some of the most horrible parodies ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting audience. Signature features of Mike’s performances are his inclusion of some heart-stopping spoken word pieces that rivet the listener to unforgettable stories.

BFG_LoResConcert appearances include Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, Pa, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Click on the membership tab above to get more information on SJARMS membership.
Email us at southjerseyarms@gmail.com with any questions.

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