“NashCamp is fun! Small class size, one on one attention, incredible food and atmosphere and a camaraderie second to none makes it the best value among music camps, hands down.”
Tim Stafford – Songwriter, guitarist and Grammy winner
“It was like boot camp for aspiring musicians and songwriters, with a whole lot of fun thrown in.”
NashCamp alumnus Dierks Bentley, Country music star and hit singer-songwriter
“I got inspired and educated by writers who’ve actually had cuts and publishing company honchos who have the inside track on the business.”
Dee Shelton, who pitched her song at NashCamp and to get a number one record on the bluegrass charts
“I won’t promise that you will experience nirvana (the state of, not the band), but it’s as close as I’ve been in a long time.”
“Where else can you get personal attention from the masters of bluegrass music? Good food, good people, jamming by firelight — I had the time of my life. I’m coming back every year!”
Sophia Trone, Los Angeles, California
“Its a great week to sit back and enjoy the company of people who just want to play bluegrass. Instructors are great, food is great, jam sessions run well into the a.m.”
Lynn, a NashCamp resonator guitar student
“To all first timers : be prepared for a music camp like none you have ever been to. As a long long-time Nashcamper, some of the things I think you need to bring to camp are:
1) Some good calluses on your fingers (by Wednesday morning you will thank me for this one)
2) A big appetite for fantastic food (diet now, gain then)
3) Sleep now (no sleep then)
4) Fun loving attitude (leave your stress at home or if you like, we can make you laugh so hard you will forget what been bugging you for so long)
The keys to learning the most will be . . .
1) Openness to make new best music friends (you will meet at least two or more people who you will never forget, the camp director Cindy will be one of them)
2) Confidence in that you will meet some campers that will not play as good as you and you can teach them some things you know.
3) Humility because you will be blown away by others (one or two that will be half your age) but most will be willing to teach you.
4) Assurance that you will bring home at least a year of new stuff for you to work on”
Len Lawhon – Mandolin, Banjo, Resonator Guitar.
Olive Branch, MS
“To all of the new folks, I can’t accurately describe the NashCamp experience to you, and I have tried to friends, family and other musicians. But if history is any indication, it will be an experience you will never forget. Cindy Sinclair, the Queen Bee of Musical Love, will make sure magic happens again. Marcia’s meals alone are worth the price of admission.”
Boys and girls, ladies and germs, I have just returned from an entire week of bluegrass reso immersion and a better time can not be had within the constraints of the law. As Jerry Clower would say, “WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! SOMEBODY SHOOT THIS THING”.
Cindy Sinclair runs this show with all bluegrass instruments, including singing and songwriting into a weeklong camp with morning instruction in your chosen instrument, afternoon electives, and then forming into bands and working up a couple of tunes to play at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville on Friday night.
Mike Witcher is the reso teacher and great at it. I learned more in one week than I learned in years of picking at it. I actually understood a lot of what I always considered inane musical theory and applied it. The class was limited to nine students and only three of us showed up. Suckers. What a missed opportunity for the rest of the world. Tim Scheerhorn sat in on the classes also and brought in a different Horn every day. That was a treat in and of itself.
Tim Scheerhorn taught electives in the afternoons and fixed/setup everybody’s instruments that needed a little tweaking and I stuck to him like glue. That was worth the price of admission. What a fountain of knowledge!
My band was a great group of people from all over the country and my jaws were sore from laughing so much. Fletcher Bright (of the Dismembered Tennesseans) was our band coach and his granddaughter was our lead singer. She had a great voice and was learning some fine guitar breaks from Tim Stafford.
I am currently under the weather because I haven’t had more than five hours sleep a night all week. Too much picking to be done and you don’t want to sleep in and miss any meals. They are all great. I’ll need a month to recover but what a ball I had. I could type for hours but work has piled up so I’ll head back to the salt mines with musical memories dancing in my head.
Tom Bushelman, Jr.