Closest Pickers, this is for you!

Pete Wernick's inventive teaching method focuses on the student's desire to play music in a social setting. The emphasis is to address the general lack of this type of learning situation, and these camps have been launching beginning jammers everywhere!

We will show you how to be in a bluegrass jam session, fitting in at your own ability level. You will be jamming the first morning!


  • Understanding, low-pressure, experienced teaching.
  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups.
  • How to play lead, fake solos, sing harmony Group and individualized instruction on backup techniques.
  • Ground rules and etiquette; learn many bluegrass standard.

All bluegrass instruments, all skill levels welcome.
Supportive instruction and easy and fun jamming! Registration limited.

Camp Director: Dave Howard (of 23 String Band & The Louisville Folk School).


Dave Howard has enjoyed years of singing and playing mandolin throughout the U.S. with The 23 String Band - winners of the Rockygrass Bluegrass Band Competition and Louisville Music Awards Bluegrass Artist of the Year - and has over a decade of experience on-stage with Louisville based Relic Bluegrass band.

Dave serves as Director of Louisville Folk School, a traditional music education community he founded in 2015, and sits on the board of Bluegrass Anonymous - Louisville's Bluegrass Music Association.

Dave moved from his childhood home of Owensboro, KY to study Art History at University of Louisville, and recently apprenticed as a fiddler through a Kentucky Arts Council Masters Apprenticeship Grant for Folk Arts. When he isn't busy performing around the country, he can often be found running joyfully through the woods near his home in the historic Clifton neighborhood.

Assistant Instructors: Chris Joslin, Danny Clark, and Mike Hobson


The Holiday Inn Riverfront in downtown Owensboro is offering a special rate (which will be valid until February 23) for jam campers and for those attending the Kentucky Fried Pickin' event.

Please click here for more hotel information.

For more information about Kentucky Fried Pickin' please click here.