By Chasity Paddock
The Times 

I am a Bluegrass kid


August 31, 2023

Times Archive

Waitsburg's kids' bluegrass band Switchgrass Delta took some excellent reading material along with them on their 2019 tour of Ireland. Here, band members (l to r) Kaleb Kuykendall, Chris Philbrook, Robert Walsh and Emma Philbrook browsed The Times outside McGing's Pub in Westport, Ireland where they played a session during the annual Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival.

WAITSBURG - One of my favorite after-school extracurricular activities is going to Bluegrass Kids; I have been a member for about six years. Bluegrass Kids is a fun program for kids and teens to learn how to play guitar, mandolin, banjo, cello, standing base, and fiddle. My mentor and good friend Kate Hockersmith created the program, which she offers to kids for free.

The free program meets at the new Touchet Valley Acoustic Music Program (TVAMP) building at 141 Main Street in Waitsburg.

Hockersmith got into bluegrass in 2002 after her son John watched "O Brother Where Art Thou" and was in...

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