Raleigh, N.C. — A bluegrass jam session at Raleigh's Busy Bee Cafe Monday night gave the crowd a little taste of the banjo-picking, fiddle-strumming and accordion-pumping to come at the World of Bluegrass festival, which opens Tuesday.
Musicians brought their instruments and their talent and just jumped into perfect harmony.
"I play guitar and sing lead and love harmony," said musician David Hedrick. "You can get in close, you can hear each instrument."
When it comes to old-time music, Monty Smith said, "we all know the same songs."
"It's a nice, easy flow for somebody to come in and play with another group," said Smith, a member of the Pinecone group dedicated to preserving North Carolina's musical heritage.
He said he can't wait for World of Bluegrass, which includes a free two-day street festival and performances at Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center.
"I'm just so excited. I'm shaking right now," Smith said.
"I'm sure there's going to be some great jams going on all weekend," Hedrick said.