California RV Park Holds Jam Session

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January 24, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Editor's Note: Click here to watch a video courtesy of the Imperial Valley Press about the following story.

Claps and toe-taps could be seen and heard from Ryerson Hall at Desert Trails RV Park in El Centro, Calif., during its first-ever open jam session Sunday afternoon (Jan. 23).

Park residents gathered to hear winter visitor Denis Charette and company twang out some tunes on their steel-stringed guitars and mandolins while dozens of music lovers sang along, the Imperial Valley Press reported.

“It’s something open to musicians within the park,” Charette said, with his 12-string guitar strapped to him.

“Amateurs or professionals — any who loves music — can come and sing with us and play with us and have an enjoyable afternoon,” he said.

Charette and a group of four strummers and two singers sat in a circle singing a variety of country songs, old tunes and songs in French.

“We played songs that have simple chords to play where even a person that’s just a beginner can follow along,” he said. “It’s all in good fun and people that don’t play music can come and listen.”

The session, which was held in conjunction with the parks’ weekly ice cream social, seemed to be a big hit.

“I think it’s great,” said Joan Evans of Bend, Ore. “It’s fun singing along with them if you know the words.”

“It brings back memories of the old days,” said Bob Templeton of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. “I love it.”

Charette said the musicians also really seemed to like it and more should be coming next week.

“Next week my wife will bring her organ,” guitarist Roland Tamke, also of Saskatoon, said. “If we get too good people’ll want us to play all the time,” he joked.

“I think it’s going to be a winner,” said bassist Bruce Evans of Medford, Ore.

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