Community Picking Circle at TANGLED TONES, Missoula MT

Tangled Tones Music Studio WebsiteWednesdays -6pm-9pm in the Tangled Tones Common Room

Tangled Tones Music Studio Website

All levels and styles of acoustic players are welcome.  This jam has been on-going for several years and has a healthy attendance by a bunch of great folks.  Thanks to Matthew Nord of Tangled Tones Music Studio for providing a bluegrass friendly location for this weekly jam.




Leftover Turkey Pick at Billings Hampton

leftover turkey jam billings hampton
You’re invited to a Thanksgiving Weekend Bluegrass jam and potluck.

Date: Saturday, Nov 30, 2013
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Billings Hampton Inn

The Ruby Jewel Jamboree is excited to announce that we will be booking bluegrass shows in 2014 in Billings, Montana.  Phyllis & Kimberlee will be in Billings over the weekend and will host a bluegrass jam and potluck.  We’d like to get to know you if you’re a picker or a grinner.

All levels and styles are welcome.  Bluegrass jam etiquette will be in force.  RSVP on facebook event

See you Saturday.

Phyllis & Kimberlee at IBMA 2013
Raleigh, NC welcomed IBMA with open arms

Tangled Tones jam moved to Wednesday

Tangled Tones Jam - Wednesday's 6-9pmPlease join us for this bluegrass jam which has been moved to Wednesdays.  We’re going back to weekly jams now as we move into the fall.

Where:  Tangled Tones Music Studio 2005 South Ave. West, Missoula. (behind Golf USA across from Howard’s Pizza)

When:  Wednesday’s 6-9pm

All levels and styles of bluegrass are welcome.




Ruby’s Jam – Jan 2013

Ruby's Jam January 2013Did your New Years Resolution include more music in your life in 2013?  We have you covered with a full slate of FREE workshops including a New Bluegrass Harmony Vocal Workshop.

Beginners to experienced musicians welcome.  All teaching will be in a friendly/fun/supportive group setting.

Come to Ruby’s Inn Saturday, January 12 at Ruby’s Inn and Convention Center on Reserve Street.  Bring a friend (or two!), stay for a potluck and open jam following the workshops.

If you have fun (and we think you will!) we ask you to join our Bluegrass Association to start receiving our Newsletter and notice of our great upcoming events, festivals, concerts, jams and more.  Here’s the schedule:

Event:  Ruby’s Winter Jam Series

Date:  January 12, 2013

Time:  1:45pm – midnight (potluck at 6pm)

Location:  Ruby’s Inn & Convention Center, MIssoula, MT

Workshop Schedule

1:45pm – 2:45pm Slow Pitch Jam
Room 600
This beginner-friendly group jams are modeled after Sue Malcolm’s method of learning to jam the bluegrass music. Visit Sue’s websitefor more about it or watch this short video.[youtube=]
3:00pm – 3:45pm Fiddle tunes w/Ken
Room 700
Ken Benson and his computer assisted instruction (Band in the Box) will present a 45 min. slow-fiddle jam with the chords and a moving cursor will be projected on to the screen. Ken will play the lead either with his guitar or mandolin and all you have to do is change chords when the program shows you where you are. Good time to try Whiskey Before Breakfast, Salt Creek, Tennesee Blues, etc…
4:15 – 5:15 Harmony vocal workshop
Room 600
Mark Vosburgh and Phyllis Erck will join with some of the great harmony singers in the association to demonstrate how bluegrass harmonies are put together. Expect to sing a lot during this hour.

Arlee Bluegrass Jam – Now on Haitus

The Arlee open bluegrass jam will be on haitus from now until August.  The host will be in Oregon until then.  Thanks to all who have supported the jam and hopefully we can keep it going in the future.  Please note: the jam scheduled for this coming Tuesday, March 20th is also cancelled.

Joe D.

JamSki 2012

Join us for a day of skiing and pickin’ the bluegrass music.

Skiers meet at the bottom of Griz at 9:30 if you want to ski together. Otherwise look for us on the hill. I’ll be wearing bright green ski jacket and red helmet.

Join us for a day of skiing at Snowbowl and a night of pickin’ the bluegrass music at Ruby’s.

Checkout our website for all the details.

This Saturday will be our final jam in the Ruby’s 2012 Winter Jam Series

Ruby’s event kicks off at 2pm
slow pitch starts at 3pm
potluck at 5:30
jammin’ will continue all day and all night

Facebook Event

Slow pitch jam follow-up

Hi Folks,  Thanks so much for attending and participating MRBA’s slow pitch jam, you all are great!  We were happy (again) for the super turnout.    Our goal is to get LOTS more people playing live bluegrass here in Missoula.  I had a chance to jam with some of you after the slow pitch and I know you guys rock (or grass)!

Here’s some follow-up info we promised:

The last jam in our winter jam series is at Ruby’s Sat March 10 same times (Meet and Greet at 2:00pm,  Slow pitch at 3:00pm,  Potluck 5:30, Jamming into the night).    Please come, and invite a friend or two, and stick around for good food and more jamming.

Our spring festival will be Sat April 14th at Lone Rock School near Stevensville.   Bands will  play every half hour from noon to 10pm and there will be lots of jamming going on all day and into the night.

Details on our Montana Rockies Bluegrass Association Facebook Page (Like Us!), and website

For those of you who like to have practice material, this was our song list from Sat, we changed some things on the fly but it should be pretty close.  Most of our songs came from Sue Malcolm slow pitch instructional books and CD’s.   These are not required for our MRBA jams but they are available for purchase from   These books are packed full of standards songs that would be welcomed at any bluegrass jam.

  •  I’ll Fly Away                                      A
  • Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms           A
  • Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin                     G
  • I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky         A
  • Gold Watch and Chain                       D
  • Long Journey Home                           D
  • Sitting Alone in the Moonlight             A
  • Angeline the Baker                            D
  • Long Journey Home                           G
  • Blue Night                                         D
  • Will the Circle Be UnBroken               G

Possible additions for next month are:

Jesse James C,  Ain’t Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone (C), Highway of Sorrow. (D)

Some other good bluegrass reference sites you might be interested in:,,

See you next month.