Louisa guitar shop becomes a popular hangout

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

Banjo player Mike Nickle and his wife, Diane, are two of nearly a dozen musicians who show up every Thursday night to play bluegrass at Cars, Guitars and More.

Banjo player Mike Nickle and his wife, Diane, are two of nearly a dozen musicians who show up every Thursday night to play bluegrass at Cars, Guitars and More.

The music never stops on Thursday nights at Cars, Guitars and More, a quaint little music shop along Davis Highway in Louisa. Rustic bluegrass staples such as “I’ll Fly Away” and “Black Eyed Susie” resound, with the end of one song’s note leading into the beginning of another.

The musical display is the definition of a team effort. Need a capo for your guitar? One of the dozen musicians surely has an extra. Forget your tuner? There’s extra laying around.

There’s plenty of laughter, and even more love.

“Let’s get Bob to sing tonight,” guitarist P.J. Skare says, his fingers ready to play.

“You’ll be waiting a while,” banjo extraordinaire Bob Payne quickly shoots back with a laugh.

Skare and Payne are just two of a handful of local musicians who gather at the store each week for an impromptu bluegrass jam session. Around 7 p.m. every Thursday, vintage Fender guitars, Gibson banjos and other instruments are unpacked and played to their fullest potential. Some members show up every week, others every month or so.

The ages range from 16 to 70, the influences from Led Zeppelin to Johnny Cash. Some sing, others sit quietly. The group may be diverse in nature, but they have shared a one-track mind since the beginning.

It started with a suggestion. When Cars, Guitars and More owner Greg Coppage opened the business a few years ago – one with walls lined with every type of stringed instrument imaginable – he floated the idea of a weekly jam session with customers.

To read the entire story, see the Aug. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.

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