Friday, September 9, 2011
Sepember 2011 Java Jam
The next Java Jam will be Friday, September 23, featuring Valerie O'Brien, as pretty a fiddle champion as you'd ever hope to compete against...and lose. Valerie started violin lessons at age nine, learned her first Texas-style fiddle tunes by eleven, and won the Junior World Championship at thirteen. Like everyone in her family, she became an accomplished musician on several instruments. As a child, Valerie's parents took her to the Seminary South Shopping Center in Fort Worth to hear Eck Robertson who is credited with making the first country music recording back in 1923. The tradition lives on at Valerie's Music Studio in Burleson, Texas, where her two daughters - Jennifer and Julie, her sister - Lydia Stuart, and her husband - Rich O'Brien also teach. Together they offer Texas Oldtime Fiddling, guitar, bass, piano, mandolin, and banjo instruction to students from all over Texas.