Artist of the day: Jim Strickland
Jim Strickland has been a fan of banjo music since 1976, when man named Ernie Williams gave him his first lesson on the banks of the Hillsborough River. "I went from being intrigued with the sound to falling in love with the sound," he said.
So much so, that he kept at it, picking up the fiddle, the guitar and the Autoharp and delving into the traditional roots music played at festivals and competitions throughout the South.
Somewhere along the line Strickland, Williams and a few others figured they ought to start something to whet the local appetite. In 1982 the first Florida Old Time Music Championship had its humble beginning at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City.
After 30 years, Strickland (who lives in Wesley Chapel and also hosts a monthly old-time music show on WMNF-FM 88.5) and Williams and others have kept at it. The Florida Old Time Music Championship returns this weekend, with plenty of plenty of old-time toe-tapping on Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Florida Museum. Click here for details.
For more on Jim Strickland and the Florida Old Time Music Championship,click here for Michele Miller's story.