Tucked away like a jewel near Swayback Mountain in Coryell county, twenty-two miles west of Gatesville, is the tiny Texas town of Pearl. Should you get lost finding your way there and you have the good fortune of having done this on a first Saturday of the month, just roll your car window down and listen for the sound of bluegrass music. It’s everywhere. Follow it to a former schoolhouse-turned-community center and you’ve found the family-friendly monthly performances of the “Pearl Bluegrass Jam and Stage Show“.
If you’re a music fan, you’re going to love this. All kinds of talents are playing everywhere you go. Young, old, seasoned professionals and novices alike. It’s like a bluegrass SXSW before the commercialization. Just people getting together and jamming for the joy of the music & style.
The old schoolhouse is not the only music venue. Covered pavilions in the area have continuous performances and it’s not unusual to see a spontaneous jam session under a shady tree. There’s available space for RVs if you want to make it an overnight stay with the pickers who have been known to play around the campfires until the dawn. The kitchen at the community center serves up homemade food. Burgers and sandwiches are to be expected, but how about the homemade cobbler or banana pudding?? Can’t get that at SXSW! Here’s visitor Pat O’Bryan’s video about his visit to the bluegrass capital of Texas. It really shows you the range of talent levels, the educational aspects, and the family fun.
Explore central Texas. Take the time to enjoy the drive and spend a day in Pearl where the hills really are alive with the sound of music.