A group in Clarksburg, W.Va., jams at the local Hardee's, after having moved from a McDonald's when remodeling made it difficult to clear enough space to play, Miller writes. The jams are basically a free-for-all. "Usually, players turn up representing at least one of the instruments that make up a bluegrass lineup—bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle. Anybody can call a tune to play, or join in when they feel like it."
The musicians are also performers, throwing out corny jokes between songs, Miller writes. For instance, one joke goes: “Excuse me, where does this road go? Stranger, this road don’t go nowhere. Every morning, I wake up, and it’s still here.” Another goes: “Fellow said, can you lend me five bucks? Other fellow said, I can’t hear you. First fellow said, can you lend me 10 bucks? Other fellow said, I heard you the first time.” (Read more)