SOLD OUT! Save the date for Bill Blue and Mike McAdam – May 16th!

Bill Blue and Mike McAdam join the JAMinc line-up for a one of a kind show on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at In Your Ear Studio.
Anyone who was a Richmond resident during the 70’s and 80’s and frequented local bars like the Pass, Hard Times, The Back Door and many other live music venues that thrived in RVA during that era, are sure to know Mike McAdam and Bill Blue. Their musical talent has been appreciated by thousands, here in Richmond, across the USA and throughout Europe for nearly 50 years!
Mike McAdam strummed his first guitar chords in his basement when he was 11 years old. He was soon joined by some neighborhood pals to form his first band, the Emotions. From then on he was determined to be a life-long professional guitar player. As his musical chops matured, he formed the Good Humor Band. The now iconic Richmond rock & blues band lasted about 8 years. Over those years, Good Humor successfully performed up and down the east coast. Local fans have enjoyed and continue to enjoy, Good Humor Band holiday reunion shows, always to sellout crowds.Mike moved to Nashville in ‘84 to make his mark in the music business. Over the years he has certainly done that. He has worked with the likes of Steve Earle, Lee Roy Parnell, Radney Foster, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Chris Knight, along with countless studio sessions over the years. Always ready for a new experience, Mike is now lead guitarist for up and comer Kendell Marvel. Marvel has collaborated with Chris Stapleton to write many hits for many of the Nashville greats. Marvel will soon be embarking on a European tour with Chris Stapleton and Mike will be right there with them, adding on to his already millions of world travel miles.Bill Blue is a guitar sliding, rock and blues animal. If any of you went to “Hard Times” back in the day, you know Bill Blue played there with regularity, rocking and a rolling and shaking the mortar loose from the brick walls. He is relentless to make his point when he lays down his bluesy rock style. Bill has been a full time musician nearly all his life. Back in the 60’s he befriended a Virginia blues legend, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, playing in his band until “Big Boy’s” sudden and unexpected death. By the way, “Big Boy” wrote the first song Elvis ever recorded at Sun Records, (“That’s All Right Mama”).

Bill has been a Key West resident for 35 years. He and his wife live on a houseboat by day and Bill rocks at night playing at many of the famous Key West bars like Sloppy Joe’s, the Green Parrot and the Hogsbreath Café. Bill doesn’t get back to Richmond too often, however; he is very anxious to join his good buddy Mike for an intimate evening playing their brand of rock & blues. Both Mike and Bill look forward to seeing their RVA fans, friends and family at In Your Ear on May 16th.

3rd Annual Scott Street Five String Final Winners Announced

Winners Announced (10/16/17)

Heartfelt congratulations to all our amazing finalists in the Scott Street Five String Finals held Saturday at the Richmond Folk Festival. Here are our first place winners, 15-year-old G Rockwell from Bridgeport CT (bluegrass) and 16-year-old Christiana Joneikis from Shreve OH (clawhammer).

Second runner-up in bluegrass banjo was Johnny White (15) from Glen Allen.  First runner-up was Taylor Parks (13) from Bloxom on the Eastern Shore. Clawhammer 2nd runner-up was Henry Coatney (13) from Boone, NC.  First runner-up was Alanna Brewer (17) from Mountain View, AK.

As you can see, these talented young players and their families came a long way to grace our stage.  There were 21 total entrants, from literally all over the country.  JAMinc would like to thank our stellar judges who had a seriously tough job on their hands this year–RVA’s classic John Bullard, young clawhammer wizard Victor Furtado from Galax, and the beloved Sammy Shelor from Meadows of Dan, VA. JAMinc is grateful to the Virginia Folklife Program, our co-presenters, and the family of Scott Street for their support of this competition.



G Rockwell, Tim Timberlake and Christiana Joneikis (photo credit: Samson Trinh)


Finalists Announced (10/9/17)

The 3rd Annual Scott Street Five String Finals honors the memory of original JAMinc board member, distinguished attorney and dedicated banjo player Scott Street, who we lost in February of 2015 to cancer.  JAMinc is excited to continue this tradition of honoring Scott through this banjo competition for young players 18 and under. Again this year, there will be two divisions and two sets of finalist–for bluegrass/Scruggs-style players and for clawhammer/old time players.

JAMinc is pleased to announce the six finalists for this competition.  These finalists will be competing live on the CarMax Family Stage at the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. Winners in each division will receive a handsome crystal trophy, a demo recording session at In Your Ear Studios, and a $1000 cash prize. Runners up receive $600 with $400 for third place.


Taylor Parks (13) Bloxom, VA
G Rockwell (15) Bridgeport, CT
Johnny White (15) Glen Allen, VA


Alanna Brewer (17) Mountain View, AK
Henry Coatney (13) Boone, NC
Christiana Joneikis (16) Shreve, OH

Contest Information

After a preliminary round of YouTube video entries, three finalists will be selected in each division by a distinguished panel of judges led by five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Sammy Shelor, young Virginia clawhammer virtuoso Victor Furtado and veteran local players Josh Bearman and John Bullard. Finalists will compete live on the CarMax Family Stage at the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. Winners in each division will receive a handsome crystal trophy, a demo recording session at In Your Ear Studios, and a $1000 cash prize. Runners up receive $600 with $400 for third place.



Robbie Schaefer’s Full Set Available Now!

Singer, songwriter, storyteller, humanitarian Robbie Schaefer joined us for a very well-timed performance at In Your Ear on November 11th, the Friday after our long and exhausting election season. He provided a breath of hopeful and encouraging fresh air. Our public radio show necessitated leaving so much out as it’s only an hour long, and Robbie’s thoughtful stories and song intros are such an important part of his music, we offer the following links to stream the entire two hour concert unedited. We encourage you to spend some undistracted quality time with Robbie, who some of you might know through his work with Eddie From Ohio or the last two editions of SPARC’s Live Art. It will fill your heart.

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2nd Annual Scott Street Five String Finals Results

The 2nd Annual Scott Street Five String Finals honors the memory of original JAMinc board member, distinguished attorney and dedicated banjo player Scott Street, who we lost in February of 2015 to cancer.  This year the competition expanded to include both bluegrass/Scruggs-style and clawhammer/old time style.  Finalists competed live on the CarMax Family Stage at the Richmond Folk Festival on Saturday, October 8th, 2016.

We are pleased to report the results here:

Bluegrass division

Logan Redding, age 16-Pickens, SC–1st place

Taylor Parks, age 12-Parksley, VA –2nd place

Johnny White, age 14-Richmond, VA–3rd place

Clawhammer division

Madison Shepherd, age 16-West Jeffereson, NC–1st place

Uma Peters, age 9-Nashville, TN–2nd place

Rachel Dunaway, age 17-Richmond, VA–3rd place

Winners in each division received a crystal trophy, a demo recording session at In Your Ear Studios, and a $1000 cash prize. Runners-up receive $600 with $400 for third place.

Congratulations to all of the wonderful participants!  JAMinc would like to thank all participants and judges for helping us honor Scott Street and carry on his memory through the talents of these young, amazing musicians.


First place winners Logan Redding and Madison Shepherd with Gini Street

So long, Songbird

Robbin Thompson lost his 15-year fight with cancer late Friday night. He was at home with family and friends. Virginia – and the world really – lost too. He endured many lengthy treatments, with devious side effects, but rarely if ever complained. By all accounts, he faced his illness with courage and his well-known sense of humor. In a newsletter this year he talked about the battle and his decision to take another shot at beating cancer.

“I was able to deal with most of this without anyone really knowing … Easy to hide but hard to ignore… so, here I am, facing another surgery. The way I figure, it’s like that moment in para-sailing right before running down the mountain. Once you decide to go for it there ain’t no turnin’ back and the rewards of goin’ for it far exceed sitting at home wondering how it would’ve been if you had just taken the chance.”

A singer, songwriter and multi-instrument musician, Robbin gave many fans a soundtrack to their lives (judging by numerous comments on social media). During a January 2014 all-acoustic show at In Your Ear Studio he talked about some of the inspirations for his songs: watching TV while lying sick on a couch, the people he’s met and places he’s traveled to. His beloved sail boat, Song Bird, and life on the Chesapeake showed up as well. Robbin’s music was upbeat and often introspective.

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But Robbin was much more than an accomplished and successful musician. He was a supporter of the arts and causes by those he cared about. He was one of the main instigators creating the JAMinc house show series which features regional touring artist highlighting the roots of American music. This series also includes a school out-reach program which has put the bands in front of over 80,000 area school kids to date.

He was involved, from the beginning, with SPARC’s “Live Art,” both performing and writing songs for the shows and working directly with hundreds of budding talent. Robbin played a huge part, both up front and in the background, getting the Billy Ray Hatley charity show at the National in 2013 put together. A message posted by ACT Today (Autism Care and Treatment) thanked him for a song he wrote and donated to their military families living with autism initiative. Just a few of many ways Robbin made our world better.

But he was a musician first and last. From his 1969 VCU days forming Mercy Flight and opening for Bruce Springsteen’s Steel Mill to recently seeing his “Sweet Virginia Breeze” (co-written and performed by Steve Bassett) named Virginia’s “popular” state song, he accomplished a lot in a too short life time. To the end he was having musician friends over, booking shows and preparing to perform in several productions.

He left his mark on our music even when the music wasn’t his, never hesitant to jump in and work to make a song better. Long time guitarist and collaborator Velpo Robertson said in the Richmond Times Dispatch, “To me, I think that was the best thing about him. He was always happy to collaborate. No matter who he was working with, he wanted to make the songs better.”

There will always be a sweeter breeze because of the life of Robbin Thompson.

By Bill Rice (original post on SIFTER here)

In lieu of flowers, Robbin’s family requests that donations be made to JAMinc or SPARC in his honor.


Support JAMinc through AmazonSmile!


We are happy to announce that supporting JAMinc is just an easy click away!  We have partnered with AmazonSmile to help raise money to support our mission.  Please go to and .5% of all eligible Amazon purchases will come back to JAMinc.  Happy Shopping!

W. Scott Street 1944-2015

All of us at JAMinc mourn the loss of our fellow board member and dear friend Scott Street, who died February 1st after a brief but brave fight with a rare cancer.  As an attorney, lover and supporter of music and dedicated banjo player, Scott has been an important part of JAMinc’s mission since its inception and we will sorely miss his wise counsel, warm smile and abiding love of the five-string.
Here’s a link to Scott’s impressive obituary in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

On behalf of all our members, Jim Bland, Daniel Clarke, Andy Garrigue, Kelly Harrell, Bill McElroy, Bill Rice, Robbin Thompson and our president/founder Wally Thulin, let me express our deepest sympathies to Gini and Scott’s entire family with thanks for sharing him generously with us for so many years.

Tim Timberlake,
Board Chair, JAMinc

Jammin’ on the James Summer Wrap-up

Since JAMinc’s Studio A concert series at In Your Ear Music and Recording takes the summer off, we felt it was a great fit to partner with the Wilton House Museum’s monthly “Jammin’ on the James” events in Richmond’s Westhampton neighborhood. Featured artists this season were country band Andy Vaughan and the Driveline in June, the big band Tom Cunningham Orchestra in July and RVA favorite singer/songwriter Susan Greenbaum in August. All drew large crowds of all ages, with lots of families and couples packing picnic baskets and lawn chairs. Tim Timberlake and Jim Bland from the JAMinc board took turns manning our table to spread the word about our mission and signing up folks for our email list. It’s a perfect spot for outdoor live music, plus many toured the historic Wilton House itself, built originally in the 1750s east of Richmond and moved to its present location in 1933. Check out the elegantly carved wood paneling…it’s one of only two fully paneled colonial homes in the U.S. More at

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Tune in to 88.9 WCVE for live coverage of Richmond Folk Festival and more!

88.9 WCVE Richmond Public Radio will be broadcasting live from the Altria main stage at the 10th anniversary edition of the Richmond Folk Festival the weekend of October 10-12.  The following Saturday, October 18th at 1pm, WCVE will air the first of seven brand new programs in JAMinc’s In Your Ear live performance radio show, produced and hosted by board member Tim Timberlake.

We’ve offered up a total of 26 hour-long programs since IYE radio began a few years ago and all are available for on demand streaming at  Each hour is an abridged replay of one or more of our past live studio concerts, lovingly recorded and mixed by Carlos Chafin and Andrea Stefl at In Your Ear Music & Recording in downtown RVA.  Coming up in this new season are recent performances by the Robbin Thompson Band (unplugged), Missy Raines & the New Hip, Jim Hurst, celtic fiddlers Kevin Burke & John Carty and the Snyder Family Band.  We’ll also be opening our growing archives for some earlier samplings from past artists including Peter Ostroushko, Wayne Henderson & Helen White, the Bee Eaters, Phil Wiggins & Rick Franklin and Anne & Pete Sibley.

And please thank and support our loyal sponsors make our radio presence possible:  HohnerUSA, TKL/Cedar Creek Custom Case Shoppe, Digital Video Group and Will & Molly Perkinson. Catch as many as you can Saturdays at 1pm on WCVE, at 88.9 on the FM dial or stream it live at

Jammin’ on the James Concert Series

JAMinc is co-sponsor of this summer’s Jammin’ on the James Concert Series held at the beautiful and historic Wilton House in Windsor Farms. This year’s lineup features Andy Vaughan & Driveline on June 14, the Tom Cunningham Orchestra on July 12, and Susan Greenbaum on August 9th.

For times and further information on these free outdoor family concerts, visit their website at