The fine folks up at Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop, 7645 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend, have posted their schedule for the 2010 season of “The Pickin’ Porch.” It’s a great — and free — concert series that takes place every Saturday night at 7 p.m., and it kicks off this year on May 15 with a performance by Native American flute player Randy McGinnis. It runs through Oct. 23. A variety of performers are on the program this year, including Bing Futch, whom we profiled a couple of years ago.
Wood-N-Strings is a family business started by husband-and-wife Mike and Connie Clemmer. Their daughter, Cherith Millar, runs the store and sees a large number of visitors who come to this area for the music as much as the scenery.
“I’d say 80 percent of them want to hear music while they’re here,” Millar told us last year. “A lot of people who come in here to the store want to hear music, even if they don’t want to buy anything. They’ll ask, ‘Can you play something for us?’, just because they want to hear that kind of music. That’s something you really don’t get in a whole lot of other places. There are very few places you can actually hear it live, especially in an authentic setting like Townsend.”