Pat Ahrens-Bluegrass Historian
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Pat Ahrens Bio

PAT J. AHRENS has been an advocate and devotee of Bluegrass music for most of her life, beginning in the early 1960’s.  She is a freelance writer and author of Union Grove The First Fifty Years, The Legacy of Two Legends, and Bill Wells Bluegrass Ambassador.  She is co-author of banjoist Butch Robins’ book, What I Know ‘Bout What I Know, and Tut Taylor with his book, Tut Taylor The Flat Pickin’ Dobro® Man.   Butch Robins’ book was nominated by The International Bluegrass Music Association as Print Media Personality of the Year for 2004.  Pat is well-known as banjoist “Snuffy” Jenkins’ biographer.  A pioneer musician, Snuffy was the first to introduce the three-finger forward roll style to his radio audience in 1934.   Pat is co-founder of the South Carolina Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association and a past president.  She served on the Association’s Board of Directors from 1991 to 2006.  She has had numerous articles printed over the years, most of which have appeared in the magazine Bluegrass Unlimited.  In addition, she has also written liner notes for several CD’s.  A rhythm guitarist, Pat has attended the Galax, Virginia Fiddlers’ Convention for sixteen years.  Pat has served as a band contest judge at Reno Fest in Hartsville, SC.  This annual Festival was established over a decade ago to honor South Carolina’s legendary banjoist Don Reno.  She has also served as a banjo and guitar judge for the Congaree Bluegrass Festival in Cayce, SC.  She is known to many Bluegrass fans as the emcee of Friday night’s “Open Stage” at Bill’s Music Shop and ‘Pickin Parlor in West Columbia, SC.

 

Pat is a 1996 recipient of the South Carolina Folk Heritage Music Advocacy Award.  

 

Bluegrass…America’s High Lonesome Sound

 

In 1992 Pat Ahrens served on a committee involved with a fund raising event for the State Museum.  The event had a Country Music theme which included local singers, dancers, and musicians.  Pat designed an exhibit of bluegrass music history for this special occasion and made a four by five foot collage from materials in her extensive bluegrass music collection.  This large collage has been a part of the décor of Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor ever since.  With that first initial contact, Pat later began working with Julia Hill, former director of public programs for the State Museum, to produce a program and exhibit of bluegrass music history during May.  May is annually recognized as World Wide Bluegrass Music Month.  The programs Pat produced were funded by the SC BTMA in its efforts to educate the public and included live performances by many of the states most outstanding musicians.  The exhibits were in place for the entire month of May and the program included a brief narrative of the history of bluegrass music and a bluegrass band concert.

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