If you are a fan of live music, particularly old time and bluegrass that have such deep roots in these Blue Ridge Mountains, you owe it to yourself to head over to Sparta, NC, and drop in to hear the Crouse House Pickers any Monday night. This informal group of musicians have been showing up every Monday night for the past 25 years. Musicians split into a bluegrass group in the living room and old-time in the dining room. Whoever shows up can play. This is a true jam. The bands are never the same. If you play an instrument, don’t be afraid to join in. Members are always willing to offer tips on play or instrument repairs. No admission is charged, but there is a tip jar for musicians and audience members contribute to expenses.