Picker’s Paradise is one of the best-kept musical secrets in the Mobile Bay area. Situated on State Highway 59 in Stapleton, the store has managed to overcome the shadow of Mobile’s Guitar Center and remain a very popular guitar store, especially with locals. Picker’s Paradise is also known for hosting guitar jams that bring together pickers of all walks for a session of spontaneous sounds. This store gives local music junkies a chance to experience homegrown musicians in an environment that contrasts the bar scene.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Picker’s Paradise will be hosting a very unique event by bringing flat-picker extraordinaire Jim Hurst for a live demonstration. The iconic guitarist’s style takes lessons from legendary pickers such as Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins but Hurst is an accomplished solo bluegrass artist in his own right, sharing the stage with artists such as Sara Evans, Trisha Yearwood and Travis Tritt.

Flat picker Jim Hurst will hold a workshop and performance in Stapleton Feb. 26.

Flat picker Jim Hurst will hold a workshop and performance in Stapleton Feb. 26.

Hurst will begin his visit to Pickers Paradise with a “Master Class” workshop from 6-8 p.m. The session will be a chance for local pickers to learn new techniques from one of the world’s premiere flat-pickers. The fee for this workshop is $50, and there are only 12 spots available. At 8:30 p.m., Hurst will perform in the homespun environment. Tickets for the concert are only $10.

Stereo Dogs kick start fundraising effort
Local musicians such as Lisa Mills and Eric Erdman have used the Kickstarter website to collect funding for their musical projects. Both were able to reap the benefits of this philanthropic website and finance their latest releases. Now, another Azalea City band is turning to the same resource for help with their debut.

Teen sensations Stereo Dogs have been impressing local audiences with their musical skills. Its 14 year-old members display talent beyond their age. Now, the band is heading into the studio to lay down tracks for a debut featuring both original material and “select covers.”

The young four-piece is asking the public to assist them in the album’s creation by showing their financial support. In return, the band will provide a variety of perks — from merchandise to a private concert — depending on the monetary contribution.

The band has set a goal of $2,000, but they are encouraging the public to invest as much money as possible. With each dollar earned over the goal, the band has a chance to provide a better quality album as well as a music video or two. Visit kickstarter.com for more information.