We’ll have three days of fun, picking, learning and jamming at the Doubletree Hotel on LBJ near the Midway exit. 

DISCOUNTED ROOM RATES of $125/night for the Bluegrass Heritage Festival, Acoustic Music Camp,
are available at this link.
and includes breakfast buffet for two people per room.
NOTE: Your hotel room does not include festival tickets or camp registrations, each of which must be purchased separately. 

You may also book by phone by calling (972) 385-9000 and asking for the BLUEGRASS rate.


Acoustic Music Camp 2024 Camp Schedule
Schedule subject to change.

Thursday April 4, 2024

 3:30pm – Registration / Orientation
 5:30pm – Instrument Classes
 7:30pm – Instructor Lead Jams

Friday April 5, 2024

 9:30am – Instrument Classes
      Noon-  Lunch Break
 1:00pm – Instructor Lead Jams
 2:30 pm -Instrument Classes
 5:00pm – Dinner Break
 6:00 – 10pm – Bluegrass Heritage Festival

Saturday April 6, 2024

  9:30am – Instrument Classes
11:00am – 
Instructor Lead Jams
Noon – Camp Ends
1:00pm – 10pm – Bluegrass Heritage Festival

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Instructors


Lincoln Hensley – Banjo

“At 23 years old, Lincoln Hensley is fast making a name for himself as a Sonny Osborne protégé and a snappy dresser. He takes the music seriously without taking himself too seriously and his playing just makes you smile.”
-Banjo Newsletter 2021

​Lincoln Hensley is a devout enthusiast of the Earl Scruggs and Sonny Osborne style of banjo playing and was honored to visit and study under the mentorship of Sonny on a regular basis. He also was in a partnership with Sonny in their own banjo company, KRAKO banjos. Lincoln has played the Grand Ole Opry on several occasions with Bobby Osborne and his band, The Rocky Top X-press, and has worked with and filled in with numerous touring bands in the past few years. Lincoln is endorsed by GHS Strings and Recording King Musical Instruments. 


Aynsley Porchak – Fiddle

Aynsley began playing fiddle at the age of 9. She was introduced to bluegrass in her early teens, and quickly fell in love with the music. In order to further hone her craft, Aynsley enrolled in East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies degree program in 2013. She graduated in 2017 with an additional bachelor’s degree in English, and completed her master’s degree in Appalachian Studies in 2020.

Aynsley is also an experienced contest fiddler. She was Blessed to win the Grand Master Fiddler Championship in 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, and in 2017, she also became the Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, making her the first person to win both competitions. She also played in 2016 on the Grand Ole Opry.

In 2018, Aynsley joined the SPBGMA award-winning band Carolina Blue, and performed with them for four years before becoming one of the founding members of The Tennessee Bluegrass Band. She also received the 2018 IBMA Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year award. Aynsley spends her time off the road as a private fiddle instructor, session musician, and author.


Geary Allen – Guitar

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Tim Laughlin -Mandolin

Tim Laughlin grew up in Bristol, Virginia on the historical Crooked Road Highway. He has become a sought-after sideman in the bluegrass music industry, and has performed with musicians such as Larry Sparks, the McPeak Brothers, the Lynn Morris Band, Jeanette Williams, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, and most recently, Big Country, which recently had three number 1 songs on the national charts. Tim has made his home in Bluff City, Tennessee for the past twenty years, and enjoys making music with his friends and working on instruments when he’s not on the road performing. Tim brings his solid harmony vocals and creative mandolin playing to the Tennessee Bluegrass Band.


Anissa Burnett – Bass

Hailing from the Appalachian Mountains of Boone, North Carolina, Anissa Burnett is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and is recognized for her unique qualities of traditional yet contemporary and tasteful style of playing that she brings to her music. At four years old, Anissa pursued the fiddle as her main focus but later found great interest in the bass, touring throughout her mid – late teens as a fiddler and bass player in multiple bands including the ETSU Old-Time Ramblers, the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, and most notably with her sisters as The Burnett Sisters Band. Anissa spent most of her childhood attending fiddler’s conventions and old-time competitions where she quickly became known as an award-winning old-time musician and continues to carry on traditional music by teaching the next generation of aspiring musicians. Anissa is a desired instructor in today’s roots music culture and teaches fiddle, guitar, and clawhammer banjo in the JAM [Junior Appalachian Musicians] program. At 20 years old, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies at East Tennessee State University and was awarded the Outstanding Student Award in Appalachian Studies. Anissa reconnected with ETSU in 2021 after accepting the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator position for ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Roots Music Studies program, and currently makes her home in Johnson City, Tennessee. 


Gerald Jones - Banjo / MandolinGerald Jones – Banjo/Guitar/Mandolin/Jamming

Gerald Jones, a native Texan, has been involved with the performance, production, and teaching of music for more than 30 years.  He’s played live or recorded with Jerry Douglas, Mark O’Connor, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Tanya Tucker, Grand Master Fiddle Champion Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor, Hank Thompson, Red Steagall, and many others of many genres.  Gerald edits Mel Bay’s web magazine Banjo Sessions and frequently contributed to Joe Carr’s web magazine Mandolin Sessions. Gerald is on the board of the Allegro Guitar Society, which presents classical guitar performances in Dallas, Fort Worth and Las Vegas.  He also writes and performs many Allegro Guitar Society outreach programs each year. He invented the Acoustic Plus electronic banjo pickup used by Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Alan Munde, Bill Keith, and others. A multi-instrumentalist on banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin and dobro, Gerald has won banjos at the Winfield Banjo Championship.  Gerald co-founded the Frisco Bluegrass Festival and Acoustic Music Camp, an instructional institute for acoustic musicians. Plus he teaches at many other camps across the country each year.  For more about Gerald, see TheGeraldJones.com.


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Camp FAQs

What do I need to bring?
You just need yourself and your instrument. A recorder and/or camera can be helpful.

Lodging?
We have negotiated a special room rate with a complementary breakfast buffet. Hotel lodging is not required to attend camp.

DISCOUNTED ROOM RATES of $125/night for the Bluegrass Heritage Festival, Acoustic Music Camp, are available at this link. and includes breakfast buffet for two people per room.
NOTE: Your hotel room does not include festival tickets or camp registration, each of which must be purchased separately. 

You may also book by phone by calling (972) 385-9000 and asking for the BLUEGRASS rate.

Doubletree Hotel
4099 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX, 75244

Are meals provided?
No though if you stay at the hotel there is a complimentary breakfast buffet.

Can I bring my spouse?
Yes, but only registered students may actually attend classes and instructor-led jams.

Is there anything for my family to do in the area?
Bring the family! There’s lots do do within 30 miles of the camp.

May I audio/video record the classes?
Yes, but only with the permission of each individual instructor, and then only in a non-disruptive manner.

Are children allowed?
Yes. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian is not required to attend class with the student but needs to be present to drop off and pick their child up each day. Children under 12 may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Children, or any camper for that matter, must be well behaved and not disrupt classes or jams.

I registered for guitar – can I attend other classes?
Yes, but within limits. We want to keep class sizes fairly small so everyone can get personal attention from the instructors. When you register for a class you have a reserved space in that class. If you want to sit in on other classes you may do so if the other class is not too crowded and the instructor doesn’t object.

Is there jamming?
Yes! The hotel is open after hours for jamming. Between campers and Bluegrass Heritage Festival goers there should be lots of jamming. You will see some of the teachers out picking with the students each evening too.

Is there an emergency contact number?
Yes, call my cell phone at 214-236-0783.

When is the camp?
5:00 pm Thursday April 13th, 2023 through 1:00 pm Saturday April 15th, 2023.

What is the tuition for the camp?
Tuition is. $245.

Where is the camp?
Doubletree Hotel
4099 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX, 75244

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