Jam Session

James McAllister and Taylor Stewart had a little music jam session at Errol Allan Park this week. They have a friendship rooted in music and have played together off and on for about 5 years. 

The spring concert series at Errol Allan Park was cancelled due to COVID-19 fears, so there had been no live music there this spring.

Until Tuesday.

Guitars strumming and voices singing softly could be heard in the park around midmorning Tuesday.

Friends James McAllister and Taylor Stewart were sitting on the stage playing their guitars and singing, the first jam session they’d got to enjoy together in quite some time.

James is from Guntersville but is a student at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. The school shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and he has been back in town for 2 months. He will be returning to St. Louis soon.

Taylor moved to Guntersville 5 years ago from Atlanta and is a tennis coach. He’s been able to continue his coaching, albeit with some social distancing practices.

“I don’t let the kids touch the balls or any of my equipment,” he said. “All they have to touch is their own racket.”

The men have been friends for years, sharing a common bond in music, and they got together to play Tuesday for the first time in awhile.

“We started out just playing covers of songs,” James said.

“He has taught me more about music than I’ve learned anywhere else,” Taylor said.

The men have played together in some churches and at various open mic nights in the past.

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