Our Mission & Story
The Council of Americana Roots Music, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2010 with a mutual benefit of cultural enrichment and community service. Our mission is to promote, present, and preserve Americana roots music, while serving the under-served people of Appalachia with fairness, dignity, and compassion.
Jack Stoddart and his wife Lynne began hosting music gatherings on their secluded farm around 10-15 years ago in rural Overton County, TN. It all started with an annual music festival, called ‘Jammin at Hippie Jacks’. The project quickly gained momentum and has now sustainably turned all of its events into food, coat, shoes, and children’s toy drives for the underprivileged living on the Cumberland Plateau.
In 2015 Stoddart began to focus his time and energy into humanitarian efforts for