Author: Carlin, Larry

Dec. 10, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007

This day in bluegrass history -- Used with permission from, the Internet’s Bluegrass Music Magazine since 1992:

1927 The WSM Barn Dance was renamed The Grand Ole Opry.
1982 Jimmie Riddle, known for performing the vocal art of eefing, passed away.
1996 John Duffey, mandolin player in The Country Gentlemen and The Seldom Scene, went on to that all-star bluegrass jam in the sky.

Jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF that normally takes place on the third Monday of every month, but due to the upcoming holiday crunch it will be taking place tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy. After the jam tonight at 8:30 p.m. there will be a performance by Toshio Hirano.

Jammin’ in Alameda --
The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ in the East Bay on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Every Monday starting at 7:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Jammin’ on the Monterey Peninsula -- The new open bluegrass jam that takes place in Seaside on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month (except for holidays) will be happening on the 11th in the music room of Seaside High School from 6:30-9:30 p.m. All bluegrass pickers and singers are welcome, and there is plenty of room and parking. Contact Chuck Hurd at for more info.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 11th from 6-9 p.m., and on the 12th see Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma'ams, who will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- On the second and fourth Wednesdays there are evening jams in Lompoc from 7- 9 p.m. at Southside Coffee Company, 105 South "H" Street. So head on over on the 12th. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

Reindeer games -- Novato’s Dr. Elmo has been in the news recently, and not just because you may have heard his seasonal hit song “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” on the radio. He is being sued for breach of contract by a company that claims he interfered in a $1 million-plus deal to sell musical trucks, bobble head dolls, snow globes and cookie jars featuring characters from an animated show based on the novelty song. Read the story here . When it is not the holiday season Elmo plays banjo in the longtime Marin County traditional bluegrass band Wild Blue.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Life is an attitude. Have a good one.”
Posted:  12/12/2007

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