Author: Carlin, Larry

July 28, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008

High Sierra -- Talented 16 year-old mandolinist Sierra Hull, as mentioned here in Friday’s column, is playing bluegrass this week in Japan. The youth exchange portion the trip has now been completed, and now Sierra and her band Highway 111 are touring throughout the country, playing nine more dates through August 7th. She has a full-time bass player (who was too old to be part of the youth exchange program), so she used Austin Ward (from Chris Stuart & Backcountry ). Austin is now on his way home, but since Sierra does not have a full-time fiddler, Austin’s brother Christian (also from the Backcountry band) gets to stay over there and be part of the band. Now that is something to put on a resume and to make his parents (Stacey and Eric Uglum) proud! Sierra, along with native Californian Brittany Haas, is also featured in a recent story in the Boston Herald about young bluegrass musicians.

Hot burning biscuits -- The Biscuit Burners are on tour out west this week, and you have many chances to see them play. On the 28th see them at The Martin Hotel in Winnemucca, NV; on the 29th at the Crystal Bay Club in Crystal Bay, NV; on the 30th it will be Don Quixote’s in Felton; the 31st you can find them at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley; on August 1st it will be the Songs of Sonoma series at The Cotati Room in Cotati; on the 2nd they will be at the Mountain Sage in Groveland; and on the 3rd the Inyo Council for the Arts will be hosting them in Bishop.

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley’s Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Four Fingers in SF -- It is Monday so this means that it is bluegrass night at Amnesia in SF. Tonight you can see the Four Finger String Band and Jeff & Vida, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Ramblers in Moss Landing -- Live bluegrass is being served up by The Courthouse Ramblers in Moss Landing tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

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

Earls at Don’s -- The Earl Brothers from SF will be playing original hillbilly mountain music from their new Moonshine CD on the 29th at Don Quixote’s in Felton. Also on the bill are Jeff & Vida. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Earls are looking to add a fiddler to add to the band, so get in touch if you are interested.

Jammin’ in Loomis -- Every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. you are invited to join the jam at the Wild Chicken Coffee House on Taylor Road in Loomis.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Lone Prairie will be pickin’ some traditional Western cowboy music to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 29th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in San Diego -- On the fourth Tuesday of every month The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam at the Boll Weevil Restaurant in Miramar from 6-8 p.m.

Bluegrass campout in Isleton -- The Lighthouse Resort & Marina, located at 151 Brannan Island Road in Isleton, will be holding its first annual bluegrass campout from Tuesday, July 29th to Tuesday, August 3rd. There will be jamming whenever and wherever folks get together. This is a private membership resort located on the scenic Delta Loop next to the Mokelumne River and it has activities for all to enjoy (volleyball, basketball, miniature golf, horseshoes, tetherball, swimming pool, spa) plus an arcade room, clubhouse, fishing, a boat ramp, general store and a fine restaurant right on the river. By Saturday night, participants will vote on pickers to play for the Saturday night paid dance performance at the club house. RV campsites are $20 per night per RV plus one tent. A small group of tents (up to eight people) can go in together on a campsite, or you can go just during the day for free. There are 30 RV sites reserved for the event. For reservations and more info call (916) 777-5511 or email at

Emmylou and friends -- Emmylou Harris and her band will be playing at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa on the 29th and at Humphrey’s in San Diego on the 31st.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “There are two things over which you have complete domination, authority, and control: your mind and your mouth.”
Posted:  7/30/2008

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