Author: Carlin, Larry

Dec. 18, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

More award nominations -- Two weeks back it was the Grammy nominations that made headlines, and this week – and more importantly for fans of bluegrass – it is the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) nominations that are making waves. The 34th Annual SPBGMA National Convention will be held in Nashville on January 31st-Feb 3rd. Rather than list some of the names and categories in this column, you can look at the entire list here. As for West Coast names on the list, dobro wizard Rob Ickes (former Californian) may be the only person on the list…

Tarzana grass -- The Bluegrass Association of Southern California proudly presents mandolin whiz-kid Scott Gates & Pacific Ocean Bluegrass Band tonight at Braemar Country Club's regular third Tuesday of the month free bluegrass concert. The band won “Bluegrass Band of 2007” at The Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest. The Bay Area’s own Dave Gooding is the bass player in the band, and noted fiddler Phil Salazar will be sittin’ in. The show starts at 8 p.m., and a $14 buffet dinner spread will be available at 6:30, but you don’t have to eat to attend. For more info call (818) 705-8870.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society is having its third Tuesday bluegrass night at Fuddruckers in Chula Vista. From 6:30- 7 p.m. there is an open mic, followed by bluegrass karaoke hour from 7-8, and then more open mic from 8-9. During the karaoke segment you get to sing and/or play a bluegrass song with the host band, The Full Deck. Go to the web site to find out how to sign up.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- You may be hearing Christmas songs everywhere you go, but if you have a hankerin’ to hear some great bluegrass instead, head on over to Sam’s Barbeque in San Jose. Tonight you can see Cabin Fever, and tomorrow it will be Sidesaddle & Company . Call ahead for reservations at (408) 297-9151. The music goes from 6-9 p.m., and there is no cover.

Gift book ideas -- Here are a couple of more holiday gift ideas. There is a new book out called Air Castle of the South: WSM and the Making of Music City by Craig Havighurst that is about country music radio station WSM and its success with hosting the Grand Ole Opry. You can hear a recent report about the book here on National Public Radio. Also, there are two books about the Cash Family, one about Johnny and the other about June Carter Cash. Johnny’s first wife Vivian Cash and writer Ann Sharpsteen put together I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, and Johnny and June's son John Carter Cash wrote Anchored In Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash.

Sweetwater update -- Santa came early for Thom and Becky Steere, owners of the Sweetwater Saloon in Mill Valley. On December 10th they went before the Mill Valley Planning Commission and had their use permit approved to move Sweetwater to the new location at 32 Miller Avenue, just around the corner from the old location near D’Angelo restaurant. They hope to open sometime in the spring, and occasionally bluegrass music will once again be part of program. Thanks to everyone that sent letters of support.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “In case you’re worried about what’s going to become of the younger generation, it’s going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.”
Posted:  12/20/2007

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