Author: Carlin, Larry

Dec. 20, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007

Old news is now good news -- Have you ever read this column on a given day and then some time later wanted to go back and check out an item of note, only to find that the news was gone? Well, no need to fret anymore! At the bottom of the column here there is a new link to past editions of the Almost Daily News, so if you miss a day, or maybe go on vacation and want to see what happened while you were away, you can simply go to the ADN archives. For now there are just a few past issues posted, but in time there will be more.

And the winners are… -- The CBA Board selected six California showcase bands to play at the Father’s Day Festival in June. The bands are Sidesaddle, The BladeRunners, Natural Drift, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Mount Diablo String Band, and Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma'ams. Congratulations are in order, and thanks to all of the other bands that submitted.

They’re number one! -- Congrats to bluegrass singers/songwriters Ronnie Bowman (onetime singer of the Lonesome River Band) and Chris Stapleton (The Steeldrivers)(who will be at Strawberry in August) for writing Kenny Chesney’s recent number one country song titled “Never Wanted Nothing More.” There was a #1 Party at BMI in Nashville yesterday, with such notables in attendance as Chesney, Del McCoury and band, Adam Steffey, Randy Pitts, the IBMA’s Nancy Cardwell, and Bobby Bare Sr. and Jr.

New jam band? -- What do Burt Bacharach, Doris Day, Cab Calloway, Itzhak Perlman, Max Roach, The Band and Earl Scruggs have in common? No, they were not all former members of The Blue Grass Boys. But they all will be receiving Lifetime Grammy Awards in February. According to the president of The Recording Academy, “These profoundly inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their craft have created a timeless legacy." Well said...

Busy Barwick -- Dobro player Kathy Barwick has some cool gigs these next few days. Her duo Poetic Justis (with Michael Justis) returns to the Fox & Goose in Sacramento on the 20th at 8 p.m., and there will be additional players sittin’ in. There is no cover for this show. On the 22nd there will be the Night of Giving: A Benefit for Hospitality House benefit for the homeless in Nevada City, and many acts, including Kathy’s band Mountain Laurel, the Anderson Family Bluegrass Band, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Pete Grant and others will perform. The event will run from 7 p.m.-midnight. Suggested donations for tickets are $20. Children ages 12 and under are free. Advance tickets may be purchased in Nevada City at Miners Foundry and After the Gold Rush Records. Latitudes in Auburn will be closed the week after Christmas, so Mountain Laurel will not be there next week for their usual date.

Capital jammin' -- Also taking place tonight in Sacramento from 7-10 p.m. is the third Thursday bluegrass jam at the Cafe Refugio Coffeehouse, 1901 Del Paso Boulevard, between Arden and El Camino.

Humbug Hoedown -- Join Jeanie & Chuck Poling & Friends (Pat Campbell on bass and Will Fourt on dobro as well as a little help from Misisipi Mike Wolf) for another little soiree at the Velo Rouge Café in SF on the 21st. Time is 7-9 p.m., no cover, and no X-Mas songs!

Bluegrass Christmas -- Celebrate the holidays bluegrass style with The Earl Brothers, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, and Blue & Lonesome on the 21st for a Bluegrass Christmas at Cafe du Nord in S.F. starting at 8:30 p.m.

Starry Plough Bluegrass -- The new Starry Plough Bluegrass Night, that will take place once a month, will be happening on the 21st. The club is located in Berkeley. The Mountain Boys will open with special guests Dave Walker on bass and Annie Staninec on fiddle, followed by an all-star band that host Jacob Groopman put together: Adam Roszkiewicz on mandolin, Alisa Rose on fiddle, Erik Yates on banjo, Ben Bernstien on bass, and Jacob on guitar. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. and has a $6 cover.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.”
Posted:  12/22/2007

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