Author: Carlin, Larry

February 4, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Newest Hall of Famers -- The newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame were announced today, and they will be Barbara Mandrell, Charlie McCoy and Roy Clark.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Colfax guitar maker Lance McCollum suffered an aortic aneurism on the 1st. Pedal steel player Tom Brumley passed away on the 3rd after a short illness. He was best known for his years with Buck Owens & The Buckaroos, but also worked with Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band. Tom's father was composer & publisher Albert E. Brumley, composer of the classics “I’ll Fly Away” and “Turn Your Radio On.”

Megan and Bill on tour -- Megan Lynch and Bill Evans are back East this week, singing and playing through North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. One of their stops along the way on the 6th is the prestigious Blue Plate Special radio program, a live noontime radio show broadcast from Knoxville, TN, that's held in the Square Room, a 400 seat theatre. BEML will be appearing on the show with the Steep Canyon Rangers. You can listen live on the web by going to the WDVX site. The duo's new CD let's do something... is now available not only directly from the artists on Bill’s site but also from Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and Elderly Instruments. Bill's Native and Fine Records label now has five releases to its credit (Bill Evans Plays Banjo, Old As Dirt by Bluegrass Intentions, These Boots by Due West, No Mockingbird by Suzy Thompson and let's do something...) and has just landed an international distribution deal with Burnside Distribution of Portland, OR. The label catalog will soon be available at just about every independent CD store in North America and in many major CD chains in the UK and Western Europe.

SFBOTF -- The San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival begins on the 6th and runs through the 14th at various venues in the city and around the Bay Area. Some highlights of the fest will be posted here from time to time, but for complete info, go to the site.

Music in the hills -- Hugh and Sheri Hoeger will be performing at Carpe Diem Coffee and Wine in El Dorado Hills on the 5th from 7-10 p.m. Joining them will be Thom Bentley and some surprise guests. All sorts of music will be played Enjoy an inexpensive evening at a nice place with good music and people. No cover. Carpe Diem (formerly Sartory) serves wonderful gourmet coffees, teas, beers, and wine, along with desserts and pastries, and it is located in the Raley’s center in El Dorado Hills.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque tonight at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF will take place this evening starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- At Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 4th from 6-8 p.m. experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. The band is Sarah Eblen, John Kael, Billy Pitrone and Annie Staninec.

Jammin’ in Paso Robles -- "Matt's Jam" takes place every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Matt's Music, 617 12th Street, in downtown Paso Robles. For more information call (805) 237-0054.

Lighthouse in Santee -- The San Diego bluegrass band Lighthouse will be playing tonight at the Friendly Grounds Coffee House in Santee, 9225 Carlton Hills Road, from 7-9 p.m. This is their monthly first Wednesday of the month gig. No admission charge. Call (619) 249-0519 for directions or more information.

Jammin’ in San Jose -- There is a jam in San Jose starting at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month at Round Table Pizza on the corner of Union and Camden. For more info please contact Fiddle’n Steve Pexton at

Brothers in Berkeley -- Tonight The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

The Brombies do Burbank -- The Brombies play bluegrass on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Attention all uke and jug band fans! -- The Sweet Hollywaiians will be playing a show on the 5th at the DaSilva Ukulele Company in the People’s Republic of Berkeley.

Hot twin bill in SF -- There will be a smokin’ show at the Boom Boom Room in SF on the 5th at 8 p.m. with 3 Mile Grade and The Burning Embers. The Grade plays traditional bluegrass and heart-in-country gospel with an eye on folk music from around the world. The Embers play oldtime country & honky-tonk.

Jammin’ in Encinitas -- On Thursdays everyone heads to Today’s Pizza, 481 Santa Fe Drive, in Encinitas, for a night of pizza, pickin’, and grinnin’. This is an excellent jam for those closet pickers wishing to learn to play bluegrass with others. The time is 6:30-9 p.m. For more info email Jason at

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam which has been running for over 9 years now, takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 5th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m. The playing level is beginner to intermediate. It is a big room, so there is also space for those who may want to go and listen.

Claire Lynch in NorCal -- Nashville award-winning bluegrass singer Claire Lynch and her band can be seen at the Palms in Winters on the 5th,
Posted:  2/6/2009

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