Author: Carlin, Larry

February 9, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009

Grammy notes -- Alison Krauss and Robert Plant won five awards at the Grammy show last night. Also in the winning column were Pete Seeger for Best Traditional Folk Album (At 89), and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder for Best Bluegrass Album (Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947). For the complete list of winners, go here.

Songwriter's blog -- Northern California bluegrass singer/songwriter/artist Rick Jamison continues with his songwriter’s blog called On Songwriting. In addition to providing insights, tips and examples, Rick also features other songwriters, sharing their thoughts, experience and wisdom on songwriting. The most recent interview is with 2001/2002 IBMA Guitar Player of the Year Jim Hurst, who was just in CA on tour with Claire Lynch. You can read the interview here.

Festing by the bay -- The San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival began last weekend and it 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.

Mighty Mike Melnyk -- Everyone’s favorite shutterbug Mike Melnyk has been busy taking photos at the SFBOTF, and already he has posted some shots here and here. Rest assured that there are many more to come…

Ladies night -- Don’t miss the extravaganza this night at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. Three female-led bands for the price of one! See Nell Robinson & Red Level, Belle Monroe and Her Brewglass Boys, and Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack. The show starts at 8, so don’t be late!

The King on tour -- The James King Band is in the state this week, and they will playing on the 9th at Humboldt Brews in Arcata, at the Blue Lamp in Sacramento on the 10th, and on the 11th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

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 -- Tonight is Monday so this means that at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing you can experience live bluegrass. See The Courthouse Ramblers tonight from 7-9 p.m.

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

Bluegrass tacos -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Tom Lucas, Annie Staninec, Yvonne Walbroehl, Dave Courchaine, and Tom Hicks. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 p.m. you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Deep Elem bluegrass -- On the 10th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They are there every Tuesday. No cover.

Triple bill in SF -- At Café du Nord in SF on the 10th starting at 9:30 p.m. enjoy The Mad Cow Stringband, The Stairwell Sisters and The Black Crown Stringband.

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 10th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Society presents a jam on the second Tuesday of every month at Fuddruckers in La Mesa from 7-9 p.m.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 10th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hope than the first four hours of a diet.”
Posted:  2/11/2009

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