Author: Carlin, Larry

February 16, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Presidents Day to everyone! As luck would have it, according to a recent C-Span survey of historians old Honest Abe comes in at number one best of all time, with the cherry tree chopper coming in at number two. So if there is going to be a national holiday to celebrate some of our former chief executives, these two guys certainly earned their day. In case you were wondering, our most recently retired prez did not fare so well on the list…

Regional newsletters -- Most CBA folks are hopefully aware of the regional newsletters that are posted on this site. If not, there is always a link just a few inches above this column. There is a wealth of information in these newsletters, some of which does not appear on the CBA Calendar or on the Message Board. Check out the postings from time to time. Better yet, consider getting on the mailing lists for some of the newsletters so that the info arrives directly into your In Box. Most have e addresses listed in their postings. John Hettinger, Alan Aleksander, Ed Alston, Kelvin Gregory, Bill Schneiderman, Mary Kennedy, Cindy Gray and yours truly all put in the time writing these missives, all for the love of the music. Knowledge is power, so stay informed!

Bill’s mandolin and Maybelle’s guitar both at risk -- As the result of some shady dealings by a former investor and fundraiser, both Bill Monroe’s 1923 Gibson F-5 Lloyd Loar-designed mandolin and Mother Maybelle Carter’s 1928 Gibson L-5 guitar are in serious danger of being sold to private investors instead of going to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Chet Flippo had a recent story that you can read here about the sad details in his Nashville Skyline column on the CMT site.

Good golly, Miss Molly -- The latest YouTube video of amazing South Bay guitarist/singer Molly Tuttle has been posted here by her proud papa. There is some serious talent here…

SPBGMA awards -- Two weekends back it was the Grammys, next weekend it is the Oscars, but just this past weekend it was the annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America awards in Nashville. Oddly enough the winners are not yet posted on SPBGMA’s site, but you can see them here on the Bluegrass Blog.

CBA Music camp -- The 2009 CBA Summer Music Camp will take place in Grass Valley on June 14th-17th. Registration starts on the 18th of this month. The instrumental and vocal classes and instructors are listed in the February issue of the Bluegrass Breakdown. Go to the web site for more info and get ready to sign up. Or call Ingrid Noyes at (415) 663-1342 (after 9 a.m.).

Wintergrass -- The annual Wintergrass Festival runs on the 19th-22nd in Tacoma, WA, and it is beyond time now to make plans to attend. Some of the acts that will be on hand are The SteelDrivers, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Blue Highway, 3 Ring Circle, The Bee Eaters, Hot Buttered Rum and Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys.

Workshops in Santa Barbara -- Guitar and mandolin player John Moore and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Caplinger will be holding workshops in Santa Barbara on the 21st and 22nd. Moore, in addition to being the mandolinist, guitarist and vocalist for Bluegrass Etc., was also the mandolinist with the internationally acclaimed band California, the IBMA’s 1992, 1993 and 1994 Instrumental Band of the Year. Caplinger is one of the most sought after studio musicians in California and often travels to Nashville to do sessions. John will give a mando workshop on the 21st and a guitar workshop on the 22nd. Dennis will do banjo on the 21st and fiddle on the 22nd. They will also play a house concert on the night of the 21st. The price is $100.00 per person for the four-hour workshop. For more info about the workshops and show, contact Barry McGuire at or call (805) 570-4627.

BOB Fest coming soon -- The NCBS annual Bluegrass On Broadway festival will run February 26th-March 1st in Redwood City, and to get ready for the event a kick-off jam will take place the 19th at 5th Quarter Pizza, 976 Woodside Road, in Redwood City.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen picking bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy the music while having a meal.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass jammin’ 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.

Rowdy jammin’ in SF -- There is a bluegrass jam at Amnesia in SF on the third Monday of every month so this means tonight. The jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is for anyone who's just getting started pickin' or is looking for a supportive place to get better and learn more about bluegrass. If you play acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, or bass and want to play bluegrass, go on by. The jam is hosted by David Zimmerman of Homespun Rowdy. After the jam tonight at 8:30 p.m. the Rowdy band will be playing a couple of sets.

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 in the mountains -- At the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana on the 17th you can see The Stagerobbers play with an opening set by Rita Hosking. Most concerts at the club are free and you can purchase dinner (a pasta buffet, complete with soup, dinner salad with added chicken breast) for $14, served all evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Such a deal! Bar service available. Ample seating and free parking.

Foggy Gulch in Alameda -- The band Foggy Gulch will be performing bluegrass at Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden in Alameda on the 17th from 7-9 p.m.

Deep Elem at Phil's -- On the 17th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They play there every Tuesday. This is a relatively new night for music at Phil’s, so please go and support the live music at the restaurant. No cover.

Bluegrass night in Chula Vista -- The San Diego Bluegrass
Posted:  2/18/2009

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