Author: Carlin, Larry

April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Lifeís railway to heaven -- Country singer Vern Gosdin, known for such hits as "Set 'em Up Joe" and "I Can Tell By the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)," died last night in Nashville after suffering a stroke three weeks back. He was 74. In 1963 he was also in a bluegrass band called The Hillmen with his brother Rex, Don Parmley, and a young mandolinist named Chris Hillman. They put out a great self-titled album that you can buy and read about here. Timothy Wright, the Grammy-nominated gospel singer and composer known for his up-tempo praise songs and powerful mass choir sound who was critically injured in a car accident last summer, died from his injuries in New York on the 24th. He was 61.

New Jimmie Rodgers book -- There is a new book out by Barry Mazor about The Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers. It is titled Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How Americaís Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century. Read about it in the Nashville Tennessean. Mazor, besides having written the recent Wall Street Journal story about Rambliní Jack Elliott, also writes CD reviews, some of which you can read here.

Banjo with Bill workshops -- East Bay banjo picker and noted author Bill Evans will be teaching two bluegrass banjo workshops on the 2nd at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto. They are designed to help players of all experience levels get ready for the festival season jams that are just around the corner. Both workshops are "hands on, let's play" sessions where you'll learn lots of valuable info right then and there that you'll be able to use in your next jam or band rehearsal. The early workshop is designed for beginners or those with little experience playing with others while the afternoon workshop is for intermediate players wishing to broaden their backup and jamming skills. Each session is $40, or $75 for both. Advance reservations are recommended as these sessions typically sell out. To register go to the Gryphon link above or contact Bill at

Bluegrass barbecue -- Matt & George and Their Pleasant Valley Boys will be pickiní some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Samís Bar-B-Que in San Jose tonight from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Celtic Capital -- Join the Celtic band Nine-8ths Irish (with Kathy Barwick on guitar) for the monthly Irish jam session on the 29th from 7-10 p.m. at The Fox & Goose in Sacramento.

Bluegrass in Arroyo Grande -- Catch the Central Coastís newest act, the Appellation Bluegrass Band, when they perform at the SLO Down Pub in Arroyo Grande on the 29th from 7-9:30 p.m. No cover.

Jamminí 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.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Tonight see Ducks on the Millpond (Luke Abbott, Mott Jordon, John Kael and Annie Staninec) playing bluegrass at Philís Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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

Tim O on tour -- Tim OíBrien is headed this way, and you can see him (if you have tickets already, as the show is sold out!) at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 30th, at the Carriage House Theatre in Saratoga on May 1st, and on the 2nd at Piperís Opera House in Virginia City, NV.

Jamminí in Redwood City -- There is a weekly bluegrass and old-time jam on Thursdays at 5th Quarter Pizza, 976 Woodside Road in Redwood City from 7-10:15 p.m. The venue is music friendly, and food and drink are available. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Joe and Laura in Chico -- See Joe Craven and Laura Love & Orville Johnson at the Harlen Adams Theatre at Cal State Chico on the 30th starting at 7:30 p.m.

Jamminí in Napa -- There is a bluegrass jam session at the Pizza Hut in the town of Napa every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. For more info call Pat Calhoun at (707) 318-1913 or email

Gayle Lynn in SF -- Enjoy some fine country music with Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands when they play at Kemoís on Polk Street in SF on the 30th starting at 9 p.m. Gayle has a wonderful new CD of original material out titled Just Came Around. Also on the bill are Emily Bonn and the Sweet Tarts and The Royal Deuces.

Jamminí in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Pickiní in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jamminí in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the jam at the El Toro Brewing Company takes place every Thursday from 6-10 p.m. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Three years of Martians -- 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. On the 30th they will be celebrating their three-year anniversary of playing at the Junction.

Jamminí in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 30th it will be a bluegrass and old-time jam.

Jamminí in Sacto -- Every Thursday evening, from 7-10 p.m., there is a jam at<
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