Author: Carlin, Larry

May 6, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

King Jon -- The new book by Jon Hartley Fox titled King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records has not hit the bookstores yet but you can be the first one on your block to own one by preordering a copy here. Jon lives in Sacramento, and he has written countless liner notes for and reviews of American roots recordings. The book will part of the Music in American Life series. In October Jon will do a mini-book tour, with signings and such at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, The Country Music Hall of Fame, IBMA and The Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, and then in Cincinnati, Dayton and maybe Memphis.

Grim news on the Bluegrass Blog -- That’s Grim as in singer and guitarist Angelica Grim, former Kids on Bluegrass picker and now rising star. Read the story about her on the Bluegrass Blog. Her new CD is titled Look For Me.

Strictly bluegrass in Golden Gate Park -- The Golden Gate Park Pickin’ Picnic, which is sponsored by the CBA, will take place this Saturday the 9th from noon-6 p.m., and it will be hosted by Jeanie and Chuck Poling. This event will include a drawing for two tickets to the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley. Okay, maybe there will be some old-time pickin’ going on as well. But none of the rock & roll, jazz, rap, etc., that takes place at that other little festival in GG Park every October…

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 Derek Sivers, the musician and founder of CDBaby. You can read part two of the interview here.

The road to Parkfield -- The 11th Annual Parkfield Bluegrass Festival will be taking place on the 7th-10th, and some of the bands you can see there are Special Consensus, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Sawmill Road, The Kathy Kallick Band, Chris Stuart & Backcountry, Sidesaddle & Co., Bean Creek, Kitchen Help, LeRoy Mack & BG Gospel Band, and many more. Start driving!

The Mayne event -- Longtime East Bay bluegrass and country musician Mayne Smith, with Johnny Harper and Markie Sanders, will be playing tonight at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley along with Ray Bierl and Friends, starting at 8 p.m. Mayne also has a brand new web site that has some great old photos on it from his 50 years of performing as well as essays by Neil Rosenberg, Scott Hambly, Mitch Greenhill, and Peter Feldmann.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam every Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Blue & Lonesome in Berkeley -- See Blue & Lonesome on the 6th when they play once again at Le Bateau Ivre, 2629 Telegraph Avenue, in Berkeley. The show starts at 7 p.m. with two sets ending at 9. Dinner, drinks or dessert is all it will cost you.

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.

Deep Elem in Moss Landing -- At Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 6th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. experience live bluegrass with Deep Elem.

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.

The Brombies in 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.

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.

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

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam, which has been running for almost ten years now, takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 7th 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.

The Hoegers seize the day! -- Hugh & Sheri Hoeger, along with some surprise guests, will be performing on the 7th from 7-10 p.m. at Carpe Diem Coffee & Wine, 3907 Park Drive, in El Dorado Hills. No cover. Go enjoy an inexpensive evening at a nice place with friendly people, great acoustic music of all sorts of wonderful gourmet coffees, teas, beers, and wine, along with desserts an
Posted:  5/8/2009

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