Author: Carlin, Larry

June 1, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009

Banjo ambassador -- Not since the movie Deliverance from the early ‘70s has the banjo been garnering so much attention in the media. Comedian/actor/writer/banjo player Steve Martin has recently been on Saturday Night Live, American Idol, Letterman, and Ellen DeGeneres shows, and has also been featured in the New York Times and LA Times. Just this past weekend the upscale bluegrass publication the Wall Street Journal had a feature story, and on Tuesday the 2nd you can see him play on the show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

Summer music camps -- The CBA Music Camp is full, but there are two others of note that you can join if you plan ahead. The American River Acoustic Music Camp will be held August 9th-13th at the American River Resort in Coloma, and The California Coast Music Camp will have two one-week sessions in July in Placer County. For more info go to the sites.

Smackdown in Nashvegas -- Testosterone has been flowing recently as country singer John Rich (of the act Big and Rich) was charged in Nashville last week with assault and harassment for allegedly smacking a former Nashville Star contestant in the face. Read the story here. This isn’t the first time that Mr. Rich has been charged with assault. Last fall he got into a fight with a heavy metal bass player and is now being sued by the guy. Read that story here.

50 Years of Del -- Bluegrass bandleader Del McCoury is celebrating 50 years in bluegrass this year, and you will be able to see the band at High Sierra in Quincy on July 3rd and at Strawberry over Labor Day Weekend. The band was also on A Prairie Home Companion this past weekend, and as luck would have it, Del had laryngitis so he could not sing. In his stead his son Ronnie sang as did bass player Alan Bartram, who, as it turns out, has a great voice. If you have not heard him sing, go to the Prairie Home link above and then on the right hand side of the page click on "Rocky Road Blues - The Del McCoury Band." This is a band with an overabundance of talent!

Taco grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. will feature Gerry Tenney, Ben Bernstein, Joe Ridout, Neil Linden and Leif Karlstrom. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

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

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek can be seen, heard and enjoyed playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market tonight in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and then on Tuesday the 2nd they will be at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose from 6-9 p.m.

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Blueglass at Amnesia -- Normally the first Monday of the month belongs to Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys at Amnesia in San Francisco. However, with Belle being out of town, tonight at 8:30 there will be a special show with Jeanie & Chuck Poling with the Brewglass Boys plus Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands. No cover.

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

BladeRunners in Escondido -- In the San Diego County area the North County Bluegrass Association is presenting a night of bluegrass on the 2nd with The BladeRunners starting at 8 p.m. at Round Table Pizza, on the corner of Ash and Washington Streets, in Escondido.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- On Tuesday the 2nd John Kael, Annie Staninec & Friends will be playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “I'm not for apathy, and I’m not against it.”
Posted:  6/3/2009

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