Author: Carlin, Larry

June 26, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009

Kate Wolf Festival -- The 2009 Kate Wolf Festival is taking place in Laytonville on the 26th-28th. See Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Riders in the Sky, Chris Smither, Rosalie Sorrels, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack, The Sherry Austin Band, Poor Man's Whiskey, Work o' the Weavers, Joe Craven and more. Rita Hosking will be celebrating the release of her new CD titled Come Sunshine at the fest.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Influential longtime bluegrass band leader Bill Harrell passed away in Maryland on the 24th. In the ‘60s he had a band called The Virginians, and he also played for 10 years with Don Reno & The Tennessee Cut-Ups.

Dalton Mt. in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass on the 26th is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Beginning at 8 p.m. The Dalton Mountain Band will be pickin’ up a storm.

Jumpin’ Frog -- On the fourth Friday there is a jam at The Frog and Fiddle in Sonora, so head on over on the 26th at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop.

Blue and green grass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 26th at 8 p.m. enjoy the traditional Celtic sounds of Dockside, on the 27th at 8 p.m. it will be bluegrass with High Country, and on the 28th at 6 p.m. more Celtic music with Greenhouse. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Fiddles and more in Sonora -- Fiddle's Etc (old-time fiddle, country, bluegrass) will be sawing away on the 26th from 7:30- 9 p.m. at the Heart Rock Café in Sonora.

News from Nell -- The East Bay band Nell Robinson & Red Level has a busy weekend. On the 27th from 1-4 p.m. they will be playing a barbecue at the Epic Roasthouse on The Embarcadero in SF. Then on the 28th they will be part of the show at the Dunsmuir House in Oakland (see details below). Having played a set on Vern’s Stage at Grass Valley last weekend, Nell has been hard at work on her first solo CD with the expert guidance of Laurie Lewis and Jim Nunally and the amazing musicians in their bands.

Waybacks in Sutter Creek-- The Waybacks can be seen playing a show on the 27th at the Sutter Creek Theater starting at 8 p.m.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 27th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled I'll Never Grow Tired Of You, featuring live recordings of The Stanley Brothers in concert during the 1950s and '60s with guest co-host (and fellow Carter & Ralph fan) Todd Gracyk. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

High-octane Americana -- This is the kind of music played by the Bay Area’s Houston Jones. See them play on the 27th at the Freight & Salvage at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the 27th at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-5 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam. Lucy Smith is your host.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-7 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. On the 27th Sky will be featuring the music of Chris Stuart & Backcountry, Chris Clarke & Plow, Blue & Lonesome, Dalton Mountain Gang, Peter Rowan, The Mighty Crows, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, Urban Monroes, The Cascade Mountain Boys, Cold Creek, Steve Smith & Hard Road, Jeff Scroggins & Fresh Horses, The Stanleytones and Anne & Pete Sibley. He welcomes requests, so email him at

High Hills in Altadena -- The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 27th at 7 p.m. presents the dynamic multi-talented all-female High Hills Bluegrass Band.

Motown jam -- You can do some bluegrass pickin’ on the 27th at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe, 503 Bangs Avenue, in Modesto, from 3-5 p.m. The jam will be hosted by Gary Vessel.

Steve Martin in Lake Woebegone -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 27th on KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m. will feature comedian/actor/writer/banjo player Steve Martin pickin’ the five-string with the Steep Canyon Rangers backing him up, and Stuart Duncan will also perform. The show will be re-aired on the 28th starting at 11 a.m.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 27th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for 20 years now.

Jammin’ in Fresno County -- For all of you central California pickers, the last-Saturday-of-the-month-bluegrass-jam-and-potluck will take place in Squaw Valley on the 27th from 5-9 p.m. at the Bear Mountain Library, 30733 E. Kings Canyon Road (Hwy. 180), in Squaw Valley. Coffee will be provided. Bring your dinner service and a potluck dish to share, and your beverage of choice (no alcohol). Also bring your instruments and, most important, prepare to have a great time. For more info contact Nancy at (559) 338-0026.

Bluegrass for the Greenbelt -- On Sunday the 28th the annual Bluegrass for the Greenbelt show will take place at Dunsmuir House in Oakland. It is an all day bluegrass festival featuring Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, The Waybacks, Peter Rowan, The Wronglers, Nell Robinson & Red Level, Eric & Suzy Thompson and 49 Special.

Jammin’ in Santa Cruz -- The Santa Cruz Fourth Sunday Bluegrass and Old-Time Jam is a friendly jam where ever
Posted:  6/29/2009

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