Author: Carlin, Larry

October 7, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cash and no clunkers -- Roseanne Cash, who you can see performing tonight on the Late Night With David Letterman Show (and who will also be on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion show on October 17th), just released a new CD on the 6th titled The List, and it includes 12 of the 100 essential songs that her late father Johnny Cash told her that she would have to learn if she wanted to become a country singer. Some of the songs on the CD are Long Black Veil, I’m Movin’ On, She Got You, Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow and Silver Wings. You can listen to the tunes here on the National Public Radio. Thanks to Allen French for this tip.

Cash at the Ryman -- Speaking of the Cash Family, the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville is currently featuring an exhibit tribute to Johnny and June Carter Cash, which you can read about in the Tennessean. While at IBMA I took the self-guided tour of the facility and saw the exhibit, and there is some great stuff.

Country Hall of Fame -- Another must-see if and when you go to Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some of the historic items on display there are Sara Carter’s autoharp, Bill Monroe’s 1923 Gibson F-5 mandolin, Hank’s Martin 1944 D-28, Bob Wills’ fiddle, Lester Flatt’s 1950 Martin D-28, Ralph Stanley’s first Gibson banjo, and Gene Autry’s guitar. If only these instruments could talk, the stories they could tell…

Tony Rice book -- Coming soon from Word of Mouth Press will be Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story by Tim Stafford and Caroline Wright. You can pre-order your copy from the web site.

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.

Bean Creek at Phil’s -- Bean Creek on the 7th will be playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing starting at 6:30 p.m.

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

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 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.

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 Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam that takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. has a new location, the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

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

Turn your radio on -- Tune in on Thursday nights from 8-10 p.m. to Glenn Horn's Basically Bluegrass program on KCBX (90.1 FM) in San Luis Obispo.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- 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.

Eric and Suzy in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 8th you can see Eric & Suzy Thompson play. No cover charge.

Jammin’ 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.

Pickin’ 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.

Jammin’ in Napa -- Join the CBA sponsored 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

Jammin’ 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.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “A meeting is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be fun.”
Posted:  10/9/2009

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