Author: Carlin, Larry

October 14, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Colusa campout -- The final CBA Campout of 2009 in Colusa starts today on the 14th, and most everyone is going, so why feel left out? See The James King Band there on Friday the 16th, and there will also be tons of jamming, a fund-raising spaghetti feed, Kids on Bluegrass, and an all around guaranteed good time.

Stand up and be counted! -- If you are a CBA member and if you have not voted yet for the Board of Directors, the voting process ends at noon on the 17th, and your vote is needed in order to make this a valid election. It is quite simple to do. Just go here and follow the steps. It will only take about two minutes of your time.

50 Greatest Voices -- National Public Radio in 2010 is going to produce a series titled 50 Greatest Voices, and they're hoping to discover and re-discover awe-inspiring vocalists from around the world and across time. From now until Friday the 16th the network is soliciting nominations for who in the whole world possesses the most beautiful, singular voice you have ever heard. Bluegrass suggestions, anyone? You can leave your picks, along with a sentence defending each choice, on their site here.

Ralph Stanley book -- The new book by Ralph Stanley and Eddie Dean titled Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times, mentioned here some months back, is due to be published on the 15th, and Dr. Ralph has been making the rounds with newspaper and radio interviews. There is a real nice story about him in the NY Times today, and with any luck you will be able to read it just by clicking on this link here. Thanks to Ted Silverman for this tip.

Jon Hartley Fox on National Public Radio -- Tune into the Fresh Air With Teri Gross show on NPR (check your local listings for times) on Thursday the 15th to hear Jon Hartley Fox being interviewed about his new book titled King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records, which was published last month. Jon lives in Sacramento, and he has written countless liner notes for and reviews of American roots recordings. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this tip.

Appalachian old-time photo book -- There is a new book out titled Hands In Harmony, which is a collection of portraits of Appalachian craftspeople and musicians by photographer Tim Barnwell. You can read a review of the book here and see some of the photos.

Scott Nygaard & Crow Molly -- SF Grammy-nominated acoustic guitarist Scott Nygaard has a new string band called Crow Molly, and they have a new CD that has just been released. Playing with Scott are young string virtuosos Joe Walsh (mandolin) and Lauren Rioux (violin). Designed to showcase Scott’s original material, the trio plays a unique blend of bluegrass and jazz with Celtic and Scandinavian folk influences, along with a melodic sound that will appeal to fans of contemporary acoustic instrumental music. The CD features original tunes along with a sprinkling of traditional gems and two songs sung by guest vocalist Aoife O’Donovan of Crooked Still. See them play at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 14th, hear them on Derk Richardson’s KPFA radio show The Hear and Now at 10 p.m. on the 15th, and see them play a house concert in Santa Cruz on the 18th ( for info).

James King Band on tour -- The James King Band is all over the place these next few days, so there is little excuse for not seeing them. On the 14th it will be the Blue Lamp in Sacramento, on the 15th at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, on the 16th at the aforementioned CBA Campout in Colusa, and on the 17th at the Great Basin Brewery in Sparks, NV.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 14th 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.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 14th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

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.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass served up on the 14th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel.

Lighthouse in Santee -- The San Diego bluegrass band Lighthouse will be playing on the 14th at the Friendly Grounds Coffee House in Santee, 9225 Carlton Hills Road, from 7-9 p.m. This is their monthly second Wednesday of the month gig. No admission charge. Call (619) 249-0519 for directions or more information.

Rita Hosking mini-tour -- See Rita Hosking playing on the 15th at Don Quixote's in Felton along with the Sherry Austin Band, on the 16th at the Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo, and on the 17th at Mama Hillybean's in Tehachapi.

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.

Roundup time in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in SF presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. See Jeanie & Chuck’s Country Roundup playing bluegrass and honky-tonk tunes on the 15th. No cover.

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

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. Th
Posted:  10/16/2009

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