Author: Carlin, Larry

October 16, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009

Colusa campout -- The final CBA Campout of 2009 in Colusa started on the 14th, and there is still time to attend. See The James King Band there tonight, and there will also be tons of jamming, a fund-raising spaghetti feed, Kids on Bluegrass, and an all around guaranteed good time.

Last chance to vote -- 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. By the end of today 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, was published on the 15th, and Dr. Ralph has been making the rounds with newspaper and radio interviews. The other day there was a review in the NY Times, today it is the Wall Street Journal, and with any luck you will be able to read it just by clicking on this link here.

Jon Hartley Fox on National Public Radio -- If you missed hearing Jon Hartley Fox being interviewed about his new book titled King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records on the Fresh Air With Terry Gross show on the 15th, you can now listen to it here in the show’s archives.

Rita Hosking down south -- See Rita Hosking playing on the 16th at the Steynberg Gallery in San Luis Obispo and on the 17th at Mama Hillybean's in Tehachapi.

Tony Furtado in Sutter Creek -- Multi-talented banjo player Tony Furtado can be seen on the 16th playing at the Sutter Creek Theatre starting at 8 p.m.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 17th from 3-8 p.m. for a five-hour on-air folk festival featuring live music and chit-chat. Hear music by Robbie O'Connell, Peppino D'Agostino, Våsen, David Maloney, members of Cascada De Flores, and Homespun Rowdy. Ran Bush will talk about slow jams, Dave Zimmerman will talk about the Take the Stage band workshops at the Freight & Salvage, and TTS alums Old Tunnel Road will show what they've learned.

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

Kitchen Help and coffee -- See the bluegrass band Kitchen Help when they play on the 17th at Dana Street Roasting Company in Mountain View from 8-10:30 p.m. No cover.

High Country in Pacifica -- The longtime Bay Area bluegrass band High Country will be playing a show at Pacifica Performances in Pacifica on the 17th.

Woebegone pickin’ -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 17th will feature Roseanne Cash and others. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 18th starting at 11 a.m.

Cool dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 17th 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.

Motown jam -- You can do some bluegrass pickin’ on the 17th 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.

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. This week he will be featuring new albums: The Del McCoury Band’s "Family Circle," Blue River’s "Outside of Nowhere," Steep Canyon Rangers’ "Deep In The Shade," Two High String Band’s "Hot Texas Bluegrass Burrito," Patty Loveless’ "Mountain Soul II," and The Hagar's Mountain Boys’ "Forever Yours." Sky is interested in receiving music from other California bluegrass bands who would like to have their music featured on his show. Send him an email at for more info.

Grandpa Banana -- There is a new concert series outside of the town of Sonoma. Located in the south end of the Sonoma Valley, the Roots and Vines Concert Series presents great music and combines it with good food and wine. The first show is the 18th, featuring Grandpa Banana, starting at 4 p.m. He has a new CD out titles I'll Do Anything For You. Blankets/low-back chairs recommended.

Dusty Shoes in Grover Beach -- Every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the Dusty Shoes Gospel Band plays bluegrass at the Station Grill, 170 W. Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach. This is a free event.

Boys down the coast -- The Circle R Boys will be playing bluegrass at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay on the 17th from 11 a.m.-p.m., followed by Celtic music with Four Shillings Short from 2-5 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Sunday morning fun -- The Fruit Jar Pickers play every Sunday from 10-noon at the Rough and Ready Opry Palace (near Grass Valley). This is an acoustical event somewhere between a jam, a concert, and sing-along.

Jammin’ in Pleasant Hill -- East Bay pickers on the third Sunday of the month go to Smokin' Okies in Pleasant
Posted:  10/19/2009

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