Author: Carlin, Larry

October 23, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009

Men of constant sorrow -- The high lonesome sounds of bluegrass are quite pleasing to anyone that stumbles across this CBA web site. However, much to our shock and awe, apparently not everyone in the world likes our kind of music. According to a story on CNN yesterday, a group of rock artists (including R.E.M. and Pearl Jam) are angry that the guards at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba have been using some of their songs to interrogate the terror suspects that are confined there. While most of the 35 bands and songs on this list are acts that you would never want to listen to even on a good day, would you believe that there is one bluegrass band on this list, and it is the Stanley Brothers? One can only wonder what songs of theirs were being played over and over again. “Think of What You’ve Done”? “I’m Lost and I’ll Never Find the Way”? “It’s Never Too Late”? “My Main Trial is Yet to Come”?

The McCoury family circle -- The new CD by the Del McCoury Band is called Family Circle, and it is due to be released on Tuesday the 27th. You can listen to some of the cuts on the band site here. Even better news is that Del once again recorded not one, but two songs by former longtime West Marin County singer/songwriter Joe New, who now lives in Portland, OR. The new cuts are “Barbaric Splendor” and “Delma Blue.” On previous recordings Del recorded Joe’s songs “40 Acres and a Fool” and “She Can’t Burn Me Now.”

Playing Bearfoot -- The bluegrass/newgrass quintet from Alaska, Bearfoot, is a young national touring band that has been causing quite a stir. In the spring of this year they release their Compass Records debut, Doors and Windows, to critical acclaim. Called “the future of bluegrass” by Time Out New York, The Boston Globe raved, “Old time, roots, Americana, folk, bluegrass -'s just plain old pleasure." They recently played main stage at the Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite. See them playing at the CVIC Hall in Minden, NV, on the 23rd, at the Oaksong Concert Series at Bernie’s Guitars in Redding on the 24th, and at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley on the 25th.

Steve Kaufman in Reno and Sparks -- Well known bluegrass guitar picker and instructor Steve Kaufman will be presenting workshops on the 23rd-25th in Reno, NV, and he will also be playing a show at the Great Basin Brewing Company in Sparks, NV, on the 24th.

Green and blue grass in Sonoma -- It will be Celtic and bluegrass music at Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma this weekend. The band Dockside will be playing Celtic tunes on the 23rd starting at 8 p.m., High Country will be playing bluegrass on the 24th at 8 p.m., and on Sunday the 25th it will be more Celtic music with the band Greenhouse from 6-8 p.m. Tasty food is available in a family-friendly atmosphere, and there is no cover.

Dan Crary in Placerville -- Join world renowned guitarist Dan Crary for an entertaining evening at The Cozmic Café in Placerville on the 23rd at 7:30 p.m. Beer, wine, coffee, tea, and light fare will be available. Dan is one of the finest guitarists you'll ever hear, and he always entertains his audiences. Joining Dan on dobro and pedal steel will be local legend Pete Grant, and Hugh Hoeger on mandolin and bass.

Jammin’ in Jamestown -- The Friday night jam has returned and the first one will be happening on the 23rd from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Smoke Café in Jamestown.

Celtic music in Modesto -- On the 23rd the all-female Celtic sextet Cherish The Ladies will be taking the stage at the Gallo Center in Modesto. It’s a high-energy show featuring a mix of traditional favorites as well as Irish jigs, reels and step dancing.

Frank Wakefield around the bay -- Mandolin master Frank Wakefield has some shows around the bay this weekend. See him put on a workshop at Gryphon Guitars in Palo Alto on the afternoon of 24th followed by a concert that evening at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View, and then he’ll be at Don Quixote’s in Felton on the 25th.

Rita Hosking in Davis and Berkeley -- See Rita Hosking, with special guest Jan Peters, playing on the 24th at the farmer’s market in Central Park in Davis from 9 a.m.-noon, and then on the 25th they’ll be playing the Americana Unplugged Sunday series at the Jupiter Pub in Berkeley from 5-8 p.m. No cover.

'bout time! in Mountain View -- The bluegrass band ‘bout Time will be playing on the 24th at Deer Hollow Farm in Rancho San Antonio Park in Mountain View from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Stephanie Bettman in Oak Park -- See Stephanie Bettman and her band playing the Russ & Julie's House Concerts in Oak Park on 24th starting at 8 p.m. Contact for more info.

Ramblers in Alameda -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda on the 24th starting at 8:30 p.m. The Bay Island Ramblers will be playing a mix of bluegrass and country songs.

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the 24th at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-4:45 p.m. Lucy Smith is your host.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 26th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Bluegrass Birthdays, featuring songs by artists born in the month of October. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Woebegone pickin’ -- Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion on the 24th will feature Old Crow Medicine Show and Robin & Linda Williams. You can tune into KQED (88.5 FM) in SF at 6 p.m., and then the show will be re-aired on the 25th 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.

Alive dudes --  
Posted:  10/26/2009

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