Author: Carlin, Larry

December 2, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Songs of their fathers -- Both Rosanne Cash and Ricky Skaggs were inspired to play music by their fathers. They both also have new solo CDs out consisting of songs that their dads sang. You can read the story “Songs Their Fathers Loved” by Barry Mazor in that traditional bluegrass publication called The Wall Street Journal.

Rick Hendricks Tribute -- As mentioned here two weeks back, Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys’ dobro player Rick Hendricks is terminally ill with brain cancer and is now residing at the Coming Home Hospice center in SF. He is receptive to short visits from friends, so go over and visit if you can. In the meantime, Belle and the band are having a tribute to Rick on their normal first Monday gig at Amnesia in SF on the 7th, and other bands that Rick played with over the years – Steve Norris, The Shut Ins and The Jiffy Mellows – will also be there. People are encouraged to being their memories of Rick – who will not be in attendance – and any pictures, well wishes, etc., that they may want to pass on to him.

Plan ahead -- The next Bluegrass Slow Jam class at the Freight & Salvage in Berkelely will start on January 5th. Guest instructors include Bill Evans, Jim Nunally and Megan Lynch. For more info go to the link.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Bess Lomax Hawes, the daughter of musicologist John Lomax and who sang with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, co-wrote the Kingston Trio hit "M.T.A." and spent a lifetime documenting American folklore in recordings and films, died on November 27th of natural causes in Portland, OR. She was 88.

Triple bill in SF -- The Black Crown Stringband, along with King City and the Mission Street Stranglers will be playing on the 2nd at the "Live & Acoustic on Folsom" show at Annie's Social Club in SF. Bands from different genres unite once a month for an all acoustic show.

Fiddling around -- Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas are playing four shows in the state these next few days. On the 2nd they’ll be at Yoshi’s in SF, on the 3rd it will be The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, on the 4th the Arcadia Fiddle Workshop in Sierra Madre, and on the 5th the Beckman Institute Auditorium in Pasadena.

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- There is a new bluegrass and old-time jam at The Coleman Still in Santa Clara that takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Deep Elem at Phil’s -- Deep Elem on the 2nd will be playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. No cover.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

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

Blue Grass Boy by the bay -- Peter Rowan, who at a young age learned a bit about bluegrass while playing with the master Bill Monroe, will be appearing with his bluegrass band (Jody Stecher, Keith Little, Paul Knight) at the Freight in Berkeley on the 3rd and at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View on the 5th.

Shelby Ash Presents -- SF promoter Shelby Ash has found yet another venue to host shows, and this time it is the Rickshaw Stop at 155 Fell Street in SF. On the 3rd you can see Split Lip Rayfield and Kemo Sabe sharing the bill starting at 9 p.m.

Scott Gates in Paso Robles -- The Nathan McEuen Band, featuring mandolin wunderkind Scott Gates and Chuck Hailes on bass, will be playing with on the 3rd at the La Bellasera Ballroom in Paso Robles. Also on the bill is singer/songwriter Chelsea Willliams. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Bluegrass in Fairfax -- The David Thom Band can be seen playing bluegrass on the 3rd at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax starting at 9 p.m. No cover, tie-dye optional.

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.

49 Special 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 3rd you can see 49 Special play. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Napa -- Head on out to 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

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Posted:  12/4/2009

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