Author: Carlin, Larry

December 7, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009

Rick Hendricks Tribute -- 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. Belle and the band are having a tribute to Rick tonight on their normal first Monday gig at Amnesia in SF, 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.

Deadly fire at the Carter Family Fold -- Janette Carter’s daughter, Rita Forrester, lost everything in a tragic fire at the Carter Family Fold in Hilton’s, VA, yesterday morning – her husband Bob, her house, cat, furniture, etc. Rita is the director of the Fold, and her late mother’s house stands next door to where her house used to be. Janette was the daughter of Sara and A.P. Carter, who along with A.P.'s sister-in-law Maybelle Carter, formed the famous musical group The Carter Family. Janette died in 2006. Read the fire story here in the Bristol Herald.

Geoff Muldaur by the bay and on the air -- Okay, he is not a bluegrass player, but the betting here is that there are more than a few silver-haired, Birkenstock-wearing CBA folks who listened to the Jim Kweskin Jug Band back in the day, and if so, then you already know who Geoff Muldaur is. He was one of the singers in the band, he married the band’s chanteuse named Maria D’Amato, and after the band and the marriage split up the two of them carved out solo careers. Not only is Geoff playing three shows in the Bay Area this week, but today you can listen to him being interviewed on the Fresh Air With Terry Gross show on National Public Radio. In the SF area it is KQED-FM (88.5) at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. You can listen locally or, after today, you can listen in the Fresh Air archives. As for his live shows, on the 9th Geoff will be playing a house concert in Mountain View, on the 11th it will be at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon, and on the 12th he will be with his band The Texas Sheiks (featuring special guest Jim Kweskin) at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.

Stolen guitars -- Speaking of Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon, it is one of the Bay Area’s best kept secrets. Eric’s shop on Ark Row in the old part of town is real throwback to music stores of yore. If you are ever in the area, stop on by and check it out. Otherwise, if you are thinking about going there to rip off some classic Martin guitars, don’t do it. A couple of Mensa Society dropouts tried it the other night and got caught on their way out of town with $70,000 worth of instruments. See, there is just one main road in and out of Tiburon, and after the alarm goes off all the local police have to do is sit and wait for you to drive by their station with your hot goods in your car…

Winter music camp update -- CBA Winter Music Camp, taking place February 15th-18th near Petaluma in western Marin County, is about half full already, and a finger-style guitar class, taught by Steve Baughman, has been added for the first time. Prices go up after January 1st, so sign-up now. Go to the web page above more info.

Jammin’ in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 8:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

Bean Creek bluegrass -- Bean Creek will be playing their normal first Monday show tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing starting 6 p.m.

Jammin’ in Bakersfield -- The first Monday of every month bluegrass jam at Rusty’s Pizza in Bakersfield is happening tonight. Hosted by Kelvin Gregory, the jam takes place from 6-9 p.m. and Rusty’s (in Von’s Shopping Center) is located at 5430 Olive Drive. For more information contact Kelvin at (661) 392-7973 or

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley’s Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E. Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Burrito grass -- The Monday night Baja Taqueria Invitational Bluegrass Jam in Oakland at 8 p.m. takes place tonight with Gene Tortora, Ran Bush, Larry Cohea, Steve Gale and Ian Gilmore. Have a burrito and enjoy the bluegrass.

Fiddle tunes jam in SF -- The second Tuesday fiddle tunes jam will take place on the 8th at the SoCha Café in SF on Mission Street near Valencia. The picking begins around 8 p.m. Fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, wash tubs, bass, jugs, saws, autoharps etc., are all welcome but they especially need more guitars and fiddles.

Slow jam at the Freight --Ran Bush will be hosting the Slow Jam at the Freight on the 8th from 7-9 p.m. For details, click on the link.

Deep Elem bluegrass -- On the 8th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. enjoy live bluegrass with Deep Elem. They are there every Tuesday. No cover.

Jamvitational in Fairfax -- On the 8th at 9 p.m. the monthly Marin Jamvitational, hosted by Deirdre Donovan, will be taking place at the Sleeping Lady Café (formerly Café Amsterdam) in downtown Fairfax. Inspired by and based on the format of the Monday night Taco Jam at the Baja Taqueria in Oakland, this jam normally takes place on the third (this month it is the second) Tuesday of each month, and individual pickers are invited to be part of the house band for the evening. The players will be Bruce Sadownick, Alan Bond, Dore Coller, Deirdre Donovan, and Neil Linden.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- John Murphy’s Carolina Special will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 8th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in La Mesa -- The San Diego Bluegrass Soci
Posted:  12/9/2009

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