Author: Carlin, Larry

January 13, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Bluegrass hair -- How many California bluegrass pickers have great "bluegrass hair"? Chuck Poling, David Grisman and Peter Rowan come to mind. According to a posting on the Bluegrass Blog last week, Ricky Skaggs talked at length about his long locks and some cool dos of other bluegrass pickers of yore. Read the story here.

Band scramble -- The word on the street is that fiddler Eamon McLoughlin has left The Greencards to pursue other interests. The Cards have plenty of dates on their calendar – including one at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico on May 24th – so the rest of the band will go on without Eamon…Chicks flying the coop? Wassup with the Dixie Chicks? According to a report on Country Music Television, two of the band members – sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison – will be releasing an album sometime later this year without lead singer Natalie Maines. No word yet as to whether or not a permanent split has occurred.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Sean Bohannon passed away on December 8th in Eureka, CA, at the age of 51, but the news only made it this way recently via Mark Hogan. Sean was a mandolin player and a former partner in Wildwood Music in Arcata for 15 years. For ten years he played in the bluegrass band The Compost Mountain Boys. There will be a memorial for him on Sunday the January 24th at the Bayside Grange in Humboldt County from 2-7 p.m.

Singing from the grave -- Even though he died in 2003, country and rockabilly icon Johnny Cash keeps putting out albums. His final installment of his "American" series, titled American VI: Ain’t No Grave, will be released in February. Do you think this is the last disc of his to be released? Fat chance. Legendary rock and roll guitarist Jimi Hendrix, who has been dead for almost 40 years, will be putting out a recording titled Valleys of Neptune in March.

Old-time is not a crime in Portland! -- At least, not this week it isn't. Join the caravan of VW buses headed north on I-5 towards the 11th Annual Portland Old-Time Music Gathering. It starts today and runs through the 17th.

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 13th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam each 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 6-8 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 13th 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 13th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel. They have a brand new CD out titled Another Sunny Day In California.

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.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and 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. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a 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

Trout fishing in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 14th it will be JimBo Trout & The Fish People playing their patented version of hillbilly-bebop boogie.

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.

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