Author: Carlin, Larry

January 27, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The House of Lester -- Three decades after his passing, Lester Flatt is still making news. He was honored by the House of Representatives yesterday when its members voted unanimously to officially honor the bluegrass legend. You can read and listen here to a segment on National Public Radio. Some may grumble about the need for congress to be attending to more serious matters than this, but national radio and press coverage of bluegrass doesn’t happen that often, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Adorable Doerful -- Young bluegrass pickers Angelica Grim and TJ Doerful are now proud parents to Jakob Doerful, who entered the bluegrass world picking and screaming on January 19th. Go here to look at photos of the happy family.

40 Years in Your Ears -- Make plans to tune into Cuzin' Al's 40th Anniversary Bluegrass Show on the 31st. He will be broadcasting live on KPIG from 6-9 p.m. Bands include Lone Prairie, Black Crown Stringband and Bean Creek. Host DJs will be Dave Bob, Daylight Charlie and the Hippie Chick. You can find KPIG-FM at 107.5 in Freedom, KPIG-AM 1510 in Piedmont/San Francisco, KPYG-FM 94.9 in Cayucos/San Luis Obispo, KZAP FM 96.7 in Paradise/Chico or listen online.

Bluegrass at the Grammys -- The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast ceremony will take place on the 31st from 1-4 p.m. in Los Angeles, and will be streamed live internationally on beginning at 1 p.m. The show (which will be seen by very few since you will have to look at it on your computer) will feature performances by Ray Benson, Alison Brown, Jim Lauderdale, Michael Martin Murphey, Bryan Sutton, and Gabe Witcher.

The Grascals -- The Grascals, besides winning the IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award in 2006 and 2007, are one of the hottest bands on the bluegrass circuit right now. They were Dolly Parton’s bluegrass band, and they have a great sound on their own. See them at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne on the 27th, in Lincoln on the 28th, and at the Hanford Theatre on the 30th (The Nathan McEuen Band w/ Scott Gates opens).

Something Special -- Special Consensus is in Northern California this week, and you have ample chances to see them perform. They will play at the Irvington High School Valhalla Theatre in Fremont on the 27th, at the CTMS Folk Center in Encino on the 28th, in Livermore at the Asbury United Methodist Church on the 29th (they will also be doing workshops from 4-6 p.m. before the show), at the Sutter Creek Theater on the 30th, on KPIG Radio at 10 a.m. on the 31st and later that evening at Don Quixote’s in Felton.

Grandpa Banana in Fairfax -- The longtime Marin (from Inverness) musician Grandpa Banana and his band can be seen playing at Iron Springs Brewery in Fairfax on the 27th. He has a new CD out titled I’ll Do Anything For You.

South Bay classic barbecue -- The Country Classics will be pickin’ some classic country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 27th 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.

Cowboys in Moss Landing -- See The Trail Ride Band, led by none other than Peter Hicks, playing cowboy music at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing on the 27th from 6-8 p.m.

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

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.

Dreamers in SF -- The Honky Tonk Dreamers will be playing on the 28th at the Cafe Royale in SF from 8-10 p.m. The Dreamers are Julay Brooks on guitar, Tony Marcus on guitar and fiddle, Charlie Wallace on pedal steel, lap steel, Telecaster and dobro, and Jerry Logan on bass. No cover.

Jammin’ in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 28th you can join the bluegrass and old-time jam.

Martian sightings 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 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.

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

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Drinking makes some husbands see double and feel single.”

Posted:  1/29/2010

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