Author: Carlin, Larry

Jan. 24, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008

Welcome, Message Board readers! As you are well aware by now, the Board is down for a day or two until the web folks can get it back in action. In the meantime, enjoy this extended and enhanced version of the Almost Daily News. I’m here every other day, so come on back and visit on a semi-regular basis. If you missed some past editions, simply scroll down to the bottom here and click on “Archive of Almost Daily News.” There is a heck of lot of stuff going on in the CA bluegrass world right now, and with any luck you will find a show or jam near to you that you can go and enjoy.

Crank up the Hank -- Just two days ago there was a mention in this column about a Woody Guthrie stage show in Sonora in February/March that is looking for musicians to be part of the production. By sheer coincidence, there is now another show that will be taking place in Sonora in April/May, and this one is called Lost Highway and is about Hank Williams. Travis Jones, of the popular Bay Area Americana band Houston-Jones, was in the production a few years ago, and he just got signed up to musically direct the show, and he needs some players. First and foremost he needs a “Hank” who sings like Hank, resembles the man slightly, and plays acoustic guitar. Some acting experience would be good, but not absolutely necessary. He also needs to cast Hank’s band “The Drifting Cowboys,” which will include a stand-up steel player, upright bass, fiddle, and lead guitar. The musicians have some speaking parts, but mostly they play as Hank's band. Ages can be from early 20s to early 40s. The individuals will have a six-day per week rehearsal period (about six hours a day) for four weeks and the show runs four weeks from mid April to mid May. There is pay involved. For more info, email Travis at, and tell him you read about it here. Heck, some lucky pickers might get to play with both Woody and Hank!

DTB Tri-County Tour -- The David Thom Band is making its way around the bay these next three nights. See them at the Starry Plough in Berkeley tonight, at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Sonoma on Friday, and at the RBA show in Mountain View on Saturday, where they will be on the bill with Rustler’s Moon.

Jammin’ in Sonora -- The second and fourth Friday jams in Jamestown are no more. The event has been moved to the Old Stan in Sonora, and the first one will be on the 25th at 7 p.m. This jam has no ending time so people are welcome to pick until they drop.

Hot duo in Sonoma -- Enjoy Grammy Award-winning musician and vocalist Laurie Lewis together with renowned acoustic guitarist Nina Gerber on the 25th at 8 p.m. when they play the Petaluma Church Concerts Series, First Church of Christ Scientist, 522 B Street, in Petaluma. Tickets are available at Tall Toad Music in Petaluma and at The Last Record Store in Santa Rosa. For more info contact Lance Walker at

Barefoot in LA -- The Barefoot Bluegrass Band from Alaska will be playing a show on the 25th at 7:30 p.m. at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, 10361 West Pico Blvd, in Los Angeles. Their repertoire ranges from the band's original contemporary acoustic songs to fast paced instrumentals to arrangements of traditional tunes evoking the high lonesome sounds of Bill Monroe.

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason in Encino -- You remember their music from the acclaimed Ken Burns PBS series The Civil War. Since joining forces in the late 1970s, Jay and Molly have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. With their comfortable sense of fun and their love of music, they make each concert a musical journey sometimes spanning two continents and two centuries. See them on the 25th at 8 p.m. at the Encino Community Center.

Once in a Blue Moon -- See the band Blue Moon Medicine at 7:30 p.m. on the 25th when they play at the Chit-Chat Café, 5 West Manor Drive, in Pacifica. They play old-time, new-time good-time music with a repertoire that ranges from old-time music to rousing renditions of The Kingston Trio's "Fast Freight" to Eric Clapton's "Promises" delivered with bluegrass sensibilities. The band is Quentin Smith, Pat DelRio, Marva Seaton, Uke Lorenz, and Ansgar Lorenz.

Jammin’ near Fresno -- For central CA pickers, the monthly last-Saturday-of-the-month bluegrass jam and potluck will take place on the 26th from 5-9 p.m. at the Bear Mountain Library, 30733 E. Kings Canyon Road (Highway 180), in Squaw Valley. For further info, call Henry or Nancy Zuniga at (559) 338-0026 or (559) 476-0446.

Fiddlin’ Annie -- Fiddler Annie Staninec's band the Blind Willies will be playing at the Hotel Utah Saloon in SF on the 26th at 9 p.m. Their 2007 album, The Unkindness of Ravens, is on prominent online editor Jennifer Patton's 2007 Top 10 albums list. Annie will also be playing in February at the SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival with Town Mountain, a North Carolina bluegrass band she played several local gigs with last September.

Jammin’ in Chico -- Lucy Smith, new CBA Activities VP for Tehama/Butte, sends this good news: “There is a new bluegrass jam in Chico at Augie's Coffee House on Salem St. downtown, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, and the first one will be on the 26th from 2-5:30 p.m. The first hour will be a slow jam. Augie's has agreed to have the jam there on the fourth Saturday of every month thereafter. In addition, Augie's sponsors an acoustic music jam (bluegrass included) on the second Saturday, run by David Bilinsky, and an old-time music jam on the third Saturday run by Michael Springer. Upper Crust Bakery, on Main St in Chico, has dibs on the first Saturday folk music jam, sponsored by the Butte Folk Music Society and run by Steve Johnson.”

New band in SF -- Greenstone Quarry plays an eclectic set of blues, bluegrass and rockin' folk-style acoustic music, and features Karen Cribbs (guitar/ vocals), Mike Henry (guitar/vocals), Matt Lauer (bass/vocals), Paul Lloyd (banjo/vocals), and Michael Scott (mandolin/vocals). See them on the 26th at 3:30 p.m. at Open Mind Music, 2150 Market Street (between 15th St and Church St.), in San Francisco. On the 31st at 9 p.m. they will play at Giordano Brothers, 303 Columbus Avenue (between Broadway and Grant), in SF, opening for Montana Slim. Both of these shows are free.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma, besides The David Thom Band on the 25th at 8 p.m. you can also see Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue play on the 26th. Elmo, who brought you the holiday hit song "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," plays the banjo in this quartet from Marin County. Hear all the classic bluegrass songs that other bluegrass bands refuse to play! Tasty food is available and there is no cover there either.

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Posted:  1/26/2008

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