Author: Carlin, Larry

March 3, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Old-time on National Public Radio -- If you missed them on the Fresh Air With Terry Gross show on Monday, you can listen to (or read the transcript of) a great interview here with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a young African-American old-time trio that is really making a name for itself.

Journey to Appalachia without leaving your computer! -- Appalachian Journey is a film from 1991 by Alan Lomax, and you can watch it on the web by clicking on the link. Thanks to Morgan Cowin for this tip.

Chris Hellman honored in SF -- Chris Hellman, the wife of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass magnate Warren Hellman, has had the San Francisco Ballet Center named after her, according to a story in the SF Chronicle today. Chris sings with Warren’s band The Wronglers, is a former ballet dancer, and is also a big supporter of the arts in the city, as is her husband. Congratulations, Chris!

Gryphon Guitars founder interview -- Gryphon Guitars in Palo Alto co-founder Richard Johnston was recently interviewed in Collectors Weekly. Thanks to the Bluegrass Blog for this item.

Ragtime Book and CD Signing -- On the 4th from 4-5 p.m. Bernie LoFaso will be having a book and CD signing hosted by the Sierra Sunrise Terrace Apartments in Chico. Her book Bernie Pardon LoFaso Ragtime Compositions – Volume One contains eleven of her compositions in piano scores, lead sheets and a midi CD for $13. The CD, separately packaged in a jewel case, is $10. There will be complimentary light refreshments with her CD playing in the background and the conversation subject will be, well, about music. For info call (530) 894-6854 or email

Southward ho! Tired of the rain in Northern California? Then join the folks that are already headed south to Bluegrass On The Beach in Lake Havasu City, AZ, on the 5th-7th to see The Dalton Mountain Gang, Town Mountain, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, The Bluegrass Brothers, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The James King Band, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call and Nothin' Fancy.

Band scramble -- Robert Dowdy, of the Bluegrass Brothers, has left the band that he formed with his brother Victor many years back. The band will forge on with a new banjo player to be named soon.

Dry Branch on tour -- The Dry Branch Fire Squad is in NorCal these next few days, and you should see them at the Palms in Winters on the 3rd, at the Freight in Berkeley on the 4th, at the Sausalito Presbyterian Church on the 5th, and at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View on the 6th. Hot fiddler Heidi Clare will be with the band in Sausalito.

Lost and Found in Yreka -- The Virginia bluegrass band Lost and Found can be found playing a show on the 3rd at the Audacity Café in Yreka starting at 7 p.m.

Wailin’ Jennys in state -- The fabulous all-female trio known as The Wailin' Jennys are all over California this week, and you can see them at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico on the 3rd, in Grass Valley on the 4th, at the Freight in Berkeley on the 5th, at the Napa Valley Opera House on the 6th, and at the Cotton Auditorium in Ft. Bragg 7th.

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.

New jam in San Jose -- The CBA sponsors a new jam on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays at Armadillo Willy's on Camden Avenue, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and your appetite.

Blue & Lonesome in Berkeley -- The Sonoma County bluegrass band Blue & Lonesome will be singing for their escargot at Le Bateau Ivre in Berkeley on the 3rd starting at 7 p.m.

Fishgrass at Phil’s -- Billy Pitrone, Peter Hicks, Sarah Eblen and Linus Tremaine on the 3rd will be playing bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6-8 p.m. No cover.

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.

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.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam that takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. has a new location, the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Circle the wagons 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 4th you can enjoy bluegrass with The Circle R Boys. 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

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 4th you can join in at the Marin Lutheran Church at 649 Meadowsweet in Corte Madera, just off the Corte Madera exit of Highway 101. The time is 7:30-10 p.m.
Posted:  3/5/2010

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