Author: Carlin, Larry

Jan. 26, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Message Board is back up and operating again, so go and check it out. You will have to register now in order to participate, but this is pretty easy to do, so just follow the simple steps. It is great to have the Board back, as it, along with this column here, is a wonderful way to keep in touch with what is going on in the CA bluegrass scene. With any luck any kinks in the new system will be worked out quickly and life will return to normal. Many thanks to all of those that have been working hard behind the scenes to get the Board running again.

IBMA Vocalist of the Year profiled -- Bradley Walker, who won the coveted award last October at the IBMA award show in Nashville, is featured this weekend in American Profile, which is found in many Sunday newspaper magazines. You can also read the story here.

Turn your radio on -- On Garrison Keillor's radio show A Prairie Home Companion today at 6 p.m. on KQED (88.5 FM) in the SF Bay Area you can hear Minnesota bluegrass singer Becky Schlegel and the fine Americana band BR5-49 perform. The show will be replayed on Sunday the 27th at 11 a.m. Also, you can tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show in SF tonight. Here is his description of the show: “‘Bluegrass Saturday Night” is a song from Rhonda Vincent’s brand-new album, and a subject referred to in earlier songs by Bill Monroe, Ted Lundy & Bob Paisley, Jimmy Martin, Dudley Connell & Don Rigsby, The Country Gentlemen, Big Country Bluegrass, Marty Raybon, and others. It also describes tonight’s show.” Go to KALW (91.7 FM) from 6:30-8 p.m. You can also listen to both shows online.

Getting by with a little help from his friends -- Sound engineer and bass player extraordinaire Paul Knight & Friends will be pickin’ out at the Station House Cafe, located in downtown Pt. Reyes Station in West Marin, on the 27th from 5-8:30 p.m. His friends will be Chad Manning on fiddle, Laurie Lewis and Nina Gerber. Chad is the fiddler for the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. Start driving now!

Who's that knocking at my door? -- It could very well be the Knuckle Knockers, who will be playing at 3 p.m. on the 27th at Red Hill Books in the Bernal Heights area of SF, located at Cortland & Bennington Streets. Band mate Karen is still unavailable, so Martha Hawthorne and Bill Foss will perform old-time duets on fiddle, banjo and mandolin. Free music, free refreshments, and even some free books!

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- There will be pickin’ of gospel, bluegrass and old-time music as usual on the fourth Sunday up in Sebastopol on the 27th. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. at the Sebastopol Christian Church, 7433 Bodega Avenue, in Sebastopol. Bring acoustic instruments and your favorite gospel songs to sing. For info email Mike at

Kick up your heels! -- On the 27th there will be an Old-Time & Irish Music Jam and Dance Celebration at the Magnolia Saloon in Coulterville, corner of Highway 49 and Highway 132. There will be the jam from 1-3 p.m. followed by Irish social dancing from 3-6 p.m. with a dance caller who will teach and assist. This is a free event.

Tell me a story -- Storyteller Diane Ferlatte, accompanied by Erik Pearson on guitar and banjo, will be at Bret Harte High School Theater in Angel’s Camp on the 27th at 3 p.m. For info, go here.

Jammin’ in Temecula -- On the fourth Sunday of every month there is an open jam session at The Nettworks Ranch, which is in the Temecula/Murrieta Valley, a few miles north of where the 215 and 15 freeways split off, in that triangle. Take Scott Road west two miles off 215, or Bundy Canyon Road east four miles off of 15. Turn south on Daily Road and it is the first ranch on right. For more info call Diane at (951) 679-7951 or (909) 239-5154.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. Just don’t respond with encores.”
Posted:  1/28/2008

Copyright © 2002 California Bluegrass Association. All rights reserved.
Comments? Questions? Please email