Author: Carlin, Larry

March 26, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010

Nimble Johnny Gimble -- Renowned 83 year-old Western swing and country fiddler Johnny Gimble was featured in that well known music publication The Wall Street Journal yesterday in a story by noted music writer Barry Mazor. The fiddler has a new CD out titled Johnny Gimble: Celebrating With Friends, featuring lead vocals and instrumental back-up by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Dale Watson and Ray Benson.

Justified Cliff Wagner -- Cliff Wagner & Old No.7 were on the FX TV show Justified this week in episode two of the series. They played Cliff’s song “Castleneck” and acted some. You can watch the video of the song here on the band’s web site. There are also free downloads of traditional tunes. You can see the band picking bluegrass at The Fret House in Covina on the 27th starting at 8 p.m.

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason down south -- Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, the duo known for the beautiful yet haunting fiddle tune “Ashokan Farewell” from the PBS series The Civil War (the soundtrack won a Grammy), play hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and deeply moving original compositions. See them and their family band on the 26th at the Encino Community Center and on the 27th at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas.

Nine-8ths Irish CD release -- The Sacramento area band Nine-8ths Irish will be releasing their new CD titled Out on the Ocean at the Palms Playhouse in Winters on the 26th starting at 8:30 p.m.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be hard-driving bluegrass performed on the 26th by the David Thom Band from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- Enjoy Natural Drift on the 26th when they play at Hemelayas in Cameron Park from 7:30-10 p.m. With a traditional, five-piece bluegrass instrumentation for a foundation, ND adds a fresh blend of the band members’ diverse backgrounds to provide audiences with a delightful, engaging musical performance through their own passion and pure bluegrass sound.

Hot weekend in Alameda -- On the 26th at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 8 p.m. it will be folk fusion by Sezu followed by the finest in Bay Area Americana by the Stadler-Gibbons Band starting at 8 p.m.

’bout Time in Sunnyvale -- ‘bout Time! will be pickin’ at the Sunnyvale Farmer’s Market in the Caltrain Parking Lot on Evelyn Avenue on the 27th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Deep Elem in Davenport -- Check out Deep Elem when they play bluegrass at the Davenport Roadhouse on the 27th from 6-9 p.m. Formerly known as the Davenport Cash Store, the Roadhouse Inn is located just 10 minutes up Highway One north of Santa Cruz. They offer full sit-down dinners as well as smaller meals and snacks at the café. No cover.

Bluegrass at the beach -- Dark Hollow can be seen playing some bluegrass at The Riptide bar out near Ocean Beach in SF on the 27th starting at 9 p.m.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 27th from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled I'd Live Them Times Again with co-host Todd Gracyk returning with some of his favorites of days gone by – the old time country music of the 1920s and 30s. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Scott Gates in Newhall -- On the 27th out in Newhall the duo of Scott Gates and Nathan McEuen will be playing at Out West starting at 7 p.m. at a show hosted by John and Diane Bergstrom. For more info call John (661) 714-2019.

Bluegrass and old-time in Muir Beach -- Wagon will be rolling out some bluegrass and old-time tunes along some of their original music at the Pelican Inn in Muir Beach (near Mill Valley) on the 27th from 7-10 p.m. No cover.

Jammin’ in Paso Robles -- "Matt's Jam" takes place every Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Matt's Music, 617 12th Street, in downtown Paso Robles. For more information call (805) 237-0054.

Kitchen Help down the coast -- Kitchen Help will be serving up some bluegrass at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay on the 27th from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Jammin’ in Modesto -- There is a jam in Modesto taking place at Ingram and Braun’s Musik Shoppe on Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. at their location at 503 Bangs Avenue. Go on by to join the fun!

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-8 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico takes place on the 27th at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-5 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam. Lucy Smith is your host.

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 27th at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for over 20 years now.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Ave, from 2-5 p.m.

Sunday morning fun -- The Fruit Jar Pickers play every Sunday from 10-noon at the
Posted:  3/29/2010

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