Author: Carlin, Larry

April 9, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010

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Nimble Johnny Gimble -- Renowned 83 year-old Western swing and country fiddler Johnny Gimble 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. He was featured in the The Wall Street Journal two weeks back, and yesterday he was interviewed on the National Public Radio show Fresh Air. You can either listen to the interview here or read the text here.

Big Easy on HBO -- Rare is the time that this column will recommend the watching of a TV series (we’re more inclined to encourage you to turn off the idiot box and to get out to see or play some music), but if you have HBO a new series starts this Sunday called Treme, which takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans and the jazz music of the city plays a major role. True, it is not bluegrass music, but anytime a series features musicians as main characters it is worth a mention here. You can read a review of the series here in the SF Chronicle, and you can watch a 14 minute promo of the show here.

Joy Kills Sorrow -- The band Joy Kills Sorrow is on tour all over NorCal this week, and you can still see them at the Oaksongs Society in Redding on the 9th and at Redwood Bluegrass Associates in Mountain View on the 10th.

Kevin Burke's Open House -- Irish fiddler Kevin Burke’s Open House plays an assortment of Celtic, American traditional, and eastern European songs, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of its members. They will play at the Sebastopol Community Concert Theatre on the 9th, at the Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz on the 10th, and at Chautauqua Hall in Pacific Grove on the 11th.

The Wind and Rain -- The Wind and Rain, a show based on the ballad with the same name, is an age-old tale about sisters, love, jealousy, revenge, and the consequence of change. It was created in collaboration with acclaimed physical performers Brynna Jourdan (Hammer Heads, Cussing at the Moon) and Jenna Bean Veatch (The Tumbleweed Bandits), live music and original compositions from renowned concert violinist Rebecca Jackson (Völs String Quartet, San Francisco Opera), visual delights from esteemed illustrator, painter and whimsical engineer Molly Millar (Phantom Galleries L.A.'s Emergence Enchanted, 2009 TED Conference), and award winning playwright Claytie Mason (The Secret Ruths of Island House). “This tragic tale comes to life with the humor, whimsy, magic, and terror only live theatre is capable of.” Produced by EXIT Theatre in SF, the show started on the 8th and it runs through May 1st.

High Country weekend -- On the 9th High Country will be playing bluegrass at 8:30 p.m. at the Craneway Pavilion-Boilerhouse Restaurant, 1414 Harbor Way South Marina District, in Richmond. This is a new Friday night music series featuring good food, wine and music. Then on the 10th you can see them at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 8 p.m.

Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley in Chico -- On the 9th there will be a Ragtime and Tin Pan Alley Open Mic at the Terraces in Chico at 6:30 p.m. Performers are invited to enjoy the music from the mid 1800s to 1950s as well as acoustic music that fits in with the sound of this era. There is no charge for this second Friday of each month event. Fiddle tunes, country, bluegrass, folk, blues, Cajun, boogie-woogie and more are welcome. Performances are held to the ten minute rule. Brief historical presentations about the era’s music and/or composers are encouraged. The address is 2750 Sierra Sunrise Terrace, off Bruce Road. For more info contact Bernie or Bob LoFaso at or

Two hot pickers in Walnut Creek -- Jim Nunally and Dix Bruce on the 9th will be playing at Walnut Avenue United Methodist Church in Walnut Creek starting at 7:30 p.m.

Circle R Boys in Kensington -- On the 9th the Circle R Boys will be playing bluegrass at 6:30 p.m. at a new location in the East Bay called The Arlington in the town of Kensington. The Arlington is a neighborhood cafe featuring fresh, local and organic food and drinks. Also being offered are locally produced beverages including wine, beer, and soft drinks. The dinner menu consists of all the lunch time favorites plus hot entrée daily specials.

Kenny and kids in Sausalito -- Petaluma musician Kenny Blacklock and friends will be playing a children’s music show at the Discovery Museum in Sausalito on the 10th at 11 a.m. He will mostly be playing music from his CD, which is a mix of bluegrass/old-time/American folk music for kids. The band will include Larry Chung on banjo, Katy Bridges on fiddle, and others. Kenny also plays fiddle in the bluegrass bands Keystone Station and Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue.

Opry night in Fairfax -- The Second Annual Night at the Opry show at Peri's Silver Dollar Saloon in Fairfax on the 10th at 9 p.m. includes Danny Montana & The Bar Association, Rockabilly Hall of Famer Rusty Evans & Ring of Fire, and Alex Call & Holy Cow. The event also includes a pedal steel duet set and a "Telecaster Masters" set.

Bluegrass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma on the 10th starting at 8 p.m. Keystone Station will be playing straight ahead traditional bluegrass. The Marin County band is Claudia Hampe on guitar, Dave Earl on mandolin, Kenny Blacklock on fiddle, Kris Hare on banjo, and Carltone on bass. With taught three-part harmonies and hot instrumental picking, Keystone has a lot of fun when they play. No cover, fine food and beer at reasonable prices, and kids are welcome.

Suzie Glaze in Culver City -- Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band on the 10th will be sharing the bill with singer/songwriter and cowboy poet Ray Doyle (famed guitarist with Wylie & The Wild West) and his fine band at  
Posted:  4/13/2010

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