Author: Carlin, Larry

April 14, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

CBA spring campout -- Everyone is either in or headed to Turlock today for the CBA Spring Campout that began yesterday and runs through the 18th. It is the first outdoor pick of the season, so don’t miss out on the fun!

Rounder Records sold -- According to this report, The Concord Music Group bought independent music label Rounder Records, and its “creative and marketing functions will continue to be based in Boston and its owners and founders Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton Levy will remain active with the company in a creative and advisory capacity.” Rounder is currently celebrating its 40th year as the world’s leading American roots music label. Thanks to Randy Pitts for this tip.

Better late than never -- Legendary country singer and songwriter Hank Williams – who has been dead for 57 years – finally won a Pulitzer Prize this week “for his lifetime achievement as a musician, praising the country legend for his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life." Read the rest of the story here. Thanks to Richard Brandenburg for this item.

Arlo on tour -- Renowned folk singer Arlo Guthrie is all over the state this week, and you can see him in Escondido on the 14th, in Los Angeles on the 16th, in Irvine on the 17th, in Arroyo Grande on the 20th, in Davis on the 21st and 22nd, in Berkeley on the 23rd, and in Modesto on the 24th.

Bluegrass and barbeque -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be entertaining you with bluegrass and vintage country songs to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s in San Jose on the 10th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass served up on the 14th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel. They have a new CD out titled Another Sunny Day In California.

Jammin’ in Palo Alto -- There is a bluegrass jam each Wednesday night at Fandango Pizza in Palo Alto starting at 7 p.m.

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Every Wednesday night at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. you can experience live bluegrass. On the 14th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

Justis in Davis -- Poetic Justis (with Kathy Barwick on dobro and guitar) on the 15th will be playing acoustic blues, folk and country songs at the Rominger West Winery in Davis from 4-7 p.m.

Jammin’ in Berkeley -- Thursday night is beginners jam night at the 5th String Music Store, 3051 Adeline Street, in Berkeley, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Martians in Santa Barbara -- See the Salt Martians play bluegrass every Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. for happy hour at the Tupelo Junction Cafe, 1218 State Street, in Santa Barbara. Call (805) 899-3100 for dinner reservations. Full bar and no cover.

Jammin’ in Morgan Hill -- In Morgan Hill the CBA sponsored jam takes place on Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. at the Morgan Hill Grange, located at 40 E. 4th Street, except on the third Thursday of each month, when it happens at The Music Tree, located at 17470 Monterey Street. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Stephanie Bettman in Altadena -- Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin will be appearing at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on the 15th starting at 8 p.m. She is a singer/songwriter/fiddler extraordinaire who has been generating a buzz in bluegrass/country circles with inevitable comparisons to Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris. Then on Friday the 16th the duo will be motoring up to Larkspur in Marin County to play the Acoustic Vortex house concerts series.

Jammin’ in Sacto -- Every Thursday folks gather to jam from 7-10 p.m. at the Fifth String Music Store, located at Alhambra & J Streets in Sacramento. You are invited to attend.

Belle Monroe in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m., and on the 15th it will be Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys playing some bluegrass.

Pickin’ in Petaluma -- Ed Neff and Friends play bluegrass every Thursday at the Willowbrook Ale House in Petaluma from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover, and you get to hear some of the finest traditional bluegrass in the North Bay. The regular pickers are Ed Neff on mandolin, Mike Wilhoyte on guitar, Jeff King on bass, Paul Shelasky on fiddle, and banjoist Larry Cohea. The address is 3600 Petaluma Boulevard North. Call (707) 775-4232 for more info.

Jammin’ in Napa -- There is a 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 Redwood City -- The weekly bluegrass and old-time jam known as "Peninsula Bluegrass Crossing" (PBC) takes place on Thursdays and the location is a coffee shop called Café Sportivo, 965 Brewster Avenue in Redwood City from 7-10 p.m. For more info contact Mark at rwcbluegrass@gmail.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 15th 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.

Jammin’ in Murphys -- There is a new bluegrass and acoustic jam in the town of Murphys at the Growler Craft Brewery on the first and third Thursday of each month from 6-9 p.m. The address is 164 Highway 4. Go on by and start pickin’!

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.”
Posted:  4/16/2010

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