Author: Carlin, Larry

April 23, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010

Pitts and grits -- Congratulations to caption contest winner Randy Pitts of Nashville. You can read about his success here. The kid who sang “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” was the late Jimmy Boyd. Look at his photo here and mine at the top of this column, and you decide if we look alike. As for the winning prize of breakfast at Grass Valley, with any luck grits will be served to the man from Tennessee…

Merle Haggard is what he is -- Merle Haggard has a new recording out titled I Am What I Am, and yesterday he was interviewed on the National Public Radio show Morning Edition. You can listen to the interview here or read the transcript here.

New slow jam class at the Freight -- A new six-week session of Ran Bush's Intro to Bluegrass Jamming group class with Bill Evans co-teaching begins on Tuesday the 27th at the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley. Classes will run for six weeks through June 1st from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is only $130 for all six sessions. Contact the Freight at (510) 644-2020 (ext. 127) or go to the web link above for info regarding online registration.

Cowboy Festival in Santa Clarita -- The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival started on the 22nd and runs through the 25th, and it offers high quality music, poetry, food and cowboy gear that patrons have enjoyed in the past. Check out the schedule.

Campout weekend -- The North County Bluegrass & Folk Club Spring Campout in Jamul is happening on the 23rd-25th, so head on down!

Doyle Lawson in Bakersfield -- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will be playing a special show at the Valley Baptist Multiuse Theater in Bakersfield on the 23rd, so don’t miss this fine band. Opening the show will be Highway 65.

Quebe Sisters in SoCal -- You may not have heard of these gals yet, but you will. The Quebe Sisters (pronounced “Kway-bee”) were a big hit after hours at IBMA last year, and they will be playing at the Strawberry Music Festival by Yosemite in May. They are three young, cute Texas fiddlers, and they are really a sight to see and hear. You can see them at a fundraiser in Ojai on the 23rd, and on the 24th and 25th at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival.

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. Produced by EXIT Theatre in SF, the show runs through May 1st.

Arlo on tour -- Renowned folk singer Arlo Guthrie can be seen playing in Berkeley on the 23rd and in Modesto on the 24th.

String duo in LA -- Cellist Natalie Haas and banjoist Abigail Washburn will be performing on the 23rd at Scripps College in Claremont.

Redwing in Berkeley -- The bluegrass band Redwing will be playing a fun Berkeley neighborhood cafe called Bacheeso's on the 23rd starting at 6:30 p.m. There's dinner, wine and beer, and free bluegrass.

Sherry Austin down the coast -- Santa Cruz singer/songwriter Sherry Austin and her band are headed south to play on the 23rd at the Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay at 7 p.m. and then on the 24th you can see them at Castoro Cellars in Templeton starting at 7:30 p.m.

Little Black Train in San Luis -- The bluegrass-roots band Little Black Train will be having a CD release party on the 23rd at The Clubhouse at This Old House in San Luis Obispo starting at 7:30 p.m. With its all-star lineup of veteran string wizards, the trio will perform vintage fiddle tunes and old-time songs from their new release Little Black Train.

Courtney Janes in the North Bay -- The Marin bluegrass/folk duo known as The Courtney Janes will be playing on the 23rd at the Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma and on the 24th see them at the Drew Pearce House Concert series in Stinson Beach.

Natural Drift in Cameron Park -- Enjoy Natural Drift on the 23rd 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.

Blue and green grass in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be bluegrass on the 23rd with the Two Rock Ramblers at 8 p.m. followed by High Country on the 24th. Then on 25th it will be Celtic fusion by the band Greenhouse at 6 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

High-octane weekend -- While many will be celebrating Earth Day this weekend the Americana band Houston Jones will be burning up the octane with three shows in three days. On the 23rd see them at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 8 p.m., on the 24th at Armando’s in Martinez at 8 p.m., and on the 25th it will be the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m.

Open house at the Freight -- Lots of folks are headed to the free Freight & Salvage Spring Community Open House on the 24th from noon- 4 p.m. There will be workshops with Ran Bush, Alan Bond, Pete Madsen, jamming and much more. If you have not been to the new venue yet, now is your chance.

Country wingding in Indio -- The Stagecoach Festival takes place in Indio on the 24th-25th, with Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Carlene Carter, The Oak Ridge Boys and lots of faux cowboy singers in big hats as headliners. There is very little bluegrass there this year, but you can see Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Save the Earth -- The Earth Day Marin Festival is happening on the 24th at the College of Marin in Kentfield. It will be a large-scale, fun, family-friendly, and free festival event celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. There will be music, speakers, activities for children, films, eco
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