Author: Carlin, Larry

May 12, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bluegrass benefit -- Erstwhile Blue Grass Boy and longtime Marin County denizen Peter Rowan and his bluegrass band (Paul Knight, Keith Little, Jody Stecher) are playing a benefit dinner and concert tonight at the Station House in Point Reyes Station to raise funds for the West Marin School Arts Program. You can read a story about the event here. The band was back in Nashville recently recording a new CD for Compass Records featuring lots of traditional bluegrass. Special guest artists include Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Dave Fisher, one of the founding members of the original folk group called The Highwaymen from the early 1960s, died on May 7th at the age of 69. The Highwaymen had huge hits in 1961 with “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore” and in 1962 with “Cottonfields.” Look at some of their album covers here and here. You can read Fisher's official obituary in the NY Times. The betting here is that back in the day more than one member of the CBA was inspired to sing and play because of this band…

Name game -- Speaking of the name The Highwaymen you may recall that another group of more well known country singers used this name about 25 years ago. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson put out a few albums and toured as The Highwaymen. And as you might expect, there was quite a legal dustup about the use of the moniker back in the early 90s. A happy compromise was wisely agreed upon by all of the participants, and you can read a story about it here in the NY Times.

Drifting away -- The bluegrass band Natural Drift is sad to report that Karen Orozco will soon be leaving the band. She is an original member, great singer, fiddler and good friend to the band, but she will be moving to the San Diego area. You can hear Karen with the ND at Hemalaya's Restaurant in Cameron Park this Friday the 14th starting at 7:30 p.m. Because this will be her last gig there, dinner reservations are strongly advised. No cover. Her final appearance with the group will be on Vern's Stage at the Father’s Day Festival on June 18th at 2:30 p.m.

Plans for the weekend -- The David Grisman Quintet at Yoshi’s in Oakland 5/14-16; Laurie Lewis and The Right Hands in Santa Monica 5/14, Pasadena 5/15, Del Mar 5/16; Bryan Bowers in Auburn 5/15, Sebastopol 5/16; The Berkeley Old Time Spring Fling 5/16.

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 12th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Mountain Laurel in Auburn -- There will be bluegrass served up on the 12th at Latitudes in Auburn from 7:30-9 p.m. by the band Mountain Laurel. You can also see them play at Evangeline’s in Colfax on the 14th. Their new CD is 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 12th see Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers play.

Experienced duo -- Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 13th will be playing on Jim's birthday at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

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

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 Alameda -- Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys will be playing some bluegrass to go along with the sauerkraut at The Speisekammer Restaurant in Alameda on the 13th.

Big Possum 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 13th it will be Big Possum 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 Thurs
Posted:  5/14/2010

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