Author: Carlin, Larry

August 4, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Campout in Isleton -- The 3rd Annual Bluegrass Campout in Isleton started on Monday and runs through the 8th, so grab the instruments, tent and cooler and start driving!

Life’s railway to heaven -- Two musical legends named Mitch passed away over the past few days. Mitch Jayne, the longtime bass player and frontman for the bluegrass band The Dillards, died from cancer on the 2nd in Columbia, MO. He was 80. Mitch Miller, former orchestra leader, record executive, and conductor on his Sing Along With Mitch TV show from the early 1960s, died in New York on July 31st. He was 99. Bobby Hebb, songwriter and singer of the hit song “Sunny” back in the ‘60s, died on the 3rd in Nashville. He was 72. He performed with Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys in the 1950s, and was one of the only African-American performers to appear regularly on the Grand Ole Opry.

New Nunally DVD -- East Bay bluegrass guitarist Jim Nunally has a new instructional DVD out titled The Art of Rhythm Guitar - Volume #2 - Walks and Runs. It is a follow-up companion to his previous Strums DVD. You can order it right now from PayPal or through Jim's website.

Prairie Rose plays for kids -- George Martin’s band Prairie Rose has developed a children's show which they are performing at Bay Area libraries. It's bluegrass-style music but not Bill Monroe. They play lots of cowboy songs, folk songs, children's songs, nursery rhymes, and a bit of silly comedy. On the 4th at 3 p.m. they will be at the Richmond Main Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza (24th and Macdonald Ave.); on the 9th at 10:30 a.m. at the Stinson Beach Library on Highway One in Stinson Beach; later that same afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Point Reyes Station Library; and on the 11th at 3:30 p.m. at the Claremont Branch of the Berkeley Library, at Benvenue and Ashby Avenues. All shows are free.

Getting Kinky -- Irreverent Texas country singer and novelist Kinky Friedman and his band are touring the West Coast for the first time in 20 years, so see them while you can, because you never know if and when they will come this way again. They will be playing on the 4th at Moe's Alley in Santa Cruz, on the 5th at Studio E in Sebastopol, on the 6th at the Palms in Winters, and on the 7th at the Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez. Yeehah!

Jammin’ in Santa Clara -- The CBA sponsors a jam on the first and third Wednesdays at Neto's Market & Grill at 1313 Franklin Street from 6-8:30 p.m. So on the 4th bring your instrument and your appetite.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- Sidesaddle & Company will be pickin’ some hot bluegrass to go along with the spicy barbeque at Sam’s Bar-B-Que in San Jose on the 4th from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Jammin’ in SF -- The first Wednesday of the month bluegrass/country jam on the 4th is hosted by Jeanie & Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars in SF, starting at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover but you must be 21 to attend.

The Brombies in Burbank -- The Brombies play bluegrass on the first, third, and occasionally the fifth Wednesday nights at Viva Cantina in Burbank starting at 8 p.m.

Brothers in Berkeley -- The Whiskey Brothers will be playing their twice monthly gig at the Albatross Pub in Berkeley on the 4th starting at 9 p.m. They play classic Western swing, bluegrass and original music, featuring great vocal harmonies. The band includes local music-scene veterans Jeff Ward on mandolin, Dave Courchaine, guitar, John MacFarlane on fiddle, Bruce Campbell on bass, and Craig Fletcher on banjo. No cover.

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

Bluegrass in Moss Landing -- Most of Bean Creek plus special guest Linus Tremaine will be playing bluegrass on the 4th at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Special C on the air -- If you have satellite radio, tune into Kyle Cantrell’s Track by Track show on the 5th at 6 p.m. West Coast time to hear Special Consensus. With their newest release, 35, the Chicago-based group celebrates its 35th anniversary. Banjoist Greg Cahill, the group's founder, and the rest of the band will be playing. The show will be rebroadcast on Sunday the 8th at 8 a.m. our time.

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. For info contact Dick Simunic at (408) 316-4745 or

Swinging in SF -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass, old-time and Americana music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. On the 5th you can enjoy Western swing with The Saddlecats.

Twisting in Alameda -- At The New Zealander Pub in Alameda on the 5th the Kentucky Twisters will be pickin’ some fine bluegrass from 7-10 p.m.

Jammin' in Marin -- The Marin Bluegrass Jam takes place on the first and third Thursdays of every month. On the 5th 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 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.

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 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.

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