Author: Carlin, Larry

Feb. 11, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008

New CD -- The band Sawmill Road, formerly known as the F-150s, has their first recording out, and it is call Sawmill Road 1. You'll soon be hearing it on local radio stations as well as on XM and Sirius. The CD is available on their website or direct from the band, when they will be releasing the CDs from stage on their breaks. The band is Steve Spurgin on bass, Bruce Smith on fiddle, Charlie Edsall on guitar, Dick Brown on banjo and Mark Miracle on mandolin. They will be playing CD release shows at the Fifth String in Sacramento on February 22nd and the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City, NV, on the 23rd, and at Bluegrass on the River in Parker, AZ, on Feb. 29th-March 3rd.

Read ‘em and weep -- The 50th Annual Grammy Awards were handed out last night, and here are some results of note. Best Bluegrass Album – The Bluegrass Diaries by Jim Lauderdale (beating out Cherryholmes, J.D. Crowe, Seldom Scene and Tony Trischka!); Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album – Salt of the Earth by Ricky Skaggs & The Whites; Best Traditional Folk Album – Dirt Farmer by Levon Helm; Best Historical Album – The Live Wire - Woody Guthrie In Performance 1949; Best Short Form Music Video – God's Gonna Cut You Down with Johnny Cash; Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals – Gone Gone Gone by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Grammy tip -- If you have a bluegrass band that wants to make a name for itself next year, hire multi-award-winner and pop singer Amy Winehouse’s publicist ASAP! Then, after a few very well publicized arrests for drug offenses, acting crazy, maybe wondering around in public half-naked and having your visa rejected for travel overseas, you will become as famous as she is now…

Jammin’ in Corona -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Monday of every month from 7-10 p.m. at the Crossroads Christian Church, 2331 Kellogg Avenue, in Corona. For more info contact Todd Holtkamp at or (951) 347-2597.

Fun/fundraising in Cupertino -- The annual KKUP Marathon comes to an end this evening, and if you tune into Mike Russell’s Monday Night Bluegrass show tonight at 6 p.m. you can hear live performances by Bean Creek at 6:45 followed by Adam Miller at 7:45.

More radio fundraising -- Peter Thompson, host of the wonderful local Bluegrass Signal radio show in SF every Saturday night on KALW (91.7 FM) from 6:30-8 p.m., also has his show carried on satellite radio. Here is what he has to say about the satellite portion: “The winter membership drive for WAMU's BluegrassCountry is happening this week. There will be a number of special shows through Friday evening, and some nice thank-you gifts. This week's Bluegrass Signal presents an hour of songs to inspire your contributions, with music ranging from Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers to the Nashville Bluegrass Band and Hot Rize to the bands of Lynn Morris, Del McCoury, Hazel Dickens, David Grisman, and Kathy Kallick & Laurie Lewis to Blue Highway, whose new release is one of the thank-you gifts offered for your support. Broadcasts of Bluegrass Signal on BluegrassCountry take place (in the Pacific Time Zone) at 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday at 10 p.m., Wednesday at 3 a.m., and Thursday at 5 p.m. Thanks for your help!”

Jammin’ in Signal Hill -- Every Monday night, from 6-9 p.m., there is a bluegrass jam at Curley's Café in Signal Hill. The address is 1999 E Willow Street at Cherry Avenue. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Jim Wieser at

Jammin' in Alameda -- The place to be for bluegrass pickin’ on Monday nights is McGrath’s Pub in Alameda. Starting at 7:30 you’ll find familiar faces all around you on bass, mandolins, guitars, banjos and fiddles.

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway -- At least, this weekend they will be down the peninsula during the first annual Bluegrass on Broadway Festival that takes place in and around Redwood City from the 14th-17th. There will be films, workshops, and concerts by bands such as Bean Creek, Sidesaddle, the Alhambra Valley Band, Autumn & The Fall Guys, Cabin Fever and others.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”
Posted:  2/13/2008

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