Author: Carlin, Larry

October 22, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010

Nice round number -- Today marks 40 years since Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy released the first two Rounder Records albums, George Pegram and The Spark Gap Wonder Boys. Congrats to Rounder for 40 years of great musical recordings!

Folks out west -- The Folk Alliance Regional Far-West Conference started on the 21st in Santa Clara and runs through the 24th. Susie Glaze will be in attendance, along with Bill Evans, Houston Jones, Blame Sally, Caren Armstrong, Stevie Coyle, Border Radio, Evie Laden and dozens more performers. Go to the site for complete into.

IIIrd Tyme Out is here! -- IIIrd Tyme Out is in California for the next week. See them in Livermore on the 22nd (OMGG opens), Potter Valley on the 23rd, Santa Ynez at 9 a.m. and Fresno at 7 p.m. on the 24th, Bakersfield on the 25th, Felton on the 26th, Orland on the 27th, and in Northridge on the 28th.

Kathy Kallick by the bay -- The Kathy Kallick Band – with special guest Luke Abbott sittin’ in on banjo – will be playing on the 22nd at Armando’s in Martinez at 8 p.m., and then on Sunday the 24th see them at Don Quixote's in Felton at 7 p.m.

Steve Kaufman in Sonoma -- Legendary flat-picking guitarist and teacher Steve Kaufman is in Northern California this week. He will be conducting workshops in Petaluma through the 24th and also playing a show on the evening of the 23rd. Go to his site for complete info.

Bluegrass and Americana in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be the Americana duo Misner & Smith on the 22nd from 8-10 p.m., traditional bluegrass with High Country on the 22nd from 8-10 p.m., and on the 24th Celtic music by Greenhouse from 6-8 p.m. No cover, and good food and beer in a family friendly atmosphere.

Pizza grass -- 27 Strings will be playing bluegrass on the 22nd at Mission Pizza in Fremont from 7-10 p.m.

Jammin’ in Jamestown -- Pickers are headed over to the Jamestown Jam at the Smoke Café on the 22nd at 7 p.m. For info, email

Blue nights in Alameda -- The band Windy Hill will be pickin’ bluegrass on the 22nd and Redwing will be doing the same on the 23rd at McGrath’s Pub in Alameda starting at 8 p.m.

Dreamers in Sebastopol -- The Honky Tonk Dreamers will be playing Western Swing and old time country music at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex on the 23rd at 7:30 p.m. The band is Charlie Wallace (pedal steel, lap steel, Telecaster), Tony Marcus (fiddle, guitar), Jerry Logan (bass), and Julay Brooks (guitar).

Future grass -- The future of bluegrass will be on display quite prominently when The Tuttles w/AJ Lee play at the Redwood Bluegrass Associates show in Mountain View on the 23rd.

Turn your radio on -- Tune into Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal radio show on KALW (91.7 FM) in SF on the 23rd from 6:30-8 p.m. The show this week is titled Goodness Gracious, They're Good. Hot Rize is comin' to town (on the 28th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley), so the show will remember and look ahead to them. You can listen online on the KALW web site, and the first hour of the show is also broadcast five times each week on

Celtic concert in Winters -- Nine-8ths Irish, with the ever popular Kathy Barwick on dobro, guitar and banjo, will be singing some fine Celtic music at The Palms in Winters on the 23rd starting at 8 p.m.

Rocky Neck in Moorpark -- The Southern California based Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band, featuring Devitt Feeley, Lydia Veilleux, and Craig Ferguson will be performing live on the 23rd at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark.

Johnny Cash tribute in Sutter Creek -- At the Sutter Creek Theatre on the 23rd you can experience The Cash Tribute Show featuring James Garner, who takes his audience through a musical journey of Johnny Cash's biggest hits as well as on an expedition of Cash’s legendary life. While Garner is not a Johnny Cash impersonator, with accurate performances of Cash's songs he recounts the stories of Johnny's music career.

Alive dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 23rd at Vincenzo’s Pizza in Newhall from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Band members Bill Bryson, Dennis Fetchet, Scott Micale and Rodger Phillips have been playing at Vincenzo’s for over 20 years now.

The Bluegrass Mix -- The site called The Bluegrass Mix streams bluegrass online 24/7. Sky Powers has a show called Pacifically Bluegrass, and it airs every Saturday evening from 4-8 p.m. out here in CA. He plays a fine mix of bluegrass, both old and new, with an emphasis on new releases and he also devotes a portion of his show to playing and promoting the bluegrass bands of the Pacific West and Rockies. Sky also welcomes requests, so email him at

Jammin’ in Chico -- The bluegrass jam in downtown Chico is back and it will take place on the 23rd at Augie's Coffee House at 230 Salem Street, between 2nd & 3rd Streets, from 2-5 p.m., with the first hour being a slow jam.

Dusty Shoes in Grover Beach -- Every Saturday from 5-7 p.m. the Dusty Shoes Gospel Band plays bluegrass at the Station Grill, 170 W. Grand Avenue, in Grover Beach. This is a free event.

Jammin’ in Sebastopol -- The place for bluegrass pickin' on Saturdays is the Coffee Catz, 6761 Sebastopol Avenue, from 2-5 p.m.

Scott Gates and OMGG in Santa Barbara -- Scott Gates & Salty Suites and OMGG will be tearing it up at the Crane Country Fair in Santa Barbara on the 24th.

Jammin’ for beginners in Arroyo Grande -- Bring your voice, friends, banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle or bass on the fourth Sunday of every month to the jam at the SLO Down Pub, 1200 E. Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande from 5:30-8:30 p.m. These jams are geared to beginners, and they play from a set list of songs.

Fiddling in Castro Valley -- The California Old-Time Fiddlers Association meets for jammin' on the fourth Sunday of every m
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