Author: Carlin, Larry

November 12, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010

Bill Monroe to play Times Square -- According to this story here, 14 years after going to that big jam session in the sky, Bill Monroe will be playing soon in New York's Times Square to promote the celebration of the centennial of his birth. The convention and visitors bureau for Owensboro and Daviess County, KY, is putting a 15-second ad on a digital full-motion billboard on New York's 42nd Street. The spot will run from November 15th to January 1st, 18 times a day for 48 days, including the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration. Bill was born September 13, 1911. Read about his centennial here.

Coal Miner’s Daughter -- It has been 50 years since country singer Loretta Lynn wrote her first song “Honky-Tonk Girl.” The country star, now 76, went on to accumulate 16 No. 1 country singles and numerous honors over the course of her career. She's the subject of a new album titled Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn, which features tracks from Faith Hill, Steve Earle, Alan Jackson, The White Stripes, Kid Rock, Martina McBride, and others, who sing her tunes about heartbreak and strife. Listen to an interview with Loretta on the National Public Radio show Fresh Air.

Dan Crary mini-tour -- Check out Dan Crary & Thunderation (Steve Spurgin & Keith Little) at Fifth String Music in Sacramento on the 12th, at the Cozmic Café in Placerville on the 13th, and at the Black Bart Theatre in Murphys on the 14th.

Jammin' in Jamestown -- The Jamestown Jam will be happening on the 12th at the Smoke Café starting at 7 p.m. Info at

On Air Folk Festival -- On Saturday the 13th from 3-8 p.m. on KALW (91.7 FM) radio in San Francisco there will be a five-hour on-air folk festival encompassing the shows Folk Music & Beyond, A Patchwork Quilt and Bluegrass Signal. You can hear singer/songwriter Lucy Wainright Roche, the harp trio Triskela, a guitarists’ round robin, and the bluegrass bands Dark Hollow and Windy Hill.

Alameda Americana -- At McGrath’s Pub in Alameda on the 13th Red Dust will be stirring up some acoustic rockabilly with a kick starting at 8 p.m.

Jammin’ in Arroyo Grande -- On the second Saturday of the month from 1-4 p.m. at Lightning Joe's Guitar Heaven in Arroyo Grande there is a bluegrass, old-time, original, and country jam.

Special time at Murphy’s in Sonoma -- At Murphy’s Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma it will be traditional bluegrass on the 13th by Carolina Special from 8-10 p.m. No cover, and great food and drink in a family friendly atmosphere. Kids are welcome.

Cash on the barrelhead -- The Man in Black’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, will be playing shows at the Uptown Theatre in Napa on the 13th and at the Palace of Fine Arts in SF on the 14th.

Waybacks back in town -- The Bay Area Americana band known as The Waybacks is busy in and around NorCal these next two weeks. On the 13th see them at the Town Hall Theatre in Quincy, at the Crystal Bay Club in Nevada on the 17th, at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on the 18th, at the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael on the 19th, at the Freight in Berkeley on the 20th, and at the Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on the 21st.

Little Black Train in Cambria -- Fresh from two weeks in the studio in Santa Cruz, fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason return to SLO County on the 13th for a concert with mandolinist Kenny Blackwell. Their trio Little Black Train will perform a fun, refreshing fusion of vintage fiddle tunes, bluegrass mandolin, and songs of old-time Americana at Painted Sky Studios in Cambria starting at 8 p.m.

Chesnutt not roasting on an open fire -- Big-hatted Texas country singer Mark Chesnutt will be wowing the country crowd at the State Theatre in Modesto on the 13th. Opening will be Bay Area singer/songwriter Michael McNevin.

Indebted dudes -- The Grateful Dudes will be playing bluegrass on the 13th 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.

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

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. He also welcomes requests, so email him at

Grits and Boys in San Gregorio -- Harmony Grits will be playing bluegrass and beyond on the 13th at the San Gregorio General Store south of Half Moon Bay from 2-5 p.m. On the 14th The Montara Mountain Boys will be pickin’ bluegrass from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover, you can have a beer and also get you shopping done while you are there.

Jammin' in Altadena -- On Sunday the 14th from 12:30-3:30 p.m. there will be a bluegrass jam at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, which is connected to the coffee house and seats 49, so there is plenty of room for players as well as spectators. Players tend to be intermediate to advanced. This is an acoustic event without amplifiers or microphones. The coffee house offers a wide selection of drinks and pastries. For info contact David at

Jammin’ in Orangevale -- From 12-5 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month the California Old-Time Fiddlers’ Association meets at the Orangevale Grange Hall, 5805 Walnut, in Orangevale. (916) 966-9067.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “I want to live with a synonym girl. Hey hey, my my.”
Posted:  11/15/2010

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