Author: Cornish, Rick

MOLD Archive for 10/12
 

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Ahhhhhhhhhll aboard. Train 45 is leavin’ the station.--So what’s the big deal? Sure, it would be major news for most eighty-five year olds to be making a music video. But the Colonel? No way. “When Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys performed at the Mid Pointe Music Festival in Cincinnati on September 29,” BluegrassToday tells us, “they also shot a video for a local outfit that is restoring the old Emery Theatre there in town. Click for a look and the rest of the story.

Second chances don’t come around that often--It was just about two years ago that Terry Gross did a 45 minute-plus interview with Peter Rowan and his band, Keith Little, Jody Stecher and Paul Knight. Now, folks, I ain’t just sayin’ this ‘cause these here are local boys, but that was one of Terry’s best music-related interviews…ever. So, here’s the deal. It was repeated this morning and is currently loaded on NPR’s web site. If you missed it first time around, here’s another chance. Click here

Short and to the point--Thursday night, First Street Cafe Upstairs, Benicia, Keith Little and Keith Little and Sharon Gilchrist., ‘nuff said.

A dust up scheduled for Chico--The Infamous Stringdusters — Monday, November 5 at 7:30pm at The Big Room at Sierra Nevada Restaurant and Brewery.

Caw…caw…caw--Crows tonight at Sam’s in Campbell.

Oh, Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life and three, three children brave--The other day we linked to a piece about the very first recording ever made, a feat accomplished by Thomas Edison in Meno Park, New Jersey. But our bigger point was that it’s easy to forget that there was a first time for just about everything…yes, even train robberies. Bluegrass songwriting treasure Chris Stuart put that ‘first-time-ever’ story to music, and it’s a good un. Click here

Sings like an angel, that girl does--Vincent Scores #1 Album - Billboard Bluegrass Charts…R’s management is “proud to announce the latest CD from Rhonda Vincent Sunday Mornin' Singin' LIVE! On Upper Management Music reached the top spot on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts this week! The all-gospel project, released on July 10, 2012, was recorded and filmed at Vincent's hometown church in Greentop, Missouri at The Greentop Methodist Church. "I was thrilled when it was released nationally, given the very personal nature of this project," Rhonda shares. "Our focus was to inspire the listener with specially chosen gospel songs that bring a positive message." "I can't believe it's a #1, this makes me so happy!"

Boning up on bluegrass over my morning coffee--Since I started writing this MOLD column I’ve been trying to stay one step ahead of my readers…no, bluegrass music is not exactly my thing, though I’m warming up to it. I’ve discovered a series of web pages right here on the CBA’s site called Pioneers and it covers everybody from Wade Miner and Jimmy Rodgers to Tony Rice and the Osborne Brothers. I’ve book marked them and am working my way through.Click here

Back room deals--You find them everywhere, even among erstwhile charitable benefactors. Case in point. Saturday afternoon at the Lighthouse camp out an Instrument Raffle ticket bidding war combusted spontaneously between two otherwise good pals, Jack Hyland and Rick Cornish. Seems both patrons of the arts were trying to win the fiddle, Jack for his niece Christine and Rick for his grand daughter, Lexy. We’re not sure exactly how many five-buck tickets were sold but, suffice it to say, the Association made a haul. Anyway, in an effort to put the skids on the battle, Jack promised Rick he’d fork over the last fiddle he’d purchased for Christine if he won the new one, which he did and which he will. No losers in this deal unless it would be the niece, who, we’re guessing, will be pretty happy with the new Cremona.**
Faces to names--Just noticed that the CBA web team has gotten its Board of Directors page updated. Handsome bunch of leaders you folks elected. Now let’s see if they got brains behind them pretty faces.Click here

Grab your sunglasses and drive on down.--Why sunglasses? You ever see the Central Valley Boys on stage? Kelly Broyles, the Association’s area vp down Fresno way, writes…”Hey All, Saturday November 10th come on down to Historic Hanford Ca. to the One & Only Hanford Fox Theatre and see the Old Tire Swingers and the Central Valley Boys! Hanford is a beautiful little town and the Fox is a piece of history in a wonderful setting in the Old Downtown! Click here for the whole skinny.

Four minutes and forty-two seconds--Since I’ve started writing the More or Less Daily News I’ve started to learn a little something about this here CBA web site. Met a nice lady down in Fresno, Candy Sponhaltz, who’s in charge of the On-Line Calendar and she clued me in on something I didn’t know, which is that several months ago the software behind placing an event on the calendar was re-written to make it way eaiser and faster. I just tried it…four minutes and forty-two seconds, and better yet, all of the details about the venue I typed in is now ‘remembered’ by the system and next time I won’t have to enter it again. What will these programmers think of next? Check it out.

Meaty selections on the menu Wednesday night--Pork ribs and Matt and Texas Brisket and George and Tri Tip and Their Pleasant Valley Boys and Oh-So-Good Grilled Sausage - Sam's BBQ, Campbell.

North Carolina, I’m commin’ home-- IBMA's “World of Bluegrass Week” includes the four-day IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and the three-day Bluegrass Fan Fest. Our annual industry summit/ bluegrass family reunion draws more than 16,000 attendees, providing opportunities for showcasing, professional development and networking at the largest concentrated week of powerful, live bluegrass music on the planet.
The following World of Bluegrass dates have been announced, with the option for a five- or seven-day event each year:

September 23 - 29, 2013
September 29 - October 5, 2014
September 28 - October 4, 2015.

World of Bluegrass 2013-2015 will be hosted at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Raleigh Amphitheater and Memorial Auditorium, with hotel blocks at the Raleigh Marriott City Center, the Sheraton Raleigh and six additional nearby hotels. “If we had designed a perfect venue for our events, it would look a lot like the facilities in Raleigh,” said IBMA Board chair Stan Zdonik.

The peninsula just got more musical--Not exactly brand new news, but news just the same. Multi-instrumentalist and a guy who’s dedicated most of his adult life to teaching music to youth, Larry Chung has added another gig to his busy schedule; he’s started teaching at Gryphon in Palo Alto. Click here.

So the Office guy says to the Jerk guy, like, is that pre-war--Banjoists Ed Helms and Steve Martin could do more for bluegrass music than, well, just about anything you can name. Please, God, let them want to. Click here

Hell yes, shoot ‘em, skin ‘em and eat ‘em, but…If it was good enough for Jimmy Martin it’s good enough for you, partner…but be careful. A fire that destroyed eight units at an apartment complex in Holland Township, Mich., is believed to have been sparked by a man using a propane torch to cook a squirrel for lunch, a local fire chief said. Click here

Frog welcomes with open arms, open mic--Alameda impresario Peter Barnato, whose McGrath’s will live in the hearts of all Bay Area bluegrassers for many years to come, is never too far away from the music we love. Tuesdays, for example, his Frog and Fiddle welcomes entertainers to an open mic. Read all about it. Click here

Okay, you knew Christmas stuff would show up sooner or later--Hosted by Steve Gulley and Dale Ann Bradley, Rural Rhythm Presents-Christmas The Mountain Way is a CD/DVD/TV special that’s make the holiday season a whole lot more bluegrassy. Click here

More mail--Last week we asked folks for their suggestions as the CBA develops its mercantile buy list for the coming bluegrass season. Scott Daily responded back, “What I’d like to see is a rerun of the crop circle t-shirts. They sold out fast and many of us never got a chance to buy one. I think there was some discussion about this on the message board some time ago. Thanks.” No, thank you Scott. Anybody interested in grabbing a crop circle shirt? Do you remember them? Click here for a quick look. If there’s any interest we could plead our case to Jack and the board.

Ya’ll listen up, now, a message from the President--At any given time we find ourselves juggling a dozen or so different priorities when it comes to meeting the mission of our Association. None, however, is more importantthan providing performance opportunities for our California ‘home-grown’ talent. Two such opportunities are currently in the spotlight: our GREAT 48 Showcase Showdown and our Fathers Day Festival California Showcase. A total of eight slots are open to California-based, non-touring bands, and the deadlines for submitting packets for both competitions is coming up October 1st. For information about the GREAT 48 Showcase write Kelvin Gregory at kgregory3@bak.rr. com; for the FDF Showcase, contact Larry Kuhn, folsomflash@yahoo.com. Two opportunities for the CBA to show off its California bluegrass and old-time talen and two chances for your band to let its light shine. Darby Brandli, President, California Bluegrass Association

And these idiots think they can build a bomb? A major Iranian news agency, the Fars News Agency, is evidently not familiar with America’s most popular parody news source. Without attribution, the news site affiliated with the Islamic Revolutions Guards Corps reprinted an Onion story, which read, “According to the results of a Gallup poll released Monday, the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama.” The Onion’s made-up poll was accompanied by made-up comments, reprinted in full by the Fars News Agency, including: ”[Ahmadinejad] takes national defense seriously, and he’d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does.” (Moldman Note to Readers—The word ‘idiots’ in the lead-in sentence refers to the current Iranian regime and not to the tens of millions of Iranians who, by all accounts, are well educated and sick to death of their increasingly strange leadership.)

A new M&M for the connoisseur--Scoop from J.D.: "You heard it here first from the old Mountain Man! Tuesday morning, October 23, 8:15 AM. I just got off the phone with my good friend Ronnie Reno and he informed me that Merle Haggard and Mac Wiseman are doing a recording together today in Nashville. They're going to record a lot of the old standards such as Jimmy Brown the newsboy, wonder how the old folks are home, etc. etc. etc. But as Ronnie said, the content is purely up to these two revered veterans of the music business. As far as the band members are concerned, Ronnie said it will be mostly veteran session players. Whatever they decide to record with whoever is in the band, I know it will be a fantastic record."

Banjo brain news--From the desk of Martha Hearon Adcock:
“Eddie's third brain surgery seems to be a success!! He's at home, doing well, and seems to be playing much better, praise the good Lord! Thank you, everyone, for your continuing good will and prayers! (By the way, it was NOT outpatient surgery...)”

Moldman mail--Dear Moldman, I thought our members would like to hear how the Fathers Day Festival 2013 line-up is shaping up. Bands booked to date are: Rhonda Vincent, Blue Highway, Larry Stephenson, Michael Cleveland, Special Consensus, Tom, Brad and Alice, Melvyn Goins and Windy Mountain, Della Mae. One more old time act for Sat/ Sun to be booked, and of course our five California Showcase Bands and the many Vern’s Stage acts. Best, Mark Varner, Chair, Talent Advisory Group

Note from Uncle Santa--Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it’s not even Halloween, but Jack Hyland told me if I don’t pass this along I’ll stop getting my U.S. Mail. (Jack’s as mail man.) Our Mercantile Manager wants you to know that there’s plenty of time to order a fine denim CBA jacket for that special someone on your Christmas list. Classic fabric, classic cut and classic poppy design. Contact Jack at 209-303-0015…jck49hyland@yahoo.com.

Preppy be good--Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players: November 2, 800 PM, Sacramento Prep Music Academy, 3823 V St, Sacramento, 916-297-5678, www.sacprepmusic.com, $15 adv/$20 door.

Blaaarh A pox on me ankle!--We should have reported earlier that John Duncan, CBA-lifer, former board member and lifetime At-Large Ambassador, injured his ankle pretty badly and has been convalescing, hence the addition of Larry Kuhn’s address for CA Showcase packets

Larry Kuhn
177 Stoney Hill Drive
Folsom, CA zip 95630

Fear not; everything sent to either Larry or John will be considered. GET WELL JOHN, YOU OLD PIRATE YOU. Click here

Mel’s daughter’s kids’ song--You may not know it, but Pam Tillis, a major country music talent in her own right, is also a major supporter of kids on bluegrass…which is to say, kids playing bluegrass music. She’s just produced a little YouTube piece that speaks volumes about the young BG talent we have bubbling up all around us. Click here to have a look.
It’s not just bad PR--Llamas are disgusting animals. There, I said it and I’m glad I said it. These animals get their cover from a society obsessed with political correctness; they’re misunderstood, but in a good way, for them at least. I mean, give me a break…they’re camalids. As in camels? Ever been around a camel? Not convinced? Click here.

Best news item of the day--“Thanks to all who have been wishing me well! Final reconstruction surgery was Monday. After unwrapping all the bandages and showering, there's only a couple of exterior sewing areas and I can tell you that they look much more like the originals!! That was the last procedure in the plan we laid out l5 months ago. No signs of cancer on any of the tests they've been doing. I am so lucky and blessed. Now, if some of my friends would quit having these close calls driving, I could relax! Haven't tried to play yet, but will tomorrow! Got to get ready for Bakersfield you know! Gentle hugs to all of you! Love, Mikki”

What the….If anyone’s got even a clue as to how the organizers of an event late in October in the tiny town of Placerville can bring in a line up like this and not immediately file for Chapter Eleven I’d sure like to hear about it. Maybe the CBA should get these folks to negotiate FDF contracts. The Travelin' McCourys; Railroad Earth; Del McCoury Band; The Infamous Stringdusters; Delta Spirit; Tumbleweed Wanderers; Rose's Pawn Shop; Andrew McConathy & the Drunken Hearts; Good Gravy; Lonesome Locomotive California Honeydrops; Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers; Dead Winter Carpenters
Greensky Bluegrass. Click here to be amazed.

Yes, grasshopper, there will be another spring, warm days, sunshine, verdant valleys--And to prove it, tickets go on sale November 1st. Strawberry tickets and Fathers Day Tickets

Ah, Tom. Tom. YO, TOM! Could you give me just a taste more bottom? And bring the banjo down? Down. DOWN!--Yes, just like pretty much everything, there was a first time...even a recording session. Click here.

Trust no one who refers to himself in the third person--The Moldman got his first email, to wit, Kathy Kallick dates form her squeeze, Peter T…Fri., Oct. 26 (8:00 pm): Asbury Methodist Church, Livermore; Sat., Oct. 27 (7:30 pm): First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View OPENING: The Drifter Sisters; Sun., Oct. 28 (7:00 pm): French Garden Restaurant, Sebastopol WITH SPECIAL GUESTS; More on the gigs/CD/band: http://www.kathykallick.com


The happiest place in the saddest place on earth is…well…depressing--I don’t even wanna talk about it. Read for yourself.

On the prowl for young blood--CBA president Darby Brandli and First Gentlemen, Bruno, are driving up to Red Bluff for the Western Open Fiddle Competition this weekend. Lots of young fiddlers who would LOVE our Father's Day Festival. They're meeting up with Maria Nadauld, Bay Area promoter and fiddle contest pioneer, and George Fredson, the head guy at California State Old-Time Fiddlers Association, District 6. You can bet that Darby, who's also the Association's Youth Coordinator, will make certain that no attendee between the ages of 2 and 18 will escape Red Bluff without receiving THE MESSAGE.

Deadline nearing for across-the-pond band submissions--Our good and long-time friend Pieter Groenveld, Dutch record producer and impresario, reminds us not to forget to register our bands for the European World Of Bluegrass (EWOB) 2013! Deadline is the 1th of December! Sort of a multi-lingual IBMA. Click here.

New kid on the team--From the October Kathy Kallick newsletter—“Please welcome ... SHARON GILCHRIST. Sharon is now playing bass (and some mandolin) and singing with the KKB. While saddened by the departure of Dan Booth to Washington, DC, the band is delighted to be making music with Sharon, a recent transplant to Oakland from New Mexico. You might have seen her playing in recent years with the Peter Rowan-Tony Rice Quartet, Uncle Earl, Mike Marshall and/or Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, Mary & Mars, and many others.

Almost perfect--"Big and Lonesome! Perfect Strangers could be just a collection of terrific songwriters, dynamic singers and dead-on players. What makes them a great bluegrass band is their extremely high Coefficient of Lonesomeness." says Lee Bjorndal. Find out for yourself at Studio 55 Marin Saturday, November 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm!Click here for the essential details.

Keith, Munde and Evans, oh my--As part of the First Annual California Banjo Extravaganza, the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley will be hosting an afternoon of banjo workshops with Bill Keith, Alan Munde and Bill Evans for all levels of players. Derned hard to beat that if you’re an aspiring banjologist of any stripe. --Click here.

Better late than never--We’re feeling a little sheepish that we forgot to wish Happy Birthday to Jerome Lester Horwitz. We won’t forget next year, you can count on that.Click here.


Quick note from Cactus Bob and Desert Flower
It's Saturday Oct 27, the weekend before Halloween, let's party! Faux Renwah will be playing in the afternoon at the Douglass Saloon in Columbia, 1-4 pm. Then it's on to a birthday party for the Three Stooges--Tom, Dave and Muddy, in the evening, same place...Jack Douglass Saloon (209) 533-4176 in Columbia State Historic Park. Come as you Ain't!

Baseball, anyone?--Nope, this isn’t a Giants win the pennant story. Actually, it’s a story about a softball, or at least a sphere about the size of a softball that looks suspiciously like an eye ball, which, it turns out, it is. But who or what has an eyeball that big? We’ve been kept in the dark for nearly a week but finally marine biologists have identified where the baby blue came from.Click here to hear the tale.

Movin’ on up--Everybody who does bluegrass understands that you can no more separate the music from the out of doors than you can separate, I dunno, pickled pigs feet from cold beer. That’s why when somebody shows up sporting a new ‘rig’, as we like to say, it’s MOLD-worthy. Two such happenings occurred at the Fall Camp Out last weekend at the Lighthouse Resort and Marina. Lou and Sunshine McClanahan pulled up in a very shiny twenty-one foot Airstream and you could hear gasps throughout the campgrounds. And a day later Deb Livermore arrived towing what can only be described as a small, very, very cute, very, very old camp trailer…tricked out to the nines. Lots and lots of tours taken.

Well, you wouldn’t expect to run into him at McDonald’s-- From Sydney Evans, who with her husband Rich is doing their dream tour of the Bluegrass South: “OMG!!! OMG! We just ran into RALPH STANLEY and his band! He is very frail looking, but so friendly. He shook hands with Rich and they had a brief chat! We had parked our Big Boy right next to his rig. Wowzer!”

Keith, Munde and Evans, oh my--As part of the First Annual California Banjo Extravaganza, the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley will be hosting an afternoon of banjo workshops with Bill Keith, Alan Munde and Bill Evans for all levels of players. Derned hard to beat that if you’re an aspiring banjologist of any stripe. --Click here.

Better late than never--We’re feeling a little sheepish that we forgot to wish Happy Birthday to Jerome Lester Horwitz. We won’t forget next year, you can count on that.Click here.


Quick note from Cactus Bob and Desert Flower
It's Saturday Oct 27, the weekend before Halloween, let's party! Faux Renwah will be playing in the afternoon at the Douglass Saloon in Columbia, 1-4 pm. Then it's on to a birthday party for the Three Stooges--Tom, Dave and Muddy, in the evening, same place...Jack Douglass Saloon (209) 533-4176 in Columbia State Historic Park. Come as you Ain't!

Baseball, anyone?--Nope, this isn’t a Giants win the pennant story. Actually, it’s a story about a softball, or at least a sphere about the size of a softball that looks suspiciously like an eye ball, which, it turns out, it is. But who or what has an eyeball that big? We’ve been kept in the dark for nearly a week but finally marine biologists have identified where the baby blue came from.Click here to hear the tale.

Movin’ on up--Everybody who does bluegrass understands that you can no more separate the music from the out of doors than you can separate, I dunno, pickled pigs feet from cold beer. That’s why when somebody shows up sporting a new ‘rig’, as we like to say, it’s MOLD-worthy. Two such happenings occurred at the Fall Camp Out last weekend at the Lighthouse Resort and Marina. Lou and Sunshine McClanahan pulled up in a very shiny twenty-one foot Airstream and you could hear gasps throughout the campgrounds. And a day later Deb Livermore arrived towing what can only be described as a small, very, very cute, very, very old camp trailer…tricked out to the nines. Lots and lots of tours taken.

Well, you wouldn’t expect to run into him at McDonald’s-- From Sydney Evans, who with her husband Rich is doing their dream tour of the Bluegrass South: “OMG!!! OMG! We just ran into RALPH STANLEY and his band! He is very frail looking, but so friendly. He shook hands with Rich and they had a brief chat! We had parked our Big Boy right next to his rig. Wowzer!”

You need to get plugged in to get plugged in--That is, plugged into the lottery if you want a full hookup at Grass Valley next June. Nope, it’s not too early to start thinking about it. After all, Early Bird tickets go on sale November 1Click here for full hook-up lottery info.

Brother bumps off brother--So what’s Max Schwartz got that his brother Nate doesn’t have? Simple: youth. As young as he is, Nate has ‘aged’ out” of his job as CBA Teen Ambassador and has been replaced, via board of directors appointment, by Max. We’ll get Max to say hello in a Welcome column before too very long.

The dynamic trio--At its first meeting of the CBA’s calendar year the newly elected board conducted its very first order of business with no small amount of gusto: it appointed Tim Edes as Chairman of the Board, (it’s hard to know who’s more excited, Tim or his wife Sue.) Geoff Sargent was appointed Assistant to the Chair, a thankless, grinding job whose only perk is to run board meetings while Tim is in the Men’s Room. And rounding out the team of three who plan, execute and record for posterity the monthly board meetings is Colleen Hogan. Colleen, replacing Charlene Sims who did a yeoman’s job for the past year, already partners with husband Mark to produce the CBA’s Sebastopol Bluegrass Festival. Taking on this new responsibility is way, way beyond the call of duty. THANKS, COLLEEN.

Join Jerry for ribs--Loganville will be appearing again this Wednesday night at Sam’s BBQ in Campbell. It’s hard to know which is a better reason for stopping in…the pork ribs or Jerry Logan and His Logaineers. Click here for details.

Trinkets for the tourists (and the aficionados)--Jack Hyland, CBA board member and coordinator of the Association’s mercantile operation is currently doing a 100% inventory of merchandise on hand. Once he’s finished he’ll prepare a proposed buy to replenish the store of CBA-related goods we sell during various events and present that to the board of directors. What would you like to see re-stocked? Ideas about any new items? Jack wants your input…if you’ve got any, please send a note to him care of… rickcornish7777@hotmail.com.

SECOND PLACE! Garrison, are you nuts?--Jack and Molly Tuttle did us proud over the weekend taking a second place in A Prairie Home Companion’s annual Duet Contest. They sang the Kentucky Waltz and the tears the rendition elicited were surpassed only by the salty outpouring that followed Garrison Keillor’s announcement of this year’s first place winner. We can only thank the good Lord that the show’s host didn’t insist on singing along. Click here.

Bands to battle--Bluegrass bands from throughout California that do not routinely tour nationally are being asked to submit their promotional materials (bios, photos, CDs, DVDs, links, etc.) to be considered as a showcase band. Three independent judges will evaluate and score the bands using a 1 to 10 point system on the following criteria: Musicianship, Vocals, Material Selection/ Arrangement, and Overall Impression. Click here to learn the entire skinny and get in touch with our contest guru, Kelvin Gregory. This is a chance for your band to earn a few bucks, have a bunch of fun in Bakersfield and win a slot on the Pioneer Stage at Grass Valley next June.

Music Camp changing of the guard--On Monday Geoff Sargent posted his Welcome column about our new Music Camp directors. The piece includes everything that’s current on camp and offers a good introduction to our new directors, Peter and Janet. Click here.

The “List”--Bay Area bluegrass DJ Peter Thompson has just gotten his updated listing of all things bluegrass for the coming month out and about, including here on the CBA web site. A very useful list for the died-in-the-wool bluegrasser to bookmark. Click here.

And the winners are--You couldn’t hardly purport to present bluegrass news without covering this year’s results of the annual CBA Board of Director’s election. So here are the winners in alphabetical order.

David Brace
Darby Brandli
Bruce Campbell
Tim Edes
Montie Elston
Steve Goldfield
Dave Gooding
Mark Hogan
Jack Hyland
Jim Ingram
Geoff Sargent

It’s hard to say enough about these folks who readily commit a quarter of their Saturdays each year to handling the business of the Association. We wish the new members, David Brace and Dave Gooding well and their spouses even weller.

SECOND PLACE! Garrison, are you nuts?--Jack and Molly Tuttle did us proud over the weekend taking a second place in A Prairie Home Companion’s annual Duet Contest. They sang the Kentucky Waltz and the tears the rendition elicited were surpassed only by the salty outpouring that followed Garrison Keillor’s announcement of this year’s first place winner. We can only thank the good Lord that the show’s host didn’t insist on singing along. Click here.

Bands to battle--Bluegrass bands from throughout California that do not routinely tour nationally are being asked to submit their promotional materials (bios, photos, CDs, DVDs, links, etc.) to be considered as a showcase band. Three independent judges will evaluate and score the bands using a 1 to 10 point system on the following criteria: Musicianship, Vocals, Material Selection/ Arrangement, and Overall Impression. Click here to learn the entire skinny and get in touch with our contest guru, Kelvin Gregory. This is a chance for your band to earn a few bucks, have a bunch of fun in Bakersfield and win a slot on the Pioneer Stage at Grass Valley next June.

Music Camp changing of the guard--On Monday Geoff Sargent posted his Welcome column about our new Music Camp directors. The piece includes everything that’s current on camp and offers a good introduction to our new directors, Peter and Janet. Click here.

The “List”--Bay Area bluegrass DJ Peter Thompson has just gotten his updated listing of all things bluegrass for the coming month out and about, including here on the CBA web site. A very useful list for the died-in-the-wool bluegrasser to bookmark. Click here.

And the winners are--You couldn’t hardly purport to present bluegrass news without covering this year’s results of the annual CBA Board of Director’s election. So here are the winners in alphabetical order.

David Brace
Darby Brandli
Bruce Campbell
Tim Edes
Montie Elston
Steve Goldfield
Dave Gooding
Mark Hogan
Jack Hyland
Jim Ingram
Geoff Sargent

It’s hard to say enough about these folks who readily commit a quarter of their Saturdays each year to handling the business of the Association. We wish the new members, David Brace and Dave Gooding well and their spouses even weller.

 
Posted:  10/26/2012



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