Author: Carlin, Larry

March 24, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008

Nervous Nellies -- Brimming with excitement and anticipation, The Barefoot Nellies tonight will be celebrating the release of their first-ever CD titled Let Me Down Easy at Amnesia in San Francisco. It is a live recording from a show there last May. Michael Kelleher opens at 8:30, and the Nellies take the stage at 9:15. Join the party. No cover.

New Earls -- The Earl Brothers also have a new CD out titled Moonshine, and while the official CD release show will not be until May 3rd at Café du Nord in SF, you can be the first one on your block to have the new disc by going here.

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.

Order in the court! -- There will be live bluegrass served up by The Courthouse Ramblers in Moss Landing tonight at Phil’s Fish Market in from 6:30-8:30 p.m. No cover.

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 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.

The last of Hurst -- Your final opportunity this month to see smokin’ guitarist Jim Hurst is on the 25th, when he does a workshop from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Fifth String in Sacramento followed by a show there at 7:30 p.m. The workshop is $40, and the show is $15. You can save $5 by doing both if you call Jon Fox at (916) 739-6101.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- See Larry Lynch and Sunshine Mountain play on the 25th at Sam’s Bar-B-Q in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

"All in favor of Sam, say aye!" -- Renowned mandolin player Sam Bush was honored on March 17th with a resolution from the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a founder of newgrass music. He played two songs on the senate floor and was recognized for his contributions as a studio musician and a member of the bands Bluegrass Alliance and New Grass Revival. A native of the Bluegrass State, Sam also won the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year Award in 2007.

Life’s railway to heaven -- Banjo player Wayne Fields passed away on March 23rd in Richmond, KY, from complications with colon cancer. Besides recently playing in The Charlie Sizemore Band, he also played banjo and recorded with Southern Blend and Wilderness Trail, and in the early 90s played mandolin with J.D. Crowe & The New South. Read a touching tribute by Charlie Sizemore here.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “Be kind to your friends; if it weren’t for them, you would be a total stranger.”
Posted:  3/26/2008

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