Author: Carlin, Larry

April 9, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

All roads lead to Turlock in the Central Valley starting on the 10th for the CBA Spring Campout at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. The weather is supposed to be beautiful, and there will be a band scramble, endless jamming, and hanging out with folks you haven’t seen since last year. It will be a lot of fun and it is a great way to kick off the outdoor festival season. Be there!

Life’s railway to heaven -- According to a posting by Ken Irwin on the IBMA discussion list today, Eugene Crabtree, banjo player with The James King Band, passed away this morning from an apparent heart attack. He had reportedly told his wife he was feeling some pains in his chest but had not gone to see the doctor. This is sad news any way you look at. While it is not known whether or not Eugene had health insurance, there are way too many musicians that do not because they don’t have the income to pay for it. For a related story about musicians that can’t afford to get sick, read this one here from last weekend’s Nashville Tennessean newspaper.

Setting the stage -- There is a new workshop called Take the Stage that is a nine-week program designed to give musicians a chance to participate in a band developing a sound of its own, culminating in a live performance at the Freight and Salvage. In two-hour workshops each week, band participants will develop a set of songs for their concert, working singing, harmonizing, soloing, playing backup, band dynamics and more. Bands will be mentored each week by professional musicians, led by bluegrass greats such as Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, who have been teaching bluegrass at workshops, festivals, and camps for many years. While workshops have been centered on bluegrass in the past, other genres (country, western swing, old-time) are welcome, provided there are a sufficient number of participants to form a band. The spring session will start the week of April 21st with the concert at the Freight scheduled around in late June. Tuition is $350 per person. For more details, or to register, contact Ran Bush at (510) 525-8156.

Bluegrass in Fairfax -- Saddle up and head on out to Fairfax tonight to see Hoarse Chorus playing up-tempo, hard driving bluegrass tunes and instrumentals starting at 8 p.m. at the Iron Springs Pub and Brewery. Great food, beer and music, and no cover. The band is Ted Silverman, Steve Kallai, Joe Kenny and Gary Kaye.

No is not an option -- Diana Donnelly & The Yes Ma’ams will be pickin’ bluegrass and vintage country songs tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Sam’s in San Jose. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Beachbillies in Santa Barbara -- Tonight you can see Peter Feldman & The Beachbillies playing at 7 p.m. at Muddy Waters, 508 E. Haley Street, in Santa Barbara.

Jammin’ in Lompoc -- On the second and fourth Wednesdays there are evening jams in Lompoc from 7-9 p.m. at the Southside Coffee Company, 105 South "H" Street. For more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

Experienced duo -- Jim Nunally and Keith Little, who also play in the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, on the 10th will be playing at The First Street Café, located at 440 First Street in Benicia, from 7-10 p.m. Bring an appetite with you as the café has an extensive appetizer and dessert menu, and beer and wine are offered as well.

Bluegrass in San Francisco -- The Atlas Cafe in San Francisco presents the best in live bluegrass and old-time music every Thursday night from 8-10 p.m. Tomorrow you can see High Country when they play their usual second Thursday of the month gig there. No cover charge.

Jammin’ in Ventura -- There is a bluegrass jam on the second and fourth Thursdays at Zoey’s Café, 451 E. Main Street, in Ventura from 6-9:30 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Friendly folks, great food and drink, and fun pickin’. Spectators are appreciated. For more info, contact at

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”
Posted:  4/11/2008

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