Author: Carlin, Larry

April 21, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008

Mayberry bluegrass. My parents used to watch The Andy Griffith Show on TV when I was a kid. Years later I got into watching the show in my college daze, and now, almost 48 years after the first episode premiered on October 3rd, 1960, the show can be seen on TV Land and some other networks. This past Saturday night, while flipping through the dials (do TVs still have dials?) I came across two classic episodes. The first one, which first aired on February 13, 1961, was titled “Mayberry on Record,” and it was about a record promoter who came to town to record some local music. Who should the local band be but The Kentucky Colonels, featuring Clarence, Eric and Roland White, Leroy Mack, and Billy Ray Latham. Then, a short while later, the episode that first appeared on March 18, 1963, titled “The Darlings Are Coming" was on, and this was the first of many appearances by the band that in real life was The Dillards, featuring Doug and Rodney Dillard, Mitch Jayne and Dean Webb. The Darlings had just rolled into town on their truck to meet someone at the bus station, and while hanging in their hotel room they played “Doug’s Tune” and “Dooley.” The first bluegrass album I ever bought (and still have on vinyl) was their Backporch Bluegrass, and as luck would have it, last June I got to play a show on the same bill with Doug and Rodney, who are back together touring again as The Dillards. I realize in hindsight that my first exposure to bluegrass was while watching The Andy Griffith Show, and it was quite a treat to see both of these classic episodes the other night…

Beans for dinner -- Have a meal with Bean Creek while they are playing tasty bluegrass at Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Strength in numbers -- Remember to check out the Bluegrass Tonic series tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Amnesia in SF, as there is an exciting triple bill featuring 49 Special, The Lovin’ 44s, and the duo of Bill Evans & Megan Lynch. Most amazing of all is that there is no cover. So get triple the savings for your money! Before the shows there is the third Monday jam, which starts at 6:30 p.m., hosted by David Zimmerman.

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 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.

South Bay bluegrass barbeque -- See Larry Lynch and Sunshine Mountain play on the 22nd at Sam’s Bar-B-Q in San Jose from 6-9 p.m. Reserve a table at (408) 297-9151.

Old-time jam in Berkeley -- On the 22nd from 7:30-9:30 p.m. there is a jam and performance by The Stillbillies at Spud's, located at 3290 Adeline Street, in Berkeley.

Jammin’ in Loomis -- Every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. you are invited to join the jam at the Wild Chicken Coffee House on Taylor Road in Loomis.

B. Judd, Bluegrass Philosopher -- “If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t either.”
Posted:  4/23/2008

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