Author: Bartlett, Regina

Harmony Road

Happy Birthday Jesse McReynolds! I met Jesse at The Ryman Auditorium when I attended IBMA in Nashville last year. I took his photo and sent it to him and we have become friends. He sent me his cd: Jesse & Friends CD - Songs of the Grateful Dead! It has not left the cd player in my truck. I was never a “Deadhead” however, thanks to Jesse and Tony Rice and David Grisman, I love the music of the Grateful Dead. With 65 years in music, Jesse has earned the title "Ironman of Bluegrass!"

Jesse would like to come to Grass Valley! This got me to thinking that if we have something like the ‘emerging artist’ couldn’t we have something like: Living Legend Bluegrass artist. These old timers are only going be with us for so long and it’s up to us to pass their music forward…while they’re still able to pick and play for us. We need to show the respect for their music.

The Mighty Avalanche Choir performed at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History First Friday. Dale & Marilyn Barcellos have been married for 44 years and are the backbone of the band. They have beautiful songs full of rich 4 part harmony and filled the museum with incredible music. Contact Alan Molho if you would like to perform at the First Friday events. Nice paid gigs with good publicity. There hasn’t been any Bluegrass Music….yet!

The Boulder Creek Brookdale Bluegrass & Old Time Festival was lots of fun. Eric Burman produces these sweet festivals about every 4 months. He had stages at Junction Park, (where I played with Randy Hudson on mandolin) Joe’s Bar, and Scopazzi’s.

The String Slingers were awesome Friday night and tore the roof off with their high octane Bluegrass Music. They are playing in Mariposa TONIGHT as part of Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings. Mariposa Art Park, Highway 140/49 at 4th Street. It’s Free and starts at 7:00 pm. Rumor has it that Ella Naiman will be playing the fiddle!

Recently, my friend, Banjer Dan Mazur, moved from Washington DC area and relocated to San Luis Obispo and he’s loving Bluegrass Music on the West Coast. He performed some very moving musical tributes to Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Woody Guthrie, and The Seldom Scene. He also played with Jim Lewin, and re-created some “Upstairs Jam” tunes…however, Pete Hicks was in Hawaii, and Frank Solivan is playing everywhere. Banjer Dan also played with Jean Butterfield and Prairie Flower and Cactus Bob.

Laura Lind was amazing on the autoharp and was joined on stage by Prairie Flower & Cactus Bob. She writes great songs and has a beautiful voice and a very powerful stage presence. Go see Laura Lind!

Prairie Flower & Cactus Bob played a great set. These friends are wonderful humble great musicians. They’re musical stars to me.

Jimmy Chickenpants went North to Alaska!
My Camp Howdy friends, Jim & Joni Davies and their band Jimmy Chickenpants returned from their first ‘tour’. Also in the band is phenomenal mandolinist, Hide Kawatsura. They played at a festival in Alaska opening for The Be Good Tanyas at the Alyeska Fiddle Head Fiddle Fest in Girdwood, Alaska. They were treated first class and loved the resort in Girdwood. They sold many copies of their first cd.

They will be performing this Saturday, July 21st at the Rivertown Revival at 12pm. Copeland St., Petaluma,CA
This is a really fun fest with an estimated 10,000 people attending. They will have aerial acts, art boats, floating bands, $5 weddings and more. Check it out!!!

They have a double header Saturday and will also play later that day: Pie Ranch Barn Dance
Barn Dance - 7 pm
Hwy 1, Across from Ano Nuevo, Pescadero, CA
Price: $7
Potluck starts at 6pm. Dancing starts at 7. Goes until 10 pm. If you haven't been, this is a blast!

You have 3 opportunities to see Travers Chandler and Avery County. They are playing tonight at The Plough & Stars in San Francisco.
Then they are playing at Sam’s this coming Tuesday, July 24th; and then Hello Trouble will open for them at the Crepe Place July 26th. Travers has played with many fine bands. Last time I saw Travers, he was playing at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn in Nashville during IBMA. Travers has his 10 year old daughter Candace traveling with the band. Curtis Leslie and Meghan Herring met Travers and brought him and Avery County out West. Curtis is producing a documentary film about “The Legend of Larry Gillis, the true story of SwampGrass”! They all met at Plymouth, when Travers played with the Larry Gillis Band...and Ella joined the Larry Gillis Band!

Travers Chandler is up for “IBMA Emerging Artist” this year. He has a great band, they’re all great pickers and singers that love traditional music.
Travers said that he came West to connect with CBA folks because they know traditional bluegrass music thanks to the influence of Vern Williams and Ray Parks. He thinks that the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival at Grass Valley is one of the best festivals in the Country. He loves what he’s doing and loves the friendships and alliances he’s made thru Bluegrass Music and the California Bluegrass Association.

Get ready for the Good Old Fashion Festival August 9th-12th.
This will be my 12th year of directing the Kids on Stage program. I am presenting one of our kids with a Special Achievement Award. Who could it be now?

Tonight, thanks to the CBA, I will be at The Great American Music Hall enjoying the music of Sam Bush. Life is Good!

See you out there on Harmony Road!

Posted:  7/20/2012

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