Author: Varner, Mark

Dear friends,

Welcome to the CBA website. Hope your Monday is the kind of Monday the ruins the poor reputation this day has established for itself over the whole history of forever.

Here we are in February and Iím looking on the bluegrass map and finding there are so many journeys being offered it boggles the mind. We havenít immerged from the wintertime and weíre being deluged by musical offerings. The SFBOT just concluded on Saturday and I have not heard reports of the event, but likely with the talent in the many venues that they presented it was a raging success. Congrats to the SFBOT committee and the sponsoring organization, NCBS.

Our pals and fellow soldiers in the bluegrass crusade, the NCBS is not satisfied with one world-class festival per month. Such overachievers. The Bluegrass On Broadway festival swoops down on Redwood City from Feb 14-17. That peninsula town wonít know what hit them. NCBS is teaming up with the Peninsula Christian Center to put on the event.

BOB, as the festival is affectionately being called, will feature bluegrass films, including documentaries of our own Vern Williams and Jake Quesenberry from the International Bluegrass Music Museum. There will be workshops, lectures and of course performances. I even get to play with the band thatíll open Saturday, the main day of performances. Thereís a schedule and more info in the B section of the February Bluegrass Breakdown. Find out more about the various offerings at or for info call 650-596-9332.

Among the fun stuff theyíll get up to at BOB is the Northern California Bluegrass Awards. What a great idea! We have so many talented bands and players in our area, they sure deserve all the recognition we can bestow on them. CBA Treasurer Ed Alston and I will be presenting the Best Female Vocal category. I know almost all the nominees very well, so thatíll be fun.

Speaking of awards, congrats to the big time award winners at the 2008 Grammys. Best Bluegrass Album: Jim Lauderdale, The Bluegrass Diaries. Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel: Ricky Skaggs and the Whites, Salt of the Earth. Ken Irwin and Rounder for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On). If youíd like to see some pix from the Grammys from our pals Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink visit

Your pal,
Mark Varner
Posted:  2/11/2008

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