Author: Cornish, Rick

The Mysterious Mr./Ms. Scuttlegrass

So what would you have done had you been me? You get up one morning, check your email and find a note from someone called ‘’ who’s volunteering to take over the news column. But…and here’s a big BUT…it’s got to be done on his/her terms. Strictly anonymous. What would you do? The girl/guy could be totally on the up and up. Someone who wants to help out, who knows how important the news feature was but doesn’t want to be in the spotlight. And who’s probably thinking, man, I don’t want people getting mad at me if I miss reporting on their gig or their fund-raiser. Or, of course, it could be someone who’s just aching to cause the Association some trouble. Another lowercaseman. Maybe even, THE lowercaseman. I give him/her the log-ing to the admin page so she/he can post the weekly new column and then all hell breaks lose.

Well, never let it be said that your web master isn’t one for taking the occasional chance. So, we’re off and running and so far so good. Here’s what Mr./Ms. Scuttlegrass had to report the first time around….

Friday, April 1st, 2011

A Great Big Howdy - And thanks to everyone at the CBA for letting yours truly post upcoming bluegrass events, activities, to-dos, and even a bit of grist for the rumor mill here in the Golden State. Otherwise known as... the Bluegrass Scuttlebutt. I'll post once a week, no sugar added, anonymously, of course. Send along your information, thoughts and even salty tidbits to me at No foolin'.

Head Out to the Campout - The CBA Spring Campout is happening once more at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock from April 11-17th. Check it out, warm weather awaits.

Bluegrass SoCal Style - Here's a great site listing many Southern California bluegrass jams and performances. Get out there and pick a few!

New Belle CD - Belle Monroe and Her Brueglass Boys at Cafe du Nord in SF this Saturday night at 9pm, celebrating the release of their second CD, "Long Lonesome Day". The California Honeydrops play the closing set and Windy Hill are opening.

Sam's Place - There's always some seriously hot bluegrass music happening at Sam's BBQ in San Jose, each and every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 6-9pm, in fact. This coming week, Sam's presents Bean Creek and Sidesaddle on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

Nellally Opens for Robbie Fulks - Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally open for alt-country songwriter Robbie Fulks at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley on Friday, April 8.

Gratefully Blue - The Grateful Dudes play some mighty fine bluegrass each and every Saturday night, as they have for the past 22 years, at Vincenzo's Pizzeria in Santa Clarita. Show starts at 7:30. Pizza ready by 7:45.

Fiddlin' Around - Santa Clara Valley Fiddler's Association monthly jam at Hoover Middle School in San Jose this Sunday afternoon. Kids workshops, lots of jamming, sunshine and fun!

Have You Seen Miss Mollie? - Mollie O-Brien and Rich Moore perform at Schoenberg Guitars in Tiberon tonight and the Palms Playhouse in Winters on April 2nd.

Brombies Sighting - The Brombies perform at Bluegrass Night at Viva Cantina in Burbank on Monday night, April 4th. Trivia question: What is a Bromby?

Be sure to send along your latest scuttlebutt to me at

(Oh, there were lots of embedded links in the column….go to to use them.

So, what do we know about Ms./Mr. S from his/her first posting? S can certainly write…spelling very good….punctuation and syntax do not want. Knows what’s going on bluegrass-wise, that’s for sure. Carlin’s wit? I’ve got a feeling we’ll know the answer to that very soon. And of course there’s still a chance that Ms./Mr. Scuttlegrass could be one of the evil ones….just drawing us in for the kill. Personally, I’m banking on the mystery weekly news reporter to be on the level.

Before I close I figured I’d give an update on the old right index finger. Many of you read I cut the tip off on my table saw last week, and more than a few have written me notes of encouragement…thanks for those. Last week the doc told me the stitches could come out in seven days, which is today. Unless Lynn thinks otherwise, I’ll soak the finger this afternoon and then remove the stitches; there are two. The finger hurts still, but it looks like it’s healing okay. Definitely cannot play the fiddle, and I’m not sure when that will happen. Right now it would hurt like crazy and I’d be afraid of opening the wound. I will, however, go face my attacker in the barn this morning. Got to get back to building picture frames for the big CBA art sale in two months. Losing an entire week has really put me behind. If anyone would like to come up to Jamestown and help with the frames project, there’s be an excellent dinner in it for him/her. Seriously.

Oh, one other thing….we just got a report from the S.H.A.R.E.S. people….you know, the little card you hand the checker when you buy groceries or whatever….and I was astonished to see how much money the CBA made with just a handful of participants. Be prepared for an onslaught of publicity re: this fund-raiser. Doesn’t cost you anything except the three seconds it takes to hand the checker your S.H.A.R.E.S. card and, if enough of us take part, it has the potential of creating a steady new revenue stream for the Association.

So, my friends, have a wonderful spring Tuesday and I’ll see you all at Turlock next week.
Posted:  4/5/2011

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