Author: Bartlett, Regina


I'm happy to report that here's plenty of good music happening all over the State of California on Harmony Road. My friend Steve Key, of Songwriters at produces concerts and events for Songwriters and is looking for more Bluegrass Musicians at his venues in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Santa Margarita and Arroyo Grande. Recently he celebrated songwriters like Woody Guthrie, Paul Simon, John Prine, and Joni Mitchell with concert performances by various musicians. I played at his last show and sang several Joni Mitchell songs and put my Bluegrass Spin on them: Urge for Going, and Both Sides Now. I liked playing them a little faster and more uptempo. I also sang You Turn Me on I'm a Radio and Woodstock and A Case of You.

Last week I went to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center and attended the Crooked Still concert. I came home with all their cds and one of the The Deadly Gentlmen. What great musicians: Aoife O'Donovan,vocals, Greg Liszt, banjo, Tristan Clarridge, Cello, Brittany Haas, Fiddle, and Corey DiMario on Double Bass. Greg Liszt sure plays the banjo very percussively. I think that The Deadly Gentlemen will blow the minds of traditional Bluegrass musicians when they play at Grass Valley this coming Father's Day.

Their music was incredible and my mandolin playing friend Hide Kawatsura was acknowledged by Crooked Still. It seems that they used to play together when he lived in Boston. Hide's a humble great local musician and just proves that we're all just separated by six degrees of Bluegrass music! Folks knew Hide even in Nashville.

Last night, I went to the Ugly Mug in Soquel and caught Dick Britton's Fiddling Cricket show, LeftOver Dreams with Tony Marcus and Patrice Haan. Wonderful classic jazz standard vocals with some great quitar picking. Tony was in Cats n Jammers and is an extraordinary musician. Patrice has the most amazing velvety alto voice and they are a very good duo act.

Tonight at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz is Ella Diamond tonight -
Catch Eller May Diamond And Her Bluegrass Bad Boyz & Girlz The Trespassers. The String Slingers were scheduled to open but SugarMeg has to work so Ella is stirring up the Bluegrass extra hot!

Sunday, December 4th has been declared Bill Monroe Day in Santa Cruz. There will be two incredible bluegrass bands in town for the occasion. The first band, will be Peter Rowan for a 4 PM, matinee show at the Digital Media Factory. Mayor Ryan Coonerty will be at the Matinee Show with Peter Rowan at the Digital Media Factory to make the declaration for Bill Monroe Day in Santa Cruz as the excellent day of bluegrass music commences! The second band is, Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst at Don Quixote's in Felton, for an up close sit down show at 7:00 pm

Cost: Peter Rowan $20.00/advance $25.00/door - Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst, $15.00 ($5.00 off if you bring your Peter Rowan Ticket
Info: (831) 427-1785 Ginny Mitchell - Digital Media Factory

The Winter Celebration of the NCBS Boulder Creek Bluegrass
& Old Timey Festival has been announced for December 2-3, 2011
at various venues in downtown Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains,
about 12 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 9.
(The now-unavailable Brookdale Inn & Spa was
originally announced as the venue for this December 2011 event. )

The bands (so far):
The Abbott Brothers, Regina Bartlett, Sam and Ella, Banjo Jim, Common Cents, Copper Kettle, The String Slingers, Faux Renwah, Mike McKinley Quack Grass, Hi-Hat Bill, The High Tone Sinners, Bluetail Flys, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, .
and Jean Butterfield.

The tentative schedule
Friday December 2
6:00 pm The Golden State Revue
7:00 pm Hi-Hat Bill
8:00 pm The High Tone Sinners
9:00 pm Stoney Mountain Ramblers
10:00 pm Bluetail Flys

Saturday December 3
Pass Studio
12:00 pm tba
1:00 pm Jean Butterfield
2:00 pm Sam and Ella
3:00 pm Banjo Jim
4:00 pm Copper Kettle
5:00 pm Regina Bartlett
6:00 pm The Abbott Brothers
7:00 pm Common Cents
8:00 pm String Slingers
9:00 pm Faux Renwah
10:00 pm Quack Grass

You just never know who's gonna be on the bill...but it's always wonderful and good to celebrate the Holidays with Bluegrass Acoustic Music and old friends! It's gonna be lots of fun to see what these folks pull out of their musical bags of tricks.

And in counting my blessings today I think of a great song:

Things in Life by Don Stover

Look up, look down this lonesome road
Hang down your head and cry
For we often lose some things in life
That makes us wonder why

Oh the fairest love I ever had
Now sleeps beneath the clay
I live in hopes and dreams of her
That we'll meet again someday

I often sit and wonder why
Life has to be this way
But after all is said and done
I'm sure God has his say

I'd like to be a small part of life
With some few things to achieve
Just to know I've been a fruitless cause
Would give my poor heart grief

Now when they lower my casket down
In some lonesome grave to rest
And you take your last look at my face
You can say I done my best
Posted:  11/18/2011

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