Author: Cornish, Rick


Seems like there’s a giant caldron of it these days….here’s a splash.

We’ve got two new Regional Vice Presidents as of our last CBA board meeting. Larry Phegley has replaced the retiring Duane Campbell down in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties and Jenny Williams will step in for Dave Gooding, who’s taken over the Vern’s Stage Manager’s job, in Solano County. Over the years the evolved system of area vice presidents has been a big help in getting the CBA’s message out to the world. We welcome Larry and Jenny and know they’ll carry on the fine tradition of CBA Regional VP’s.

And, lest we forget, Bruce Campbell, who does the CBA’s Fathers Day publicity chores, runs the SHARES program and is, according to some, the best of the bunch of Welcome Columnists, has accepted the job of Membership Vice President now that Carolynn Faubel has retired. Why, you ask, would we expect someone whose plate is already to full to take another job….a HUGE job? Yes, you’ve already guessed the answer: nobody else volunteered to take on the assignment. Thanks Bruce.

The bluegrassblog, which was an excellent web site in its own right, has re-invented itself as and, speaking as someone who’s been around the Internet track a few times, I’ll rate it here and now as THE bluegrass web site on the web, hands down. With a solid stable of regular columnists, (Chris Stuart and Chris Jones to name a few) and their finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the industry from one end of the country to another, deserves to be book marked on your browser. Just an example… you can catch Chris J’s Personnel changes in your band. If you’re in a bluegrass band this piece is well worth a read. From time to time we’ll feature content posted on the website, but always with links back to the mother ship.

By now you’ve read that this year’s GREAT 48 Jam in Bakersfield will launch on Thursday night with a new feature, the Showcase Showdown….showcase as in four outstanding California bands doing one set each at the Double Tree at eight o’clock….show down, as in the four bands were selected by our three judges (one from each part of the state) from about a dozen entries, on the night of the show, one will be chosen to play at Grass Valley in June. And while all of this will make for one heck of a night of bluegrass music, the best part of the Showcase Showdown is that it will you give you an excuse to show up in Bakersfield a day early. Oh, reception/jam immediately after the stage show. (Better grab your room at the Double Tree. Just click here.

Mark Varner’s done a terrific job in leading our Talent Advisory Group in helping the board to formulate our FDF 2012 lineup, it wit, The Seldom Scene~ ~ Steep Canyon Rangers ~~ Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass ~ ~ Country Current - US Navy Band ~ ~ The Deadly Gentlemen ~ ~ Bigfoot ~ ~ Loafer's Glory ~~ Blue & Lonesome ~~ Foghorn ~~ Flatt Lonesome ~~ plus... California Showcase acts TBD ~~ Kids on Bluegrass. What you probably don’t know, (nobody reads the small print), is that each year one of the three TAG members rotates off the committee and her/his replacement is appointed by the board. This year’s new member is long-time CBA guy Whit Washburn. He’ll join his colleagues, Mark and Ray Edlund to begin work very soon on ginning up headliners for 2013. (Wonderful how the cycle just never ends, isn’t it.) Oh, we should remind you that Early Bird Tickets are no on sale right here on Just click here and snag some.

Other CBA events around the corner….Tim Edes has booked Russell Moore and IIIrd Time Out for his annual Night at the Grange, (tickets available soon) and Mark Hogan had pulled together anther killer Sonoma Bluegrass Festival . And of course Winter Music Camp is still taking registrations, but don’t delay. And speaking of camp, director Ingrid Noyes is offering a brand new class which promises to be spectacular…. Level 3 Band Class—Jack Tuttle will work with students to develop and improve playing in a bluegrass band setting. He'll work with students on kick-offs, solos, lead and harmony vocals, backup, fills, dynamics and endings. While considerable time will be spent critiquing the ensemble sound, Jack will also work one-on-one with students and help with areas of need. Students can sign up individually or as a band.

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So that’s the news that’s fit to print…..most of its fit anyways. Enjoy your Tuesday and meet back here tomorrow for Mr. B.

Posted:  11/29/2011

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