BlueGrass West! Music Newsletter
Vol. 18 Number 6 *** June 2018
With Bluegrass and Traditional Music news for the Southern / Central California Region

We'd like to welcome new subscriptions to this newsletter.
Our privacy policy:

  • We will never sell, rent, or give away your address to any outside party, ever;
  • We will never send you any unrequested e-mail, besides newsletters or updates;
  • All unsubscribe requests are honored immediately, period.

Shows from Bluegrass West!

Mother's Boys - Rick Cunha, Peter Feldmann, David Jackson
The Coffee gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake, Altadena, CA
Sunday, June 17, 2018, 7:00 PM

Reservations, Call:  (626) 798-6236

Mother's Boys
Peter Feldmann, David Jackson, Rick Cunha
(click on photo for hi-res copy.)

Mother's Boys are a rarely-seen but multi-talented group, featuring close vocal harmonies and hot picking on guitar, autoharp, mandolin, accordion, and bass. All of Mother's Boys trace their musical development from Southern California. Rick Cunha and David Jackson hail from the seminal folk rock group Hearts and Flowers, which was influential in the development of the California country rock sound. Peter Feldmann's interest in cowboy songs and string band music led him to form The Scragg Family, which performed throughout California, Nevada, and the Southwest during the 1960s-70s.

Together, the group will be celebrating their collaboration in a CD project dedicated to the music of the original Carter Family: AP, Sara, and Maybelle Carter. "Home Among The Hills" features 15 songs drawn from the almost 300 titles recorded by the Carters between 1927-41.

Rick Cunha's musical roots go back to the Hawaiian Islands, his slide guitar playing and mellifluous vocals provide warm traces of his island heritage.

David Jackson is much in demand as a studio musician for his smooth bass, piano, accordion work, and golden baritone.

Peter Feldmann performs with his bluegrass band, The Very Lonesome Boys, speaks on folk and bluegrass subjects, and presents concerts as time permits. He is the founder of the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler's Convention and the Bluebird Cafe, a major influence in California's folk music scene.

Other's events:

From Tim Mullins:
Thursday, June 7th, 5 - 8 PM: 
The Salt Martians Bluegrass Band will be playing for the 1st Thursday Art Walk in Downtown Santa Barbara at the corner of State and Anapamu in Santa Barbara.
Enjoy High-Tone Art and High Lonesome Bluegrass! Free!


Featured CD this month:

HC-506 The Old Time Band - "Down By The Brazos"

HC-506 "Down By The Brazos"
The Old Time Band
The members of the Old Time Band share an enthusiasm for history, a disdain for musical boundaries, and a love of performing. They are an ephemeral entity, appearing hither and yon, coming and going when least expected. They enjoy sharing their music at festivals, clubs, and concerts. Who knows? If you purchase this CD, they may come visit you in the sanctity of your own home!

Peter Feldmann: lead vocals, mandolin, guitar
Wayne Shrubsall: lead vocal #9, vocal harmony, banjo, guitar
Bruce Thomson: vocal harmony, fiddle, old maid impersonation


1 - Somebody’s Been Using That Thing
2 - The Brazos River
3 - Katy Hill
4 - Hot Corn, Cold Corn
5 - Deep River Blues
6 - Bald Headed End of The Broom
7 - Some Little Bug
8 - Wreck Of The Old Canoe
9 - Ramblin’ Rumba
10 - Robinson County/Mississippi Sawyer/Oklahoma Rooster
11 - More Pretty Girls Than One
12 - The Old Maid’s Last Hope
13 - Fugitive’s Lament
14 - Gospel Ship



USA / Foreign orders

For a complete listing of all CDs:
Free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

Help support old time and bluegrass music! Consider visiting our music shop to purchase a fine line of CDs from our selection of titles, which can be found here:
That enables you to give some fine music as a present and help keep the live music going here at BlueGrass West!
Hen Cackle CapRemember to get your own stylish, lightweight Hen Cackle Records cap or T-Shirt! They're exactly what you need to complete that high fashion outfit and mark you as a person to be reckoned with! Not only will you help sponsor great music, but you will be supporting our efforts to bring you the finest in live concerts throughout the coming year.

JAM SESSIONS (Be sure to check dates & times with the venues involved. Jam leaders, please keep us up to date on your jam session listings.)

NEW: LONG BEACH. Fourth Sunday Bluegrass jam at SHUTTS FABRICATORS, 1632 West 15th Street, Long Beach, CA, 90813. 562 432 4648 1:00 PM until five-ish.

PASO ROBLES: every Wednesday, open jams mostly bluegrass, some folk -- run from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., at Matts Music, 617 12th St. For details call (805) 237-0054, or see website at

ARROYO GRANDE. Old Time Jam at Branch Street Deli,  203 E Branch St, on 2nd and 4th Mondays from 6-8pm. Contact: Roz Phillips <>

LOMPOC: 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening jams, 6:30 -- 8:30 PM at Southside Coffee Co., 105 So. "H" St. -- for more info call Bill at (805) 736-8241.

VENTURA. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 6 PM until 11:30 PM,  at Ventura's Grapes and Hops. 454 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA. 93001.  Plenty of parking in the back.. Info: Gene Rubin: 805-340-2270.

BAKERSFIELD -- first Monday of each month. Rusty's Pizza 5430 Olive Drive, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. Come on down and bring a couple of songs. Contact S. C. "Slim" Sims 760-762-6828

FRESNO: The Fresno Folklore Society has a weekly jam. It's the friends of Kenny Hall Memorial jam at the Santa Fe Basque Restaurant every Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. 

GOLETA - Weekly Acoustic Jam Where: The Draughtsmen Aleworks 53 Santa Felicia Goleta, CA 93117 When: Wednesdays Time: 5 PM until ?? Music Styles: Folk, Country, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues, Rock, Classics Acoustic instruments only (except bass). No drums or percussion please. Contact: Barry McGuire -

WEST LOS ANGELES -- The Westside Jam has morphed into “Bluegrass Thursdays at the Grand View Market.” We have a dinner concert on the second Thursday and a jam on the fourth Thursday. FB page at Grand View Market is located at 12210 Venice Blvd. LA 90066. Jeff Fleck 310-773-6753; e-mail:

SANTA CLARITA -- BASC BLUEGRASS Jam Starting April 10th every Second Sunday of the Month. An open jam session for pickers of all ages. This is an open to the public event. Vincenzo's Pizza Newhall /// 24504 Lyons Ave, Santa Clarita, California 91321.

ATASCADERO -2nd & 4th Wednesdays, The Last Stage West, Hwy. 41 at Toro Creek Rd. Atascadero, CA * 805-461-1393 **

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY -- BASC’s 4th Sunday of the month jam: West Valley Music Center, 24424 Vanowen St., West Hills. Ca.91307 *** Phone: 818-992-4142

California BG Association websites:
CBA: [ ]
BASC [ ]
Northern Calif. BG Society [ ]
Bluegrass Society - Central Coast [ ]

From Old Time Community Board in LA (Facebook):

OLD-TIME JAM SESSIONS (Reliably regular monthly OT Jams in Los Angeles)

1st Sunday 11AM - 2PM
Viva Cantina OT Jam / Host Steve Lewis
Viva Cantina: 900 Riverside Drive Burbank, CA 9150

1st Thursday 8PM – 11PM
1642 OT Jam / Host Kelly Marie Martin 
1642 Bar: 1642 Temple St. Echo Park

2nd Thursday 7PM – 10PM
MacLeod OT Jam / Host Steve Shapiro
MacLeod Brewing Co.: 14741 Calvert Street, Van Nuys

3rd & 4th Thursday 6PM – 9PM
West Valley OT Jam / Host Pete Tinker
Jerry's Pizza Restaurant: 22035 Sherman Way, Canoga Park

4th Saturday; 1PM - 4PM
Audubon OT Jam / Host Joe Wack
Audubon Center at Debs Park: 4700 N. Griffin Ave, 90031


We'll have more dates and news in our next newsletter, which is published more or less monthly. Please pass the word to your friends. They're welcome to subscribe to this newsletter free at:

Thank you for supporting old time and bluegrass music.

                        Peter Feldmann
BlueGrass West!
Post Office Box 614 * Los Olivos CA 93441 * USA
     +1 805 688-9894 * Cell Phone: 805 350-3918



Copyright 2014 by Blue Dalmatian Productions  ***  Webmaster    ***   Revised:  05.06.2018