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Peter will be joined by Mayne Smith, a fine songwriter and singer from the Bay Area, who is an exciting performer on resophonic guitar, pedal steel, and rhythm guitar. The group will be joined by Gene Libbea, singer and bass player extraordinary with two Grammys to his credit, and Peter's long-time Very Lonesome Boys partner David West on harmony vocals, banjo, finger-picked guitar and mandolin.
The show will be staged as an informal jam and song swap between musicians from different areas of the state, in combinations the public has not heard before. I really like picking with my musical friends in settings like this. With people like Gene and Mayne along, we'll be hearing some stories from real bluegrass history. I'm effectively bringing my living room to the Grange Hall to share the music, the tales, and surprises with an audience, notes Peter. More information on the players is listed here:
Multi-instrumentalist David West has produced over sixty albums as a staff producer for CMH Records in Los Angeles, and many more as a freelance producer through his Play Ball! Musical Services and Studio "Z," based in Santa Barbara, CA. His “Pickin’ On…” CD series, released worldwide by CMH, has sold nearly 4 million units. His playing has appeared on hundreds of CDs, TV shows and commercials, plus several film sound tracks. His early career was spent on the road with "neo-bluegrass" band Cache Valley Drifters (founding member) and as an accompanist to songwriter Kate Wolf.
Mayne Smith learned to sing in choirs and hootenannies in his early years, and was accompanying himself on guitar and banjo before he graduated from Berkeley High School. He was a founding member of the Redwood Canyon Ramblers, the first Bay Area bluegrass band, and studied folklore at Indiana University and UCLA. Performing in various contexts ranging from acoustic string bands to fully electric country and rock groups, Mayne plays rhythm on acoustic and electric six-string guitars, acoustic steel guitar (dobro), and electric pedal steel guitar. Most of his performing and three albums were produced collaboration with his longstanding partner, Mitch Greenhill. In 2008 Mayne released PLACES I’VE BEEN, a 20-song collection of his own compositions, assisted by fifteen friends in various combinations. At MayneSmith.com can be found lists of recordings, musical compositions, and a bibliography.
Gene Libbea's career in music began on the west coast in 1972 working for Walt Disney and later the New Christie Minstrels. In 1988 he joined the Nashville Bluegrass Band where he was a member for 12 years. During that time he notched five Grammy nominations and two Grammys. Simultaneously, he became an in demand session musician recording with Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Steve Earl, Ry Cooder and Clint Black just to name a few. Today he makes his home in the Southern California mountains and is in high demand as an accoustic bass player, guitar player, and record producer.
Peter Feldmann has long been a musical mainstay in Santa Barbara and Southern California. Besides actively performing bluegrass and old time music with a variety of groups, Peter is also known as a bluegrass historian, collector, music consultant, teacher, and producer, both of live concerts and radio/tv programs throughout the area. His music has been heard in clubs, concerts, saloons, universities, pre-schools, at weddings, wakes, parties, barn-raisings, calf-ropings, rodeos, auctions, fund raisers, wine tastings and chili cook offs.
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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.)
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 www.mattsmusicinpaso.com.
SAN LUIS OBISPO: Old Time jam at Linnaea's on Garden Street in SLO every third Thursday of the month. Starts about 6 til about 9.
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 (in the Vons center) 6:00 - 9:00. Come on down and bring a couple of songs. Contact Kelvin Gregory email@example.com 392-7973 home or 428-7044 cell. Alternate contact: S. C. "Slim" Sims firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - email@example.com
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 https://www.facebook.com/BluegrassThursdays/ Grand View Market is located at 12210 Venice Blvd. LA 90066. Jeff Fleck 310-773-6753; e-mail: Jeffreyfleck@me.com
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 ** http://laststagewest.net
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
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From Old Time Community Board in LA (Facebook):
1st Sunday 11AM - 2PM
1st Thursday 8PM – 11PM
2nd Thursday 7PM – 10PM
3rd & 4th Thursday 6PM – 9PM
4th Saturday; 1PM - 4PM
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