BlueGrass West! Music Newsletter
Vol. 17 Number 8 *** August 2017
With Bluegrass and Traditional Music news for the Southern / Central California Region

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Shows by Bluegrass West!

Saturday, August 26th, 8:00 PM
Pickin' With Pete!

Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall
2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue
Los Olivos CA

Southern California Folk and Bluegrass empressario Peter Feldmann has invited Mayne Smith, David West, and Gene Libbea to join him in an intimate, all-acoustic concert of early country and bluegrass music. They'll be performing many old favorites, as well as some rare and little-heard songs by groups such as the original Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, The Blue Sky Boys, Uncle Dave Macon, Bill and Charlie Monroe, and many others.

Pickin with Pete
Top: Peter Feldmann, Mayne Smith, Bottom: Gene Libbea, David West

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 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.

Don't miss this rare musical event! Tickets, priced at $12.50, are on sale at The Book Loft, 1680 Mission Dr, in Solvang, CA, They are also available on-line at this link: ]. 

Doors will open at 7:30 PM. If available, tickets at the door will be $15.00 each. 
Call 805 688-9894 or email: [ ] for further information.

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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

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 392-7973 home or 428-7044 cell. Alternate 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


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                        Peter Feldmann
BlueGrass West!
Post Office Box 614 * Los Olivos CA 93441 * USA
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