BlueGrass West! Music Newsletter
Vol. 18 Number 8 *** August 2018
With Bluegrass and Traditional Music news for the Southern / Central California Region

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July was a busy month for us, with work on several music-related projects. Peter has a long-term project in place to preserve information on the folk and bluegrass music scene in Southern California. He has published articles and photographs in various magazines and books, as well as maintaing a generally-sleepy music blog titled "Pete's Place".

Pete's Place came alive last month with a series of twenty "chapters" on the folk music club and performer activity in Santa Barbara during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The chapters were written by the people who performed the music some fifty years ago. While the information is still growing, a substantial amount is now on-line. We've been asking for others to contribute. Gwen Koyanagi has already written a nice piece about the fiddle jam sessions near Redondo Beach. We'd love to hear more.


Shows affiliated with Bluegrass West!

Mother's Boys - Rick Cunha, Peter Feldmann, David Jackson and Dave Dawson
Pasadena Folk Music Society
Cal Tech, Pasadena, CA
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8:00 PM

Reservations & Info , Call:  (626) 616-4559

Mother's Boys
This is a rare grouping of all four members of Mother's Boys, done in a historic setting on the Cal Tech campus in Pasadena, California. Don't miss it, and do check out the recently-released CD (see below.)


Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys
SY Valley Grange Hall, Los Olivos
Saturday, August 11, 8:00 PM
Early Country and Bluegrass
Advance Tickets: $12.50 Info: (805) 688-9894

Very Lonesome Boys
Tom Lee, Peter Feldmann, David West

On Saturday, August 11, local folk heroes Peter Feldmann and The Very Lonesome Boys will host an all-acoustic evening of bluegrass, Western, and old-time country music, complete with fancy instrumentals on mandolin, banjo, guitar, and string bass, along with soulful vocals.

Los Olivos resident Peter Feldmann is a force in the traditional American music world. Founder of the nationally-known Old Time Fiddlers Convention and Santa Barbara’s iconic Bluebird Café, Peter has spent his life learning, sharing, and promoting America’s traditional music, as a performer, scholar, and songkeeper. His from-the-heart singing and get-down guitar and mandolin playing serve as the core of the Very Lonesome Boys’ sound.

David West is a multi-instrumentalist and multi-stylist, playing banjo, guitar, and mandolin in the VLB, as well as contributing vocal leads and harmonies. A respected producer and the proprietor of Studio Z in Santa Barbara, David has countless recordings to his credit, both as a performer and as a producer. 

Bassist Tom Lee met David when they were both Cache Valley Drifters in the 1970s. Tom brings skill and experience from a wide variety of folk, jazz, rock and classical influences. With Tom’s deep respect for bluegrass and traditional music, his bass playing brings color and a strong, compelling foundation to the music.

The concert will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall, 2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos. Admission is $15 at the door… Tickets can be purchased for $12.50 online at

Just Added: Steve Ochoa's String Swing Quartette will be joingin us for the evening's entertainment.

Steve Ochoa
Steve Ochoa

The String Swing Quartet is composed of four long time Central coast Musicians versed in many styles of music coming together to play Jazz Standards with an added Gypsy flare. They will add another side of American Music to the show at The Grange.

Steve Ochoa; Vocals and Guitar -- Steve found early jazz and swing music while growing up in L.A. then traveled all round the Northwest playing Country to Rock and Roll then settled in the Santa Ynez Valley playing and teaching for the past twenty years.

Neil Andersson; Gypsy Guitar -- Neil Moved recently to the Central Coast from Seattle where he was a member of the Gypsy Jazz Band “ Pearl Django”. Neil has been focused on this style for many years but admits to being part of the infamous “Wailers” of Seattle Rock and Roll history! A great band with a national hit “The Tall Cool One”.

Jay B. Meiselman; Harmonicas -- Jay carries an arsenal of Harmonicas of all keys and kinds everywhere he goes. He’s ready to blues it up or country-fy at the drop of a hat! Now come hear him play the standards.

Tom Lee; Upright Bass On loan from “The Very Lonesome Boys” and one great musician!!

HELP OUT THE VERY LONESOME BOYS! - A flyer for our event is available HERE. Please download and post it where it will do some good. THANKS!


Featured CD this month:

Mother's Boys
Home Among 
The Hills

"Mother's Boys" includes Rick Cunha, whose warm vocal stylings reflect his Hawiian roots, David Dawson, autoharpist and singer from New Mexico and a fellow band member in Rick's 1960s group, Hearts and Flowers, bassist David Jackson, who also plays piano and accordian, and Peter Feldmann, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Jackson, Dawson, and Cunha were members of the seminal folk rock group Hearts & Flowers in the 1960s. They have performed with Emmy Lou Harris, Hoyt Axton, Mason Williams, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, and Rose Maddox among many others.

The CD project contains a selection of songs recorded by Sara, Maybelle, and AP Carter, some well-known, some quite rare, between 1927 and 1941. They are considered a major bedrock of American country music. The Carters are the subject of a new documentary film, The Winding Stream, released just recently. Peter and Rick selected the included material based on its musicality and variety. Mother's Boys had help from friends on certain tracks during the 6-year recording process, including Aubrey Richmond, Maria Smiley, Fred Sokolow, Susie Glaze, and Laurie Lewis.

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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.)

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:
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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!
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