Peter Feldmann - Biography

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.

Peter founded Santa Barbara's Old Time Fiddler's Convention (1972), UCSB's Old Time Music Front (1964), and The Bluebird Cafe (1971). Through these and other outlets, he was the first to bring many prominent folk, blues, and bluegrass artists, including Bill Monroe, Mance Lipscomb, The Stanley Brothers, The New Lost City Ramblers, Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Rose Maddox, the Balfa Brothers, and many others to the Santa Barbara area. Peter also helped others access the music by teaching privately, and in group classes for Santa Barbara Continuing Education, UCSB Extension, and McCabes Guitars. He was the first on the West Coast to produce and market instruction Lps - three on How To Play Country Fiddle, and one each on Clawhammer Banjo, and Maybelle Carter Style Guitar. He still presents lectures on country music history at UCSB, Santa Barbara area libraries, and for various interest groups, festival workshops, etc. In 2006, he presented his monograph titled "The Big bang Of Bluegrass Music" (describing the origins of bluegrass 1938 - 1946) to the worlds first International Music Symposium at the University of Kentucky at Bowling Green. He has also been very active in radio, television, and film work, producing weekly shows on country and bluegrass music over a 21 year period on various commercial and public stations. Peter currently maintains three music-related websites, a music blog, and an entertainment service company, "BlueGrass West!", based in the Santa Ynez Valley in Southern California.

Peter performs tunes and songs from the heart of America's musical treasure chest. His shows can include fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Well-known as a historian and teacher, Peter is first and foremost an entertainer, sharing his respect, energy and love for the music with his fellow musicians, friends, and audiences.

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Recepient: "2008 Music Legend Award" - Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Association of Southern California.

"The pre-eminent bluegrass artist in the area!" - John Robinson, Executive Director, The Santa Barbara Symphony.

"Deft musicianship ... refreshing ... he let the songs speak for themselves ... something special indeed!" - A. Bennett, Santa Barbara News-Press.

Latest releases: ST-1001-CD, "Nobody
Knows You"-
The Scragg Family



and HC-1102, 50 Years in the Bluegrass - DVD


About BlueGrass West!

Peter at home in the alps near Wengen...FGF photo

"I've spent most of my life introducing Americans to their own wonderful folk and country music."


Peter with a cross-cultural experiment....



Peter Feldmann
    BVF photo
It was through the music: old-time, cowboy, blues, cajun, and the bluegrass, that I learned the depths and the riches of real American culture. I cannot get enough of this wonderful stuff...


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