BlueGrass West!

BlueGrass West! Musc Newsletter
Vol. 20 Number 1 *** January 2020
With Bluegrass and Traditional Music news for the Southern / Central California Region

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-Peter Feldmann

Peter Feldmann
Peter Feldmann , with his 1953 Martin D-28 guitar.

Comming attractions:

Bring in the New Year with music!
Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys at SY Valley Grange, Los Olivos CA. January 18th 2020 at 8 PM.


The Very Lonesome Boys: Daved West, Peter Feldmann, Tom Lee

Peter Feldmann, the South Coast's long-time champion for folk, old time, and bluegrass music, will bring his friends David West and Tom Lee for a rare appearance at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall, 2374 Alamado Pintado, in downtown Los Olivos. The show, to be held on Saturday, January 18th at 8 PM, will feature a program of bluegrass and early country standards. Refreshemnts will be offered on sale by the Interact Club from S.Y. Union High School during intermission.

Los Olivos resident Peter Feldmann has been 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, January 18th, 2020 at 8:00 pm at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall, 2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos. Admission is $15 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased for $12.50 online at [] Begining on January 7th, tickets will also be on sale at the Book Loft, 1680 Mission Drive in Solvang.

Meanwhile, remember that you can stage your own event! The Very Lonesome Boys are available for dinners, parties, calf-ropings and auctions. Let your imaginmation run wild! Contact us for further informatrion.

Very Lonesome Boys

Other's Events:

The Great 48 Jam
State wide Bluegrass Jam Session, sponsored by the CBA. 100s of pickers.
Absolute madness . . . fun though! Hope to spend some time there myself this year.
Date: January 9 through 12, 2020
Venue: Marriott Convention Center
Address: 801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield California, 93301

For more info CLICK HERE

News Items:

Be sure to visit Pete's Place, our long-running music blog, which has many articles on music and related subjects, including a piece on the cowboy songs of Rocky Adamson, the Singing Constable of Dayton, Nevada.

You Tube has a new clip of an old tune, Little Rabbit, featuring the music of Tom Sauber, Richard Green and Peter Feldmann.


Featured CD this month:

   HC-505 Home On the Grange CD


Peter Feldmann & The
Very Lonesome Boys

Home On The Grange

Domestic / Foreign


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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.)

HUNTINGTON BEACH. Fourth Sunday Bluegrass jam at SHUTTS FABRICATORS, 15481 Electronic Lane,unit C, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. 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

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

SANTA MARGARITA: Bluegrass jam 2nd and 4th Wednesdays @ the Porch Cafe. Website info 6:00 to 9:30 PM.

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. 

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, "La Mexicana", at 7495 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422. Contact: Bern Singsen <>

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


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!
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