BG West

From: Peter Feldmann
BlueGrass West!
Post Office Box 614
Los Olivos, California 93441
(805) 688 9894
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What: Peter Feldmann and the Very Lonesome Boys in concert
Where: Presidio Chapel, 123 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara CA
When: Saturday, December 6th, 2013, 8:00 PM
Cosponsored by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Tickets: $15.00 (Trust members $12)
Call: (805) 688-9894 for further information.

BlueGrass West! will present an intimate, candlelight concert of classic American bluegrass, folk, and early country music at Santa Barbara's historic Presidio Chapel. Peter Feldmann, Blaine Sprouse, Tom Lee, and David West will feature material covering a wide span of country music history and styles, from the original Carter Family, the Delmore Brothers, to Jimmie Rodgers and the bluegrass music of Bill Monroe. The songs and tunes are performed in a variety of combinations, featuring fiddle, bass, mandolins, banjos, and guitars.  "Since the chapel is a recreation of an important California historic site, I felt it'd be a great idea to incorporate a little history in our show.  We'll present some of our standard 'classic' bluegrass repertoire, but we'll add some interesting songs from the Wild West of the nineteenth century, as well as a little bluegrass history", notes Peter.

Peter Feldmann
David West, Tom Lee, Peter Feldmann, Blaine Sprouse
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The concert, which begins at 8:00 PM, is co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. Advance tickets, priced at $15, will go on sale at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation offices, 123 E. Cannon Perdido on November 15th. Tickets will also be available on-line at [ ]. If available, tickets will be sold on the day of the event when the doors open at 7:30 PM. Trust members are offered advance tickets at $12.

Peter Feldmann, long a a musical mainstay in Santa Barbara and Southern California will be joined by guitarist / banjoist David West, fiddler Blaine Sprouse, and bassist Tom Lee for a program of acoustic country and bluegrass music. Their repertoire ranges from early blues and ballads, old time fiddle tunes, country heart songs to bluegrass classics.

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Besides actively performing bluegrass and old time music with a variety of groups, Peter Feldmann is also known as a bluegrass historian, collector, music consultant, teacher, and producer, both of live concerts and radio/tv programs throughout the area. 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 is the recipient of the Topanga Banjo/Fiddle organizations 2008 Music Legend Award and the Santa Barbara Independent Local Hero award (1991).

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. A multi-instrumentalist, his playing has appeared on hundreds of albums, TV shows and commercials, plus many film sound tracks. His early career was spent on the road with the Cache Valley Drifters (founding member) and as an accompanist to songwriter Kate Wolf. The last fifteen years have been devoted primarily to being a studio musician. He still occasionally tours, backing up some of his favorite musicians, including Peter Lewis (Moby Grape), Chris Hillman (Byrds), California musician/musicologist Peter Feldmann and Nashville/California songwriter Kate Wallace.

Born in the hearland country of fiddlers - West Virginia, Blaine Sprouse is one of the very top fiddle soloists in bluegrass. Learning his trade working stints with the bluegrass greats, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse, The Osborne Brothers and the "Father of Bluegrass", Bill Monroe. Blaine has recorded with many greats in country and bluegrass music, now making his home in Northern California, where he works with Peter Rowan and others, and travels extensively giving shows and fiddle workshops across the USA. Don't miss this rare chance to see him here in Santa Barbara.

Tom Lee's music ranges far and wide, from traditional jazz to country, Hawiian, and bluegrass standards. As a skilled bassist, Tom has toured with the Drifters, the Bluegrass Cardinals, and other musical groups. His vocal harmonies add richness to the group's duo and trio arrangements. He is also the director of the Song Tree Music Series, a popular concert forum in Goleta, bringing lots of great music to the area.

Peter Feldmann is available for interviews at (805) 688-9894

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