A brief encounter with fame and fortune…

Did a show with “Mother’s Boys” last night in Los Olivos, CA at the
local Grange hall. Just into the second set, news crews with cameras showed up at the door. It was ABC and NBC, up from LA, covering Michael Jackson’s death (he’d had his Neverland Ranch 5 miles up the road). Seeing as it was 9:30 in the PM, the entire rest of our town of 400 people was shut down & everybody except our hard core fans were already in bed.   We were doing the Carter song “Little Moses”. They listened for 2 minutes and you could read their faces: “Boys, we done walked into the wrong place!” They split, and our chance for our fifteen minutes of fame vanished just like that.
Mothers Boys: Peter Feldmann, David Jackson, Rick Cunha
Mother’s Boys: Peter Feldmann, David Jackson, Rick Cunha

“As seen on the TV.”

About Peter Feldmann

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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2 Responses to A brief encounter with fame and fortune…

  1. Texino says:

    perhaps you should do that dance step called the moon walk although I am not certain how it got it’s name. I don’t mind if you don’t read my blog although I have read yours. I feel that you are much more successful than I am at this time in life so reading your stuff is uplifting.

    be well


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