Category Archives: Santa Barbara Folk Music: The 1960s

An on-line version of a book about the Santa Barbara, CA folk music scene in the late 1950s and the 1960s, with names of venues, performers, happenings as written by 19 of those performers active at that time.

The Bluebird Café – 50 Years

the Bluebird Café’s real mission was to form a center and school for acoustic music of all types on the central coast. Folk, Cajun, blues and bluegrass all found a home there, along with early country and a smattering of classical, jazz, eastern, and experimental musics. Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 20. Tony Townsend Pt II.

Harvest Time
Tony Townsend
In the autumn of 1962, Lili Schuler in Santa Barbara asked me to play at the Rondo again. Business had gone downhill. Close to bankruptcy, Lili got the landlord to agree to weekend entertainment. This time I played … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 19. Russ Johnson

The Big Debut. . .
Russ Johnson
In the summer of ’62, Peter Feldmann was performing at Mephisto’s, which was a restaurant in the basement of the building that had previously housed the YMCA. The owner, Dave Bernheimer, wanted it to be … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 18. Sheri Geiger-Odenwald

From Blue Onion Carhop to Folk Singer
Sheri Geiger-Odenwald
I was on stage for the first time in 1960 at the Noctambulist in Santa Barbara at the age of 14. I was married and already pregnant with my first child, Theresa. I … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 17. Jim Greenwell

The Nexus
Jim Greenwell

I arrived in California in September 1961, courtesy of the United States Air Force. I had been sent to Vandenberg Air Force Base at Lompoc after three months of training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, … Continue reading

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