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 Sixties in Folk Music / 15. René Leyva

Playing Around
René Leyva
My first experience on stage was at an assembly when I was in kindergarten at 32nd Street School in Los Angeles. The most memorable part of this première was that after my brother and I finished each song, … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 14. Phil Pritchard

Bass Man
Phil Pritchard
Henry Phillip Pritchard–known as Phil. Born January 3, 1947, in Yuma, Arizona. I lived in Carlsbad, New Mexico; Clovis, New Mexico; and El Paso, Texas. My family and I moved to Santa Barbara, California, in 1950. My father … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 13. Todd Grant

I guess it all started when I was about 10 years old. That would have been 1951. Lots of Hank Williams on the radio, Ernest Tubb, Benny Goodman—you remember the days. I lived on the east side of town, down … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 12. Maria Cordero

My first exposure to folk music was in my dance class. My dance teacher, June Lane, brought in some Pete Seeger—some songs that we created dances to. From there I started listening to various sources of folk music, like Alan … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 11. Gene McGeorge

When I first met Peter Feldmann in Santa Barbara in the early 60s, I had been playing in a Mariachi band with some of my fellow construction friends. My style was too classical-formal (after five years of childhood training), … Continue reading

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