Oklahoma International BG Festival

I had a great time performing in Oklahoma this past weekend with my friends Wayne Shrubsall and Bruce Thompson.  Lots of good bands, including Byron Berline, Alan Munde’s Gazette, the Gibson Brothers, Mark O’Connor Trio, and of course, The Old Time Band“.

Alan Munde's Gazette at OIBF 10/4/09

Alan Munde's Gazette

Alan Munde's Gazette

Here’s a pic from Byron’s International Bluegrass Festival in Gutrhrie, OK. It’s of Alan Munde’s new group. He’s been one of my favorite banjo pickers fro a long time. When I talked to him later, he was wearing a Navy baseball cap with a big letter “N” on the front. I asked him if he’d been in the Navy. He said “No”.  I said   “…then what does the letter ‘N’ stand for?”    He answered, “Nowledge”.

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 Oklahoma International BG Festival

  1. Jane Frost says:

    In writing Byron’s Berline’s biography I have found so many memory chuckles and Alan Munde’s “nowledge” made me laugh out loud. The weather here in Guthrie, Oklahoma is unpleasant and you brought a little sunshine. Thanks.

  2. Pete says:

    Jane, Thanks. Sorry to hear about the bad weather. Byron was out here just 3 weeks ago and there we were, just sitting in the sun! I should have made him mow the lawn!

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