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GOLDEN BLUEGRASS CONCERT
Featuring PETER FELDMANN
50 Years in the Bluegrass Friday, November 2
(September 10, 2012/Santa Barbara, CA) Marking an amazing 50 years in music, Blue Dalmatian Productions is pleased to announce a special musical event honoring blue grass great Peter Feldmann to be held at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre on Friday, November 2 at 8 pm at the historic Lobero Theatre. Fifty Years In The Bluegrass, celebrates Feldmann's long career as a performer, collector, professor, and presenter of bluegrass, old-time, folk, and blues music in Southern California. Re-creating some of Santa Barbara's folk music history, featuring many of Peter's musical friends and associates, this one time only event will include violinists Gilles Apap and Jim Wimmer, bluesmen Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan with Alastair Greene, country and folk musicians Rick Cunha, and David Jackson (Mother's Boys), Tom Lee, David West, and Blaine Sprouse (The Very Lonesome Boys), Francine Feldmann, and three-time National Fiddle Champion Byron Berline. Representing the Appalachian string band tradition are the Gap Tooth Mountain Ramblers - “From the land of hog and hominy, possum and taters, where the whiskey’s made out of corn and the women don’t smell like talcum powder... A string band with the hairy side out,” said Feldmann who knows what he’s talking about since he’s in the group with Wimmer, Michael Mendelson and Tom Wolverton.
Each part of the show will reflect one of Peter's wide-ranging musical interests, including the folk tradition, Appalachian string band music, country blues, hillbilly music, and bluegrass. "I'll have a great bunch of fiddlers, and I'm planning to keep them busy!" notes Peter, "... we'll have lots of other instruments and some fine singers up there as well. I greatly enjoy putting musicians in different genres together, just to see what happens next. We often achieve a unique musical synergy with truly delightful results!" Interjecting little skits, stories & bits of humor into the musical landscape for the one night only program will complete the circle of fun. "If we don't see you in the future," Peter says with a sly grin, "we'll see you in the pasture!"
Arriving as an immigrant from Switzerland to Los Angeles in 1946, Peter soon discovered and was enthralled by early cowboy and country music. “It was a way for me to learn about the USA, its people and its history” notes Peter. When his family made the move to Santa Barbara in 1957, Peter found and began trying to play an old Martin guitar. Moving East in 1960, Peter encountered the new Old Town School of Folk Music on Chicago's North Side, where he first met performers such as banjoist Frank Proffitt and balladeer Horton Barker. He was soon hosting a radio show on WNUR, interviewing, photographing, and writing about folk musicians, and building his record and tape library of traditional folk recordings. Returning to Santa Barbara in 1962, Peter began by organizing Santa Barbara's first "Hootenanny," a collective gathering of folk singers, in Santa Barbara's Orpet Park. This event, with its emphasis on sharing and educating fellow citizens about the music, became a common thread in Peter's musical enterprises.
Resuming his studies at UCSB, Peter soon formed the Old Time Music Front, a student organization dedicated to "Subverting the student body to appreciate traditional folk music, bluegrass, and blues" as Peter put it. His first concert produced at UCSB featured Mance Lipscomb, a 70 year-old bluesman and songster from Navasota Texas. Shortly thereafter, Peter presented his new-found friends Mike Seeger, Tracy Schwarz, and John Cohen, The New Lost City Ramblers at the Lobero.
He began a 21 year-long stint at producing regular radio shows for half a dozen stations in Santa Barbara, including its first FM station, KRCW, located above the central plaza in the El Paseo and KTYD-FM when it was in the Granada Building. Along with Kajsa Ohman and Gene McGeorge, Peter formed one of the most definitive and seminal string bands on the West Coast, The Scragg Family, based in Mountain Drive Community, who traveled and performed across California for ten years beginning in 1962.
In 1971, Peter founded the Bluebird Cafe on Anapamu Street, a venue that quickly attained national recognition as a music club, featuring folk, country, jazz, blues, and bluegrass greats along with world music from Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Turkey, and India. Many performers made their first appearances in town at the Bluebird, which in many ways functioned as a school of music.
In the following year, Peter was asked by UCSB to create the Santa Barbara old Time Fiddlers' Convention, an event that continues to this day. For a dozen years, Peter taught banjo, guitar, and fiddle for Santa Barbara's Continuing Education department, as well as country music history classes for UCSB Extension. Founding his own record label in 1973, Peter began issuing original recordings of string band music, as well as reissue material from his 78 collection, and a series of instructional records for fiddle, banjo, and guitar.
Today, Peter continues his music enterprises, with trios based in Albuquerque and Los Angeles, as well as his four or five-piece bluegrass band, Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys. His website BlueGrassWest.com is a central point of information regarding acoustic music in Southern California. A monthly newsletter is available for free subscription.
Tickets for 50 Years in the Blue Grass are $35 general; Students with valid ID are $25 on sale at the Lobero or online www.lobero.com. The Lobero Theatre is located in the heart of downtown at 33 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara. Box Office hours areMonday through Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 12pm to 5pm and two hours prior to all shows. Phone: (805)963.0761.
The Lobero Theatre is wheelchair accessible and has the Assistive Listening System in place for patrons who are hard of hearing.
"…the preeminent bluegrass artist in the area!"
- John Robinson, former Executive Director, Santa Barbara Symphony
"Deft musicianship ... refreshing ... he let the songs speak for themselves... something special indeed!" - A. Bennett, Santa Barbara News-Press.
NOTES TO PRESS:
- Interviews with Peter Feldmann can be set up easily. He is a delightfully funny and informative interview ~ Peter can play live on TV, radio or web
- Music Reviewers please get in touch soon so I can set aside your seats
- Hi-res photos are available @ http://www.bluegrasswest.com/photos.htm
- Bios of all performers follow this release
- CDs of his work are also available upon request or you can listen @ http://www.bluegrasswest.com/amusic.htm
Press Contact: Maureen McFadden
Joining Peter on November 2 at the Lobero are these marvelous performers along with
some surprise guests sure to add to the evenings’ treasures.
Francine Feldmann - Francine has been Peter's wife and partner for almost 20 years. She has a wonderful singing voice, and an innate talent for musicality and taste. Her own compositions range from the world of pop and rock to Broadway-styled musical fantasies. Her latest project LeClub Metropole, a CD featuring 12 American standards, is receiving acclaim around the world.
Gilles Apap - Hailed as a true violinist of the 21st Century by Yehudi Menuhin, Gilles Apap is a classical violinist who is in great demand as a soloist with orchestras around the world. Among many are the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Boston Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. He has also become widely known for his extraordinary ability to integrate a variety of musical genres. Gilles not only crosses boundaries, he unites music with his distinct talent for incorporating styles of music as diverse as American old time, Irish, and Gypsy fiddling, with the standards of the classical repertoire.
Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan - Have been bringing their unique blend of guitar and harmonica blues, rags and good time music to widely diverse audiences for 30 plus years. Together and separately they have worked on countless film scores, TV soundtracks and commercials, and their eight duo albums, six solo albums and twelve instructional books (and videos) have all garnered much critical acclaim. Tom has also appeared as a sideman on over 225 CDs, and Martin Guitars recently honored Kenny with his own signature model.
Alastair Greene - Guitarist, Singer, and Songwriter Alastair Greene has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over 2 decades. Alastair has put out five of his own CDs and has also appeared on countless independent CD releases ranging from Blues to Southern Rock. Alastair’s song The Long Way Home appeared in a 2007 episode of the TNT hit TV series Saving Grace.
James Wimmer - Peter and Jim go way back as musical buddies, forming half of the Gap Tooth Mountain Ramblers and participating in many projects, including the well-received CD Good Fellow. Jim's musicality extends to Swedish, Irish, and Scottish fiddling, as well as the Karnatic music of India. He is also recognized as one of the foremost luthiers on the West Coast, providing instruments to stars around the world.
Byron Berline - Byron Berline is a three-time National Fiddle Champion who turned to a musical career after earning a B. A. in Physical Education at the University of Oklahoma. Originally from Oklahoma where he began playing the fiddle at age five, Byron lived and worked in Los Angeles for 26 years before returning to his home state in 1995. Byron's professional career reads like Who's Who
in the music business as he has performed with or recorded with so many notables. He has led or been a member of the following bands: Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, 1966 - 67; Dillard & Clark, 1969-1970; Dillard Expedition, 1970-71; Country Gazette, 1971-75; Sundance, 1975-85; Berline, Crary & Hickman, 1978-90; L. A. Fiddle Band, 1978-93; California, 1990-96; Byron Berline Band, 1996- Present.
David Jackson - Being in the right place at the right time /and /lucky, David Jackson's career began with three years on The Andy Williams Show as a comedian and bassist and little has changed in the intervening years, if hair loss doesn't count. Writing Joy To The World (with Hoyt Axton for 3 Dog Night) and The No, No Song (Again, with Hoyt, for Ringo Starr) and playing with Jackson Brown, Glenn Campbell, Roger Miller and John Denver still left time to sandwich in a wide variety of music over the years. Still, there is so much more playing to do.
Rick Cunha - May truly be described as a guitar players' guitar player. He is also one of America's finest songwriters. Rick has performed in concert with Mason Williams (for whom he also produces), Emmy Lou Harris, John Stewart, Anne Murray, Jennifer Warnes, Buck Owens, and The Smothers Brothers, to name a few. His songs have been recorded by Ms. Warnes, Ian Matthews, The Smothers Brothers, Michael Johnson and many other artists. Mr. Cunha's solo recording career began in 1974 with an album for the GRC label that included his song Yo-Yo-Man which has since been immortalized on television and in concert by Tom Smothers. Other solo albums include: Cunha Tunes and Moving Pictures.
Tom Lee - A veteran of the Cache Valley Drifters and The Bluegrass Cardinals, Tom's music ranges far and wide, from traditional jazz to country, Hawaiian, and bluegrass standards. As a skilled bassist, Tom has toured with the Drifters, the Bluegrass Cardinals, and many 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.
Blaine Sprouse - Born and raised in the mountains of West Virginia, fiddler Blaine Sprouse moved to Nashville, TN before turning eighteen, fast-tracking his professional career by joining Jimmy Martin as a Sunny Mountain Boy, with whom he toured the United States and Japan. Over the next 25 years Blaine toured nationally and internationally and recorded with a stunning array of legendary
bluegrass and country artists, among them, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys, Charlie Louvin, Alabama, Randy Travis, Glen Campbell, and the Osborne Brothers. Much in demand as a performer and session player, Blaine performed on the Grand Ole Opry for more than 15 years. His solo recordings are available on the Rounder, Cumberland Records, and Hen Cackle labels.
David West - David West has produced more than 60 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.
Tom Wolverton has been playing old-time five-string banjo for more than 35 years. He lived and played music in the Santa Barbara area for 25 years, but recently relocated to San Diego to continue working in aerospace engineering. In addition to clawhammer banjo, he also plays Dobro and various steel guitars. His skills have been used in various central coast string bands including the Gap Tooth Mountain Ramblers and the Rattlesnake Creek String Band.
WHO: Blue Dalmatian Productions present
WHAT: “50 years In The Bluegrass”
Peter Feldmann’s Golden Anniversary
Featuring: Gilles Apap, Tom Ball, Byron Berline, Rick Cunha, Francine Feldmann, Alastair Greene,David Jackson, Tom Lee, Blaine Sprouse, Kenny Sultan, David West, James Wimmer & Tom Wolverton…and more.
WHEN:Friday, November 2, 2012; 8 p.m.
WHERE: Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101 www.lobero.com
COST: $35 General; $25 students;Plus $5 facility fee
INFO:(805) 963-0761 or online @Lobero.com
Box Office Hours: Mon – Fri 10 – 5 & Sat 12 – 5
ABOUT: Americana music – blue grass, blues, old time folk and more - at its finest and for one night only to celebrate Peter Feldmann’s 50 years in music. Holding court with his musicians for your listening pleasure on the historic Lobero stage, don’t miss this Santa Barbara treasure hailing back to the infamous Mountain Drive era.