• SPOTLIGHT


    FEATURE ARTICLES

    RARE APPEARANCE:
    THE KRUGER BROTHERS

    Kruger BrothersThe Kruger Brothers are making a rare West Coast appearance at the Broad Theater in Santa Monica on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 7:30pm.

    If you are not familiar with this trio (Jens on banjo, brother Uwe on guitar and Joel Landsberg on bass), get ready for an amazing evening. Sometimes referred to as “new traditional American music,”

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    JUDY COLLINS
    ON VALENTINE’S DAY

    AT THE ROSE IN PASADENA - FEBRUARY 14, 2016

    By Ross Altman, PhD.

    Judy CollinsIf you’re looking for something special to do on Valentine’s Day you’ve come to the right place. A new concert venue is coming to Pasadena, sister club to the enormously successful Canyon Club in Agoura and the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. East Side, West Side, All Around the Town—The Rose at Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado Blvd # 101, Pasadena, CA 91101.

    Read more: JUDY COLLINS ON VALENTINE’S DAY


    A DAY AT NAMM 2016 WITH ANNETTE & NOWELL

    By Annette Siegel (Living Tree Music)

    (Ed. Annette and Nowell Siegel run Living Tree Music which specializes in fretted instruments. Nowell is a luthier.)

    NAMM exterior 2 smNAMM 2016 was filled with all the usual glamour and glitz; enough noise to make your ears split (literally). A couple of exhibitors caught our eye.

    Read more: A DAY AT NAMM 2016 WITH ANNETTE & NOWELL


    NAMM Media Preview Day

    Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

    By Becky Nankivell & Michael Frey

    NAMM exterior 1 smWe’re excited to attend another NAMM Show as media representatives for FolkWorks. The National Association of Music Merchants annual 4-day trade show at the Anaheim Convention Center is a giant kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, with something for everyone. This year we thought we’d attend their Media Preview Day – maybe the lines for ID badges would be shorter!

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    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    January-February 2016

    CLEARING THE MUSICIAN’S CLOSET

    By Dennis Roger Reed

    instruments-smIf you are a musician of any sort, you own music stuff. Musical instruments, parts, CDs, records, tapes, strings, straps, stands…. well, you get the idea. And it is very easy to let this stuff accumulate, until your music closet (or room or studio) looks like one of those reality hoarder shows. You need one item, and an hour later you emerge with lots of things but not what you are looking for. What to do?

    By stereotype, musicians are not the most organized group of folks. I recall the banjo player who held his case together with an old belt. It had only been several years since the case had fallen off a bus in a third world country, and he was definitely going to fix it soon.

    If you own a musical case that is broken, you have five basic options. Repair it yourself, pay someone to repair, use it broken, throw it away or give it away. Those options work pretty well with other issues.

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    CONCERT REVIEWS

    THE JONES FAMILY SINGERS

    Pepperdine University - Friday, February 5, 2016

    From Russia to Malibu with Love

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Jones FamilyRussians don’t speak much English; they knew only a few words, but they really needed only one to understand the nine-member African-American Jones Family Singers: Jesus. In an hour and a half part concert-part revival meeting they would have heard many times—as many times as Bruce Springsteen will sing Born in the USA, the Jones Family Singers will sing Come to me, Jesus! to the same effect—one powerful mantra that sums up their entire message.

    Read more: THE JONES FAMILY SINGERS


    Preaching the Blues with John Hammond, Jr.

    The Late Show at McCabe’s - January 29, 2016

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    John Hammond JrJohn Hammond Jr.’s National Steel guitar is seven years older than he is. I saw Hammond in twelve bars last night, and the late show at McCabe’s. America’s greatest blues singer and guitarist and harmonica player is the wrong color—“Never was a white man had the blues,” said Lead Belly. No one told John Hammond, Jr. who is now an elder statesman at 73 and still preaching the blues—ever since 1962, when he started his career right here in Los Angeles. I saw him on my late mother Rose’s Centenary—January 29, 1916-January 29, 2016—for which I wanted to do something special to celebrate.

    Read more: PREACHING THE BLUES WITH JOHN HAMMOND, JR.


    TOMMY EMMANUEL IN CONCERT

    Pepperdine Smothers Theatre - January 20, 2016

    Certified Guitar Player and a Class Act

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Tommy EmmanuelThe Grand Canyon, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Sphinx, to those and the other 8 Wonders of the World you can add Certified Guitar Player Tommy Emmanuel, who gave a spectacular concert last night (January 20, 2016) at the Pepperdine University Smothers Theatre in Malibu.

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    MARC COHN IN CONCERT

    Pepperdine Smothers Theatre - June 16, 2016

    Reflections on the 25th Anniversary
    Of Walking in Memphis

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Marc CohnSinger-Songwriter Marc Cohn broke through to a national audience 25 years ago with his 1991 hit Walking in Memphis. But before he could walk in Memphis this Cleveland songwriter had to fly there, and thereby hangs a tale. James Taylor no less gave him the idea—to break out of a spell of writer’s block. Taylor told him to “try a geographic,” change his locale, get out of familiar places and habits and shake his mind up so it might be receptive to new experiences and ideas. Marc Cohn was telling this story last night by way of introducing his hit song and how it came to be written.

    Read more: WALKING IN MEMPHIS: MARC COHN IN CONCERT


    Here Comes the Knight: Van Morrison Live

    At the Shrine Auditorium - Friday January 15, 2016

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Van MorrisonForget about Celtic Soul, forget about Irish Mystic, forget about Belfast Cowboy, and above all forget about 1970s soft-rock—all the comfortable hybrids we’ve grown accustomed to using to describe this now-70-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. Last night I heard the greatest pure blues singer of my life in downtown Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium

    Read more: HERE COMES THE KNIGHT: VAN MORRISON LIVE


    CD REVIEWS

    TITLE: ERIC & SUZY THOMPSON DVD

    ARTIST: ERIC & SUZY THOMPSON

    LABEL: OLD TIME TIKI PARLOUR

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    Eric  Suzy Thompson DVDDavid Bragger has filmed this superb 18-cut performance DVD of Berkeley's Eric and Suzy Thompson. The intimacy of the video puts you up close and personal. It's a bit like attending a concert and sitting a foot or two in front of the performers. The extensive liner notes also help you to get inside the tunes and songs. Not many musicians can play such a wide range of genres and maintain such a high level of excellence in each one, but Eric and Suzy are definitely up to the task.

    Read more: ERIC & SUZY THOMPSON DVD


    TITLE: INTO THIN HAIR

    ARTIST: THE SUNNY MOUNTAIN SERENADERS

    LABEL: NONE

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    SUNNY MOUNTAIN SERENADERS - INTO THIN HAIRThe Sunny Mountain Serenaders comprise three great old-time musicians who play very well together. I have known all three for a long time. Mark Campbell is a Virginia fiddler who has won the prestigious fiddle contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia. Mac Traynham, who plays banjo and harmonica and sings lead has won both banjo and fiddle at Clifftop. John Schwab has played guitar in many great bands and has written a book on old-time backup guitar. John sings harmony. They offer a generous 18 selections on this, their first CD.

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    TITLE: SHAKIN' DOWN THE ACORNS

    ARTIST: RED SQUIRREL CHASERS

    LABEL: VIGORTONE

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Steve Goldfield

    Red Squirrel Chasers - Shakin Down The AcornsThe Red Squirrel Chasers first formed about a decade ago to play dances. Now, they have combined their formidable talents into this new recording of 16 tunes and songs. The four members of the band are fiddler Stephanie Coleman, mandolinist Jim Collier, guitarist Jim Nelson, and bass player Dedo Norris. All four sing, though Collier and Nelson sing all the leads and most of the harmony. Their musical interests span the genres of old-time music and early bluegrass.

    Read more: RED SQUIRREL CHASERS - SHAKIN' DOWN THE ACORNS


    TITLE: SORROWS AND GLORIES

    ARTIST: RED MOON ROAD

    LABEL: SELF

    RELEASE DATE: SEPT. 11, 2015

    By Jackie Morris

    Sorrows and Glories - Red Moon RoadOne of the most exciting folk groups to come out of Canada in recent years, Red Moon Road brings an irresistible blend of energy, charm, story-telling, and musical virtuosity to their songs that makes you want to hear them again and again. With wonderful melodies punctuated by spot-on harmonies and upbeat rhythms, their second album, Sorrows and Glories, is as refreshingly original as it is inviting; as ideal for careful listening as it is for just driving in your car and not minding the traffic so much.

    Read more: RED MOON ROAD - SORROWS AND GLORIES


    TITLE: HURRY UP AND WAIT

    ARTIST: DUET 2 IT

    LABEL: ET ENT.

    RELEASE DATE: 2015

    By Jackie Morris

    duet 2 itOnce, when I was at a concert, I overheard someone say (about the artist), “She could sing the telephone book and it would sound amazing.” That’s the kind of voice that Erin Montgomery brings to Duet 2 It. And her abilities are matched, on lead guitar, by her partner, Chris Roullard. Together, in Hurry Up and Wait, this young duo has created a debut album that fairly explodes with talent, vitality, and a sophistication that belies their years.

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    CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    LEAD BELLY

    Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced.

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    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 2/12/16


    MUSIC


    7:00pm OTTMAR LIEBERT & LUNA NEGRA

    The Canyon Club

    28192 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

    818-879-5016


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    7:00pm BEPPE GAMBETTA

    Fiddler's Crossing

    206 East F Street, Tehachapi, CA 93561

    661-823-9994


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    7:30pm AARON NEVILLE QUINTET

    Broad Stage

    1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401-2000

    310-434-3200


    7:30pm MARILYN MCPHIE AND FRED LASKOWSKI / JOHN JANUARY AND LINDA BERRY

    Valentine's Day Stories and Songs

    Templars Hall - Old Poway Park

    14134 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064

    858-566-4040

    Presented by San Diego Folk Heritage


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    7:30pm THE HOT SARDINES

    Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theatre

    600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

    714-556-2787


    8:00pm PETER BRADLEY ADAMS

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


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    8:00pm THE REVELERS

    Timewarp Records

    12204 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

    David Bragger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Presented by Old Time Tiki Parlour


    8:00pm THE LION SONS

    Coffee Gallery Backstage

    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 92675

    626-798-6236 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm PETER BRADLEY ADAMS

    McCabe’s Guitar Shop

    3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    310-828-4497


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    8:00pm QUATTROSOUND

    Old Town Temecula Community Theatre

    42051 Main St., Temecula, CA 92590

    866-653-8696



    DANCE


    LAGUNA FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL

    Teachers: Genci Castrati (Albanian Folk Dances) and Lee Otterholt (Balkan Folk Dances)

    Music workshop with Miamon Miller.

    Ensign Intermediate School

    2000 Cliff Dr., Newport Beach, CA

    Michelle Sandler 714-891-0788 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Robert Altman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    8:00pm KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM every Friday

    Dollmakers Kattywompus

    412 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

    626-357-1091

    Jennifer Ranger 626-357-1091


    8:00pm - 11:00pm PLOUGHBOYS every Friday

    Tam O' Shanter (Ale & Sandwich Bar Lounge)

    2980 Los Feliz Bl, Los Feliz, CA 90039

    323-664-0228

    818-507-8445 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    DANCE


    9:30am - 12:00pm KAYSO FOLK DANCERS every Friday

    Casa del Prado, Rm. 206, Balboa Park

    1800 El Prado, San Diego, CA

    Jerry Waddell 619-479-8015`


    7:15pm - 10:00pm WEST VALLEY FOLK DANCERS every Friday

    Canoga Park Senior Center

    7326 Jordan Ave., Los Angeles, CA

    Jay Michtom 818-368-1957 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:30pm - 10:00pm MONROVIA ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE second & fourth Friday

    St. Luke's Episcopal Church

    122 S. California Ave., Monrovia, CA

    Todd Brun This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:45pm - 11:00pm PASADENA FOLK DANCE CO-OP every Friday

    Throop Unitarian Church

    300 S. Los Robles, Pasadena, CA

    Jan Rayman 818-790-8523 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    7:45pm - 10:45pm WEST LOS ANGELES FOLK DANCERS every Friday

    Brockton School

    1309 Armacost Ave., West Los Angeles, CA

    Beverly Barr 310-202-6166 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:00pm - 11:00pm L.I.F.E.BALKAN DANCE every Friday

    LA DanceFit Studio

    10936 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    Sherrie Cochran 626-293-8523 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    8:30pm - 11:00pm KYPSELI GREEK DANCE CENTER every Friday

    The Tango Room

    4346 Woodman Ave., Sherman Oaks, CA

    Louise Bilman 323-660-1030 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    9:00pm - 11:00pm BEVERLY HILLS ISRAELI DANCING every Friday

    Temple Emanuel

    8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA

    James Zimmer 310-284-3638 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    PASSINGS

    Andy M. Stewart

    (September 8, 1952- December 27, 2015)

    Silly Wizard
    Andy M Stewart, 2nd from left with members of Silly Wizard..
    Andy M. Stewart, born in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland, was known as the lead singer in the group Silly Wizard.

    Andy M. Stewart had been left paralyzed from the chest down after a failed operation on his spine in September 2012. He was taken into hospital in early December after suffering a stroke.

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    Al Ard

    (September 19, 1946 - December 18, 2015)

    By Ed Glass and Fron Heller

    Al Ard
    Photo by Leda Shapiro
    Al Ard at Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest in 1998.

    Our friend Al Ard died December 18, 2015 at the age of 69.

    Only rarely did he venture far from Lennox and Inglewood. But staying local never impeded the breadth and depth of his humanity and understanding.

    Al was an unpretentious and completely unselfish mentor to everyone, perhaps most importantly in a spiritual way. He never hesitated to enthusiastically teach others whatever he knew in the realm of music: spoons, rhythm, singing, guitar, harmonica, banjo, or anything else.

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    GRAMMY NOMINEES

    2015 GRAMMY NOMINEES

    OF INTEREST TO FOLKWORKS READERS

    11. BEST CONTEMPORY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

    36. BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE SONG

    38. BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

    40. BEST ROOTS GOSPEL ALBUM

    44. BEST TROPICAL LATIN ALBUM

    45. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE

    46. BEST AMERICAN ROOTS SONG

    47. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM

    48. BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM

    49. BEST BLUES ALBUM

    50. BEST FOLK ALBUM

    51. BEST REGIONAL ROOTS MUSIC ALBUM

    53. BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM

    54. BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM

    66. BEST ALBUM NOTES

    67. BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM

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    BOOK REVIEW

    TITLE: WOODY GUTHRIE L.A.—1937-1941

    AUTHORS: DARRYL HOLTER AND WILLIAM DEVERELL
    FOREWORD BY ED CRAY

    PUBLISHER: ANGEL CITY PRESS (SANTA MONICA, CA)

    PUBLICATION DATE: January 15, 2016

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    WOODY GUTHRIE L.A.1937-1941This account of Woody Guthrie’s pivotal four years in Los Angeles from 1937 to 1941—during which he became the political songwriter who influenced four generations of American folk singers—from Bob Dylan to Bruce Springsteen—will send a seismic shockwave through the standard narrative of the folk revival of the1940s, ‘50s, and ‘60s. Measured on the Richter Scale, I would put it at a 6.7—in the same territory as the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

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TOP TEN FOR 2012

STEVE AND LEDA SHAPIRO

  1. Crooked Jades - Soundtrack for Bright Land with Kate Weare Company (CD); Live September 7 at The Echoplex.
  2. We’ve heard the Crooked Jades over the years with different band configurations and the current one really works. The little we’ve seen of their collaboration with the Kate Weare dance company is amazing. We hope that they can bring the show out west in 2013.
  3. Jen Hajj - I of the Storm (CD)
    We met Jen at the FAR-West conference in Irvine this past October. Her 2011 CD was a standout and we look forward to her upcoming release.
  4. Lunasa - Live November 17 at Caltech Public Events (Beckman).
    Although we’ve heard them before and have enjoyed their CDs for years, the balance of the sets of the group and as individual players was superb. Perhaps because we were sitting in the balcony but this was the first time that we thought the sound at Beckman was great.
  5. Carolina Chocolate DropsLeaving Eden (CD); live April 6 at UCLA Royce Hall.
    We were amazed when we first heard these guys and, with their new lineup, we continue being big fans! The new folks augment the strengths of Rhiannon and Dom.
  6. Eric BibbDeeper in the Well (CD)
    We’ve been a fan of Eric’s since he started touring the US. The new CD with Dirk Powell, Cedric Watson, Danny Devillier and Grant Dermody and some other friends brings out the best in Eric. He combines traditional and contemporary music with a Louisiana flavor.
  7. Sixto Rodriguez - Searching for Sugarman (Film), Cold Fact (CD).
    If you haven’t seen the movie, do. It is an amazing story and led us to immediately buy the CDs. The first CD is perfect, the second, not so much.
  8. Run Downhill - Performances at FAR-West Conference (October 18-20) FolkWorks Guerilla Showcases.
    Percussionist and singer/songwriter T.J. Troy has brought together an innovative band. We really enjoyed both nights, the first with just T.J. and bassist Colin Burgess, the second with the full band. Watch for them in 2013.
  9. Joey Abarta - August 30, Coffee Gallery Backstage.
    Joey has become an outstanding Irish (Uilleann) piper. He current lives in the Boston area and plays with the finest Irish players. His on-stage presence and enthusiasm is infectious. He is unlike any other piper and we look forward to recordings from him.
  10. Little Black Train - Barndance (CD); Live February 26 at CTMS Center for Folk Music.
    Stu Mason and John Weed of Molly’s Revenge fame have joined forces with mandolinist Kenny Blackwell to form the old-time powerhouse group, Little Black Train. Grab their CDs and see them in 2013.
  11. Blame SallyLive at KVIEO Studios (CD); Live September 22 at McCabe’s Guitar Shop.
    These ladies from San Francisco rock. Yup, literally and figuratively. They are on the folk-rock side of the spectrum but their individual personalities shine on stage and the band is solid.