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    PASSINGS

    ROY CLARK

    (April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018)

    By Larry Wines (Acoustic Americana Music Guide)

    Roy ClarkHe never bought a joke and he didn't read music, but he was a legendary musical giant, filled with good humor everywhere he went.

    In announcing the death this morning of banjo legend, musician, and entertainer extraordinaire Roy Clark, his friend and publicist, Jeremy Westby, began with a life-defining and inspiring quote from Roy himself:

    Read more: RIP: ROY CLARK

    COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    November-December 2018

    The Road Not Taken – A Tragic Tale of Missed Opportunity

    By Art Podell

    Sealed with a Kiss by Brian HylandWhat follows is the legend of two folk singers, their brush with fame and the avalanche of events that followed them.

    At some point in most lives, a genuine opportunity arises and is ignored. No? Well it did in ours. I’m talking about an up-and-coming folk music duo poised at the edge of fame. Yes, indeed. 

    Read more: THE ROAD NOT TAKEN – A TRAGIC TALE OF MISSED OPPORTUNITY

    CONCERT REVIEW

    BÉLA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN AT CAP-UCLA

    In Concert At Royce Hall

    Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 8:00pm

    STRUMMING ON THE OLD BANJO

    By Ross Altman, PhD

    Bela and Abigail“This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender” ~ on Pete Seeger’s banjo head

    The last time I heard a banjo played at Royce Hall, Earl Scruggs was giving his farewell concert. I was thrilled to be able to hear him, and to review his performance. So it’s no accident I am here to enjoy his greatest successor Béla Fleck, who now performs with his wife and fellow banjo player Abigail Washburn. She plays old-time clawhammer style against his sumptuous Bluegrass plus many original redefinitions of Scruggs’ style three-finger picking. Together they demonstrate in song after song the Darwinian evolution of banjo playing from its first appearance in the Appalachian mountains as inherited from African slaves.

    Read more: BÉLA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN AT CAP-UCLA

    everything but ...

    Paramount Ranch, home of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival
    destroyed by fire

    On November 9, 2018 the #WoolseyFire has destroyed the iconic Western Town at Paramount Ranch, a piece of Hollywood history used to film shows like “Westworld” and “M*A*S*H.” It was the site of the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival since 1990. Click here for a short history of the Festival.

    TBFC site after

    Read more: Destruction of site of Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest

    FULL CALENDAR

    MUSIC       DANCE

    TODAY'S CALENDAR 12/14/18


    MUSIC


    8:00pm TOMMY EMMANUEL / JERRY DOUGLAS

    Saban Theatre

    8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

    323-655-0111


    8:00pm SLEEPWALKER’S STATION

    Coffee Gallery Backstage

    2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91001

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


    9:00pm ROBERT CRAY

    The Canyon Club

    28192 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

    818-879-5016


    9:00pm COLTER WALL

    The El Rey Theatre

    5515 Wilshire Blvd., L. A., CA 90036

    323-936-6400



    DANCE


    NO EVENTS TODAY


    RECURRING EVENTS


    MUSIC


    8:00pm - 10:00pm KATTYWOMPUS CONCERT / JAM

    every Friday

    Dollmakers Kattywompus

    412 S. Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

    626-357-1091

    Jennifer Ranger 626-357-1091


    9:30pm KEN O'MALLEY AND THE TWILIGHT LORDS

    second Friday

    Ireland's 32

    13721 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys, CA

    818-785-4031This 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.


    7:45pm - 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 - 9:45pm SOUTH BAY FOLK DANCERS

    second Friday

    TORRANCE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

    3330 Civic Center Drive, , CA

    310-781 ? 7171

    Beth Steckler 310-372-8040


    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 - 11:30pm 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.


TITLE: LET THE STORM ROLL IN

ARTIST: CLAUDIA NYGAARD

LABEL: CATTLE PRODUCTIONS

RELEASE DATE: 2011

By Jackie Morris

Claudi_Nygaard_-_Let_the_Storm_Roll_InWith her new second album, Let the Storm Roll In, Claudia Nygaard is enjoying one of the most richly deserved success stories on the folk/Americana scene today. After years of honing her craft – performing at over 150 fairs and festivals in 47 states and across Europe, and working as a full-time staff songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row – Nygaard has emerged as an award-winning singer-songwriter whose new album has swept the Americana, Roots, and Folk Charts (actually staying on the Folk Charts for three months now).

Produced by Nygaard in 2011, Let The Storm Roll In provides an excellent showcase for her multiple talents and mastery of several styles. From quiet country/folk story-songs to old-time country roots…from upbeat love-and-heartache songs (delivered by self-described “torch singers in cowboy boots”) to social commentary…from personal ballads to laugh-out-loud humor, Claudia is a consummate storyteller. And her rich, warm voice is well suited for all these styles. On every track, her lyrics are impeccably crafted – witty or moving, catchy or thought-provoking – perfectly attuned to whatever is called for. But it is far more than professional perfection that has made this CD garner critical accolades from reviewers and DJs alike. This album has heart.

In fact, Let The Storm Roll In holds some gems that have the makings of instant classics. Not surprisingly, they are often the ones with the most personal, authentic theme to them, mined from Nygaard’s own life. Among these are: J.C. and His Left Side. Coming straight out of Nygaard’s childhood, J.C. is a look at racism in decades past from a child’s innocent perspective. His Left Side is a beautiful tribute to her father in his final days and the spirit that overcomes mortal limitations.

Equally powerful is the opening track, Big Country, an epic tribute to every family who has ever immigrated to America. The seemingly simple concept – that people of all nationalities have come here to follow their personal dreams, and they have all struggled to make those dreams a reality – is so profoundly moving and unifying, that the song is nothing short of inspiring. The lyrics recount traditional “names” of these immigrants, from the Irish (“We had names like Sean and Coleen when we reached the harbor…”) to Scandinavian, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, Native American and Islamic, and they are accompanied by typical instrumentation from those countries. The Irish verse opens with a penny whistle and a bodhran…the Scandinavian verse has a fiddle behind it…and the Hispanic verse contains an accordion.

Finally, my own personal favorite is the guaranteed-to-make-you-smile satire, Miss Kitty, a brilliant spoof of the old classic TV Western series, Gunsmoke.  Its catchy chorus, “C’mon Marshall, give Miss Kitty a kiss,” pokes fun at the uptight mores of the 50s, when the show was conceived, hysterically viewing the prim-and-proper behavior through a modern lens.

Not surprisingly, several of the songs on this album have already earned top honors. In 2004, Claudia won the coveted “New Folk” award at the Kerrville Folk Festival with J.C. and Georgia Boy, a sensuous, dreamy 50’s style love song evoking the feeling of Ray Charles’ classic Georgia. In 2009, Claudia was chosen as one the Emerging Artists at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York. And more recently, this fall, her epic, Big Country, was selected for the in-flight playlist of Lufthansa Airlines.

Nygaard does all her own back-up vocals, but she does sing one duet, I Want to Touch You, with Lennie Gallant, who has won 14 awards from the Canadian East Coast Music Association, including male artist of the year and album of the year.

In addition, Let The Storm Roll In boasts an impressive cast of musicians, including Colin Linden (of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) on electric guitar, legendary session player Charlie McCoy on harmonica, Grammy winners Andy Reiss (on acoustic guitar) and Jeff Taylor (on penny whistle and accordion), multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplan on fiddle, dobro, mandolin, and accordion; plus Telecaster wizard Redd Volkaert, dobro virtuoso Randy Khors, and Prairie Home Companion favorite Cindy Cashdollar on lap steel and dobro.  The rhythm section is made up of Johnny Cash sideman Dave Roe on doghouse bass, and Rick Lonow on percussion.

It’s a top-flight production from start to finish, and seasoned with wit, wisdom and humor, Let The Storm Roll In should earn Claudia Nygaard a spot in the limelight for a long time to come.

A New York transplant to the tiny town of Carpinteria, CA, Jackie is a freelance writer by profession and a singer-songwriter by passion. Her newly-released third album of original Folk/Americana songs was among Top Albums on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Charts for July and August, 2011. Jackie is also an active member in such acoustic music communities as SummerSongs, SongMakers, and FARWest Folk Alliance.

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