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by Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys

A collection of 14 songs and tunes in traditional bluegrass style from one of California's finest bands.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Follow The Leader
2:54 album only
2. Rovin' Gambler
2:46 album only
3. I'll Go Steppin' Too
2:54 album only
4. Walkin' The Dog
2:26 album only
5. I Live In The Past
3:25 album only
6. Deep Ellem Blues
3:45 album only
7. Bringin' In The Georgia Mail
2:46 album only
8. I'll Take The Blame
2:44 album only
9. The Nine Pound Hammer
2:54 album only
10. California Cottonfields
2:44 album only
11. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome
3:26 album only
12. Paddy On The Turnpike
2:59 album only
13. Freight Train Boogie
4:13 album only
14. The Bramble & The Rose
3:06 album only


Album Notes
For about ten years, Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys have been presenting an irregular series of concerts at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall #644, located in downtown Los Olivos, California. The Grange Hall, originating from a 19th century farmer's assistance program, doesn't attract a lot of the valley's tourists who, searching for wine tasting, dining, and other recreational outlets, amble directly past the front screen doors without sampling the shows going on just inside.

The locals know better, and show up regularly to enjoy the high-powered bluegrass and early country music provided by the VLB and select invited guests, such as singer "Ms. Francine" and fiddler Gilles Apap. The original stage, with plywood sections supported by hay bales, prompted Peter to remark that "We're playing tonight on something that will likely be on the inside of a horse tomorrow." Besides being great audiences, the folks who come to the Grange enjoy freshly-baked treats provided by the kids from nearby Dunn School, and help afterwards by stacking away the folding chairs. It's a true shared communion of music, and we all hope you enjoy this selection of favorites from the Grange.

Peter Feldmann & The Very Lonesome Boys combine many years of performing experience, from old-time to newgrass. Peter enjoys singing and playing Monroe-style mandolin, but is also a devoted fan of Uncle Davce Macon, The Carter Family, and many other country performers. Tom Lee took up the bass fiddle in 1970, and by 1972 was a full-time musician at Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County, California. Since then, he’s played in jazz, blues, original acoustic and
* old-timey groups, but bluegrass is his first love. His pedigree includes The Bluegrass Cardinals, The Cache Valley Drifters, and many other bands. Tommy Marton has been fiddling in the southland area for 30 years, playing mostly Texas and bluegrass styles. Born in Newark, Ohio in 1951, Mike Nadolson began playing and singing Bluegrass music at the age of 29. He has since become an award winning guitar player and vocalist. He has played with and recorded with many popular bands including Damascus Road, Bluegrass Etc., The Silverado Bluegrass Band and Byron Berline and Friends. The banjo duties are ably handled by stalwart studio multi-instrumentalist David West, of Play Ball! Musical Services, known also for his song writing and record producing skills.

BlueGrass West is happy to announce that its director, Peter Feldmann, has been chosen as the recipient of this year's “Music Legend Award” by the Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Association. The award will be presented this Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Paramount Ranch in Agoura, California during the 48th Annual Banjo – Fiddle Contest. Previous winners of this award include folklorist Bess Lomax Hawes, broadcasters Roz and Howard Larman, and Texas songster Sam Hinton.

Peter Feldmann has long been a musical mainstay in Southern California. Besides actively performing bluegrass and old time music with a variety of groups, Peter is a bluegrass historian, teacher, and producer. He was the among 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, and the Balfa Brothers to Southern California. Over a 21 year period, he produced weekly shows on country and bluegrass music on commercial and public stations. His own 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.

In 1970, Peter helped move the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest from Los Angeles County, where it had been banned, to the UCSB campus. After the festival moved back to Los Angeles, Peter started the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddlers' Convention, an annual event in October, now in its 37th consecutive year of operation. The Old Time Fiddlers' Convention is the only pure old-time festival and contest in Southern California.

In 1971, Peter founded The Bluebird Cafe in Santa Barbara. While it served food and drinks (hamburgers were 80 cents, beer was a quarter), the Bluebird's real mission was to form a center and school for acoustic music in Southern California. The cafe was built around the needs of musicians, with a great built-in sound system, stage and a ready welcome for a musician on the road. Peter's thought was "make the musicians happy; they'll play great music, and the audience will come..." There was music of some sort almost every night. Performers included Mike Seeger, Hazel Dickens, The Scragg Family, Lamar Grier, Alice Gerrard, Earl Collins, Byron Berline, Furry Lewis, Johnny Shines, and many, many others.

As a teacher and scholar, Peter has organized classes in the history and performance of American traditional music and taught banjo, fiddle & guitar in university extension and adult education classes. He still presents lectures on country music history at UCSB, Santa Barbara area libraries, and in April 2008 at UCLA. Peter produced some of the first instructional records for fiddle (three of them), banjo, and guitar in the 1970s, at a time when very little instructional material was available. His 1975 instructional package for Maybelle Carter's style of guitar playing remains a classic (and is now available on CD). Peter is the director of the "Santa Barbara Beachbillies" - a group of students and graduate students under the auspices of the UCSB Ethnomusicology Dept., who are learning about old time and pre-bluegrass music by performing it.

Despite his achievements as a teacher, scholar, and promoter, Peter is first and foremost an entertainer, sharing his respect, energy and love for the music with his fellow musicians, friends, and audiences. Peter performs tunes and songs from the heart of America's musical treasure chest. His shows can include fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. He has performed with Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, The Balfa Brothers, Mike Seeger, Byron Berline, Rose Maddox, and his own bands. His recording, "Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm", HC-504, a tribute to Uncle Dave Macon (also available on CD-Baby), was named to the nation's Top Ten Bluegrass albums of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune.



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