John Baldry

John Baldry

Bluegrass is now an international music genre. People just like us love it all over the world and one of those places is the United Kingdom. It makes sense because so much of our Bluegrass musical influence comes from the British Isles. A few years ago I was able to...
Free Banjo Lessons!

Free Banjo Lessons!

If there’s one single thing Bluegrass needs in order to maintain its place as a legitimate distinct music genre it might be ensuring that we have a constant supply of three fingered banjo pickers. There are certainly good bands that play great Bluegrass without a...
The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

I guess I’m a little late on this thought. Valentine’s Day might have been a more appropriate time to post a welcome column about the human heart but it’s never a bad time to pay homage to the organ that keeps us all alive every day....
Sympathy Valley Boys

Sympathy Valley Boys

The Sympathy Valley Boys have been a part of CBA bluegrass lore for quite some time. This mercurial collection of ad hoc jokesters personifies what fun at a bluegrass festival ought to be. Over the years I have gotten to know most of the Sympathy Valley Boys. One...
Not My Home?

Not My Home?

This world is not my home, I’m just passing through My troubles and my trials somewhere beyond the blue Many friends and loved ones have gone on before And I can’t feel at home in this world anymore I don’t know about the rest of you but this world we find ourselves...
Crying Uncle Interview

Crying Uncle Interview

Our home grown California bluegrass band Crying Uncle generated a lot of buzz with their recent performance on The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. I figured it was time to do my first interview and they said yes! Andrew Osborn and Miles Quayle kindly made use of their...