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Very Lonesome Boys are Back in Los Olivos


Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013

By: Dave Retz (Expired article)

Los Olivos, CA -

The Very Lonesome Boys have been wandering all summer on their own separate ways. Now, we're together agin and ready to play some of the hottest traditional bluegrass music this side of Nashville Tennessee. With nationally-known musicians providing tight harmonies and stellar instrumentals, the VLB provide a great blend of the old and the new for your listening pleasure.

The Very Lonesome Boy's distinctive sound is firmly grounded by the solid bass lines of Tom Lee, veteran of the Cache Valley Drifters and The Bluegrass Cardinals.Tom's music ranges far and wide, from traditional jazz to country, Hawiian, 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.

Doors open 7:30 PM *** Tickets at door: $15.

David West has produced over sixty 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.

Born and reared 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 McReynolds & 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 over 15 years. His solo recordings are available on the Rounder, Cumberland Record, and Hen Cackle labels.

A singer and multi-instrumentalist with many years' performing experience throughout California and the West, Peter Feldmann has been presenting bluegrass, folk, string band, and related musics since the early 1960's, and is known as the founder of the Santa Barbara Old Time Music Front, and the original Bluebird Café in Santa Barbara, a music club highly influential on the Southern California Music scene. Peter's tribute CD to Uncle Dave Macon, Grey Cat On The Tennessee Farm, was named to the nation's Top Ten Bluegrass albums of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune.







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