The Very Lonesome Boys Trio

The Very Lonesome Boys Trio of Peter Feldmann, David West and Tom Lee will perform an Americana/bluegrass show Saturday, May 6, at the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall in Los Olivos.

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Peter Feldmann is bringing back Bluegrass at the Grange with a concert featuring the Very Lonesome Boys Trio on Saturday, May 6, in the Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall at 2374 Alamo Pintado Ave. in Los Olivos.

The 8 p.m. Americana/bluegrass show will include folk songs as well as more modern bluegrass numbers — love songs and lonesome songs, breakdowns and hot instrumentals, even murder ballads — performed on banjo, mandolin, guitar and bass by the trio of Feldman, David West and Tom Lee.

A longtime teacher, promoter, singer and multi-instrumentalist who’s nationally known in old-time and bluegrass circles, Feldmann has been performing bluegrass, folk, string band and related music since the early 1960s throughout California and the West.

He is the founder of the Santa Barbara Old Time Fiddler's Convention and the original Bluebird Café in Santa Barbara.

Feldmann’s tribute CD to Uncle Dave Macon, “Grey Cat on the Tennessee Farm,” was named to the Chicago Tribune’s Top Ten Bluegrass Albums of 2005, and he was presented with the Music Legend Award in 2008 by the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest.

A bassist who’s skilled in vocal harmonies, Lee has performed everything from country and bluegrass standards to traditional jazz and Hawiian music.

He has toured with the Drifters, the Bluegrass Cardinals and others and was the founder of the former Song Tree Concert Series.

West has produced more than 60 albums as a staff producer for CMH Records in Los Angeles and many more as a freelance producer through his Studio "Z" and Play Ball! musical services in Santa Barbara.

Also a multi-instrumentalist, he’s played on hundreds of albums, TV shows and commercials plus many film soundtracks.

He spent his early career on the road as a founding member of the Cache Valley Drifters and an accompanist to songwriter Kate Wolf.

Although he’s devoted the last 15 years to playing as a studio musician, he still occasionally tours as backup to Feldmann, Peter Lewis of Moby Grape, Chris Hillman of the Byrds and Nashville and California songwriter Kate Wallace.

Refreshments, coffee and other treats by Chef Michael will be on sale during intermission of the concert at the Grange Hall, where the doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets at $12.50 are available online at http://bluegrasswest.com/tickets.htm. Tickets at the door will be $15.

For more information, conact Feldmann at 688-9894 or info@BlueGrassWest.com.

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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