To the List,

This Thursday, bluegrass at the RedLight Cafe will feature Chatham County Line. Hailing from Raleigh, NC, this band successfully recreates the diverse elements that Bill Monroe used in forming the traditional bluegrass sound. Centered around a single microphone, the band plays traditional bluegrass instruments and performs original music with a nod to the traditional bluegrass style, but incorporates other elements to create a fresh, "new traditional" style of country bluegrass music.
Check them out Thursday Chatham County Line

Musicians needed for Cotton Patch Gospel: The Henry Players, a non-profit theatre group based in McDonough, GA, needs four bluegrass musicians for a touring production of Harry Chapin?s ?Cotton Patch Gospel? musical. The traveling show will be offered to churches and civic organizations in the metro-Atlanta area. Guitar, banjo, fiddle and upright bass players are needed for this non-paying opportunity. Rehearsals will begin immediately with performances possibly beginning in early April. Interested musicians please contact Gary Morgan at 770-507-4159 (home) or 770-378-3574 (cell). The Henry Players thank you in advance for your help.

Thanks, Scott


Happenings this week & weekend:

Coming Soon:

February 8th - Athens Folk Music & Dance Society and WUGA-FM Present - Mike Seeger 8pm Masters Hall @ The Georgia Center on UGA Campus. Mike has devoted his life to singing and playing Music from True Vine- the home music made by American southerners before the media age. Music from True Vine grows out of hundreds of years of British traditions that blended in our country with equally ancient African traditions to produce songs and are unique to the US. Mike and his musically influential family (including brother Pete) have traveled all over the world for decades learning and sharing songs. Mike will be performing a solo set of songs and stories. Tickets are $12.00 and available at the door or in advance at The Homeplace Gifts in Five Points, Athens or from WUGA-FM. Call 706/542-9842 for more information.

February 12th, Cliff Valley Winter Revival - 2 to 8 pm -- reawaken to Live Music --at UUCA 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE Atlanta (85 & N. Druid Hills) Jim Tolles and the Magic Truck, Chicago Joe Jones, Johnny Roquemore, Blue Gravy, Tucker Station String Band, Fern Creek, & UUCA Quartet. Not just Bluegrass this time. A Benefit for the Mountain Retreat and the McCallum Family who suffered tradegy and disaster during mud slides last fall in Highlands NC. $15 donation Door Prizes, Jamming, Refreshments, Fun & Games. 404 6345134 0r www.uuca.org or Tony Salazar 770 908 8379 tdsal@juno.com

February 19th, 2005 - Benefit for Uncle Josh Graves at The Alabama Opry House, near Birmingham. 100% of the donations at the door will go to The Josh Graves Medical Fund. Bertie Sullivan, our IBMA Field Rep, will be at the door to greet and accept donations.There will be no "ticket" as this is a fund-raiser for Josh, but be sure to fill out your info card as we will be drawing for some great door prizes. Jamming will start at 9:00 am and run all day. The performances will run from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. The Opry House has a 16,000 sq. ft. venue, with 4 jammin rooms, a stage area that seats 1500, plus a reunion area that seats 100,and The Wendy Holcombe Memorial Room. We are currently accepting Bluegrass Bands who wish to play at this event.We are also accepting your donated cd's and other items, to include in some of our door prize baskets.Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation, is asked to make the check out to Josh Graves Medical Fund. Tim Graves and Cherokee will be the host band for this event.
For further info please call 205-841-3090 or 256-931-0521.
Regina Lyle - Alabama Opry House - 2501 Commerce Cr. - Tarrant, Al. 35217

The 29th Annual WRFG Peachblossom Bluegrass Festival to benefit WRFG will be held Saturday April 2, 2005 from 11am-10pm. Michelle Nixon and Drive along with Pine Mountain Railroad will be headlining the show this year, and we hope to have 10-12 local and regional bands. For more info contact Sharon Wiggins at 770-957-1710 or 770-356-2533. You can also email me at sharon@ahatitude.com Thanks for the support! Sharon Wiggins

9th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival featuring bluegrass and old-time music will be held April 15-17, 2005 in historic downtown Dahlonega. Events include concerts, workshops, jam sessions, traditional crafts, storytelling, and dance. Featured performers are The Dismembered Tennesseans, Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz with Kari Sickenberger, Bobby Hicks and Hazel Creek, Gold Rush Bluegrass Band, Whistlin' Rufus and more. A special "Nick Pender Tribute Concert" will be held Saturday, April 16. Visit www.BearOnTheSquare.org for more information.


Ongoing: Shows and Jam Sessions

Every Thursday Live Bluegrass Show and Jam Session at the RedLight Cafe - bluegrass every Thursday featuring local and national acts... jam session from 7pm - 9pm. Stage show begins at 9pm $5 cover $3 with instrument.
For more information: RedLight Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave., 404-874-7828, http://www.redlightcafe.com/

Upcoming at the RedLight Cafe's Thursday Bluegrass:

Jan 27th - Chatham County Line
Feb 3rd - Steel String Theory
Feb 10th - Chris Sharp Band
Feb 17th - Old School Freight Train
Feb 24th - Blue Ridge Grass
Mar 3rd - Tony Williamson & Jeff Autrey
Mar 10th - The Dappled Grays
Mar 17th - Peachtree Station
Mar 24th - Jim and Jenny and the Pinetops
Mar 31th - Steep Canyon Rangers
April 7th - Cedar Hill
April 14th - Special Consensus (Tentative)
May 12th - Southern Lite (Tentative)

Every Saturday - Everett's Pickin' Barn.......every Saturday evening there's a jam session and stage show at the Everett's Music Barn in Suwannee. Ga...for information call: 770-945-5628 or 770-945-9098 or check their web site: http://www.everettbrothers.com/
Everett's Pickin' Barn Schedule: (subject to change with out notice)


Feb 5th Eddie and Martha Adcock
Feb 12th Larry Stephenson Band
May 21st Cumming Bluegrass Festival

Everett's Music Barn is open every Saturday night for music. Our own staff band The Everett Brothers perform and lots of local talent visit and play. The Schedule above is for the Professional Groups that are coming thru and want to perform. A donation of $10.00 each is appreciated on those nights listed above.

Every Saturday Night - Hollonville Opry House - Jamming and Stage shows. Stage shows beginning at 6:30pm thru 10:30PM. Good Sound System. Comfortable auditorium seating approximately 250. Operated by donations only. Call 770-228-4832 for further information and booking or email Htkirkland40@aol.com

January 29th - Walnut Grove, East Wind, Dusty Strings
February 5th - Dusty Strings
February 12th - Just Us & Dusty Strings
February 19th - Facing South & Dusty Strings
February 26th - Honey Creek & Dusty Strings

Hollonville Opry House is located approximately 12 miles west of Griffin on Hwy 362 in Hollonville (Pike Co) GA. From Atlanta: Go I-75 south to 19/41 toward Atlanta Race Track. Continue on past Race Track to Griffin taking bypass around Griffin. You will go under (2) overpasses and then take second exit which will be Hwy 362 (Williamson Road). Go west approximately 11 or 12 miles and Hollonville Opry House will be on right just past Hollonville Baptist Church.


Alabama Opry House - Alabama Opry House is a new winter Bluegrass venue. It is located in Tarrant, Al., just off I-59 on Tallapoosa St.,which is Hwy 79 N. The Alabama Opry House opens every Fri., Sat., & Sun. at noon for all you Jammers and features 4 jamming rooms as well as open mike and other jam areas.The weekend stage shows begin at 6 p.m. each day. Two bands, each play two 45 minute sets and then Jammin resumes at 9 p.m. The Jammin rooms at The Alabama Opry House are spacious and comfortable and allow a bit of private space, while allowing the public to walk by and view the pickers. Tickets are $8.00 per day, $5.00 with instrument for the jammimg and the stage show. There is a ZERO alcohol tolerance policy. Any band interested in performing this venue should e-mail Regina Lyle at sjusticepromo@aol.com. Visit websites HP40.com and alabamaopry.com for more info on both venues. Telephone #'s for the Alabama Opry House 205-841-3090 or call Regina Lyle at 256-931-0521 or 256-317-5320


Bluegrass Thursday at the Foundry in Athens (formerly at the Steam Pub) - Bluegrass returns at The Pavilion at the Foundry Park Inn ? While the Athens Steam Co. Pub is being renovated, the event is being held at The Pavilion which is also inside Foundry Park Inn, just 25 yards from the Steam Pub. The Pavilion has the option of being enclosed and they have just added additional heaters. They feature a light menu with a great selection of wines. The event is free and will run from 7 ? 10 p.m. The Pavilion at the Foundry Park Inn is located at 295 E. Dougherty St. Athens, Ga. (706) 549-7020. http://www.foundryparkinn.com/

Upcoming Bluegrass Thursday Shows @ The Pavilion:

1/20/05 Tommy Jordan & Company
1/27/05 Whoa Nelly
2/3/05 16 Tons Leukemia Lymphoma Society Benefit!
2/10/05 Hard Labor
2/17/05 Boggan David
2/24/05 Brian Connell

STILL WATER TAPROOM - Augusta GA.- Features Bluegrass and Similar Music. This is a relatively new venue in Augusta.... check it out. Schedule below:
For info on any of the above shows, call 706-826-9857, or go to stillwatertaproom.com

Feb 4th - Steep Canyon Rangers
Feb 11th - Boo Hoo Ramblers

Mar 11th - County Farm

April 1st - Red Stick Ramblers
April 8th - Two Cow Garage

Every Friday and Saturday Night ? the Cotton Gin in downtown Rockmart, Ga. - 7pm-10pm Bluegrass jams and stage shows in a historic cotton gin. Pickers welcome. Take 278 to Rockmart, turn left at the McDonalds (N. Piedmont St). Turn right on Business 6. Turn left on Marble St. Turn right on East Maple St. Turn left on Water St to the Cotton Gin on the left. Across from the Silver Comet Trail and Euharlee Creek. No cover charge but donations accepted. Contact info: Jack Damron: JADASALTNPEPPER@aol.com

Every Friday- Live Bluegrass Shows and Jam Sessions at the Outpost Music Barn in Buncombe, Georgia just south of Tallapoosa, Georgia. Bluegrass most every Friday night featuring local and occasional national acts. Jam Sessions outside weather permitting. Stage shows start at 7 p.m. No admission unless national act - donations accepted weekly. For more information: Donald Hand 770-574-7801

Occassional Fridays - Various Bluegrass Bands at the "Southern Skillet" in Roswell, Ga. - a bluegrass band on some Friday nights, 7pm - 9pm as well as good Southern Cooking. Southern Skillet Restaurant, 1037 Alpharetta Street, Historic Roswell. Free. For more Info: 770-993-7700 or check their web site at: http://www.theskillet.com/

2nd Saturday of Every Month - Acworth Old Time Opry - Live Bluegrass Music and Jam - Admission is Free bring your own seating some chairs are available. Come listen or Come play. 6 - 10 pm Sponsored by the Acworth Park and Recreation 770-917-1234 for more information call Jim Miller at 770-971-4179 Logan Road Acworth , GA. Web site: http://www.tim-r.com/opry.htm

Acworth Opry Feb 12th

6:00pm Dug Down Mountain Boys
6:45pm Hard Times Band
7:30pm Out of the Blue Band
8:15pm The Bruce Weeks FamilyBand
9:00pm Mars Hill Porch Pickers


Every 3rd Saturday of the month..live traditional music - Dahlonega, GA, - at String 'N Things Coffee House, in the Fellowship Hall of the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, 107 Park St., South, 2 blocks from the square. The coffee house features live traditional music. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 7:30. Donation: $4. For more information call: Laeta Smith 706-864-4127.


Every Thursday - Motorhead's Bar N Grill - Buddy Ashmore and Pony Express - Motorhead's Bar N Grill, 600 Macon St. (Hwy. 42 south of square), McDonough, GA from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. For directions call (770) 898-0008. No Cover. http://www.cdbaby.com/ponyexpress

Every 4th Sunday - Bluegrass Jam at the Crimson Moon in Dahlonega, Ga. - Glenda Pender will host this bluegrass jam in the historic Parker-Nix building. These Bluegrass Jams will occur on the 4th Sunday of each month. 2-5 pm

Every 3rd Saturday - M&M Music Barn - live bluegrass music on stage in east Alabama, plus picking & jamming under the stars. One of the Southeast's longest-running bluegrass venues, run by the legendary Martha & Murphy Wilson. $3 admission during the warm months; free during the winter. Special Friday-Saturday festivals during the spring and again during the fall. Hwy 100 south through Ephesus; turn right onto Alabama Rd. Just past the AL state line, bear all the way left. M&M Music Barn is 1/4 mile down the road on your right.

Every Saturday - Williamson: Music Barn, Hwy 362 near Griffin, Fri. Jam/Sat. Stage Show (open stage), 770-227-3021 or 706-846-8277.

Every Saturday.....Jam session on the square in Dahlonega, Ga. 2-5pm.
1- 800-231-5543 (April thru October)

Every Tuesday - Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe Jam Session in Flowery Branch, GA The Bluegrass Jam starts at 7:30 every Tuesday night. To get to Flowery Branch, take I-985 N to exit 12 and turn left. For better directions please contact Greg Jones at gwj57@charter.net or call Common Grounds (770)967-4080.

Every 1st Sunday - Jam at the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau - Some of the SEBA members who participated in the slow jam in Roswell have begun meeting for a jam at the Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau in Roswell, Georgia on the first Sunday of the month from 1:00 - 4:00PM. The Bureau would like to have this become a regular event and all SEBA members are invited to attend. The contact person is Eenee Ferrano who can be reached at mailto:EFerrano@bellsouth.net.
Directions at http://www.cvb.roswell.ga.us/contactus.html


2nd Monday of each month - ?The Hoot? sponsored by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society, at Athens Steam Pub, a free 2-hour variety show.

Each Tuesday & Thursday - There is a lunchtime jam from 12 noon ? 1 pm, on south campus at the Mary Warnell Pond in front of Forestry and Ecology. This is more of an old-time music jam, rather than a bluegrass jam -- fiddle tunes, claw hammer banjos, along with the occasional flatpicking and Bluegrass songs. This is an open jam and is much fun.


Every other Tuesday - The Flicker Picker - an open jam every other Tuesday from 7-ish until whenever, at the Flicker Theater & Bar, 263 West Washington Street Athens, a few doors up from 40 Watt, sponsored by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society.


Every 2nd Saturday - The Crawford Long Museum sponsors ?2nd Saturday Night Bluegrass & Old Time String Music?, an open jam for musicians of all abilities @ the Museum, 28 College Street, Jefferson. Check the website @ www.crawfordlong.org for directions & phone # or call (706) 367-5307. Music usually gets cranked up around 7:00. 2nd Saturday Nights are held September - June.



February 13, 2005 - SEBA Monthly Meeting and Jam Sessions - The SEBA Central Meeting and Jam will take place at the Emory Presbyterian Church, Education Building from 3:00-6:00pm. Plenty of jamming, good fellowship and refreshments. Bring yourself, a friend, and/or your instrument.

February 20, 2005 - SEBA SOUTH Meeting, Jam and Mini Stage Show - Every 3rd Sunday the meeting of the Southside Chapter of SEBA takes place at the Train Depot in Fayetteville from 3:00-6:00 PM. There will be jam sessions for all levels of pickers and great music for everyone else. There's always plenty of fellowship and refreshments. You do not have to be a member of SEBA to enjoy the music and fellowship. Come out and see for yourself. Bring an instrument and/or a friend. For more info check out www.sebabluegrass.org or Contact: Mike Fleming at 770-253-9476 mfleming@numail.org

For all meeting info. contact jackmasters@mindspring.com
Meeting Locations: Directions at http://www.sebabluegrass.org/

Festivals :

For a full list of Festivals check the SEBA Calendar at: http://www.sebabluegrass.org/

Musicians Wanted:


Bass - Englehardt ES-9. Good sound, nice blonde color, fairly new/unused strings. I live in the Atlanta/Tucker, GA area. Asking $1450. Mike Cobb e-mail to: themoose@mindspring.com
cell: 404-944-2044

Jam Groups:

Every other Tuesday evening there's a semi-structured bluegrass jamming in East Roswell. At these sessions, we don't mind slowing things down (just a little) to help accommodate those relatively new to bluegrass music -or for those attempting to learn a new bluegrass instrument. The intent is to get everyone up to artist speed as accurately and as quickly as possible. Always a fun and supportive atmosphere. For more information, contact Gene Bourgeois, our 2003 coordinator, at 770-394-7865.

Bluegrass Radio:

The Bluegrass Jubilee - WUWG 90.7 FM - Carrollton, GA. Sunday 1-4pm (eastern) - You'll hear the best in bluegrass, including the current hits from BU's top 30 survey, the traditional tunes of Monroe, Stanleys, F&S, etc., and most everything in between. For more information: Just email misterd11@hotmail.com

WRFG 89.3 FM - Atlanta, Ga. Bluegrass and Americana Monday - Friday 7-9 pm and Sunday 9-11 am.

Mountain Originals Radio.com is commercial Internet broadcast station, located in Lumpkin County, Georgia. It is committed to bringing you the very finest in music, information and the events of North Georgia, the Tennessee River Valley and surrounding states. The web site is designed with you in mind, please visit the site, you'll be inspired, informed and entertained - http://www.mountainoriginalsradio

WDVX 89.9 FM - broadcast radio station in Clinton, Tennessee. WDVX is a grass-roots, listener supported bluegrass, country, classic country, americana, and some of the most eclectic, interesting music you will find. They also broadcast on the web at WDVX.com.

WJJC 1270 AM in Commerce plays a lot of bluegrass, traditional country and bluegrass gospel all through the day.

WMOQ 92.3 FM - Monroe, Ga. - Melanie Jackson hosts a bluegrass show featuring new and traditional groups as well as local artists each Sunday night from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Sundaynightbluegrass@hotmail.com

WKHC 104.3 FM in Dahlonega now plays bluegrass daily and also runs daily syndicated bluegrass shows, as well as covers the monthly shows at Universal Chevrolet.

WNOW/WBZK - Charlotte, NC - HaHaHelen (aka Ann Freese) hosts a bluegrass show on Wednesday nights from 9-11pm. The first hour is comedy, but the second hour is bluegrass - both current and old time. Some guest groups perform live in the studio. The show also has streaming audio on the internet at http://www.wbzk.com/. For more information contact: ann @wnow.com

WCHK AM 1290 in Canton, Georgia is now featuring Bluegrass, Gospel, Americana and Classic Country They want to encourage everyone to listen and to request all bands who can to send them demos and produced CDs for possible air play. They also plan to hold live studio performances. Please send any and all mail to P.O. Box 1290, Canton, GA 30114 or contact the station via email at wchk@mindpring.com . They will also accept mp3s.

WYAY Eagle 106.7 has launched "Sunday Morning in Hogg Heaven" every Sunday at 8am - 9am. Host Jim Hogg plays AKUS. Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vinvent, Del McCoury, and lots more. The station # is 404/521-1067.
To sample the program you may go to http://www.sundaymorninginhoggheaven.com/



Casey Cook (The Dappled Grays) is available for flatpicking guitar lessons, specializing in rhythm ,leads,chord substitution and improvisation.Times available are Monday through Thursday after 6:00 pm. For bluegrass and new acoustic music, contact him at 404 373 5823 or e-mail at stringbreaker79@hotmail.com

Michael Smith (Dappled Grays) is now accepting mandolin students: Currently a member of the Dappled Grays - Michael will be taking students from beginner to intermediate interested in learning bluegrass, new acoustic music and improvisation. Conveniently located in Decatur, with flexible hours and a great attitude. Call anytime cell - 404-556-1338 home-404-343-0922 or e-mail: butterbean8string@hotmail.com

Jim Tolles is now accepting students on all bluegrass instruments:
Former member of the Handsaw Brothers as well as Goose Creek Symphony, 36 yrs teaching experience, offers instruction in fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, and singing. Toco Hill area. Adult beginners a specialty. 404-634-4694 for hours and rates. Jim Tolles: drtruck@earthlink.net

Andy Martin (Dappled Grays) is now giving banjo lessons in Athens, GA area:
Over twenty years experience in three-finger/bluegrass style 5-string banjo. Specializing in Scruggs and melodic style. Not only has Andy been picking and performing since 1980, he has a degree in music education so he is well versed in music theory, improvisation pointers, composition and principals of economic practicing which can get you sounding better faster - whether you are a beginner or a veteran. Email Andy at muleskinner7@hotmail.com or phone 706-208-3638.

Buddy Blackmon is teaching private banjo lessons once again in Athens, GA - after being in Nashville, TN for 27 years and performing/recording with artists such as Earl Scruggs, The Dillards, Jerry Reed, Charlie McCoy, Dolly Parton and Chet Atkins. He created and hosted the 26-week PBS banjo instruction series, "Five String Breakdown," and has taught privately and in group seminars for over 30 years. Beginners and more experienced players accepted. You can e-mail Buddy at banjoved@direcway.com or call him at 706-353-7550.

Mick Kinney is accepting students of all ages and levels for Old Time & Irish Fiddle, Guitar & Banjo Styles, Cajun Accordion, Jazz Piano & Theory, and Improvisation. As both a traditional folk musician and modern songwriter, Mick draws from many styles and makes connections between them. He very simply builds upon what each of us already knows as listeners or players. Group or private instruction, Studio & Home Lessons. Call anytime (404) 307-3044.

Geoff Hohwald is now accepting Banjo students:
Geoff has been playing banjo for 38 years and has written the Banjo Primer Book, Banjo Primer Video, and Banjo Songs. Most students take a one hour lesson every other week . If you are a raw beginner or have played but want to ad interest and drive to your playing page Geoff at 404 218 8580 or E mail at WHohwald@aol.com Geoff , also, has a few banjos for sale or rent.

Leonard Wortzel is now accepting banjo students:
Rather than teaching memorized breaks, Leonard focuses on moveable chord shapes, licks, and chop patterns. The idea is to get you jamming with others from day one, and to build a 'sound menu' that will allow you to improvise breaks for any song. Leonard Wortzel : 404 381-5853 or e-mail at leonardwortzel@yahoo.com

Brad Laird (of Cedar Hill and Pony Express) is now accepting students wishing to learn beginning to advanced mandolin, bluegrass or clawhammer banjo, bluegrass guitar, and upright bass. Learn theory, tab, standard notation, instrument set-up, improvisation. 25 years experience. Easy interstate access. In home digital project studio available for demos, practice CDs, special projects. Call (770) 507-2753 or email at autobug@aol.com

Greg Carageorge is accepting bass students. Very experienced. Please contact me if you would like to learn the bass, or take your playing to a higher level. Beginners welcome. Upright or electric $25/ hr lesson. We?ll work on the specific musical style and songs you want to learn right now. I am a veteran of many professional music groups in CA, GA and NY. Very experienced on stage and the recording studio. Recently performed Jazz at Carnegie Hall. Traditional music, folk, jazz, rock, ethnic. Gregophonic@Hotmail.com or (404) 669-0885

Larry Burell is now accepting students for Rythum Guitar - beginners or intermediate players, one on one, ages 5 to 105 male or female. Larry has written a book called, The ABCs of playing the Guitar easy as 123, and it is avaliable for $20.00 a copy. For more info: day time or evening hrs, call 770 - 963 - 6926 or Email HowlinDog2@aol.com for Book or Lessons.

Contra Dance - the Chattahoochee Country Dancers at the Morningside Baptist Church - Fridays 7:30 - 8 PM Introductory Lesson 8 - 11 PM Dance with live music and caller Cost: $6 for local bands and $7 when an out of town band plays - If you're thinking of coming over, you can e-mail Janet Shepherd - hands4@mindspring.com - or you can call Janet at 770 939-8646 for more information. Or check the web site: http://www.contradance.org/


Thanks, Scott

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