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Jen Tucker Band releases new CD

If you like your music homegrown, this is for you. Jen Tucker’s first CD is titled “Something I Didn’t Do,” but the new album is, in fact, something she did do. The album was produced by Tucker and Santa Rosa’s Doug Jayne, co-owner of the Last Record Store, and released under Jayne’s Jackalope Records label. The songs, with titles like “Bohemian Highway” and “Humboldt Fog,” definitely have a local flavor. There will be a CD release party Nov. 19 at… Read More »

Gram Parsons’ tribute concert planned

Had he lived, Gram Parsons, one of the founders of country rock music, would be 65 this Saturday, Nov. 5. Born in 1946, Parsons died Sept. 19, 1973, at age 26. But his influence survives in the music he created with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and in the work of his protege and discovery, Emmylou Harris. Since 2003, Sonoma County devotees have celebrated the Parsons legacy with annual tribute concerts. This year, two leaders of the local… Read More »

Doug Jayne’s ‘Folk University’ CD release party

Doug Jayne, co-owner of the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa and leader of the whimsical band, Laughing Gravy, has a local following all his own, partly based on his earlier band, Stupid White People, his annual tributes to Gram Parsons and other adventures. To celebrate the release of his newest CD, “Folk University,” a 12-song homage to the ’60s folk music boom, Jayne and friends will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Sebastopol’s Studio E. The band… Read More »

Chipfest: In memory of Dunbar

Beloved local musician Chip Dunbar died in 2006 at age 52, but his memory remains as strong as a beautiful melody. Many of Sonoma County’s folk, bluegrass, country and Americana musicians will gather Saturday, Oct. 9, for Chipfest, an annual celebration of Dunbar’s life and music. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Center Annex, 425 Morris St., Sebastopol. Performers will include Solid Air, The Mighty Chiplings, Tonebent, Shari Garn and Deeper Rhythm, Sara Winge & Friends,… Read More »

Bluegrass guitar concert in Sebastopol

Bluegrass guitarist Jim Hurst — voted guitar player of the year by the International Bluegrass Music Association for 2001-2002 — will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Sudbud Hall, 234 Hutchins Ave., Sebastopol. Hurst has played and/or recorded with the greats of the genre, including Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Petaluma’s own David Grisman. Hurst has three CDs out: “Open Window,” 1998; “Second Son,” 2002; “A Box of Choclates,” 2008. Tickets for Friday’s concert cost $20, or $18… Read More »