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Goods and Services:

(Bluegrass-related businesses in Southern California)

Acoustic Music San Diego
Acoustic Music San Diego, presents regular weekly concerts at 4650 Mansfield Street in San Diego. All concerts start at 7:30, and prices vary. National and regional touring acts are featured presenting a variety of acoustic music, including bluegrass. Past Bluegrass concerts include: Byron Berline, Open Road, and Richard Greene and the Brothers Barton. For info on upcoming concerts or to subscribe to the email list: or call (619) 303-8176.
Janet Beazley
Janet Beazley is giving bluegrass banjo lessons. Rev up that drive! Clean up your timing, spark up your tone and refine your taste in your mostly-Scruggs-style playing! I live in San Diego now and teach at Old Time Music in North Park ( I am a very experienced music teacher and teach all levels. Email or call (858)353-8668.
Phil Boroff
Now teaches bluegrass guitar, ragtime & country blues in San Diego. Call us at 619-465-6515
Boulevard Music
4316 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City. Music retail store, concert hall, and music school. 310-398-2583.
Jeff Brent
Fiddle and Mandolin Teacher in Riverside, California. Range of styles taught includes: Country, Bluegrass, Cajun and Irish. Learn how Fiddlers improvise! Visit or
Audio Clips (mp3)!
Buffalo Brothers Guitars
Has Closed. However the repair shop is open as James Hood Guitar Repair
Bush's Banjo Works
1015 E. San Jose Ave., Burbank, CA 91501. Repairs & custom parts. Please call Don Bush Jr. at 818-842-4643
Cal Central Lighting & Sound
641 S. College Dr., Santa Maria. New & used pro audio equipment sales with special prices for the bluegrass community. Joe Quealy 805-925-5280 or via email at
California Music Academy
California Music Academy specializes in piano, guitar and voice instruction for children and teens. The teaching methods which we use, are based on a well-rounded curriculum of music theory, ear training, sight-reading, technique, rhythm, expression and performance. Our teachers are all university trained musicians with extensive teaching and performing experience. Most importantly, they are trained to customize their teaching methods to each student's learning style, needs and talents. Please visit our Web Site at
CMH Records
CMH Records is dedicated to presenting the finest in Bluegrass and roots music, through re-issues of classic material by the greats and stellar recordings from new voices.
Compact Recording Systems
San Gabriel, CA. On-site and studio recording of soloists and small ensembles. Contact Dave Richardson at 626-287-3633.
Steve Dame
Teaches banjo at Scotty's Guitar Shop in Escondido. 760-489-9251
Deering Banjo Company
7936 Lester Ave., Lemon Grove, CA Free color catalogs! 619-464-8252.
Dennis Caplinger Productions
Recording studio. 760-726-9304.
Dr. Horsehair Music Company
P.O. Box 9950, Moreno Valley, CA 92552. CDs, tapes, tab books on the clawhammer and minstrel banjo. Clawhammer banjo lessons and workshops. 909-924-9888.
Avery Ellisman
Fiddle Instruction
-Licks, Tricks, Tunes
By appointment in Encinitas, CA
Bob Flesher's Custom Banjos
Bob Flesher Custom Banjos has been creating beautiful handcrafted banjos since 1990. With forty  five years of banjo building experience, founder and former partner of the Liberty Banjo Company, Bob has built hundreds of custom banjos over the years.
Folk Arts Rare Records
Folk Arts Rare Records is a San Diego music institution and one of the oldest record stores in California. The business was started by Lou Curtiss, a festival organizer, cultural preserver, and local luminary. Lou brought innumerable legendary musicians to perform in the San Diego area, to the delight of music aficionados. These included Tommy Jarrell, Lydia Mendoza, Bukka White, Dennis McGee, Rose Maddox, Bill Monroe, and hundreds of others. Music icons like Tom Waits, Sam Chatmon, and the underrated local bluesman Thomas Shaw performed in the store.
Foxfire Recording
16760 Stagg St. #210, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Rudi Ekstein 818-787-4843.
The Fret House
309 N. Citrus, Covina, CA. Sales, repairs, lessons, concerts. 818-339-7020.
Richard Greene
Fiddle Teacher. "One of the most influential fiddlers, certainly one of the giants of modern fiddling (Bluegrass Unlimited)." You can contact Richard at 323-469-2087 or Fax at 323-467-8120. You can contact Richard by email at
Guitar Center
Several stores in the San Fernando Valley and across the state. They sell a wide selection of bluegrass instruments. The San Fernando locations can be found at 19510 Nordhoff St., Northridge, Ca. 91324, phone 818-993-0286 or the Sherman Oaks Store at 14209 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks CA 91423 phone 818-990-8332
Guptill Music
David Guptill, 3621 W. MacArthur Blvd, Ste 119, Santa Ana, CA 92704. Lessons in banjo & guitar. 714-556-8013. Fax 714-556-8203.
Don Hickox
Lessons in acoustic and electric fiddle (all styles) at House of Strings in San Diego. 619-280-9035
SoundLife Music Lessons
We are a Los Angeles based music school providing in-home music lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. Our teachers are all university trained seasoned professional musicians with touring, and television experience playing behind some of today biggest artists. We have staff covering jazz, classical, country, rock and roll, pop, and everything in between on all instruments including mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and pedal steel.
McCabe's Music Shop
3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA. Instruments, rentals, lessons, repairs, books, videos, concerts, free coffee. 310-828-4497
Peggy Menendez
Lessons in banjo, guitar, acoustic bass, singing, harmony and piano. Inland Empire area. 909-864-3905
Moze Guitars
8415 La Mesa Blvd. Suite 1, La Mesa, CA 91941. Factory-authorized warranty repairs for Martin, Gibson. 619-698-1185
Music Advisor
Help with selecting the right instrument
Mike Nadolson
Weekend guitar lessons for individuals or small groups. 909-678-0831
New Music Label
Where Singers, Musicians and Artists meet Record Labels, Music Managers and Scouts. New Music Label is a one-stop solution for seeking, finding, and managing all types of Music careers. Vist their Web site at
New Wine Sound Studio
Full featured production studio. Recording, mixing and mastering. Reasonable! The studio's web page is: and our phone number is 760-953-9008. You can contact us via email at
Old Time Music
2852 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104. Call us at 619-280-9035. Bluegrass instruments, accessories, Repairs. Lessons in guitar, mandolin, banjo. Concerts and Events
Park Hill Music Co.
Recording studio/production company specializing in recording live music, including bluegrass. Hemet, CA. John Goetz
Bill Purcell
Lessons in banjo, all levels, in the Riverside/Inland Empire area.
951-231-7321, email:
Rancho Cordillera del Norte
“The Rancho” is a pastoral place that reflects the romance and history of Indian-Spanish-Mexican California. Indeed, the bells in the bell tower, named after Saints, were cast in Latin America during the Colonial Period. It is a multi-purpose facility hosting art exhibits (curated by Historian Paul Dentzel); dance and musical concerts; theatrical productions; school field trips; workshops; conferences; rehearsals; receptions; company picnics; fund raising events, and more. In addition to a wonderful indoor space the New Mission Theater, it boasts expansive covered patios and lawns. The Rancho and the New Mission Theatre are available for your events. For more information, call 818-349-3400 or write
Andy Rau
Bluegrasss banjo instruction (beginner through advanced) . Call Andy at 714-528-9765 or via email at
Red Pelican Music
They offer banjo, dobro, mandolin, pedal steel, bass and guitar lessons.
10845 Lindbrook Drive, Suite 209, Los Angeles CA 90024
Call them at (310) 893-0776, or email:
Phil Salazar
The best Private Lessons, in person or over the Internet. Offering lessons on violin, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, viola, cello, bass.
Scotty's Guitar Shop
348 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA. Instruments, books, supplies. Buy, sell, trade, rent, lessons. 760-489-9251
Shade Tree Stringed Instruments
27134-B Paseo Espada, Suite 224, San Juan Capistrano 92675. Instruments, accessories, lessons, CDs, tapes, books, videos, concerts. 949-364-5270.
Sierra Records
P.O. Box 5853, Pasadena CA 91117-0853. Bluegrass and folk music record label. See web page for on-line catalog and ordering information. 626-355-0181.
SoundLife Music Lessons
We are a Los Angeles based music school providing in-home music lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. Our teachers are all university trained seasoned professional musicians with touring, and television experience playing behind some of today biggest artists. We have staff covering jazz, classical, country, rock and roll, pop, and everything in between on all instruments including mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and pedal steel.
Shelah Spiegel
Fiddle lessons at her home in Fountain Valley (Orange County). Also available to judge fiddle contests. 714-962-5083.
Leslie Spitz
Mandolin and guitar lessons at her home in the San Fernando Valley. 818-781-0836
Taylor Guitar
1940 Gillespie Way, El Cajon, CA 92020. 619-258-6957 voice, 619-258-3799 fax.
Tricopolis Records
Record company. Mike Nadolson 951-678-0831.
Weber Fine Acoustic Instruments WeberLogo
Bruce Weber leads a team of experienced luthiers with the goal of providing you with the best handmade mandolin family, arch top guitars and resonator guitars in the world. In operation since 1997, a commitment to quality and integrity in fit, finish, playability, and above all-sound, drives our purpose in building. Dream instruments are our goal and you may individualize any of our standard models in a design of your own.
Kim Weeks
On location live sound recording services. 619-691-9342.
Merryrose Watson
Bluegrass banjo instruction (beginner through intermediate), in the Pasadena area. Email -
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Organizations and Publications:

(Know of a Southwestern bluegrass-related music organization not listed here, or have a correction? Send us an email!

Acoustic Americana Music Guide
is blues, bluegrass, borderlands, Cajun, cowboy, Celtic, Cape Breton, newfangled old-time, accessible classical, folk-Americana from riverboats, mountainsides, front porches, barn dances & honkytonks. Not a musical museum, it is alive with vibrant traditional music & innovators of the Acoustic Renaissance. News, complete listings & descriptions of festivals everywhere & performances in Southern California, frequently updated!
Arizona Bluegrass Association
P.O. Box 8139, Glendale, AZ 85312-8139
Publishes a monthly newsletter called The ABA Bluegrass Beacon, edited by Lloyd Anderson (602) 993-6801. Hosts camppouts and concerts.
The Arizona Bluegrass & Old-Time Musicians Association
Bluegrass Association of Southern California
P.O. Box 10885, Canoga Park, CA 91309
Publishes a bimonthly newsletter, web site, and email list called inTUNE: Southern California Bluegrass News . Sponsors the monthly BASC Bluegrass Night, and also hosts concerts. Join BASC!
Bluegrass Music Profiles
A magazine of Bluegrass Publications PO Box 850 Nicholasville, KY 40340-0850 859-333-6465
California Bluegrass Association
P.O. Box 9, Wilseyville, CA 95257. Publishes a monthly newspaper called Bluegrass Breakdown, edited by Suzanne Denison (209) 293-1559 or Sponsors an annual festival at Grass Valley, CA, as well as campouts and jam sessions in Northern California.
CalTech Folk Music Society
Now the Pasadena Folk Music Society
Dark Thirty House Concerts
DARK-THIRTY PRODUCTIONS - Lakeside, CA. Folk and Acoustic House Concerts.
Desert Bluegrass Association
Publishes a bimonthly newsletter and hosts a monthly jam in the Tucson, Arizona area. 520-296-1231
Promoting Folk/Traditional Music, Dance and related folk arts for the greater Los Angeles community. Become a member or find out more at
National Bluegrass Website with events, band listings, etc.
International Bluegrass Music Association
Working together for the success of Bluegrass Music worldwide. IBMA: Promoting high standards of professionalism, a greater appreciation for bluegrass music, and the success of the worldwide bluegrass community.
International Bluegrass Music Museum
The International Bluegrass Music Museum is located in Owensboro, KY. Contact Mike Lawing, Assistant Director, International Bluegrass Music Museum 207 East 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY 42303 (270) 926-7891
KSON Info-line
San Diego-area bluegrass events. 619-543-1401. Call Wayne Rice at 619-561-9309 (fax: 619-561-4456) to get listed or email Wayne at
The Music Motel
New California-based website devoted to Americana Music -- bluegrass, blues, folk, and alt-country -- with instruments, accessories, CDs, festival and artist info, and more.
North County Bluegrass & Folk Club
Publishes two bimonthly newsletters. Sponsors a variety of bluegrass events in North San Diego County, including a monthly Bluegrass Band Night in Escondido, plus concerts and annual campouts. Please cvisit their Web Site at
Northern California Bluegrass Society
Formerly the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society. Publishes a monthly newsletter called Bluegrass By the Bay. Hosts concerts and jams primarily in the Bay Area.
Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association
Jim Winger - President 5034 Wapiti Court Fort Wayne, IN 46804-4946. You can reach them at 260-432-4485 or their Web site
Orange County Weekly
Check the Folk section for information on upcoming bluegrass events in Orange and southern L.A county.
Oregon Bluegrass Association
PO Box 1115, Portland, Oregon, 97207 (503) 507-1947
San Diego Bluegrass Society
P.O. Box 15292 , San Diego, CA 92175. With BASC (Bluegrass Association of Southern California), publishes a bimonthly newsletter inTUNE: Southern California Bluegrass News , this inTUNE website, and an email distribution. For information, call: 858-679-4854 or email: Dwight Worden - President. Sponsors monthly Bluegrass nites at Shirley's Kitchen in La Mesa and hosts concerts in the San Diego area. Join the SDBS today!
San Diego Folk Heritage
1112 Judy Lane, Cardiff, CA 92007 (619) 566-4040 - Publishes a bimonthly newsletter called Folk Notes. Hosts folk concerts, contradances, and festivals. Presents concerts by local and touring artists at a number of venues around San Diego county, presenting a wide range of types of music within the "folk" umbrella. A few days before each concert, the SDFH sends out a brief description of the event. If you would like to receive these messages, or if you would like to get their paper newsletter, send a message to
The San Diego Troubador
The San Diego Troubadour, a free monthly newspaper covering Alternative country, Americana, roots, folk, blues, gospel, jazz and bluegrass music news. The Troubadour is distributed free throughout San Diego County at the beginning of each month. Each issue features “The Bluegrass Corner” column dedicated to bluegrass news, and bluegrass is covered in other articles as well. The Troubadour has produced the program for the first three years of the Summergrass Bluegrass Festival in Vista and has been a sponsor of that festival since its inception. For info, to see online issues, and for advertising rates visit: or email:
Southern Nevada Bluegrass Society
P.O. Box 3704, North Las Vegas, NV 89030. Publishes a newsletter called Bluegrass News, edited by Glenn Nelson (702)274-1889. Hosts campouts, jams and concerts, sponsors a radio program on KUNV 91.5 FM. Produces an annual festival at Logandale, NV. Visit their Facebook Page here.
Southwest Bluegrass Association
P.O. Box 3046, Covina, CA 91722. Publishes a bimonthly newsletter The Bluegrass Soundboard. Serves the Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and the Southwest region. Web site features streaming audio and performance schedules for member bands, event listings for Western U.S. and Canada, and much more. SWBA has produced weekly house jams, weekend campouts & jams, school education programs, and promotes and sponsors concerts and works with promoters of bluegrass/folk music festivals.
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On The Internet

BluegrassCountry.Org - Listener supported site featuring Bluegrass, Old-Time and Americana music
24 hours a day 7 days a week.(updated October 2018)
Sundays 6 to 8 AM. Bluegrass Etc. with Frank Hoppe

On The Radio:

(Bluegrass on the SoCal airwaves; all times are Pacific Time.)

KCSN 88.5 FM, Northridge (updated October 2018).
818-985-5735, fax 818-883-7557, 818-885-KCSN (voicemail)
Sundays 6 to 7AM. The Bluegrass Situation Radio Hour with with Chris Jacobs
Sundays 7 to 9 AM. Americana Matinee with Kat Griffin
Sundays 11 AM to 1 PM. Tangled Roots with Pat Baker
Listen to KCSN live over the internet:
KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara County (updated: Oct 2010)
818-985-5735, fax 818-883-7557.
Saturdays 6 to 8 AM. Roots Music and Beyond with Rotating Hosts
Sundays from 6 to 8 PM. Folkscene
Listen to KPFK live over the internet:
Pod casts of the above programs are available for two weeks after their initial broadcast at:
KSON 97.3 FM, San Diego and 92.1 in Escondido
Listen to live KSON broadcasts on the web! 619-291-9797.
Sundays 10pm to midnight. Bluegrass Special with Wayne Rice
KCSB 91.9 FM, Santa Barbara.
Friday 10am to Noon. The Hootnanny with Emily B.
KCBX 90.1 FM San Luis Obispo, 89.9 Santa Barbara, 90.9 Santa Ynez valley/Avila Beach/Cambria
1-800-549-8855 or 805-544-5229.
Thursdays 8 to 10 PM. Basically Bluegrass with Ron Saul & Peter Morin,
KPBS 89.5 FM, San Diego
Saturdays 7 to 9 PM. American Routes (occasional bluegrass)
KSPC 88.7 FM, Claremont.
Sundays 11AM to 1PM. Bluegrass with Flakey Jake 714-621-8157.
KSBR 88.5 FM, Mission Viejo.
714-582-KSBR (5727). Sundays 6 to 8 PM Folkroots with Marshall

On Television:

(Check your local listings for channel numbers; all times are Pacific Standard Time.)

CMT (Country Music Television)
Major bluegrass stars like Alison Krauss & Union Station, Ricky Skaggs or the Nashville Bluegrass Band show up every once in a while on this cable channel.
PBS (Public Broadcasting System)
Several area public television stations include bluegrass-related programming
KCET-28, Los Angeles
KLCS-58, Los Angeles
KOCE-50, Huntington Beach
KPBS, San Diego
KVCR-24,San Bernardino
WSM (radio channel)
WSM debuted on Oct. 5, 1925, and less than two months later, the station would birth its most famous show (and the show that would make country music famous), the Grand Ole Opry. The Opry was the first of WSM’s shows to develop such an excited audience that fans would visit live studio broadcasts. That tradition continues today not only with the Opry, but with other signature programming including An Intimate Evening with Eddie Stubbs, Station Inn Sessions.

If you know of a Southern California bluegrass resource that's not listed here, or have a correction about what is listed here, please Send us the news!