Kevin Russell & His So-Called Friends

December 13, 2014




Blithedale Canyon

January 10, 2015


The Mostly Simply Bluegrass series at Murphy's Irish Pub in the town of Sonoma is produced by Larry Carlin and Carltone Music, and it usually takes place on the second Saturday of every month, featuring the finest in bluegrass, country, swing, old-time and Americana music.

On December 13th see Kevin Russell & His So-Called Friends, a group that plays an eclectic blend of acoustic music that includes elements of blues, swing jazz, folk, country, bluegrass and even a little acoustic rock. Their music is rooted in these genres but with a modern sensibility. Using the typical bluegrass instrumentation of mandolin, dobro, guitar, string bass and 5-string banjo they are as likely to do an Irving Berlin swing song from the 40's, or an old Ray Charles  R&B tune, as a hard driving Bill Monroe bluegrass number, or a classic Jimmie Rogers country song. In addition to creating lively new versions of old songs, the band also features engaging original compositions. The band is Kevin Russell on guitar, resonator guitar, banjo, Markie Sanders on bass, Cori Wood on vocals, Ray Bierl on fiddle and guitar, and sometimes Layne Bowen on mandolin. 

Murphy's offers fine food and drink at reasonable prices in a family-friendly atmosphere. There is no cover, and children are welcome.

Coming on January10th:


On Saturday, January 10th, at 8 p.m., see Blithedale Canyon. Blithedale Canyon, a melodious new country band from Marin County whose members are longtime friends with decades of experience playing various kinds of music. Imagine old-school country songs, bluegrass, and Western swing with a bit of old-time rock and roll, with three lead singers and mellifluous three-part harmonies, and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from this exciting new quartet. The members are Larry Carlin on bass, Claudia Hampe on rhythm guitar, Gary Kaye on pedal steel, and Gary Bauman on electric guitar.




Mostly Simply Bluegrass previous performers:

November 8, 2014 Blithedale Canyon

October 11, 2014 Quake City Jug Band

September 13, 2014 Doug Blumer & The Bohemian Highway

August 2, 2014 Blithedale Canyon

July 12, 2014 Rovetti & Meatballs

June 14, 2014 Ain't Misbehavin'

May 10, 2014 The Mike Stadler and Mary Gibbons Band

April 12, 2014 Under the Radar

March 8, 2014 Rory McNamara & The Ring of Truth Trio

February 8, 2014 Blue & Lonesome

December 19, 2013 Misner & Smith

November 9, 2013 Under the Radar

October 12, 2013 Lonesome Holler String Band

September 14, 2013 Blue & Lonesome

July 14, 2013 Lonesome Holler String Band

June 8, 2013 Keystone Station

May 11, 2013 Blue & Lonesome

March 9, 2013 Ed Neff & Friends

February 9, 2013 The Whutknotts

January 12, 2013 Keystone Station

December 14, 2012 Blue & Lonesome

November 10, 2012 Under the Radar

October 20, 2012 Keystone Station

September 8, 2012 Blue & Lonesome

August 31, 2012 Doug Adamz and Friends

July 14, 2012 The Penny Hens

June 2, 2012 Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue

May 12, 2012 Keystone Station

March 24, 2012 Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue

February 11, 2012 The Whutknotts

January 14, 2012 Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue

December 10, 2011 Uni & The Yule Logs

November 12, 2011 Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue

October 8, 2011 Blue & Lonesome

September 11, 2011 Courtney Janes

August 13, 2011 Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue

July 9, 2011 Blue & Lonesome

June 11, 2011 The Whutknotts

May 14, 2011 Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue

April 9, 2011 The Whutknotts

January 8, 2011 Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue




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