February 14, 2014


Hope you're getting to feel some love. Friends and family and sweethearts...
And here's a little valentine gift to YOU from ME.  A  playlist you can download for free from my page, and enjoy some new tunes!


February 10, 2014

Well, well. . . next adventure has arrived! The Get Rights are gettin' themselves right! We are continuing to work on our upcoming EP, HEADED SOUTH, and we're excited for what the rest of Winter and Spring have in store for us. You can check us out on Facebook or our website.

Here's a few sneak tracks for you to take a listen to. The EP will be available online and at our shows.


October 22, 2013

I'm headed to Australia!
Yes, that's right. Soon I'll be on a plane from Los Angeles to Melbourne Australia for a small tour Down Under. I'll be headed that way with Sugar Pie (Jane Rothfield, Hilarie Burhans, and Kellie Allen and myself), and playing at the Maldon Folk Festival Nov 1-4, and then a concert on Tuesday Nov 5 at Burrinja Café (Upwey VIC Australia). We can't wait!


Tues Oct 29:  On the Radio with Jan Dale's Southern Style, PBS FM 106.7.  1-3 PM (AUS Time!)
Fri Nov 1 - Mon Nov 4:  Maldon Folk Festival. See their website for daily schedules
Tues Nov 5:  Burrinja Café (Upwey VIC Australia).  7:30 PM. Tickets Available on Website.

For your listening pleasure, here are a couple tracks from our Sugar Pie recording that will be out in time for our tour!


August 16, 2013


Old Buck had a great time at Clifftop this year. 2nd Place for the Traditional String Band contest, and 
we also had a terrific CD Release Party! So many great friends, and new fans, and awesome dancers.
Thanks for being a part of it!

The CD is now available at Elderly Music, the Floyd Country Store, John Hatton's Cleff'd Ear Store,
and also on CD Baby.  Go and getchya one!

Here's also a sweet video taken during the CD Release Party. It's got us playing Chilly Winds. Enjoy!

July 26, 2013

8 PM


July 14, 2103


Come join in the fun NEXT Friday, Aug 2 4 PM at Appalachian String Band Festival, Clifftop WV!
Drinks & Nacho bar provided for your feasting.


July 8, 2013

Tom Marshall & I, along with Brian Vollmer, will be playing some of our finest country and honky tonk THURSDAY JULY 25!
Balliceaux, Richmond VA

June 18, 2013

 As I mentioned last month,Old Buck, a great new project I've been working on with Riley Baugus, Debra Clifford and Emily Schaad, has finally reared its musical head! We're getting the last details done on our record with Joseph (joebass) DeJarnette of Studio 808a, and will have a big blow-out party at Clifftop's Appalachian String Band Festival this August. Stay tuned for details on that... BUT, in the meantime, we're asking for your help. Check out Old Buck's Kickstarter to see how you can be a part of the making of this album! Our deadline is June 30.

May 22, 2013

 Riley Baugus, Debra Clifford, Emily Schaad and myself are going public with our band, OLD BUCK! For now, you can keep up to date with us on Facebook, and we'll have more tracks, and video and news about the band.
But for now, enjoy these videos posted below! Can't wait to share more with you!

OLD BUCK - Recording at Studio 808a with Joseph "Joebass" Dejarnette, Floyd VA (Apr 2013)

OLD BUCK - False Hearted Lover Blues, Floyd VA (Apr 2013)

May 10, 2013

 I've been playing more and more in Charlottesville with a couple different honky tonk - country projects, and here's a recording I made last year with the Clear Blue Sky. Enjoy!

April 20, 2013

 I had such a great time at Chespaeake Dance Weekend!  Sugar Pie made all the dancers go "oooh" and "ahhh", and I can't wait for more!
We actually had a bit of time to do some recording, too!  Check it out...

"Stayed in the Wagon Yard" - Kellie Allen singing and guitar, Jane Rothfield fiddlin', Hilarie Burhans on banjo...

"Katydid and Pike's Peak" - Jane Rothfield on fiddle, Hilarie Burhans on banjo, Kellie Allen on guitar

"Duck River" - Jane Rothfield on fiddle, Hilarie Burhans on banjo, Kellie Allen on guitar


April 9, 2013

 Save the date!  APRIL 12!

SUGAR PIE will be on the air with Rosemarie Nielsen on WAMU's Bluegrass Country's Old Time Jam!


March 13, 2013


Pretty darn excited to be hanging out again with Debra Clifford, Emily Schaad and Riley Baugus. We got to hunker down and spend some time together last Summer (2012). And, well... it made us want to do it again, in full band form and with the plan for a CD!

We meet again next week, and will be recording in April at Joe Dejarnette's down in Floyd VA. Can't wait to be back with these folks, and reuniting with my Bailers' Gals!

Stay Tuned!

March 1, 2013


I help run a house concert venue in Charlottesville called The Magnolia House. Here's some upcoming shows, starting next Tues Mar 5 with Rayna Gellert & Kristin Andreassen! Email magnolia[dot]cville@gmail[dot]com for more info and to RSVP!

  • TUES MAR 5: Rayna Gellert & Kristin Andreassen (NC & NYC)
  • Old-time fiddler Rayna Gellert has released a wonderful new CD, Old Light. She's coming to Charlottesville to celebrate its release, and she's bringing her former Uncle Earl bandmate Kristin Andreassen with her. They'll do some old-time tunes and songs with fiddle & guitar, we'll sure Kristin will dance, and we'll also hear some original songs from both Rayna and Kristin.
  • SUN MAR 10: Mary Flower (Portland OR)
  • Hailing from Portland, Oregon, guitarist and lap slide player Mary Flower is renowned for her uniquely personal vision of roots music that blends ragtime, acoustic blues and folk – technically dazzling yet grounded in the down-to-earth simplicity of early 20th century American music.
  • THUR MAR 21: The Revelers (Lafayette LA)
  • The Revelers, founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys… “unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance” have joined together on there newest project which combines Swamp-Pop, Cajun, Country, Blues and Zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music straight from Southwest Louisiana.

February 28, 2013

 So, like, YEAH! I got to be in a music video. And, like, with bright lights, and red carpet, and roses, and trailer bombs, and people dancing, and even a fan. Yup, I said it... A fan! Gotta blow them hairs right!

Check it! Such a fun time with Chamomile and Whiskey. Thanks for asking me & my upright along! Fine work by Johnny St.Ours, Blue Moon Diner, and all the rest of the Charlottesville cats involved!

Wandering Boots from Johnny St.Ours on Vimeo.

February 17, 2013

 Alright folks! The Clear Blue Sky, fine Honky Tonk and Country band, is back at it again!

THURSDAY, Charlottesville:
FRIDAY, Harrisonburg:  Little Grill Collective, 8 PM. $5. Best Friday Night dinner to have around! Plenty of room to dance around, too.

SATURDAY, Winchester:  Dharma Studio, 8 PM. $5

MONDAY, Charlottesville:  Blue Moon Diner, 8 PM. Our 4th Monday Country Round-Up Revue. Bigger and better, folks!


January 24, 2013

 Well, well... Holidays have come and gone, and it's 2013!


*  Busy still working at WTJU with their Tuesday show "Around This Town". Tune in EVERY DAY but especially on TUESDAY's from 4-6 PM.

*  Getting ready for some shows at the Magnolia House. Check out the website to see up and coming acts and dances that I help to host!

*  Going to be playing some upright bass with Jane Rothfield, Hilary Burhans and Kellie Allen as the Sugar Pies for Chesapeake Dance Weekend, April 12-14.

*  Have been working with Kelley Breiding and Brian Vollmer as Buckwild/The Bell Ringers, and ripping up some songs and tunes in NYC, Charlottesville and NC. Can't wait to see what becomes of this crazy trio!

But for now... staying warm and busy in Central Virginia!

January 23, 2013

Here's a sweet lil' lullaby that I learned from the Dezurick Sisters in 2006. Jake Hopping on banjo, and me and my guitar.

New Year, 2013

To start the year off, a recording of "My God the Spring of All My Joys".


October 4, 2012

Fall time is here and I'm really looking forward to the next couple of weeks. Soon, I'll be heading down to Louisiana for two weeks. First week will be in Lafayette for Black Pot Camp and Blackpot Festival. Then, I'll head to New Orleans to roam its streets and soak up its music and people before coming back to the Blue Ridge. 

The Black Pot Camp
should be a great learning environment for those interested in Cajun and other traditional forms of music. Some of the sweetest and talented instructors will be there, and some tasty food and music jams!  Check out their site for more details about how to enroll.

I'll then be performing with Maya Lerman and the Ruins for the Blackpot Festival that weeknd. Gonna be a sweet time! Check out the schedule and see the rest of the amazing line-up.


August 27, 2012

 Gonna be a fun time this week playing with Maya Lerman and the Ruins!  

Maya just finished recording, producing and making her debut CD, "Take This Song with You", and I feel honored to be asked to play with her for a radio spot and also a house concert in Charlottesville.

You can tune in on Monday Aug 27 at 5 PM (EST), during WTJU's program Back Up & Push to hear us live, or check out Maya's bandcamp to listen to the album!

August 16, 2012

Aaron Lewis and myself will be up in Takoma Park, MD, and in Michigan this weekend and early next week representing the Long Branch Ramblers. We recorded a number of tracks with Ben Townsend earlier this year, and are going to play a few shows in Michigan and back in VA. We’ll be back in VA in September to play in Floyd, as well. I always enjoy my time with this big bearded fiddle playin’ fella, and can’t wait to make some merry music!

• SAT Aug 18: IMT Concert at the Dance Exchange, Takoma Park, MD.
• SUN Aug 19: Sunday Music Bar at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI.
• THUR Sept 6: Hotel Floyd Summer Concert Series, Floyd Country Store, 6-8 PM. FREE!

July 27, 2012

Big Blue Door, a group that is wanting to spread the good gospel of storytelling. I’ve become involved recently with this great new organization in town, and they have been offering classes in improv comedy, scene writing, and telling true stories through local organizations such as Live Arts and The Bridge PAI. They also produce a Big Blue Door Jam on the third Thursday of every month, where anyone can come tell 6-8 minute true stories on changing themes, and groups can come volunteer as judges to pick a monthly winner.

In August, along with a couple other buddies, I will be acting as one of the “judges” for this month’s Jam. The theme is “unnecessary suffering”. Come and check it out if you are in Charlottesville. It's at the Bluegrass Grill in downtown Charlottesville. I went to their inaugural jam this past week, and it was terrific!

June 25, 2012

NEW DJ AT WTJU – Around This Town

Yes, you’ve read right! I’ve been offered to co-host a program on Charlottesville’s local radio station 91.1 WTJU, Central Virginia’s Sound Choice! I start on Tuesday July 17 4-6 PM, and we’ll be hosting every other week afterward. Our focus will be playing new releases and some of our favorite tracks from bands that will soon be performing in and around the Charlottesville area. We’ll try to keep you up-to-date with shows that feature not only local bands but also the many out-of-towners we have that come through. We’ll also have bands perform in-studio to help spread their good, musical gospel. You can tune in either by the dial, 91.1 FM, or also online. Streamin’ 24-7!

Can’t wait to be back on the airwaves again!

May 15, 2012

All right! It's a musical week here at Sabraland. I'm getting really excited about what lays ahead, and I can't wait to do some moving and shaking and singing with some of my best musical cohorts!  The Giant Rooster Sideshow is with Brett Ratliff and Jesse Wells, two great old-time and country muscians from Kentucky. Fiddle, banjo, mandolin, singing... it's all REALLY GOOD! Come and see them while they're out of their home state for a few days.

First up: 

WED MAY 16  ** Honky Tonk Wednesday's with the Clear Blue Sky at the Black Market Moto Saloon **  - Charlottesville, VA
Click HERE for details.

THUR MAY 17  ** Giant Rooster Sideshow House Concert ** - Richmond, VA
Click HERE for details.

FRI MAY 18 ** Giant Rooster Sideshow with Clear Blue Sky at Sova ** - Washington D.C.
Click HERE for details.

SUN MAY 20 ** Giant Rooster Sideshow at the Brooklyn Folk Festival **
- Brooklyn, NY
Click HERE for details.


Long Branch Ramblers have a NEW WEBSITE, and some videos and new music tracks for your listening pleasure! Take a look and listen, and let us know what you think!

April 28, 2012

The Giant Rooster Sideshow Tour : May 17 - 20

Yup. I'm heading out for a little spin with Brett Ratliff, Jesse Wells and friends as the Giant Rooster Sideshow.

Being a fine trio from Kentucky and Virginia, we are gonna make a few special appearances during the month of May, and y'all should come and check it out while you can! Brett and I were once in a band called Blind Tiger String Band, and have continued to croon with one another whenever we get the chance. It'll be a reunion of sorts. I can't wait!

Fantastical sights and sounds from banjos, fiddles, guitar and bass and harmonies to rival any 5-legged horse or Sepent-haired Devil Women.

Don't miss these shows!!

THURSDAY MAY 17th:  Richmond VA House Concert - 7 PM. $10 Suggested Donation. Contact joshbearman [at] gmail [dot] com to reserve your seat!!
FRIDAY MAY 18th: Sova Coffeehouse/Wine Bar - 8:30 PM. $5 - 10 Suggested Donation. Washington D.C. Joe Overton & the Clear Blue Sky will be double-billing for this Honky Tonk night!
SAT & SUN MAY 19-20:  Brooklyn Folk Festival. Check out their website for all the details. Brooklyn NYC! So many great bands and events!