• California Pickers – Paul Knight

    Paul Knight is the best soundman on the west coast, and maybe beyond. I first knew him as a bassist, and I believe that is what he would call himself first. He is the bassist for Peter Rowan, as well as

  • California Pickers: Butch Waller

    Northern California is rife with traditional bluegrass. In this writer’s opinion, there are two reasons for that: Vern and Ray, and Butch Waller’s band High Country. Formed in 1968, Waller has never strayed from the roots that Bill Monroe created and

  • California pickers: Ed Neff

    This post is the first in what will be a series of articles on prominent west coast musicians who may not be familiar names back east. Ed Neff is a mandolin and fiddle player from Petaluma, California. Though those are his