Foot tappin’ bluegrass coming to St. Joseph’s |

Foot tappin’ bluegrass coming to St. Joseph’s

John Reischman and the Jaybirds are playing some great bluegrass at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center this Sunday, 6 p.m.

Considered one of the top-ranked mandolin players in the acoustic world, Reischman was born in Ukiah in 1955, first discovering the mandolin at age 17.

An original member of the legendary Tony Rice Unit, Reischman helped to define the ‘new acoustic’ instrumental scene in the early 1980s with appearances on the band’s groundbreaking Rounder albums Still Inside and Backwaters. He cemented his reputation touring and recording for many years with the Bay Area’s eclectic Good Ol’ Persons before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia in the early ’90s to pursue a solo career.

Reischman’s distinctive signature has graced a long list of impressive recordings by other top artists including bassist Todd Phillips’ 1996 Grammy winner True Life Blues: The Music of Bill Monroe (Sugar Hill), and in 1997 on vocalist Kate MacKenzie’s Grammy-nominated The Age of Innocence (Red House).

His debut solo album, North of the Border (Rounder) highlighted his musical depth and composing skills in a variety of acoustic settings that Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called “monumental … it establishes a remarkably high standard for mature, tasteful mandolin music.”

Now a familiar figure at bluegrass, folk and jazz festivals, John is also a highly-regarded teacher and participates in music camps and workshops throughout North America.

The Jaybirds’ CD Field Guide (Corvus/Copper Creek) was nominated for Canada’s highest music award, the Juno, in the Roots and Traditional Group category for 2002. Their third and most recent album The Road West is now available.


WHAT: John Reischman and the Jaybirds

WHEN: Sunday, 6 p.m.

WHERE: St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: Tickets are $15 and available at Love Shack records in Nevada City, the BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley, and Cherry Records in Auburn

INFORMATION: 272-4725;

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center

410 South Church Street

Grass Valley, CA. 95945


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