Bluegrass by the Bay

Bluegrass by the Bay (BBB) is the bi-monthly publication of the Northern California Bluegrass Society. BBB provides reviews and articles about shows, venues, recordings, artists, and upcoming bluegrass events. NCBS provides issues of BBB to NCBS members each month and makes it available at society-sponsored events. To receive the BBB, join NCBS. NCBS members who have registered on the website can find back issues online in the Members Area.


Your contributions to the BBB are welcomed. The deadline is the 10th of the month for the next month’s issue.


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Digital submissions are accepted by (email) bluegrassbythebay (at) gmail (dot) com.


We accept manuscript, original photos and camera-ready artwork.

Mail paper submissions to:
Bluegrass By the Bay c/o NCBS
PO Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846


Advertising in Bluegrass by the Bay is a great way to reach the members of the local bluegrass scene. The deadline for placing ad is the 15th of the month preceding the desired publication date. Our rates are:

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March BBB Now Online

The March issue of Bluegrass by the Bay has been published to the Members Area of the website. Subscribers to the paper edition should receive theirs in the next few days.

If you’re not yet an NCBS member, please join us. Besides the Bluegrass by the Bay newsletter, members also receive discounts on many events sponsored by NCBS and our sister organizations, and help to support local bluegrass music.

February BBB Published

The February issue of Bluegrass by the Bay features an interview with Nashville Bluegrass Band mandolinist Mike Compton. Mike and the rest of NBB will be here for the RBA concert series on Feb. 13th and an SFBOT show at the Freight & Salvage on the 14th.

The PDF version can be downloaded from the Members Area of the website; subscribers to the paper edition should have theirs later this week.

January 2010 BBB Online

The new year is almost upon us and with it a new issue of Bluegrass by the Bay. NCBS members can download the PDF from the members area of the website. Printed copies are in the mail and will hopefully reach you before the first weekend of 2010.

Free Want Ad In Bluegrass By The Bay For Each NCBS Member

Each member of the Northern California Bluegrass Society can place a free want ad in Bluegrass By The Bay magazine each month. The ads are useful for informing fellow members about lessons, instruments, bands, websites and other bluegrass-related matters. Members can submit ad copy to the (BBB Editors) bluegrassbythebay (at) gmail (dot) com before the 10th of the month preceding publication.

Bluegrass Christmas News: Dr. Elmo Schropshire Set For Good Morning America Saturday Morning December 12

Dr. Elmo Schropshire of Novato, who has appeared many times with his band “Wild Blue” on NCBS stages over the years, will be featured on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” program this Saturday morning, December 12. The segment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the dd-wayback06_ph_0500852171_part1release of the unusual Christmas record “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by the then Bay Area bluegrass act Elmo & Patsy & The Homestead Act.

The program will include film shot this past week in the Bay Area with Elmo and other local participants in the recording and promotion of the song, some with a merry view…but others not so merry. The program will appear on Channel 7 in the Bay Area.

RIGHT: Patsy & Elmo Schropshire in 1984.

The story behind the best selling holiday tune of all times is Bay Area bluegrass history at its zaniest and worth reading up on if you haven’t yet. Here are some fun current articles about the unlikely, but meteroic rise of “Grandma” to the top of the charts a quarter of a century ago:

SF Chronicle “Wayback” Column “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer At No. 1,”  December 6, 2009.  (The band story)

SF Chronicle “Radio Waves” Column (halfway down) “Good Morning Grandma,” December 11, 2009. (The radio story)

Vanderbilt Magazine “Southern Journal” Column “All I Want For Christmas Is Another Grandma,” December, 2009. (The songwriter story)

12/12/09 Update: The Good Morning America Weekend segment (under “GMA Hot List”).