May 242014


Muddy Roots Spring Weekender
The Goose On The Lake
John Hartford Memorial Festival
Hub City Music Festival
Red Wing Roots Music Festival
Kilgore Station Bluegrass Festival
Outlaw Fest
Basin Bluegrass Festival

Ok folks this new event take us out west to California! It takes place September 18th-21st
in Plumas Eureka State Park in Johnsville California.
This event is being hosted to benefit the Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl.
Which they are attempting to re-open.
This is a hoedown NOT a music festival..and it’s clearly stressed in their mission:

Simple Livin’ – Park the car, disconnect from technology, stop producing trash.

• Community – Meet your neighbors, dosey doe, make new friends.

• Outdoor Recreation – Ride a bike, swim in Eureka Lake, Hike to Eureka Peak.

• Music – An unforgettable lineup that sounds just right on a historic ski bowl.

• Goal – Support a non-profit, community driven ski hill.

All proceeds of the event will benefit the Ski Johnsville Fund, which is managed by The Plumas Community Foundation (501(c)3 EIN: 94-3315367)

Although I have indeed done alot of research on this festival, I found some of the
lineup but no actual schedule of time slots.
Here’s the artists I have reported to appear:
Konrad Wert (AKA) Possessed By Paul James
Sneaky Creatures
Willie Watson (AKA) With O.C.M.S.
Good Luck Thrift Store Outlet
Lonesome Locomotive
Willy Tea Taylor
Bobcat Armenti
Wake Of The Dead
Lost Sierra Ramblers

You can get you tickets HERE
Not a bad deal for that lineup at all!
This includes on site camping first come first claim type deal.
And THERE IS lodging closeby for a map of the area and more information on
hotels click HERE.

Now I would like to share some of the history of this event I found it really interesting.
The Plumas Ski Club began operation of the Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl at it’s present site during
the season of 1957-58. However, the history of skiing in the Plumas County area of the northern
Sierra dates back to 1860. Very few people realize that this distinguishes the mountains between
Johnsville and LaPorte as the oldest recorded sport skiing in the western hemisphere.During the
later portion of the 19th century, historic towns in Plumas and Sierra counties including LaPorte,
Howland, Flat, Port Wine and Johnsville served as popular winter playgrounds for skiers. Only the
Johnsville area continues to serve both locals and visitors as a site for the increasingly popular
Nordic and telemark style skiing as well as alpine and downhill skiing.By 1863, Gold Mountain, now
known as Eureka Peak, above the then thriving mining town of Johnsville had a down-the-hill ski run
of 2600 feet. An early day “longboard” ski racer was reported to have reached a speed of 90 mph.
According to oral history, the mining ore buckets going up Gold Mountain were used by skiers as
possibly the first ski-lift in the world.In 1937, two young Quincy men designed the first real ski
lift in Plumas County. Unfortunately, they built the lift on the lower slopes of Mt Washington in an
avalanche path. The lift was eventually relocated to the steep slopes behind the Plumas-Eureka StampMill.
At one time the present Plumas-Eureka State Park museum served as a ski lodge.
In 1950 the Plumas Ski Club was organized as a non-profit organization by skiers from Blairsden, Portola and Quincy. The Ski Club was involved in promoting both downhill and cross country skiing and ran a rope tow near the museum until 1954. In 1955 the Ski Club moved the rope tow to the present site in Eureka Bowl which had historically been used for skiing in the 19th century.Over the years, members of the Ski Club have
contributed money and labor to develop the Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl. As years passed, a warming hut was
built and the lifts were expanded to include the present day poma lifts.In 1959, Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl
became part of the state park.

May 242014


Well folks here once again I am promoting another benefit this time
Blake Kovrig owner of Music City Bar And Grill is hosting a benefit show
and silent auction for his mother Sandra Korvig.

I recently went to this venue to see Guy Nix play a few sets and didn’t
have a pleasant time with the service BUT Mr. Blake made every attempt
to correct it and I haven’t been able to revisit.
Through our past correspondence I learned of the benefit show and I
wanted to support him because he is a really good owner.

The Skahls will be performing all evening however there will be
several guests appearing that are not scheduled or advertised you will
have to go see for yourselves.
An optional door fee will be in place and several ways to donate to his mother.

Folks PLEASE come out and help this man provide his mother with comfortable
conditions in her time of need.
There is NO SHAME in asking for help for medical conditions in today’s
day and age of no care even with health insurance!

Here’s the details from the event on Social Media:

I have done several benefits in the past, and have given my heart & soul into
each and everyone of them. I did not ever think I would be doing one for the very
person who brought me into this World and has been the Heart & Soul of everything
that I know on this Earth.

My Mother, was diagnosed with stage 4 Lung Cancer back in November of 2013.
They have deemed her cancer untreatable, and she has been on medications ever
since to deal with the pain. Sadly, she has taken a turn for the worse and can
no longer be cared for by Family. She has been admitted to a 24/7 home to get
the treatment and care that she needs. This home is quite expensive, but is our
Family’s only option.

So in this time of need I turn to all of you my friends to help us over come this difficult financial situation.

I feel embarrassed that I myself cannot attend to this financial need.
My goal is to raise enough money to help my Mother to stay in a home cared for,
and inevitably help to pay for a proper burial service.

She has been the Rock of my entire life, and I cannot bare to have her final
few months not go well. I have battled this emotionally for quite some time and
see no other option, then to ask humbly for your help in this matter. Many of you
have met her, on her trips here to Nashville, and you know what a spirited, wonderful,
amazing Women she is, and my close relationship with her.

I really don’t know what to write here but can tell you that this comes from my heart as a Son.

I just ask that you come out and support a Wonderful, Spirited Woman who has been the inspiration to all that I am.

We will be auctioning of many signed items from several major Country Music Stars, along with all of my personal collection of memorabilia, & items that I have collected over the years.


There will be several guest appearances to be named later, sitting in with The Skahl’s who will be playing that night. There will be an Optional donation cover charge at the door.

If you cannot attend the benefit, and I know many of my Friends are from out of town, you can send any donations to

The Music City Bar and Grill 2416 Music Valley drive #161, Nashville TN 37214. if you are mailing a check make it out to Sandra Kovrig. I can also accept Credit card Donations. If you want to donate that way please message me here privately or call me if you have my cell number.

I guess I am at a loss, but know that many of you have a kind heart, this is what I believe in.

I just want to ensure that my Mother is well taken care of in her final days.

I wish I did not have to ask for help but I do.

If anyone has anything to offer, please message me and let me know.

God Bless you all, and I thank you in advance for your help and your support.

Thanks Blake.

There will also be a golf outing for this benefit and a silent auction with
a Willie Nelson signed guitar.

May 242014


I just finally got to talk more with Owen Mays and he has had an eventful
couple days in Nashville.
He comes from my “Other Home State” of Wisconsin along with guitarist Eric Bestul.

He is out promoting his new album ‘Hateful Blues” on Maybest Records.

I got to love the guy and I share his enthusiasm for traditional country music
on every level. We have different knowledge of several different areas of
the genre.

This is a good venue however before the show it is INCREDIBLY loud!
House music is so loud I cant even hear my waitress!
But hopefully Mr. Owen will fix that.

They switch to a late night menu after hours and the food is less
quantity so I have to warn you because I misunderstood my waitress
I think because it was loud before the show.
Honestly I’m not a restaurant critic so I’ll leave my experience
silent because it wasn’t that pleasant. The SHOW however…was!

He just started his set with drinking songs I’m in heaven.
‘Barstools Neon Signs And Old Milwaukee” is my favorite song.
Playing Elvis songs is perfectly fine down here on Music Row.

He’s playing “Run Boy Run” and doing some really wonderful
guitar instrumentals.
Billy Don Burns songs are also good just like the rest of the sets.
I’m enjoying the music ‘Truck Driving Man”. In my opinion
this is GREAT FREE MUSIC. And you should be down here!
He’s Playing “Close All The Honky Tonks”. And some Ray Price
like I said..he has TONS of respect for Country Music.

He did the greatest version of “Your Cheating Heart” that I
have heard in quite some time.
“Patch And Pray” is a really good song he’s doing right now.
Their version of “Folsom Prison Blues” really showcases their
guitar ability.

He began his new set with “Guitars Cadilacs And Hillbilly Music”
One of my favorite Dwight songs.
“Take Away This Ball And Chain’ was a Social Distortion song
I enjoyed his version of it and I’m enjoying his version of
Hank Williams Jr’s “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound”.

He played “Hateful Blues” off his new album.
These guys are really doing a GREAT JOB here on Music Row.


Eric Bestul is a really talented multi-instrumentalist. HE IS
tearing up the steel guitar AND an upright AT THE SAME TIME!
Playing Ray Lawrence Jr. covers? PLEASE..ALL NIGHT!

He’s playing me some good old Country songs! “Too Hot To Handle”.
‘Making Believe”…I will tell you folks this man’s set is
a sight to behold. THIS IS what I truly love to admire
knowledge of the history of this genre.
“You Win Again” and “How Mountain Girls Can Love”.

All in All they have really done a great job here on Music Row
and is showing these people REAL CLASSIC country music.