B L U E G R A S S  N E W S LETTER: FEB. 2, 2005

Frank Wakefield Band GO WEST TOUR 

Bill Monroe, Frank Wakefield, Lester Flatt, Ralph Stanley, Kenny Baker, Jimmy Martin, Larry Sparks, Sullivan Family, Tex Logan, Bob Black, Richard Greene, Jack Hicks, Joe Stuart, Joe Mullins, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Marty Stuart, Wayne Lewis, Butch Robins, David Grisman, David Nelson, Jerry Garcia and much much more.

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         Photo from Frank Wakefield Personal Collection.





Frank Wakefield's Walk Through Time

Learning "Tanyards" From Bill Monroe then...

making the first recording of it.  (Jim Moss)

The Frank Wakefield Band,
Adventures in Bluegrass II



Random Notes: The band will begin its GO WEST Tour February 10th with:

*The Tractor Tavern in Seattle, Washington February 10th 2005

*Rogers Hall: Lyons in Colorado Show on February 12th 2005

*Diamond Circle Theater in Durango, Colorado on February 14th 2005

*The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley California on February 19th 2005


Anyone interested in attending Frank Wakefield's group lesson in Lyons or Durango Colorado is encouraged to contact Jim Moss at 


SEEKING DAT HEADS The Frank Wakefield Band will be playing in Seattle WA, Lyons CO, Durango CO and Berkeley CA. We would like to locate DAT Heads in these areas to DAT the shows. Also, we carry a Sony PD150 and would like to find someone to run the camera at these venues too. We will use the resulting video and audio in our "Adventures In Bluegrass" series.We like it best when we can have 1 or 2 DAT Heads taping the show with studio grade mics placed on the stage with us and 1 DAT on the board. We cannot pay anything, but you get in as one of our camera crew and you will also be listed in the credits of these movies. We have had great results from this approach in the past finding really great and talented people.  If you are interested please contact me about the arrangements. 

Jim Moss: The Frank Wakefield Band: 

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Below is a link to mp3 files from the bands NYC show last November

which was part of the GO EAST Tour 2004.

The links are on the left side just above the pictures.  These were recorded on DAT the

stereo silver mics seen on stage with us in the pictures, by one of the many fans who
follow the band to record the shows.



The Frank Wakefield Band

"GO WEST" Tour Schedule


** Thursday February 10, 2005, 8:00 pm  **
The Tractor Tavern
Seattle, Washington




** Saturday February 12, 2005, 8:00 pm  **
Rogers Hall: High Street Concerts

First Colorado tour in 25 years
Lyons, Colorado

(Mandolin Group Lessons Likely)

Contact: Jim Moss at



** Thursday February 14, 2005, 8:00 pm  **

Diamond Circle Theater

First Colorado tour in 25 years
Durango, Colorado

(Mandolin Group Lessons Likely)

Contact: Jim Moss at



** Saturday February 19, 2005, 8:00 pm **
The Freight & Salvage Coffee House
Berkeley, California



** February 2005 **
Frank Wakefield 3 day Mandolin Instructional Extravaganza

SF Bay Area, California
(This year will be limited to 3 students for 3 days)

For more information please email
Jim Moss at

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More To Come...


Frank Wakefield's Bio web page:





Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys at Bean Blossom 1980

Photo by Karla Volpert

Copyright Karla Volpert

 All Rights Reserved (and she means it)


Photo Documentarian Karla Volpert

A Bean Blossom Regular in the late 1970s.

More From The Karla'graph Collection




Now here are some very cool photos. Frank made his private photo collection available for display at his the web site.  We call it Frank Wakefield's Private Photo Collection.


This year has been a busy one with our west coast tour, then off to Sweden, Scotland and England as well as here in the USA.  What great bluegrass fans we met.   You can find photos from our tours at the following links: or at

these links that reside in the upper left of each page:

More Sweden Photos1

More Sweden Photos2

More Sweden Photos3

More Sweden Photos4

More Sweden Photos5

More UK Photos1

More UK Photos2


Freight & Salvage Berkeley CA USA 2004

Note: These pages are full of photos and may take a little time to download

with a 56K dial up modem.



Curly Ray Cline

Bean Blossom Festival 1973


Photo by Jim Penson

Copyright Jim Penson



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Bean Blossom Festival 1973

"I was really into photography at the time,

and was just taking pictures of interesting looking people"


Photo by Jim Penson

Copyright Jim Penson




Frank Wakefield recording mandolin

breaks for the new CD. 


Photo: Jim Moss



The Frank Wakefield Band at

"The Hearts of England" in Kenilworth


Photo by: Steve Ashton




The Frank Wakefield Band at

"The Hearts of England" in Kenilworth


Photo by: Steve Ashton




The Frank Wakefield Band at

"The Hearts of England" in Kenilworth

May I say Jim that I will always remember that gig as one of the best I've even heard, your musicianship and showmanship left an indelible image that I will carry forever.  If you're ever over here again give me a shot as your bassman as I would relish the opportunity!

Steve Ashton

Leicester, England


Photo by: Steve Ashton




The Frank Wakefield Band at

"The Hearts of England" in Kenilworth


Photo by: Steve Ashton




The Frank Wakefield Band with King Wilkie

at East Hartford, CT

More Photos


Photo by: Kevin Lynch



Final Notes:

We have the last of the Grateful Dead Records stock of The Good Ol Boys

Pistol Packin Moma CD.  This CD which is out of print has Frank Wakefield,

David Nelson, Don Reno, Chubby Wise and Pat Campbell on bass.  We have them. 

For information regarding the CD email Jim Moss at:


Here is a handful of photos collected from the bands adventures over the past year or 2004.


Great Review of Seattle FWB Show on TrueGrass:

Photos from the Pacific North West Tour: (extra large page)

Frank Wakefield's Grammy Nomination:

Sleeping Lady CD
with Jim Moss, Frank Wakefield and Bob Black
(Ask about the other Frank Wakefield and Jim Moss Video's and CD's.)

Tanyards CD, recorded in 1983
With Special Introduction
Fiddle Jim Moss,
Mandolin Jesse McReynolds,
Banjo Bob Black,
Guitar Dave Thompson.

Red Allen & Frank Wakefield Smithsonian Folkways
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Encore Links

The Sullivan Family
Bean Blossom June 2001 (Streaming Video)

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Free mandolin lesson with Frank Wakefield
Click here to hear Frank Wakefield Teach You Catnip

Learn "Cattle In The Cane" (Jim Moss)

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So, you think that you have been to jam sessions?
Try this one on for size, its 1957...
Joe Stuart, Joe Meadows and a few friends come over...
to your house...  hear it now on mp3.

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Richard Greene: Part 1


Bob Black: (recording Kenny Baker's Dry & Dusty album 1973)

Jimmy Martin Tells It Like It Is! (Part 1)
Part 3 "Jimmy Martin Tells It Like It Is" is on the way.
An amazing and understandable insight into the world of Jimmy Martin.

Jesse McReynolds Talks About Recording In The 1950's (Part 3)

Frank Wakefield: (Bluegrass in the 1950's)
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Great photos and a live recording of Kenny Baker
with Bob Black at Bean Blossom.  This was the first
time they ever played together..  It was after midnight
at Bean Blossom.

Upcoming Interviews yet to be transcribed:
"Richard Greene, Bluegrass Fiddle with Bill Monroe: Parts 1-8"
"Jimmy Martin Part 3"
"Jesse McReynolds Part 3"

"Wayne Lewis, Being one of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys Part 3"

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