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Valley, Volume 25 - Issue 48 Wednesday July 14, 2010 Julian, CA. ISSN 1937-8416 I have had the pleasure of associating With musicians for most of my life. Not as one of them but as a person who can appreciate their talents and in some minor ways supporting them at performances and in various positions at radio stations where I worked. I spent many a day at festivals and concerts helping to prepare, lugging equipment from transport to stage, working the mixing board, trying to get their music on the radio (or keep it there) I have made many musician friends throughout the years and enjoyed some of their finest performances. I have also seen some less than stellar efforts, experienced the ego of a person who has been. coddled and pandered to for far too long. Like everything in life the good the bad and the less than attractive. Every so often someone comes along that just grabs your attention and you can't let go. You follow their progression from just a member of a band or troubadour buskering around and playing on street corners and in small coffee houses and bars to a nationally known performer. Almost three years ago I was doing what I enjoy, relaxing on a Saturday night at Wynola Pizza's Red Barn. Chris Clarke and Dave Bandrowski were scheduled and Chris had given me a heads up that he was bringing along a kid who was going to blow my socks off with his talent. I planned to be there anyway; I didn't need the added hype. I take three hours out to clear my head before the final push on Sunday to piece the paper together... I was kiddin' with Chris before the first set and waiting for Michele to close her shop and join me, David Lewis had come in and he and I staked out our tables, some other regulars took their spots in the Red Barn. All the while this young kid in flip flops tuned his fiddle and stayed over in the corner, privately getting his game on. Chris or Dave would occasionally ask a question and get a response of a boyish grin and a head nod. The barn began to fill up, about two thirds full, as I recall, so there were still some chairs available. A few unfamiliar faces in the crowd, always nice to see "Non- locals" experiencing some of our uniqueness. As the guys began to play it was obvious, to me at least, that they were feeding off each others energy, throwing a lick out here and there to see what the other guys would do, Chris and Dave love the challenges and this is part of the attraction to their style, and the quiet kid on the fiddle was holding his own, "and through out the first set he was taking solos and adding his own unique style to the trio. At one point Chris PlaYed a lick on the mandolin and Dave picked it up with the banjo, then the kid finished it off with the fiddle and all three just smiled at one another and many of us in the audience applauded because we knew, this was a special moment. As we watched the kid on his next trip into town, a quiet confidence started to emerge. He showed up with a couple of other bands and without exception he was "the guy" everyone was talking about. On one occasion he was with Sara Petite and she had brought a mandolin player from Nashville and no guitarist. This fiddle playin' kid also had a mandolin and the two of them went wild all evening trading licks and smiles as each pushed the other. The kids name is John Mailander and he has talent beyond his teenage years. Some of those fresh faces I saw that first night were John's parents, who attend every show. We struck up a conversation and t learned that neither the fiddle or mandolin was his first instrument. He started on the flute of all things, about as far away from the bow and chin rest as one can get? John was truly a kid, still in high school, all of 17 years old and making an impression on musicians and casual listeners. Once in awhile the discussion would be about the times John couldn't play somewhere because he wasn't old enough to get into a bar. Over the next year John, Dave and Chris formed the band PLOW, adding bassist Doug Smart Brothers Bring A New CD To Bailey's For An All Ages Welcome Performance, Friday The Smart Brothers (Friday, July 16 at Bailey's, 730pm) Arguably the best part about having Julian's most musical siblings, the Smart Brothers, home for the summer is that the first few copies of the boys' brand new album will be shipped right here to zip code 92036. Set for a national release in August, the third album from the Smart Brothers entitled "Make it Last" (Mister Shadow Records) will be available at the Smart Bros' upcoming pre-release party at Bailey's Woodpit BBQ during a special all ages performance. Jesse and Luke Edwards were only 16 and 14 respectively when they began experimenting with an old tape recorder in their parents' shed in Cuyamaca: "Our first recordings were just awful tone-deaf songs about how much we hated living in the middle of nowhere without TV, oh yeah, and girls," says Luke Edwards over a cup of tea at the Julian Coffee House. "We didn't know what we were doing back then, not that we do now, but we still had a lot of fun. We got a handful of noise complaints, I didn't even realize we had neighbors out there," says older brother Jesse Edwards, the other half of the duo. Since then, the boys have come a long way in their songwriting, performing, and recording. They've won awards for their original songs in Atlanta, Nashville, and Florida, toured nationally since 2007, and released two full length albums nationwide. "Make it Last" will be the third release from the Smart Brothers and was recorded at Mister Shadow Studios in nearby The Smart Brothers, Jessie and Luke Edwards. Encinitas, CA. The overall tone of the album's 10 tracks is surprisingly simple, while building on the lavish experimentation that can be heard in the brothers' first two releases ("self-titled" 2007 and "My Baby" 2008, both available on itunes and Amazon). It is very reminiscent of a live show: lots of harmony, big drums, big guitars, and a few surprises of course. "We've done some really interesting things in the studio over the years- huge layered vocal arrangements, synthesizers, home made instruments, recording underwater...this time we've really kept it stripped for "Make it Last". "The songs are much more deeply meaningful than anything we've done before- we've really gone through a lot these past few years. They tell of some of the adventures we've had out on the road, some of the crazy things we've seen. Trouble with the police, seeing the country, natural disasters, being homeless in New York City, fishing...still lots of songs about girls," says Luke. The Smart Brothers perform Friday, July 16 at 7:30 in Julian and will have a small batch of the new album, signed and numbered, available at the show. Don't miss your chance to hear down, focusing mainly on the . .the new tracks before everyone songwriting. I can't wait for- else, come join the boys as they people to hearwhatwe'vecooked celebrate the completion of the up. That's how you know you've new album. More info available got it right, when you can'twait to at www.thesmartbrothers.com, show someone else," says Jesse Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and regarding the recording process Youtube. Permit No. 30 Julian, CA Julian News PO Box 639 Jt]lian, CA. 92036 Change Service Requested I1,1,,I,,I,,,'11,,11,,11,,,,,11,,I,II1,,,I,,I,,,I,1,11,,,I,,11 Small Town Papers TFN 5026 California Ave SW Seattle WA 98136-1208 ...... II Historical by Michael Hart John Mailander Walker. They had a following through their appearances in Wynola and played the Lion's Clubs Bluegrass Festival in September, which coincided with the release of their initial CD. John graduated from High School in June of '09 and chose to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. So those of us who had been watching him wondered what we would see upon his return for Summer break. There has been no slow down in the growth curve. He's picked up some new tricks and is beginning to be recognized by his peers in the music industry. Which brings us to the 4th of July weekend and the San Diego Summer Pops with Marvin Hamlisch, the internet and Alison Brown, International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year in 1991 and Grammy nominated for her first solo effort, Simple Pleasures. John got a message that Alison Brown was looking for him, she had gotten his name from a mutual friend, checked him out on UTube, and was he available to play the weekend concerts with her at the Summer Pops? He was available for two nights for sure. He had scheduled a trip for the other night and didn't think he could rearrange. On Thursday July 1 he rehearsed with the band and went home, then got some more music to learn over his computer..: Friday night was only hours away and this was not your standard bluegrass it was, well, complex. Friday night John took the stage with the Alison Brown Quartet. Musical director Marvin Hamlisch introduced each member of the band, but had to work for the few words he got from Mailander. He was there to play fiddle and play he did. He would comment later: "this was the kind of thing I wants to do; to be pushed by the calibre of musicians I was with." John did reschedule his trip and did all three nights (including the 4th of July). Those of us who saw his first show in the Red Barn knew. Any one who hasn't had the chance should take it. John will be back with Chris and Dave and The Taildraggers, he's also scheduled as himself. Don't miss the opportunity to catch a musician mature, beyond his years. Julian And Alpine Exercise Groups Promote Senior Fitness A sea of Caribbean blue t-shirts with a senior fitness message will converge in the mountain town of Julian on Wednesday, July 14. Matt Kraemer, owner of Alpine Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, Inc., with offices in Alpine and Julian, started Sit and Fit for seniors almost 8 years ago in Alpine. A core group of about 8 participants has grown to 80 attendees per week and over 100 for their annual Christmas party. Matt Kraemer donates his time and Alpine Community Center donates space. Because the class was so popular in Alpine, Matt contacted the Julian Library to see if they would like to donate space for a weekly class in Julian. They did and the class became an immediate success. Matt has long had the idea to bring the Julian and Alpine classes together for a combined exercise class followed by a meet-and- greet-and-eat potluck (a monthly tradition in both locations). Julian Town Hall embraced the idea of donating space. Matt arranged for a charter bus to pick up Alpine Sit & Fitters in the morning and return them to Alpine in the afternoon. They will have time to explore Julian before and after the combined event. A Charter Tour bus will be dropping off the Alpine group (Matt is riding the bus with them!) at Julian Town Hall around i0:00 AM on July 14 to be met by Julian class. Matt's enthusiasm is obvious. "1 love doing these classes and the participants are the best ... fun, eager, friendly, hospitable, a joy to be around! .... I hope to reverse the event in the future, hosting Julian Sit & Fitters for a senior fitness day in Alpine." Society Picnic and Potluck To Be Held In Historic The Julian Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting and potluck picnic at the site of Benjamin Frank Miller's orchard in Wynola. In 1907, apples from Julian won a gold medal at the Jamestown Exposition in Jamestown Virginia. Julian Apples in Jamestown Virginia you ask? Read the San Francisco Call article: "San Francisco Call, Volume 103, Number5, 5December 1907 -- SAN DIEGO COUNTY WINS MEDALS AT JAMESTOWN. SAN DIEGO COUNTY WINS MEDALS AT JAMESTOWN Seven Gold Prizes Awarded for the Best Exhibit of Gems, Silk, Apples and Olive Oil SAN DIEGO, Dec. 4. -- Considering that there was alleged bias at the Jamestown exposition against the Pacific coast, San Diego county fared well in the awards, receiving seven gold medals. The awards were as follows: Los Angeles and San Diego counties -- Gold medal for installation, and gold medal for collective exhibit. San Diego county -- Gold medal for gems and gold medal for silk. Gifford's best olives and olive oil. silver medal. Old mission olives and olive oil. bronze medal. Citrus acid products, bronze medal. W. L. Detrick, H. F. Wilcox, Chester Gunn and B. F. Miller, all of Julian -- Gold medals for apples." Benjamin Frank Miller's orchard, already famous in 1907, has operated continuously to present day, and is now known as Wynola Valley Orchard. Purchased by Richard Farley somewhere around 1950, Richard revitalized the orchard and ran it until his death in 1976. For many years after that, it was operated by Ray and Helen Meyers. The orchard was passed through the family to, David Lewis, and his sister, Kathy Chinn, following the death of their grandmother. David will share the history and memories of his former childhood home, once known as the Miller place. The Julian Historical Society will, with a great deal of pride, be displaying our new archival equipment. Among the items that will be shown will be new professional grade video and digital cameras, audio equipment and more. The 1912 Mach stage will be on hand, and you might just catch a ride around the orchard on it. (The 1912 Julian Stage hauled passengers to Julian from the end of the railroad line at Foster. Foster (now under water behind San Vincente Dam) was the eastern end of the the railroad from San Diego.) 2009 was a year of great accomplishment and excitement for the society, and we would like you to come and share that with US. Sited beneath a shaded grove of century old oaks, the event features abundant parking and a beautiful setting. Three JHS board of director positions, Judy Halliburton, Jan Mattias, and Brian Steutel are up for re- election. Board members are elected for three year terms. Members and interested parties are invited. Beverages, glasses, utensils and plates are provided. Please bring your own lawn chairs as there will be limited seating provided. continued on page lO Wednesday, July 21 6pm Menghini Winery