Feb 14 2011

All good things…

Hi, folks–

Well, after 7 years together, 4 or 5 years’ playing a regular show at Amnesia, 3 kids, 1 Hardly Strictly appearance, 1 showcase in Nashville, 0 endorsement deals (um, Lagunitas Brewing Co., do you know how much IPA Prentice and Nicole drink?), and 1.2 recordings, the Nellies have decided that it’s time to take a break.

We’re playing our last show* at Amnesia this month, on February 28. We’ll be joined by Nicole (Nellies) and Eric Embry (Burning Embers, Plain High Drifters) doing a little opening set and our good pals the Earl Brothers closing out the evening.

Come on down and say hello and goodbye. We’ve loved every minute of playing for our friends, family, and fans over the better part of the past decade, and it just wouldn’t seem right if you all weren’t there to celebrate all the good music and fun times we’ve had.

Monday, Feb. 28
Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., San Francisco
8 pm ish Nicole Solis and Eric Embry
9 pm ish The Barefoot Nellies
10:15 pm ish The Earl Brothers

If you haven’t picked up our CD, this may be your last chance. It’s sold out at CDBaby, and we’ll have a few copies to sell at the show. (You can, of course, always buy it from iTunes or Amazon.)

The Nellies

*We’re not going to pull a Barbra/Cher thing and call it our last ever show. The Nellies will never die. But we will be in hibernation for a bit.

Oct 11 2010

Ashkenaz with Windy Hill–This Friday!

Hey, folks–

We have been looking forward to this Friday’s show for months. Not only are we playing at the fabulous Ashkenaz (the last time we played there, we opened for Hot Buttered Rum), but we’re playing with one of our favorite bands, Windy Hill. We have never met any band who gets more excited about traditional bluegrass than these folks do. They honed their skills back in Colorado and have that great Open Road sound. You can’t find a band that has more fun on stage than these guys do.

Friday, October 15
$15 at the door/$12 in advance
All ages (but there’s beer and wine for the 21+ crowd)

Hammer down,

The Nellies

Sep 1 2010

Bill Monroe Tribute Night at Amnesia this Monday

The original bad-ass of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Nellies-only posts for this non-Nellies news about an event Nicole threw together…

Bill Monroe Tribute Night at Amnesia
Monday, September 6

One month before the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival takes over Golden Gate Park, Amnesia is hosting a truly strictly bluegrass night, dedicated to the man who founded the genre, Bill Monroe. Celebrating Monroe’s 99th birthday, three acts will be performing his music, all from different eras of Monroe’s career, for free at Amnesia on Labor Day.

Eric Embry (Burning Embers, Shed House) and Nicole Solis (Barefoot Nellies) will start off the night playing a happy hour set of songs from the Monroe Brothers. Featuring Bill and his guitar-playing brother Charlie, the Monroe Brothers was Bill Monroe’s first professional band, performing and recording in the early 1930s.

Matt and George and Their Pleasant Valley Boys kick off the official “band” portion of the show with bluegrass just the way Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys played it from 1945 to 1947. Why those years? Though Monroe formed the Blue Grass Boys in the late 1930s, he made the brilliant decision in 1945 to hire banjo player Earl Scruggs and guitar player and singer Lester Flatt. Together, they created the modern bluegrass sound: driving banjo, tight three-part harmonies, and breakneck tempos. The Pleasant Valley Boys hew close to Monroe’s style musically and visually, dressing in period 1940s clothes and performing around a single microphone.

The Monroe Tribute Band, put together by renowned Monroe-style mandolin player Butch Waller (High Country), features some of the local bluegrass scene’s heaviest hitters: Larry Cohea (High Country, Blue and Lonesome) on banjo, Paul Shelasky (David Grisman, Good Ol’ Persons), Chris Smith (Mighty Crows), and Matt Dudman (Pleasant Valley Boys). They’ll tackle the rest of Monroe’s more than 60-year career, offering up some stellar picking and great singing.

After the bands play, we’ll invite some of the musicians in the audience to come onstage and sing or play their favorite Monroe songs and maybe even tell their favorite Monroe stories.

Monday, September 6
853 Valencia St. (between 19th and 20th Sts.)
San Francisco, CA
Happy hour set at 7:30
Bands start at 8:30
21 and over

Contact: Nicole Solis (nicole at barefootnellies dot com).

Aug 24 2010

The doppelganger song

Merriam-Webster reports that searches on the word “doppelganger” have increased dramatically recently. They attribute it to George Stephanopoulos referring to Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert as Julia Roberts’ doppelganger on Good Morning, America, but I think we all know the real reason: the increasing popularity of the Nellies’ song “Your New Girl” (or as most people refer to it, “the doppelganger song”).

May 19 2010

We’re in SF Weekly’s Best of San Francisco!

SF Weekly’s Best of San Francisco is out today!

Hey, folks–

We’re totally blushing. Every year, SF Weekly talks to artists, musicians, foodies, and men- and women-about-town to find out the things that they love most about San Francisco, putting it together in a list of wonderful, weird, entertaining, and amazing people, events, places, and things to do in this city.

And this year, they picked us! Read the whole piece, and then come on down to the Sand Dollar on Sunday and see us for yourself.

Two quick corrections: Adam “Roscoe” Roszkiewicz, despite being a dude, is a full-fledged member of the Nellies. And Chuck Poling’s awesome quote is from his profile of the Nellies in the California Bluegrass Association’s Bluegrass Breakdown newsletter. We would just hate for these tiny errors to have unintended effects, such as ruining any future senatorial campaigns.

Thanks, SF Weekly! We love you, too!

The Nellies

May 4 2010

Sassy ladies at Berkeley’s Starry Plough

Hey, folks–

We’ve got a real fun show coming up this Thursday. The Nellies will be venturing over to the East Bay for an evening of sassy lady singers and boot-stompin’ bluegrass and Western swing. We’ll be opening the show, and then Lady A and Her Heel Draggers, a great local Western swing band, will be finishing off the night. Come on by!

Thursday, May 6
Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
Nellies on at 9
Lady A and Her Heel Draggers at 10

For more amazing Nellies gigs, check out our gigs page.

The Nellies

Apr 25 2010

Monday. April 26. Amnesia. Be there.

Hey, folks–

It’s only been two months since we played Amnesia, but it feels like a lifetime. Who knew this bimonthly schedule would be so hard on our bluegrass hearts? So come join us as we head back to our favorite bar. It’s gonna be a good time. You know it is. But it’ll be more fun with you there.

Monday, April 26
853 Valencia (between 19th and 20th)
8:30 until you stop begging for more

The Nellies

Apr 15 2010

“So, what are the Nellies up to these days?”

The Barefoot Nellies at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Photo by Ray Bussolari.

We’ve been hearing that a lot lately. Thanks for asking!

We’re playing at Amnesia on Monday, April 26 and at the Starry Plough on Thursday, May 6, so if you live in the Bay Area, there’s a Nellies show near you sometime soon. But if you haven’t seen as many gigs on our calendar lately, it’s for a couple of good reasons.

First of all, it’s wedding season. The Nellies love to play at weddings, and we do it a lot this time of year. What could be more fun than a wedding? Everybody’s having a good time. You’ve got the happy couple, of course, but there’s also the kids in party clothes rolling ecstatically on the lawn and the grownups cutting the rug. At a wedding a couple of years ago, the bride’s grandfather sat in with us on fiddle for a few songs. Maybe we’re hopeless romantics, but we think a wedding is pretty much a dream gig.

And also, we’re getting started on another recording. If you’ve done any recording yourself, you know that’s not a quick and easy project. But we’re very excited about it, and we promise to keep you posted.

So, what have you been up to lately?

Feb 21 2010

It’s the end of an era

Our first-ever gig, at Amnesia, August 2004. Our fashion sense has certainly evolved.

Hey, folks–

About four years or so ago, the Nellies played our first monthly show at Amnesia. Since then, we’ve returned to that crimson-hued room on the fourth Monday of every month to play for pretty much the best crowd that a band could hope for.

This Monday, February 22, will be our last monthly gig at Amnesia–but never fear! We’ll be back on our regular day in the even-numbered months. But in the odd-numbered months, you can rely on other fine, fine bands for your bluegrass entertainment.

So come on down this Monday and celebrate the end of an era with us. And thanks for all your support over the years. We can’t tell you how much fun it is to play for people who are so determined to have a great time–dancing, chatting, hootin’ and hollerin’–on a Monday night. You’re troopers. So come on down, bring your requests, and be sure to yell ’em out real loud. Amnesia is our favorite place to play, and it’s all because of you, you, you.

The Nellies

Jan 30 2010

Nellies are nominated for NCBS awards!

Hey, folks–

We just saw Northern California Bluegrass Society Awards nominations, and the Nellies done garnered ourselves quite a few nominations! We’re so honored to be up for best band, female vocalist, guitar player (for our mando player, somehow), mandolin player, bass player, and fiddle player.

The awards are announced every year as part of the NCBS’s Bluegrass on Broadway festival in Redwood City. If you like bluegrass (and if you’re reading this, we bet you do), it’s a great chance to see a lot of the really fabulous Northern California bluegrass bands all in one place.

Bluegrass on Broadway
March 11-14
Redwood City

If you’re an NCBS member, vote now! Vote NELLIES!

The Nellies