Season's Greetings from
Hi everybody,

   Paul and all the Volunteers at Kulak's Woodshed wish you all "Happy Holidays" and health and prosperity in the coming new year.

   Paul also would like to remind you that we now have an extensive library of recordings from previous shows in the Woodshed Archives at

Monday 12/23, 8:00pm

Singer/Songwriter Open Mic hosted by Kiki Wow. If you're itchin' to perform at the Woodshed, come on over. Sign ups begin at 7pm

(People start showin' up for the impromptu Jam Session at 6:00pm so get here as early as ya can.)

Tuesday 12/24
Closed for Christmas

Wednesday 12/25
Closed for Christmas



Thursday 12/26
Closed to Recover from Christmas

Friday 12/27, 8:00pm
Dean Dobbins and Friends End of the Year Show

Dean Dobbins was the California Country Music Associationís Songwriter Of The Year in 1988, Male Vocalist Of The Year in 1989, and his song "One, Two, Three" was chosen as Song Of The Year for 1990. The Dean Dobbins Band was "Band Of The Year" in 1990, and Dean was also voted Most Promising Male Vocalist Of 1988 by Nashville's INDEPENDENT RECORD magazine.

Tonight, Dean will be joined by many of his friends, who will perform a couple of songs apiece

8:00 to 9:00 (in order) - Craig Lackey, Brett Perkins, Karen Tobin, Ed Tree, Paul Nielsen

9:00 to 10:00 (in order) - John Batson, Lisa Turner, Brooks Taylor, John Stowers, Jeff Kossack

10:00 to 11:00 (in order) - David Stone, Moses Hauffen, Allan Frank, Bruce Teitell

Saturday 12/28, 8:00pm
John Townsend and Friends

John Townsend was the lead vocalist and writer of the famous Sanford/Townsend Band. John is a recipient of the BMI Certificate of Achievement Award for his single "Smoke From a Distant Fire." Since John's voice and music first appeared on the airwaves, his stamp has been on a wide range of successful recordings spanning three decades. At last count he has performed as either vocalist, writer or player on over 40 GOLD AND PLATINUM ALBUMS.

As of "press time" we do not have a lineup for tonight. Check the online Calendar for last minute additions.

Robby Longley

Karen Tobin


Sunday 12/29, 8:00pm
Songwriter Strumble

John Daniels is back as host of this week's Strumble. His guests tonight are:

8:15 to 8:45 - GeeDogs

8:45 to 9:15 - Robby Longley, a son of New Orleans, weaves a very distinctive style indeed, a beautifully orchestrated neo-classical/flamenco fusion of world music. The listener will instantly discern that Robby's approach is both heartfelt and seductive, leading one on an emotion-filled journey

9:15 to 9:45 - Dan Goldstein

9:45 to 10:15 - Karen Tobin has been compared to such luminaries as Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. "Ms. Tobin wails out a shivering mountain edged soprano that laced with a powerhouse of control and emotion" (Cash Box). Karen is a prolific songwriter with a sensitive lyrical style. In concert, she is a dynamic, soulful entertainer. She will touch you to the bottom of your soul with her intensely emotional performance.

10:15 to 10:45 - Briget Boyle is Karen's daughter

Monday 12/30, 8:00pm

Singer/Songwriter Open Mic hosted by Kiki Wow. If you're itchin' to perform at the Woodshed, come on over. Sign ups begin at 7pm

(People start showin' up for the impromptu Jam Session at 6:00pm so get here as early as ya can.)

Tuesday 12/31, 8:00pm
Freebo and Friends New Years Eve Show

Freebo continues to host his weekly extravaganza shows. This week is the New Years Eve Show, so expect lots of special guests to be dropping by. The final lineup hasn't been set yet, but the following folks will make up the core group of musicians, with many others joining in. We'll have the full lineup in the next newsletter.

For those new to this newsletter, Freebo's career took off in the 70's when he joined Bonnie Raitt's band on bass. After 12 years with Bonnie, he struck out on his own and played with many, many artists, then joined the supergroup The Bluesbusters along with other rock legends Paul Barrere, Catfish Hodge and T. Lavitz. Since then he's worked on his own songs, while continuing to sit in with rock 'n roll's greatest. (You should have heard him play tuba with Spinal Tap!) Now with 2 great CD's under his belt, Freebo has finally come into his own as a performer to be reckoned with.

This week Freebo's expecting, on guitar, Shane Fontayne, who's played with Bruce Springsteen, Mick Taylor and Lone Justice, and has just finished his first very cool CD. Shane's guitar stylings are amongst the most unique heard at Kulak's, and his songs will have you groovin' and movin'.

David McKelvy may also drop by and lend his considerable harmonica talents to the mix.

And 12 year old "Ragtime" Ruby Fradkin is expected, with her own newly cut CD. Plus, David Stone should be by to play drums, ukelele and/or piano. And it's probable that David Zasloff will also drop in to play trumpet or shakuhachi flute.

Also on piano, Julie Chadwick is expected to regale us with one of beautifully touching songs.

And a bevy of other artists often stop by to sit in with Freebo, contributing original songs and talents (and dogs) to the fray. You can always expect the unexpected, for who knows who'll drop by to add to the wealth of talent that have made Tuesdays a not-to-be-missed evening at Kulak's Woodshed. Guaranteed, no two shows alike!

PS: Freebo's talented 4-legged sidekick, Garbo, will, as always, unabashedly greet all 2- and 4-legged patrons.

Shane Fontayne

Ruby Fradkin

David Stone

Julie Chadwick
So come on down and hear some great music! For the latest updates check the Calendar online. And of course, we're broadcasting every show over the Internet from 8:00PM til 11:00ish, (that's Pacific time for you music afficionados in other time zones) so if you can't make it down, check it out LIVE on your computer! But we hope you WILL show up to support the musicians and the Woodshed. There's NO COVER CHARGE! But we'll gratefully accept donations of any denomination to help keep the bills paid and the music flowing.

We're located at 5230-1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd, North Hollywood, just north of Magnolia and the 101 Freeway. Our phone number is 818-766-9913. Hope to See you there! 

Until next week's email,
Bob M