Good News From Parkfield!

It’s Official:

The Hay Dudes have been selected for the 2015 Parkfield Bluegrass Festival roster.

Hay Dudes Parkfield PR pic 2015

We’ll play one set on Thursday May 7 (time TBA) and two sets on Friday May 8 including the ever-popular Café set at 11:00 PM.

Fiddler Paul Lee will join us on all sets during the festival.

L to R: Paul Lee, Mike Mullins, Wally Barnick, Kenny Blackwell

We’ll post again (here and on our FB page) as set times are announced.

We hope we’ll see you in Parkfield, CA or sooner. Cheers!

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We’ve Got an Upcoming Performance Date!

Friday September 5 The Hay Dudes will perform in Goleta as part of the Cambridge Concert Series. While they don’t host a website they are located at

550 Cambridge Drive
Goleta, CaliforniaIMG_4535

We’ll perform a 1 hour+ set beginning at 7:30 PM. Fiddler Paul Lee will join us. Hope to see you there!

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We Hope to See You in Cambria…

That’s right! The ‘Dudes (trio) will play at The Wise Owl on Saturday night August 23.hayDudesondeck1We’ll begin the show at 7:00 PM. The Wise Owl is located at 2164 Center Street in the East End (Old Town) Cambria. Please call 805.927.8888 to reserve seats. Hope we’ll see you there!

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August Performance Dates!

The ‘Dudes will have several opportunities to play together this month and here’s some information about the public dates.


First up is on Saturday August 2 at The Palm Loft Gallery in Carpinteria, CA. This room is so intimate and acoustically correct that we don’t even use a PA ! Please follow the highlighted link to the PLG website for their contact info. Should you plan to join us it’s a good idea to call them ahead of time so they know how many guests to expect.

Fiddler Paul Lee will join us on the Carpinteria show.

A little later in the month we’ll be hosted by The Wise Owl Café in Cambria, CA. This show is on Saturday August 23. Again, if you’ll please follow the highlighted link all of the contact and location, and showtime information is there on their website.  The ‘Dudes would be very pleased to see you at one or the other of these dates… please join us! :)


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Many Thanks!

Thanks to all who joined us this past weekend


We had a great time playing for everyone and especially having fiddler Paul Lee with us for 3 consecutive shows.

Please visit this site to learn of our next scheduled dates.

Thank you Gary Mandell at Boulevard Music, Bob Stane at Coffee Gallery Backstage and Coalesce Bookstore. You are all champions to all who perform and everyone who enjoys LIVE music!

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Beyond May!

 Coming up first weekend of June The Hay Dudes hit the trail beginning on Friday June 6. That night we’ll perform in Culver City, CA at Gary Mandell’s Boulevard Music.


Then the next evening (June 7) we’ll be at Bob Stane’s Coffee Gallery Backstage in Alta Dena, CA and for good measure, we’ll close out the weekend with a matinee show at the Coalesce Bookstore Chapel, in Morro Bay, CA Sunday June 8. (this is a 2:00 PM matinee show) Please, visit the links provided for each of the highlighted venues for show times and ticket reservation/purchases. We hope to see you!

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Makin’ Some Hay in May and Beyond


We’ve got some performance dates to tell you about… **

** Fiddler Paul Lee joins us on these dates!

Sunday May 4 We’ve been invited to play the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Festival in (where else?) Ramona, CA. It’s a 3 day event with over 30 bands featured. The ‘Dudes will perform one set which will be on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM. Please follow the link, visit their site and make plans to join us there!

Friday June 6  Gary Mandell and his crew will host us at Boulevard Music in Culver City, CA  Our last (and first) engagement there was about a year ago and we are pleased to have another opportunity to play for Gary’s West LA guests. (Visit the link for showtime and reservations)

Saturday June 7 We’ll be hosted by Bob Stane at  Coffee Gallery Backstage in Alta Dena, CA. This is a return engagement for us and we’re looking forward to getting back down to Southern California and this very unique and wonderful venue.

Sunday June 8 We’ll head up to Morro Bay, CA and perform a matinee (2:00PM) show at  Coalesce Bookstore. This will be our collective first appearance there, while each of the ‘Dudes has appeared there previously with other groups. If you have not been to a show at Coalesce, you missed something special!

Saturday August 2  A little later in the summer, we’ll be in Carpinteria, CA at the Palm Loft Gallery for an unplugged (really, no PA!)  evening show. Only room for about 30 people at this one, which makes it very living-room like… always a pleasure to play the Palm Loft.

Friday September 5 at The Cambridge Concert Series in Goleta, CA  This link will take you to their Facebook page for details.

**The BONUS for the ‘Dudes and those who attend any of these six dates is our having the pleasure of fiddler Paul Lee joining us. Paul is a terrific fiddler and all around musician and a pleasure to play music with. We’re stoked.

Whereever an item is highlighted in this post, they are links that will take you to the respective venue websites so you can get the contact information and details for the show, including how to purchase and reserve your tickets.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Hay Dudes

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Hay Dudes LIVE! (or at least on video)

The Hay Dudes with guest fiddler Dennis Caplinger at the 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Goleta, CA  October 13, 2013 (video courtesy 42nd Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and Stan Shapin)

Band members are:
Kenny Blackwell – mandolin, guitar, vocals
Mike Mullins – guitar, mandolin, vocals
Wally Barnick – Fender bass, vocals

Kenny Blackwell is a master mandolinist as well as guitar player, on both acoustic and electric guitar. He was a mandolin student of the great Jethro Burns whose teaching methods must have been fantastic, to hear Kenny tearing it up these days. Kenny was the featured mandolin player with The Laurel Canyon Ramblers for many years. He is now an in-demand session player and keeps a full calendar playing with at least a half dozen bands in and around the Central Coast of California.

Mike Mullins is also expert with the mandolin and guitar. He is close pals with David Grisman and was in fact an invited guest on Grisman’s closing set at the Fall 2011 Strawberry Music Festival. Mike is a featured instructor at Grisman’s annual Mandolin Symposium held each year at UC Santa Cruz in Northern California. Since 1993 Mike has played guitar and is a featured vocalist with the well known California acoustic group The Cache Valley Drifters.

Wally Barnick is an old rock & roll guy who caught the acoustic music fever in the ‘70’s and looks, hopes and is grateful for any invitation to play with the fabulous pickers that he has been fortunate to sit in with over the years. Wally made three European tours with the renowned music group Bluegrass, Etc. and is a featured vocalist on their award winning album “Home is Where the Heart Is.” He too, is currently and has been a member of the Cache Valley Drifters, dating back to 1975.

Hay Dudes released their self titled and first album in August 2012.

Contact Information: Wally Barnick 805.674.1877

MORE videos here:

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October 2013

Hay Dudes with Dennis Caplinger 10.13.13

Hay Dudes with Dennis Caplinger at 2013 Old Time Fiddler's Convention Goleta, CA

Hay Dudes with Dennis Caplinger at 2013 Old Time Fiddler’s Convention Goleta, CA

Photo courtesy 42nd Old Time Fiddler’s Convention Goleta, CA

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New Pic

The Hay Dudes with pal Dennis Caplinger performing at The Barn in Gilroy, CA October 11, 2013. Lou Pruss provided this beautiful image.


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