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 (3:00PM) 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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Week Four October 2013

hayDudesondeck1The ‘Dudes will play a private event in Santa Barbara County this coming weekend as we’re invited to help in celebrating a wedding. Meanwhile Kenny is visiting family, while Mike and Wally respond to a number of recent house concert inquiries. They are coming from both northern and southern California and after the usual calendar juggling we should have some 2014 dates to share with you soon. It’s very nice to have these calls coming in and we’re looking forward to getting out there for more shows. Thanks to all for your kind words and encouragement. Cheers!

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New Site

This is our new web page… launched just a few days ago, we’ve had several hundred visits already and we’re glad to welcome everyone. Please visit each of the PAGES to learn about the band, what we’re up to, scheduled performance dates, photos, videos, and how to get any of the products that we have to offer… ie; our current CD and t-shirts!

It’s a work in progress and we now have the ability to sample tracks from the CD and even order online.

This WordPress site is a BLOG which means it is interactive… you can choose to “follow” us and receive notices of any updates, and even add your comments. We’d be glad to have you on board and we’re looking forward to hearing from you.


The Hay Dudes

Mike Mullins, Kenny Blackwell and Wally Barnick

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Great Weekend

dudes w dennis 2 bNow, that was really fun! The four Hay Dudes dates over the past weekend were all and more than we had hoped for. Thanks Dennis Caplinger for joining us. The bar certainly gets raised whenever Dennis’  fiddle and banjo are added to the mix. As usual, there was a bunch of laughter and today we’re in recovery mode. Thanks also to everyone who attended the shows. It was great to see old pals and to make some new ones.

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First of Four Shows is Tonight


The Hay Dudes—(left to right) Wally Barnick, Mike Mullins, and Kenny Blackwell—play Oct. 10 at Steynberg Gallery and Oct. 12 at Painted Sky Studios.

Reprinted from New Times Magazine 10.10.13 San Luis Obispo, CA         More music…

Hey, dudes and dudettes, guess who’s playing four shows this week? Yeah, it’s The Hay Dudes—Kenny Blackwell (mandolin, guitar), Mike Mullins (mandolin, guitar), and Wally Barnick (Fender bass)—three guys who’ve been friends and musical collaborators for 35 years and who sing amazing harmony vocals together on their bluegrass and beyond repertoire. Even better, they’ll be joined on this four-date mini tour by master multi-instrumentalist Dennis Caplinger, whose impressive resume includes album and live performance appearances with Eric Clapton, JJ Cale, Byron Berline, Chris Thile, Kevin Welch, Vince Gill, Chris Hillman, Rita Coolidge, and more! They’re touring in support of their self-titled album. Some shows are close, but a couple are a little out of our area. See them Thursday, Oct. 10 at Steynberg Gallery in SLO; Friday, Oct. 11 at The Barn in Gilroy (e-mail for this house concert); Saturday, Oct. 12 atPainted Sky Studios in Harmony; and Sunday, Oct. 13 at the 42nd Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ Conventionin Goleta ( Prepare to be “wowed!”

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It’s Finally Here!

Folks, this thing has been in the works for nearly a year. This coming week the Hay Dudes have got four concert dates, including two in San Luis Obispo County that include our pal Dennis Caplinger joining us on fiddle and banjo. The first show is on Thursday October 10.

As some of you know Dennis was featured on the album and it is a rare thing indeed to pull him away from his endless commitments and have him along with us for these dates. We love playing as a trio, which is the norm, but when we have the pleasure of that fourth piece it’s like adding that just right spice to the recipe!

Please see the date(s) and venue contact details on the attached poster, make your reservations early and we hope to see you at one (or more!) of the shows. Cheers!


Thursday October 10  Steynberg Gallery
1531 Monterey Street San Luis Obispo, CA
Friday October 11  The Barn  Gilroy, CA
House Concert email:
Saturday October 12   Painted Sky Studios Harmony, CA
Sunday October 13   42nd Annual Old Time Fiddler’s Convention  Goleta, CA
**Please contact venue(s) for tickets and show times

The Hay Dudes are very pleased to have these dates on the calendar, particularly because our good friend and superb instrumentalist Dennis Caplinger will be joining us, providing his sterling accompaniment on fiddle, banjo, and dobro. You can hear Dennis on several of the tracks on the Hay Dudes cd. Check out his fiddle-fireworks on track # 11 Every Time I Roll The Dice! We hope to see you at one (or more!) of these events. Please save a date… and by all means, SHARE the news!

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