Wildwood: 2000 - 2011 RIP
All good things come to an end and Wildwood has been great fun for the last 11 years. We entertained a lot of folks around the California Central Coast with our brand of roots country, American folk, and bluegrass music. I want to thank my band mates, Julio Boysenberry and Ron Miller, as well as our old friend and an original member of Wildwood, Paul Beeler. I'm proud of what we were able to do and those guys did more than their share and taught me a lot. We put a lot heart, the best of our musical abilities, and a love of this music into Wildwood. We played a lot of fun shows and a lot of great music. Now the time has come to move on in hopes that other musical directions will materialize.
Thanks to all our Wildwood pals - your support and friendship was our real inspiration.
Wildwood - RIP
Updated October 24, 2011
Wildwood General Information
Wildwood is an acoustic group originally formed in January, 2000 on the California Central Coast. We perform
an upbeat mix of acoustic folk and bluegrass, from ballads to breakdowns. Wildwood is available to
entertain at private parties, coffee shops, and saloons. We do tunes ranging from Bob Dylan to
modern folk ballads of Townes Van Zandt, Michael Murphy, John Fogerty, Steve Goodman, and Jean
Ritchie, traditional bluegrass of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and Jim and Jesse, and progressive
bluegrass of Del McCoury, Herb Pedersen, Country Gentlemen, and The Seldom Scene.
With Ron Miller onboard as the new lead vocal core of Wildwood '09 we're ready to re-take the Central Coast!
For bookings, please see contact information below.
Re-formed in 2009 when Ron Miller joined an ongoing musical partnership already in progress with Julio and Dan,
our first performance in our new
configuration was in June 2009 at the Slow Down Pub in Arroyo Grande. We're looking forward to many more and will see you soon.
- RON MILLER on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals
Ron, a rock of rhythmic stability and vocalist extraordinaire, has over 30 years
singing, and performing country music in a variety of groups and locations. With home
on the Central Coast for the last 25 years, he's known as one of the best singers around these
parts and solidly sets the lead vocal for many of Wildwood's tunes and sets us up with sharp
rhythm and lead on flat-top guitar.
- JULIO BOYSENBERRY on 5 string banjo and vocals
Julio is a man of many talents, surrounded by a dark veil of mystery cloaking the dim recesses
of his chequered past. Hailing from Southern California, now a fixture on the Central Coast
and a wizard of the 5-string banjo for over 40 years, Julio's driving Wildwood's bluegrass sounds
with the best-sounding Scruggs-style banjo on the Central Coast and is occasionally coerced into
blending harmony with Ron's lead vocals.
- DAN WOLF on Dobro acoustic steel guitar
AKA Dr. Dan, he gave up a promising career in academics after being seduced by the sound of
Dobro music in the early 1970s as a graduate student and later stumbled into advanced Dobro
studies with Dobro greats such as Mike Auldridge, Sally Van Meter, and the late incomparable
artist Ken Eidson. Having fallen completely off the upward professional track, Dan occasionally
peeked out from behind the web cams and video computers to appear on the Central Coast as an
illegal San Luis Obispo Farmer's Market performer and with The Glen Diamond Trio and The Dolores
Talbert Trio (also with Julio on banjo). You can blame him for this web site and also the
ludicrous length of this bio. When asked how he found Santa Maria, Dr. Dan said: "Turn left
- GUAPO THE WONDERDOG - Our Mascot
Guapo appeared mysteriously on the doorstep of Julio Boysenberry's family a few years ago.
His ancestry is as mysterious as his origins, but he's surely related to Jack Russel Terriers.
Lord of All He Surveys, Guapo's regal bearing adds majesty and dignity to our rehearsals and
all events he is able to attend, given his very busy social schedule. Guapo is in great
demand for personal appearances. Guapo's songwriting and arranging skills have been questioned
by experts, but we trust his musical sensibilities and credit him with much of our modest success.
His closest friends call him 'The Guapster'.
Wildwood Performance Dates
The Wildwood Acoustic Folk & Bluegrass Extravaganza Fall 2011 Tour
With Wildwood newly re-formed, be sure to visit here early and often for the latest news.
Saturday October 22, 2011 - Private party - Paso Robles, CA
Sunday October 23, 2011 - Temple Beth El - 1501 E. Alvin - Santa Maria, CA
Broadway to Bluegrass Fundraiser Show
2PM to 4PM Sunday October 23, 2011
Doors open at 1:30PM
Opening act at 2PM is Diane Borad-Mirken performing Broadway show tunes.
We'll have a short break following the 'Broadway' part of the show, with refreshments, and then...
Wildwood takes the stage at 3PM for a set of acoustic folk, roots country, and bluegrass pickin'.
This is a fundraiser for Temple Beth El.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
To purchase in advance and assure a seat, send money (made out to Temple Beth El) to Elise
Cassel at 926 Vista Montana, Santa Maria 93458.
Wildwood's Cool Links
John Hartford - The great American songwriter's life story and his music
Mike Auldridge - The Dobro Great himself - music and more
Jimmy Heffernan - Musical wizard and great Dobro performer, recording artist, and teacher. Check out the Dobro workshop area. Jimmy puts on 2-day workshops that will inspire any Dobro player to become the best they can be.
Doc Watson - American master of folk and flatpickin'
Emmylou Harris - Folk songstress extraordinaire
California Bluegrass Association - The premier West Coast bluegrass fan and information organization.
and more coming soon.
NEW Wildwood Photo Gallery!
Lots of newer pics from recent gigs with Ron Miller onboard. I promise to add more soon from our Phantom Rivers/Larner Vineyards show and our Cambria Winery show.
Ron and Julio with young acoustic music fan at Wildwood rehearsal August 10, 2009
Ron and Julio at our Thanksgiving Show on November 21, 2009
Ron and Dan at our Thanksgiving Show on November 21, 2009
Wildwood at our Thanksgiving Show on November 21, 2009
Setting up at The Bench on December 6, 2009
In concert at The Bench on December 6, 2009
And the original Wildwood with our best friend, Paul Beeler
Private Party on October 24, 2010
Our Mascot - Guapo The WonderDog - Lord of All He Surveys
And here's how you find Wildwood...
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