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50th Anniversary Event at UCLA
April 18-20, 2008

The Ash Grove: Overview & Vision

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History of  the Ash Grove

Press & Performers Comments

Comments About 
The Original Ash Grove



"The Ash Grove was where teenagers like Ry Cooder and Jackson Browne could interact with legendary performers such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee and Albert Collins. Over the years, hundreds of artists appeared there, ranging from New Orleans zydeco master Clifton Chenier to Jim Croce, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf and the Byrds.

-Jeff Spurrier and Steve Hochman Los Angeles Times  


"On his way out of the club one night, Mick Jagger, a frequent visitor to the Ash Grove, shook Pearl's hand in gratitude. He simply wanted to thank Pearl for all the entertainment-and no doubt musical education-the club had given him. - a gesture a lot of us should make. The Ash Grove's contribution to this city's musical heritage was invaluable."

-Robert Hilburn Los Angeles Times ( Dec 15, 1973 )


"It looms large in my history because that is where I met Roger McGuinn. If there had been no Ash Grove, there would have been no Byrds. "

-David Crosby NPR interview


"My goal in those days was just to play the Ash Grove in Los Angeles because that was the center of folk music at the time... The first place I went in Los Angeles was the Ash Grove. That is where I met Kenny Edwards. Kenny liked Mexican music and we started the Stone Ponys.

-Linda Ronstadt interview by Robert Hilburn 
Los Angeles Times


"Hammond loved Ed Pearl's Ash Grove and returned there often, including one memorable visit in 1965. After closing out his set with Robert Johnson's  'Terraplane Blues,' Hammond walked backstage, where the middle-aged headliner growled at him, 'Come here and sit down. Where the f  did you learn to play that?' He wasn't the first to wonder how a white boy like Hammond came to sound like Robert Johnson reincarnated, but at close to 300 pounds, Howling' Wolf was surely the most massive to ever pose the question. After Hammond explained he 'd taught himself the song by listening to the record, Wolf demanded he play it again for him 'right now.' Afterward, Hammond remembers Wolf said, 'Man, that is evil. "

-John Hammond, Jr.
Interviewed by Alice Echols
LA Weekly


"Ed Pearl is one of the most creative and thoughtful people who have ever presented folk music in the U.S.A. His new project at the new Ash Grove should be exactly what musical America needs-a place where people of different backgrounds can learn about each other through their music. "

-Pete Seeger