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Jul 15, 2021

Blue Bear Executive Director Steven Savage starts this one off telling us all about Tennessee Mowrey's step-mom.

It's a story that involves three siblings (Bonnie Hayes and two of her brothers) who showed up at the fledgling music school in 1971 when it was located on Ocean Ave. Susie, Tennessee's step-mom, knew Bonnie...


Jul 13, 2021

Steven Savage came of age in Southern California in the 1960s.

In this podcast, the executive director of Blue Bear School of Music shares his life story with us. His first instrument to play was banjo, inspired by his love of folk music. But then he discovered rock 'n' roll, and soon after that, he picked up the...


Jul 8, 2021

In this podcast, Mama C. (Nola Curtis) picks up where she left off in Part 1, talking about finding confidence and a sense of self-worth through music and family.

Papa C. (Maestro Curtis) jumps in to express his admiration for his wife. Then we throw it over to the kids.

First, introductions. Zahara (16),...


Jul 6, 2021

The Curtis Family C-Notes' star is on the rise, y'all.

In this episode, the San Francisco family shares their story with us. We dive into Papa C.'s past in Louisiana and San Francisco. Then we learn a little about Mama C.'s time growing up on the Peninsula.

Papa C. (Maestro Curtis) can't remember when he started playing...


Jun 29, 2021

Pam Benjamin has lived in California her entire life.

In this podcast, the Mutiny Radio DJ and comedian shares the story of her life. She was born in Livermore and raised in Danville, not fully knowing that her family was well-off because there were always richer kids around.

From there, Pam talks about her religious...