Bluegrass Intentions


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Bill Evans Banjo wizard Bill Evans' 2001 album, Bill Evans Plays Banjo (Native and Fine Records), received rave reviews and was featured on "Bluegrass Unlimited's" hit parade; the album features Bill's original tunes with a super-band including Darol Anger and John Reischmann. Bill has worked with Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Jim Hurst & Missy Raines, and Dry Branch Fire Squad. He is a monthly columnist for "Banjo Newsletter" and is the author of instructional books and videos for AcuTab Publications and Homespun Tapes.

Eric ThompsonEric Thompson's bluegrass roots go back to the early 1960s, when he played in the Black Mountain Boys (with Jerry Garcia and David Nelson) and travelled back east to join with David Grisman and Winnie Winston in the New York Ramblers (one of the first Northern bands to win championships at the Union Grove Fiddler's Convention.) Later, he detoured into other genres of roots music, including Irish, pre-bluegrass oldtime, and Cajun. Now he returns to his first musical love. Eric's late 1970's solo album has been reissued as Thompson's Real; it features Eric's guitar flatpicking with an all-star band including Tony Rice, David Grisman, Jody Stecher, Sandy Rothman, and Todd Phillips. Eric has authored several instructional flatpicking videos for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop.

Alan SenaukeA highly respected bluegrass musician and writer, Alan Senauke was the lead singer and guitarist with the Bay Area's venerable bluegrass band, High Country. During the 1970's, he was editor of SingOut! Magazine, and toured and recorded with the Fiction Brothers. More recently, he has travelled extensively as Executive Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Alan's solo album, Wooden Man, was released in 2003 on Native and Fine Records; it features Alan with friends including Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin, Jon Sholle, Marty Cutler, Mary Gibbons, Yassir Chadley, and the Bluegrass Intentions. His duet album with Eric, Two Guitars, and the Blue Flame Stringband album (with Eric, Suzy, and Kate Brislin), are also available on CD.

Suzy Thompson Suzy Thompson is best known for her Cajun fiddling, learned directly from such masters as Dewey Balfa (with whom she apprenticed under an NEA grant), Dennis McGee, and Cheese Read. She released a solo album, No Mockingbird in 2003; it features her fiddle rags and blues songs with guest appearances by Mike Seeger, Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Fritz Richmond, Del Rey, and many more. Suzy's fiddling was featured prominently on both California Cajun Orchestra CDs, and she has also recorded with Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, and Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin. Suzy was a founding member of the Any Old Time Stringband, still fondly remembered from the 1970s.

Well known as High Country's longtime banjo player, Tennesee native Larry Cohea brings a wealth of bluegrass experience to the Intentions. Winner of the Bay Area "bluegrass face in the crowd" award, he is a member of more different bands than there is space to list here! Larry is also a deeply respected instrument builder and repairman.

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