SEPTEMBER 2010 UPCOMING BLUEGRASS INTENTIONS SHOWS!
The Bluegrass Intentions are getting together to play a few shows!
Bill Evans (banjo), Alan Senauke (guitar), Eric and Suzy will be joined
by Markie Sanders on bass (Larry Cohea is concentrating on being a
banjo player these days). We're working up some new material for these
shows along with our old favorites.
Fri. Sept. 24 - Bluegrass Intentions
at Mission City Coffee Roasting Company, Santa Clara. Mission
City Coffee Roasting Company is a lovely listening room, with good eats
and drinks, located at 2221 The Alameda (at the corner of Chapman
Ct.), Santa Clara. Directions: From Freeway 880 South: Take the
Alameda exit, turn right on The Alameda. Mission City is on your
left in about a quarter of a mile. From Freeway 880 North: Take
the Alameda exit, turn left on the Alameda. Mission City is on
your left in about a quarter of a mile. We alwasy love playing
for the Fiddling Cricket folks! More info about their excellent
concerts can be found here: Fiddling
Sat. Sept. 25 - 3:00 pm - Bluegrass Intentions
- House Concert in North Oakland. An outdoor afternoon backyard concert
at the Wisteria Ways house concert series in North Oakland/Rockridge area.
The concert will be in the backyard; bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic
if you like! Reservations are strongly recommended, as seating is limited;
admission is $15-20 (sliding scale.) For reservations and directions, please email: email@example.com.
To find out more about this new concert series, visit the Wisteria
Sun. Sept. 26 - 7:00 pm - Bluegrass Intentions -
Santa Cruz House Concert - We'll play at the home of
our friend Irene Herrman; the room is big and homey, a great place for music.
Admission is $15. For info, reservations, directions, please email her.
All are welcome; please bring a drink or goodie to share!
"Bluegrass is a living, vibrant part of the folk tradition. It continues
to be created and re-created by the cultures of the South that invented
it. It is rare to hear a band from outside the South play and sing this
music so convincingly. The Bluegrass Intentions haven't learned bluegrass
music, they know it."
David Greely, Mamou Playboys
"Forget everything you think you know about Northern California
bluegrass bands. This one owes none of its sound to either Stephane
Grappelli or the Grateful Dead; if the band's debut album is any indication,
it rarely performs songs written later than 1950 (except for banjo player
Bill Evans' own "Petersburg Gal", a banjo showcase which could
have been written in 1950). This is high-energy, old-school bluegrass
that will please the most hardline traditionalist. The Bluegrass Intentions
balance ebullience with virtuosity, and the result is one of the most
satisfying bluegrass albums of recent years. Highly recommended."
Internet All-Music Guide
"What a mesmerizing blend of the old and the new! Ancient
primeval tones played with a modern precision; tough, gritty vocals;
sparkling instrumentation creativity and a bouncing, buoyant groove
that just doesn't quit. It's a CD that simultaneously looks both to
the future and that primordial bluegrassical ooze and comes up with
something fresh, exciting and new in the process. This is a powerful
CD that I'm going to be playing incessantly here in Nashville."
Dave Briggs, WPLN-FM, Nashville, Tennessee
What would happen if you took a strange melody from a 1934 field
recording made by Alan Lomax in Crowley, Louisiana, added lyrics from
the oldtime fiddle guru Tommy Jarrell, and played the resulting combination
bluegrass-style?? The Bluegrass Intentions! Bill Evans on banjo, Alan
Senauke on guitar, Eric Thompson on mandolin, Suzy Thompson on fiddle,
and Larry Cohea on bass have joined forces to play energetic classic
bluegrass, drawing not only from the legends of bluegrass (like Bill
Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Don Reno, the Osborne Brothers, etc.)
but from musical heroes from other Southern genres: oldtime fiddlers
like Marcus Martin and Benton Flippen, bluesman Leadbelly, pre-bluegrass
hillbilly bands like Buster Carter & Preston Young, and country-western
singers Rose Maddox, Buck Owens, and George Jones...the Bluegrass Intentions
interpret this material in a way that is fresh yet totally consistent
with the classic bluegrass sound.
Bluegrass Intentions: Unstoppable
"Bill Monroe meets Memphis Minnie at the Cajun fais-do-do,
and together they buckdance their way into the 21st century!"
Innovative traditionalists Bill Evans (banjo, vocals), Suzy Thompson
(fiddle, Cajun accordion, vocals), Eric Thompson (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Larry
Cohea (bass and vocals), and Alan Senauke (guitar, vocals) are among
California's most highly respected musicians, working alongside artists like
David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, and Maria Muldaur. Whether re-working
material from a Library of Congress field recording, adapting a Cajun
two-step, reinventing a Flatt & Scruggs or Jimmy Martin classic, or
playing their original tunes,
the genre-bending Intentions combine a lifetime of blues and rhythm, impeccable
musicianship, and superb harmonies, all around one central microphone.
"Old As Dirt", the Bluegrass Intentions'
CD! To hear clips from the album, read liner notes, and order
your very own copy, please visit
Other related recordings:
"No Mockingbird", Suzy Thompson's debut
CD of oldtime fiddle rags and blues songs, with many special
guests including members of the Bluegrass Intentions, Mike Seeger, Jody
Stecher, Kate Brislin, Maria Muldaur, Del Rey, Geoff Muldaur, and many
others. To hear clips from the album, read liner notes, and order your
very own copy, visit http://www.nativeandfinerecords.com/NoMockingbird/index.html
Alan Senauke's CD "Wooden Man - Old Songs
from the Southern School", which includes guest appearances
by members of the Bluegrass Intentions, Kate Brislin and Jody Stecher,
Larry Hanks, Jon Sholle, Marty Cutler, Mary Gibbons, etc. To hear clips
from the album, read liner notes, and order your very own copy, please
Listen to the Bluegrass Intentions sound! To listen to clips from our
CD, "Old As Dirt", Click
Members of the Bluegrass Intentions give private lessons! For info
on fiddle lessons with Suzy, visit Suzy's
web page or email
Suzy. For info on guitar or mandolin lessons with Eric, email
You can contact Eric or Suzy via phone at 510-848-5018. For info on
banjo lessons with Bill Evans, you can phone Bill
at 510-528-1924 or email
The Bluegrass Intentions are available for festivals, concerts, weddings,
parties, and other celebrations! For booking information, email
the Bluegrass Intentions or phone us at 510-848-5018.
| Eric and
Suzy | Eric Thompson
| Blue Flame Stringband
The Todalo Shakers
| Bluegrass Intentions
| Aux Cajunals Thompsons'
String Ticklers (Ragtime & Blues)
| Weddings,Parties, etc.