Thompsonia, Blue Diamond Strings


Blue Diamond Strings

Sunday, January 31st

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$22 adv / $24 doors

Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson’s deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra’s fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. They are celebrating the release of their second CD, “Nothing But Rain”, an old-time romp ranging from epic ballads to red-hot ragtime to topical songs of the Depression (all too apt for 2018!) to blues harmonies. Suzy and Allegra’s genetically-matched vocals (dubbed “The Everly Sisters sound” by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar and Suzy’s fiery fiddling. In addition to the Cajun, blues and old-time music for which Eric and Suzy have long been acclaimed, the trio also performs witty originals alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana.

“Thompsonia makes the listener feel like the guest of honor at a party!”
Joe Newberry

“Thompsonia sounds like Hazel and Alice had joined forces with Memphis Minnie and recorded with Sam Phillips at Sun Studio.”
Dave Alvin

"effortless-sounding instrumental virtuosity, buoyant ensemble playing, soulful singing, and a sense of humor desperately needed in these grim times”
Derk Richardson, Peghead Nation

"A beautiful and colorful trip through the Thompsons' vast musical world, with the sense of joy and humor that always bubbles under everything they play!"
Bruce Molsky
Blue Diamond Strings
BLUE DIAMOND STRINGS (Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Eric & Suzy Thompson, Paul Shelasky & Paul Knight)

Jody Stecher: mandolin, banjo

Kate Brislin: guitar, banjo

Eric Thompson: guitar, mandolin

Suzy Thompson: fiddle

Paul Shelasky: fiddle

Paul Knight: bass

Two renowned duos and two guys named Paul have joined forces to play a joyful amalgam of bluegrass, old time music, and blues. The music of these experienced, innovative, powerful musicians and singers, as they bring to bear 50 years of collective music making to an outstanding repertoire, is exciting, compelling, satisfying, and —surprising. Superb chops, breathtaking vocals and deep knowledge of many styles of traditional music make for the spontaneous combustion that is Blue Diamond Strings.

Paul Shelasky was twice California State Fiddle Champ. Jody and Kate were twice Grammy Finalists and won several Indy awards for their influential duet recordings. Suzy and Eric are dedicated to the pursuit of weird and obscure old-time American music, adding a bit of Puerto Rican hillbilly music to the mix. Paul Knight is a bass player in demand for his tone, touch, and timing. He also hosts a wildly eclectic music series that has found him in the company of every imaginable style of musician, and it was he who brought the members of Blue Diamond Strings together as a band.

A partial "bandography" spanning 50 years: Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys (Eric & Jody with Jerry Garcia), Any Old Time (Suzy, Kate), Blue Flame Stringband (Suzy, Kate, Eric), Arkansas Sheiks (Kate & Paul S), Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Perfect Strangers (Paul K, Jody), Kleptograss (Eric, Jody, Paul, Paul), Good Old Persons, Blue and Lonesome (Paul S), Todalo Shakers, California Cajun Orchestra (Eric, Suzy), Bluegrass Intentions (Eric, Suzy, Jody).