Thompsonia is Eric, Suzy and Allegra Thompson: a family band that plays feel-good material, with a lot of groove and a bit of a quirky edge.
Eric and Suzy, at the center of Berkeley’s roots music scene for many years, have teamed up with daughter Allegra to create music that ricochets between the rowdy and the sentimental. In addition to Cajun, blues and old-time music, they’re performing originals from all three Thompsons alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana.
Standouts from their new Thompsonia CD include Suzy’s acoustic rock anthem “Very Bad Mood” (guaranteed to have just the opposite effect on the listener), Allegra’s bawdy 1920’s “He May Be Your Dog But He’s Wearing My Collar,” Eric’s proto-zydeco “French Fries” and a lovely duet rendition of Hugh Moffatt’s “Rose of My Heart.”
Dave Alvin says: “Thompsonia sounds like Hazel and Alice had joined forces with Memphis Minnie and recorded with Sam Phillips at Sun Studio.”
The new Thompsonia CD features the genetically-matched vocals of Suzy and Allegra (Geoff Muldaur has dubbed this “The Everly Sisters sound”) with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar. Guests include Bill Kirchen on sizzling electric guitar, Cindy Cashdollar on resonator slide guitar, Paul Knight (Peter Rowan Band) on bass, and Jody Stecher, who produced the CD, on a variety of stringed instruments.
About the members of Thompsonia:
Eric and Suzy Thompson have performed and recorded in collaborations with David Grisman, David Nelson (New Riders), Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Michael Doucet, Del Rey, Dave Alvin and Joel Savoy, to name just a few, and their bands have included Any Old Time, Black Mountain Boys, California Cajun Orchestra, Blue Flame String Band and many others.
Allegra Thompson is the bass player of choice for multiple Bay Area bands, including the Cajun band Midnite Ramblers and the bluegrass band Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood.
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