WENDY BURCH STEEL & REDWOOD play a unique cross-section of genres incorporating all the good and sweet aspects of bluegrass, folk, old-time, country bluegrass and blues.
Bluegrass icon Laurie Lewis produced, played and sang on Wendy’s debut CD, Open Wings in 2012, which has received rave reviews nationally and internationally, air play and interviews on various radio shows and in Americana and Bluegrass publications. Wendy is an award-winning songwriter and singer, known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material.
She won an Akademia Music Award for her song, "Happy Song Blues," as Best Americana Blues song, and has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the past three years by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Her band members include some of the best Bluegrass and Americana players and singers in California and beyond:
Butch Waller (mandolin and vocals) is known locally and nationally for his innovative and tradition-based approach to his instrument. Butch was one of the first to play bluegrass music in Northern California, and founded his own band, High Country, in 1968. A gifted songwriter, Butch has penned several that are found in the repertoire of Wendy Burch Steel and Redwood.
Glenn Dauphin (guitar and vocals) has been performing with Bluegrass bands in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. He was Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Guitar Player of the Year for 2014. He also plays bass and guitar with California’s two longest running bands, High Country and Sidesaddle and Company.
Allegra Thompson (bass and vocals) is known both for the power and clarity of her singing and for providing a rock-steady rhythm bed on guitar or upright bass. Her home-grown perspective on American roots music was nurtured by her parents, local musicians Eric and Suzy Thompson, who raised her on a steady diet of blues, bluegrass, Cajun, and Appalachian old time music. A founding member of the Drifter Sisters and the Bearcat Stringband, she also plays with the Midnite Ramblers, Gerry Tenney and the Hard Times Orchestra, and of course Eric and Suzy Thompson in their family trio.
Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood play at local venues such as The Freight & Salvage Coffee House, The Back Room in Berkeley, First Street Café in Benicia, Sutter Creek Theatre, and the Monkey House in Berkeley, among other great venues and house concerts. They have played on Vern’s Stage at the CBA Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley, and the Cloverdale Fiddle Festival.
Tickets are $15 advance at the link below, or $20 at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept only cash at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you have any questions or need more information, please call us at #510-654-3808.