While the all-Sonoma County band has played together only since mid-2017, its members have been active in the northern California bluegrass scene for years. Christine WIlhoyte has been surrounded by bluegrass all her life – so far; like her dad, Mike, she knows her way around a guitar, but it’s her rock solid banjo playing and high lonesome tenor harmonies that help drive the BBB.
In the mid-2000s, mandolinist David Thiessen played with The Mighty Chiplings, an energetic bluegrass group of eleven year olds in Sebastopol. He currently plays in the Pacific Drive and One Grass, Two Grass bands, and fills in with the legendary Ed Neff now and then. His mandolin solos are clean, clear, and forceful and his baritone harmonies spot-on.
Find bluegrass, find Jim Burke. Jim brings to BBB an astounding repertoire of bluegrass tunes, soulful lead singing, and some mighty fine guitar picking. Inspired by Doc Watson recordings in his mom’s folk music collection, Jim went on to play with Moonshiners and the Shit Howdy Boys ….and to wear the fingers off any jammer who shows up.
Perhaps it was his upbringing in Stockton – home of Vern Williams – that eventually called Marc Francis to bluegrass. After 20 years of holding down the beat at his country rock band, Stony Point, Marc soon learned to play the bass vertically and sing some great country classics.
Patrick Campbell’s bluegrass guitar career climaxed at a high school talent show in the mid-1960s; he would like to forget his band’s rendition of That Good Old Mountain Dew. A few weeks later he learned to rosin-up a bow, went on to play viola professionally in several Bay Area symphony orchestras, then quit playing for 25 years. But six years ago he came back to his bluegrass roots. You could say he traded Bach for Baker: Kenny, that is.
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