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by Thompsonia

Thompsonia sounds as if Hazel and Alice had joined forces with Memphis Minnie and recorded with Sam Phillips at Sun Studio. This father-mother-daughter trio writes smart and catchy originals interspersed with blues, rockabilly, bluegrass and ragtime.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. I've Got a Bead on You Baby
2:59 $0.99
2. Tell You Now Blues
3:30 $0.99
3. Rose of My Heart
2:50 $0.99
4. French Fries
2:22 $0.99
5. He May Be Your Dog
3:32 $0.99
6. Pain Reliever
2:34 $0.99
7. The Yoghurt Song
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8. Forrest Rag
2:58 $0.99
9. How Can You Have the Blues
3:44 $0.99
10. Very Bad Mood
2:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Thompsonia is the long-awaited collaboration between Berkeley CA's roots music royalty Eric and Suzy Thompson and their 27-year-old daughter Allegra. A departure from Eric and Suzy's previous albums (dozens recorded over the past 40-plus years), Thompsonia ricochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with originals from all 3 Thompsons alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana. Standouts include Suzy's acoustic rock anthem "Very Bad Mood" (guaranteed to have just the opposite effect on the listener), the bawdy 1920's "He May Be Your Dog But He's Wearing My Collar", and a lovely rendition of Hugh Moffatt's "Rose of My Heart."
The genetically-matched duet vocals of Suzy and Allegra (which Geoff Muldaur has dubbed the "Everly Sisters sound) are featured, 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 album) on a variety of stringed instruments.
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, Dave Alvin, Del Rey, Michael Doucet 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, Todalo Shakers, and many others. Allegra is the bass player of choice for multiple Bay Area bands, including the Midnight Ramblers and Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood.
"A damn wonderful, sweetly rocking record that nicely and subtly kicks my appealing mix of innocence, humor and razor sharp wisdom" Dave Alvin
"The beautiful hand-in-glove singing and playing that comes from being a family, as well as being part of the larger family of traditional musicians from north, south, east and west. Highly recommended!" Joe Newberry



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