Mission Blue delivers straight-ahead bluegrass featuring our special brand of rhythm, instrumental craft, and harmony singing. A deep well of tradition informs Mission Blue’s sets – one can expect songs from the The Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Mac Martin and Red Allen, as well as bluegrass innovators such as J.D. Crowe and The New South, Hot Rize, Southern Blend and The Johnson Mountain Boys. We also salt each set with reinterpretations of country hits, folk songs and ballads.  We are based in Northern California with a focus on regional venues and festivals in California and neighboring states. Our traditional 5-piece format features Dana Frankel on fiddle, AJ Frankel on guitar, Sam Reed on banjo, David Thiessen on mandolin, and Tom Sours on bass fiddle. We also perform as a trio and duet.