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Mission Blue

Today's traditional bluegrass

A collaboration of Dana and Avram (AJ) Frankel, Mission Blue delivers today's traditional bluegrass featuring our special brand of harmony singing, strong drive, and old time picking. 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 older folk tunes and ballads - and original material.  Based in Northern California with a focus on regional venues and festivals in California and neighboring states, the band typically performs as in a traditional 5-piece format with David Thiessen on mandolin, Jesse Personeni and banjo, and Tom Sours on bass, but also appears as a trio and duet.

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