Acoustic group Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood, playing a mix of bluegrass, old-time, country, folk, and blues, celebrate their new CD “In Flight” in concert at The Back Room at 1984 Bonita Avenue in Berkeley. In addition to Wendy Burch Steel, the band includes Butch Waller, Glenn Dauphin, and Allegra Thompson. Guest artists at this performance are: Suzy Thompson (veteran musician and recording artist, founder of Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, and Allegra’s mom) on fiddle, Larry Cohea (from High Country Bluegrass) on banjo, and John Schott (recording artist, bandleader, composer) on guitar.
The new Redwood CD “In Flight” features original songs and great covers, including songs written individually by Wendy, and Butch Waller, and one song composed by both Butch and Wendy. Among the cover songs, “Long Time Gone,” originally by the Everly Brothers in the ‘60s, is done with an upbeat bluegrass twist, with Glenn on lead and Wendy on harmony, and an interplay of John Schott’s electric guitar with Glenn’s amazing acoustic guitar playing. “My Texas Girl,” from the Carter Family, features Allegra singing a beautiful and moving lead, with Glenn and Wendy harmonizing. Wendy sings lead on “Blue Skies and Teardrops” by Lynn Morris, with harmonies by Butch and Glenn. The band’s beautiful rendition of “When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall” features Butch on mandolin in faithful tribute to the song’s originator Bill Monroe, with Glenn on lead and Butch and Wendy on harmonies.
Wendy Burch Steel is an award-winning songwriter and singer, known for her deft angelic voice and spiritually touching original material. She has been nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for three years in a row, by the Northern California Bluegrass Society. Wendy has been writing and performing music most of her life, starting with her family, whose father was a teacher of his five children in barbershop style harmonies. She has been the band leader of many groups over time, such as the folk trio, Du Soleil in the 1970s, Oyster Stew bluegrass band, and currently, Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood. She is a published poet and author/illustrator of two books of poetry, with a Masters in Creative Writing/Poetry, from SFSU. Her solo CD, Open Wings, made its debut in 2012.