With an idea as off the wall as combining the classic rock anthems of The Who with the down-home twang of American bluegrass, you might assume there were mind-altering chemicals involved in the inspiration.
Not so, says San Francisco indie singer-songwriter Chris von Sneidern. Whograss, which makes its public debut Thursday at The Chapel, before charging up the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival on Saturday, was a natural development from two largely unrelated phenomenon.
A — Prairie Prince, legendary drummer for The Tubes and an in-demand record producer, had a standing invitation from HSB organizers to perform whenever he had a suitable project.
B — Prince, von Sneidern and bassist Pete Straus (best known for his work with punk provocateurs The Dwarves) discovered a considerable facility with Who tunes when they performed together at an all-covers benefit concert.
Before long, the idea of serenading HSB crowds with Who tunes a la bluegrass had coalesced. They just had figure out how to make that remotely workable.
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