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oh brother, oh! brother, harmonies, harmony, monroe, freight, salvage, cba, rose maddoxTrue Blue is as traditional as a band can get:  not soft or polite, but compelling in a way that is both fresh and familiar.  They bring together the three crucial elements of good bluegrass:  instinctive harmonies, soul, and an organic rhythmic feel reminiscent of Flatt & Scruggs. This band is an example of what can happen when four people share a musical sensibility and joy in what they are doing. photo by Janet Delaney


video created by Jeff Zieba

CD sample cuts

Photo Album (including Ed's Breakfast)

Performance History


Booking & Press


                                              photo by Seymour Chatman

"True Blue takes the gold medal in the men's trio!" 

-- Tom Diamant, Panhandle Country,  KPFA Radio
photo taken at Freight & Salvage  by Jeff Zieba

"True Blue is traditional bluegrass music at its best!"

 -- Gary Henderson, WAMU-FM/BluegrassCountry.Org, Washington, D. C.


Presidential hopefuls at Mt. Rushmore, SD 
photo by Allison Fisher

           photo by Ray Edlund in Gualala, CA


True Blue's CD!!!

Samples of all songs on the album are available here for listening.  Response has been great: 

"Upon listening, I'm reminded of 1964, going out to Stockton from Berkeley, to rehearse with Vern & Ray. What you have here is a wonderful choice of some of the best bluegrass I've heard in a mighty long time. . .  California and the rest of the bluegrass community should be very proud of all of you. I know I am."
Herb Pedersen, Los Angeles 2003

" 'A' for Awesome!!!" 
              - Kevin Lynch, WWUH-FM. W. Hartford, CT

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Upcoming  shows:

At Last, They're Back!

Saturday, February 11, 2012 
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA

As part of the 13th annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival

also appearing: The Stairwell Sisters.  Don't miss this great night of music.

List of Past Shows



"From every aspect, 'Years Gone By' is a significant collection of mainstream bluegrass that truly respects tradition and is guaranteed to expand the reputation of True Blue far beyond the boundaries of the Golden State. Make no doubt about it, this is the genuine article."
Bluegrass Unlimited, Sept 2003

"What a good cracking CD this is! The tracks are very well laid down: Natural-sounding, good trad' stuff with some sparkling instrumentation. Quite frankly, I'm hard-pressed to single out the gems because, unlike so many of the CD's which we buy, there are simply NO tracks which I don't like and they're all excellent."
Northwest Bluegrass News (UK)






True Blue Personnel


Del Williams,  True Blue’s lead singer and guitarist, was born in Stockton, California in 1954. Del grew up in a bluegrass environment with his father, Vern, and Ray Park playing around the house. His father taught him how to play Little Brown Jug on the mandolin at age 5. He took up guitar at age 10, and has been playing it ever since. After Del graduated from school, he joined Vern to form the Vern Williams Band, which toured the West Coast for 15 years. They recorded Bluegrass from the Gold Country for Rounder Records, and two albums with Rose Maddox on the Arhoolie label before disbanding in 1992. Del is a devoted bluegrass music lover, and has never cared for any other style of music. Del has joined his friends in this band because they, too, are very devoted to the music, and they play traditional styles with energy and emotion.

Del's Discography:

Vern Williams Band, Bluegrass from the Gold Country, Rounder, 1996

Rose Maddox & the Vern Williams Band, Beautiful Bouquet, Arhoolie 1983
Rose Maddox,  Rose of the West Coast Country,  Arhoolie 1980 & 1982

photo by Janet Delaney

Ed Neff is known to all Northern California bluegrass fans as the premier fiddler and mandolin stylist in the traditional vein. He has been a fixture in the Bay Area bluegrass scene for over 30 years, playing with such stalwarts as High Country and the Vern Williams Band, with whom he spent 15 years. Although Ed has been primarily acknowledged as a fiddler, True Blue provides a vehicle for his stellar mandolin work, and authoritative lead and tenor vocals.    

Ed's Discography: 

High Country, Dreams, Warner Bros/Raccoon Records, 1972
Done Gone, The Done Gone Band, Police Records, 1979
Rose Maddox & the Vern Williams Band, Beautiful Bouquet, Arhoolie 1983
Kazuhiro Inaba, Shore to Shore, Hay Holler Records, 1986
Kazuhiro Inaba, Hard Times, Red Clay, 1988
High Country, Blue Highway, Turquoise Records, 1987
Roanoke, Thoughts of Home, Iris Cool Records, 1996
Vern Williams Band, Bluegrass from the Gold Country, Rounder, 1996
Butch Waller, Golden Gate Promenade, Rebel, 1999
Chris Brashear, Wanderlust, Copper Creek, 1999
Lone Prairie, Desert Flower, self-produced, 1996

photo by Janet Delaney


Avram Siegel is widely regarded as the most original banjo player to emerge from the Bay Area bluegrass scene. His bluesy, syncopated rhythm is always fresh and exciting without forsaking the traditional Scruggs style. He shows remarkable restraint and taste in every musical situation. Over the past 20 years, Avram has performed in a wide variety of bands, from Grant Street to Vern Williams to the Kathy Kallick Band, with whom he currently tours nationally and internationally. Avram lends his vocal talents to the baritone part in True Blue’s trios.

Avram's Discography:

Kathy Kallick, My Mother's Voice, Copper Creek, 2001
Butch Waller, Golden Gate Promenade, Rebel, 1999
Kathy Kallick Band, Walkin in My Shoes, Live Oak 1998
Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Stay Awhile, Rounder 1995
Tammy Faessart, Just Passin' Through, Strictly Country 1994
Scott Freed , Farther Down the Line, 1994

photo by Janet Delaney

Avram's home page

Allison Fisher rounds out the quartet on bass. She has always gravitated toward the traditional side of bluegrass, making her a natural choice as anchor for the True Blue rhythm section. Her energy and solid sense of time contribute to the band’s overall feel and drive. She also furnishes tenor vocals to some of the band’s duets and trios, and brings original songs to the band's repertoire.

photo by Janet Delaney

This site was last updated 6/21/05