The Bluebonnets play glam/garage/blues/rock complimented with layered girl-group harmonies. Tight and tough, their songs are energetic and genre defying—arrangements held together by guitar interplay and hooks you remember long after the show.
The band formed in 2007, as a restructuring of a former line up that began in LA several years before.
When Valentine returned to her hometown of Austin, Texas, it was the right time and place to revive a band that she and lead singer/bassist Dominique Davalos had started once before in LA. Dominique made Austin her home and the pair recruited Eve Monsees, a sensational guitarist and singer whom the acclaimed Gary Clark Jr. credits with inspiring him to become a guitar slinger himself. Eve added a new dimension and the Bluebonnets began to play shows and compile tunes for recording. The group is completed and driven by Los Angeles drummer Kristy McInnis’ solid groove beats.
The Bluebonnets put a feminine slant on blues based rock n' roll, yet don’t fall neatly into any musical category: traces of pop, roots, country, and punk are all interwoven into the music. Building a base with regular gigs in Austin, the band makes mini-tour trips to the East and West coasts and has recruited a steady following in harder to reach places with online live-streamed shows via StageIt.
When Waterboys leader and singer Mike Scott saw the Bluebonnets one SXSW, he wrote this about them, leading to an invitation to open for his band in select cities on their major 2015 American tour. #Update: the tour was a smash! The ‘Bonnets made new fans in seven new cities they’d never gotten to play.
The band released Tonewrecker in April, 2017.
"With primary lead vocalist Dominique Davalos on bass flanked by twin-engine guitar-slingers Kathy Valentine and Eve Monsees, the Bluebonnets boast perhaps the most formidable front line in all of Austin music. Elements of blues, punk, grunge, and pop intertwine to create a sound that's best described simply as full-on rock 'n' roll, in an age where that basic form seems increasingly a lost art."
- Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman