Long Time Coming
Marc Brown was raised around a large family of guitarists, fiddlers, bassists and harmonica players. He was given his first guitar at the age of 4 and the rest is history. He was the first Alaskan Native to play a sold out concert ( 5,500 people ) at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, back in '99, when he opened for ZZ Top. He did it again the following year when he opened for Jethro Tull. He's also opened for John Hammond ( twice ), Eddie Shaw ( Howlin' Wolf's sax man ), J Geils Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds and toured with the Chieftains of Ireland....................... The summer of 2005, Marc and 3 local guys from Fairbanks, traveled all the way to Vegas, where they did a gig at the world famous, House Of Blues. The day before, they played a sold out concert at BB Kings in Hollywood. Two days before that, they played a pow wow in Idaho............................... August of 2009, Steve Moore came back to the Blues Crew and has been holding down the bottom ever since. His bass playing has improved by leaps and bounds and Marc is looking forward to recording again with Mr. Moore. The other half of the backbone of the Blues Crew, John Bringhurst, the drummer, joined the band in December of 2006. He was a fill in for our other drummer, but we liked him so much that we stole him from the Greyhound band. He is without a doubt the best blues drummer that Marc has ever jammed with and he is also the hardest working drummer in Alaska. It's routine for him to play 7 or more gigs a week. Jason Slats once finished 4th in a nationwide sax competition out of over a thousand contestants. He was featured on the past two Blues Crew releases and is also on the new one that will be out by Thanksgiving of '08. He's been playing sax for Marc off and on for the past 8 years. Larry Cantil first met Marc at the Blues Breakers in the early 90's and they've done hundreds of gigs together since then. Larry was on the hit Standing At The Crossroads, which got major airplay in '98 and '99 and is also on the last song of the new CD, Keep On Smiling.................... There you have it, five guys from the Interior that are holding it down with the best of them. They'll be playing at the Arctic Bar in Fairbanks, Alaska for most of the winter, but they are most definitely open for private parties, weddings, dances, etc.......