Crossroads Band-Where all great styles of Blues meet
STEVE BAILEY is truly a Northwest Blues Pioneer, starting his Seattle performing career in the late 1960's. Bailey was a mainstay of the original Public Market Blues scene, and the list of musicians that have played in his bands reads like a who's who of the Northwest Blues. A triple-threat performer on vocals, guitar, and harp, Bailey is also an accomplished songwriter, as well as running his own recording studio. Bailey's recordings with "The Blue Flames" took him on multiple tours to Europe and Japan, and he was the mastermind behind the international hit album, "Northwest Harmonica Showcase." From Memphis soul to rollicking New Orleans gumbo, Bailey keeps Crossroads crowds dancing!
DENNIS ELLIS blows that wailing sax that adds so much to the unique sound of the Crossroads band. One of the toughest Blues "honkers" you'll find in any state, Ellis is equally at home with grinding down home material and fast-paced bebop-influenced Jazz. Dennis also shares front-man chores, and can lay those West Coast vocal Blues down as well! If you are a fan of Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Lowell Fulson, and Big Jay McNeely, Ellis will blow your kind of Blues! Originally from the Bay Area, Ellis got an early start playing traditional jump and swing as a member of the Chris Cain Band in the 70's. Dennis has been a prominent figure on the Seattle-area blues scene for more than a decade now and, as Living Blues Magazine noted, "Whenever Ellis steps up to take a solo, he steals the show!"
PAT MCFARLAND is no stranger to Blues stages up and down the Pacific Coast. Pat was a fixture in Pioneer Square with Isaac Scott, as an original member of the Dick Powell Band, and with Marc Dufresnes' band The Native Boys until the late 1980's when he moved to Bellingham, where he fronted the McFarland-White Band for 12 years, and more recently toured the area with 10 piece R&B show band, From the Hip. Pat jumped at the opportunity to spend more time in the Seattle-Tacoma area with the Crossroads Band, and his intense, stinging Albert and Freddie King-style guitar and soulful vocals fit right into the band's versatile sound - Pat can lay the sound down with the best in the Northwest! Don't miss him!
JOHN LEE cut his musical teeth in Alaska. In 1973 he toured and played bass with John Lee Hooker and Charlie Musslewhite and again with John Lee Hooker in 1975. In 1976 John moved to Seattle and became a vital part of the blues scene there. He has played with Mike Lynch & Nightlife, Isaac Scott, the Slam Hound Hunters, and was an original member of Stevie & the Blue Flames to name a few. John also led his own bands, the Jive Bombers, King Strut, and Smokestack Lightenin'. He has recorded with Gary Sloan's South Side Blues, the Slam Hound Hunters, and Steve Bailey & the Blue Flames. In 2003 John reunited with old friends from the Alaskan days, John Firmin (Johnny Nocturne Band), & John Stephan (The John Stephan Band) and recorded a self-titled album, The 3J's. John Lee is the bassist & splits the vocals with John Stephan on this CD. He is pleased to be playing with the Crossroads Band.
JOHN ROCKWELL has performed and recorded with over 200 groups in North America & Europe since 1972. His favorite styles of music are jazz, funk, & blues. A partial list of the many area bands John has played with includes: Runaway Train, Jump Up, Cadillac Jack, Flat Five, The Breadline Blues Band, T.J. Read and Nicole Fournier's 3 lb Universe. John is proud to be a member of the Crossroads Band and sees its groovin' authenticity as a high point in his long music career.
“Then there’s The Crossroads Band. Members....make for a great combination; they play blues that forces you to sit up and take notice. This is a great band to see whether you’re in the mood to dance, or just want to sit and listen to some fantastic playing.”
-Chuck Cox, Washington Blues Society
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