Crossroads Band-Where all great styles of Blues meet
Steve Bailey 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 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!"
David Hudson has been a blues drummer for 20 something years and keeps the flame started by Fred Below and "new" guys like Fran Chistina and Richard Innes burning bright.  He has played in bands that have opened for Jody Williams (Howling Wolf), Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf) and Pinetop Perkins (Muddy Waters). He's been nominated "Best Blues Drummer" by the WBS a couple times and has also participated in the IBC competition in Memphis.David's a shuffle/swing drummer who has never played in a rock band..... and never will......He's excited to be teaming up with one of the best blues bands in the Northwest, "The Crossroads Band".
“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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