John "Gray Hound" Maxwell
A 1971 concert by B.B. King in Chicago set John on the path to study the guitar. At the Old Town School of Folk Music John found Johnny Long, a student of Homesick James, and slide guitar quickly became his passion.
Two years in Tulsa led John to adapt his bottleneck slide style to bluegrass and country but blues remained number one thanks to the early years in Chicago. While attending college in St Louis John met blues legends Henry Townsend and Tommy Bankhead and had the opportunity to play with both on stage as well as fronting his own trio, The Auxiliary Blues Band.
As Monty Python used to say, "and now, for something completely different..." The college life of 1974 introduced electric guitar to the mix and John found himself in both rock and jazz bands. In the Great California migration of 1976 most of his St. Louis music connections landed in the Bay Area and formed the seminal punk band
Eye Protection, sharing the stage with such bands as The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, The Plasmatics, Jim Carroll, Chris Issac and Silvertone, SVT... How did this happen? What happened to the blues?
After six years of distraction John moved to Minneapolis and joined an R&B band. An opening slot for Gatemouth Brown jogged John's brain back to his senses and he began to re-focus on acoustic blues and roots music. But the electric sound was to return four years later with an ex-bandmate of the San Francisco years.
The Sin Eaters "Linoleum Years" was released in '95 and landed a song in "Burn, Hollywood, Burn" which won the Razzie Award as the worst movie of 1998. "Heidelberg Swing" is a slide guitar instrumental backed by the rhythm of a printing press.The long awaited second Sin Eaters CD will be available in 2016.
While the "lost years" of John's punk experience are not so evident these days the blues have remained and grown. Opening sets for Susan Tedeschi and Roy Rogers have brought John out of the shadows at one time or another. At the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival John has had the opportunity to play on stage with Nat Reese, Phil Wiggins, Andra Faye, Terry Harmonica Bean and Rich Del Grosso. John's first solo CD,"Blues For Evangeline" was released in December '14 and is garnering exceptional reviews.
Jon Parry was given classical training on the violin beginning at age seven by his mother Louise and by Walter Sundstein, then assistant concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony. As a child Jon developed a life-long love of the blues playing along with records his father brought home. Son House, Father Earl Hines, John Lee Hooker, and Huddie Ledbetter were some of the artists he immersed himself in as a youth. By the age of 15, he was opening shows for Taj Mahal, Big Mama Thorton, and B.B. King, among others. Jon has performed professionally as a sideman across America, at concert halls, festivals and clubs ranging from The Kennedy Center to the barrooms of New Orleans. He is a long time member of the legendary Goose Creek Symphony. Jon has recorded and performed with artists such as Hank Williams Jr. and Danny Barnes.