Crimson Blues ...
In the summer of 2010, drummer Bill Mallare
sent a text message to guitarist, singer and all-around blues junkie
Mark Jeghers. Mark
was on vacation, and didn't expect to hear from anyone, let alone
Bill. The text message said, "Wanna start
a gospel blues band?"
Mark and Bill had
met playing in another blues band, a secular band that was losing
steam, becoming irrelevant and drifting into the desolate
no-mans-land of R&B drivel. But Mark and
Bill discovered they had common ground:
their Christian faith and love of blues music.
Then Mark's guitar buddy
Brad Marsh sat in with them while playing
at an outdoor block party. Realizing there were a lot of
church-going neighbors there, the three of them decided to be
politically incorrect and do one of Mark's
favorite slow-blues gospel songs. Right in the middle of
ultra-materialistic Silicon Valley, they dared to sing a song
about Jesus! It was fun, to say the least, and nobody threw
It was a few weeks later, while Mark was
on vacation watching seagulls fight over garbage, that the text
message came. What followed was a long phone call, and after
that, the beginning of an adventure.
Bill brought in bassman Jun Lagmay
and harp player Rich Greenwood, both of
whom played Christian Blues with Bill in
the 90s. Mark offered first dibs to
Brad Marsh to play lead guitar;
Brad took about a fraction of a second
to say yes.
Since then, Crimson Blues has been playing high-octane Christian
Blues, with all the passion and energy of rocked-up Blues, and
with the message of a Risen King. Their music style spans many
variations that all orbit around the universe of blues: swinging
Chicago Blues, scorching hot Delta Blues, hard driving Blues-Rock,
Southen Rock, and a little bit of funk for good measure.
Though writing songs since age 15, frontman
Mark Jeghers has not experienced such a
prolific songwriting period in a long time. "Crimson has fired
up creative juices in me like I haven't had in a long time", he
says, "aside from the great chemistry and being surrounded by
really talented musicians who make me sound better than I am
alone, I think it's also just God thing."
The Crimson guys love blues and they love Jesus too. They also
think that blues and the New Testament gospel message go
together remarkably well. That's because they both dig deep
into the human condition and all the struggles that come with
it. They both touch on lostness and redemption in a primal and
profound way. And they both have a way of healing the soul
(well, Jesus moreso than blues, but, you get the idea...)
Harp player Rich Greenwood says this
about playing with Crimson: "I started playing harp in 1974.
I've jammed with bands from Tuscany to Times Square -- but have
never been in a band like Crimson Blues before. This band is
quite literally an answer to prayer for me. The perfect mix of
musicians, the perfect style of music, and no matter who I
share the music with, from any faith base, people always
comment on the energy and drive that each song embodies. And
I know it's not me, it's not the other band members, it's God
shining through. This is His band ... I just get to be in it."
And the adventure goes on...