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505 Blues is unique blend of musicians from many walks of life, brought together in 2007 to create a blues and funk combination sorely needed in the music industry. 505 steps up to the plate with a spicy twisted dance party of original and cover tunes from across the map genre-wise, but always with an ear towards the blues.
Jacob Crawford, Lead Guitar and Vocals:
Originally from Baltimore, MD. After exploring a number of other instruments, Jacob turned to the guitar at 13. Forming his first band, Thursday Night Special, with his brother Jeff on drums, they began making music that combined the many musical influences of their household. Jacob’s love of the blues came from spending summers at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia where he discovered the joy of late night jam sessions. While in college, Jacob explored songwriting and recorded his first CD, Taster Menu, and played in several bands around the Baltimore/Washington DC area.
Russ Maracle, Drums and Vocals:
Originally from Buffalo, NY. Russ started banging on boxes and pails at 13. He played with 75RPM, Close But No Cigar, and The Voice throughout the 70’s and 80’s and joined Pete Panek and the Blues Cats in 1987. Russ is lucky enough to have shared the stage with blues giants, Buddy Guy, Lucky Peterson, Koko Taylor, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neil, Charlie Musslewhite, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Eddie Shaw and The Wolfgang, The Red and The Black w/Buck Dharma, Bo Diddley and Joe Bonamassa.
Dennis Montgomery, Keyboards:
Originally from Chicago, IL. Dennis started playing in high school acts and immediately after graduation went on tour with The LeRoy Taylor Soul Explosion out of Washington, D.C., touring the east coast in the college circuit. In 1970 Dennis went to the Berkeley School of Music, then back on the road with an original rock group Jonas Por, (Guitarist later played with Alice Cooper, Joe Cocker, and Janice Ian) Dennis has shared the stage with ELF, Ronnie James Dio, Jam Factory (drummer played with McCartney and wings) and Lynn Anderson.
Donald Specker, Bass:
Originally from Queens, NY. Donald comes from a musical family and started his music career in public school, playing with his first band at age 14. In high school, Donald joined a band, later becoming the original "Nirvana,” with guitarist Steve Bargonetti, now a professional musician doing Broadway shows. He played throughout NYC and in Ithaca during grad school, Donald played with the funk and dance band Foots. His musical siblings include Alex Specker (guitar) and John Specker (fiddle). In 505 Donald is known as “Mr. Smooth.”
Don Fenton, Harmonica and Vocals:
Originally from Ithaca, NY. “Rooster” as the band affectionately calls him, started playing harmonica (harp) at 17 and has now played for almost 40 years. Self taught, he fashions his playing style after harmonica greats, Sugar Blue, and Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He got serious after jamming Blue Mondays at the Nines in Ithaca. In 2007, Don decided to start a blues band with Russ Maracle to fulfill a life long dream and 505 Blues was born.