Carson Downey’s musical roots are in soul and rock, bassist Marlowe Smith came from funk, and Murray Downey is a drummer-of-all-trades.
Carson’s life changed in the mid-1980s when he went to hear Joe Murphy, a legend among Maritime blues and roots-music aficionados. “It’s hard to put into words, but something just clicked. Then Joe says to me, ‘I know you play, come on up and play something.’…I managed to put together a few Johnny Winter songs, and it went over well. The next day he called and asked if I wanted to play in his band. I knew instinctively why he wanted me: I brought a spark to his band. Maybe I wasn’t as seasoned as some, but I was burning with the fire of a man with a new love.”
Carson Downey stayed almost four years with the Murphy ensemble. When he set about starting his own band, he leaned heavily on brother Murray to “come over to the blues side.” “Back when we were coming up,” recalls Murray, “blues wasn’t all that popular. It was all disco, funk, and R&B.”
A first album “All The Way” came along to critical success, along with over a dozen awards right across the country. Several tours from coast to coast, as well as extensive tours of Germany, Greenland, as well as Asia and parts of the US.
“Burnin’ Up Live” is the band’s second CD and it captures what the band does best: burning up a stage with their intense delivery. Whenever the Carson Downey Band starts playing, it doesn’t matter if the audience is brand new, young or old, they leave the venue amazed! What could be better than that ?