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Gary Davidson was born in Seattle in 1958 and, except for stints in California and Colorado, has spent most of his life living in Washington and Oregon. His first twenty years were filled with immersion in swimming, football, track & field, and particularly alpine ski racing. After an early start on the trumpet was pushed aside by sports, it wasn’t until Gary’s first year in college that he returned from spring break toting his youngest brother’s classical guitar and was instantly hooked.  

A self-taught guitarist, Gary’s musical path has been as winding as his many years as a geology graduate student (for those who want to know: structural geology, metamorphic petrology, and thermochronology), migrating through rock, blues, folk, old-time country, and bluegrass. For the last several years he has been completely hooked on flatpicking guitar and old-time country and bluegrass music, his main teachers being folks such as Norman Blake and Doc Watson channeled through the stereo. Gary also dabbles on the mandolin and has recently taken to exploring the old clawhammer banjo style. He particularly loves those “singing songs” and has been happily singing with his wife, Cathi Davidson, for the nearly three decades since they met on the ski slopes at Lake Tahoe, CA. Gary is currently having a great time performing some of his favorite music with Cathi and John in Down the Road

Gary lives with Cathi in North Bend. By day he works at Dusty Strings Acoustic Music Shop in Seattle, WA, where he spends his time talking to people about guitars, banjos, mandolins and all kinds of other instruments and music. When not at Dusty Strings or playing music, Gary spends as much time as he can skiing at Alpental, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain bike riding.

Cathi Davidson grew up in Palo Alto, California, in an environment filled with music. Her mom played the piano, so music lessons started early and it seemed natural for at least one of 6 kids to get involved--Cathi was the only one of the kids who stuck with the artsy side of life. Her musical journey took off while at summer camp in the hills near Santa Cruz, California, where she learned a few chords and a song or two from a tent mate who had a guitar. She went home convinced she wanted to play the guitar and sing instead of play the flute in the school band. Later that year she got her first guitar and spent hours torturing her fingers teaching herself to play. Cathi met Gary in 1981 in Lake Tahoe, California. Along with skiing as an interest, they both played the guitar and sang and have been doing both together ever since. Bluegrass came into the picture after moving to Washington in 1990. Cathi still played a little classical guitar with a thumb pick when she started going to the Maltby Jam. She got her first Martin on Gary’s birthday a couple years later. That flatpick sure was hard to hold on to but persistence won out. Cathi makes her home in North Bend with Gary. Their daughters Melissa and Sara are both on their own down in California. Cathi spends her days doing graphics and CAD drafting for an environmental consulting firm. In addition to singing and playing her guitar, she loves to paint watercolors, take pictures, and garden. Between family, music, home, and work, life is good.

John Tubbs, our mandolin player and harmony singer has been playing music since age six.  He grew up in Bloomsburg Pennsylvania and played the accordion, clarinet and drums before turning to stringed instruments for good in the folk boom in college, during which he taught himself to play guitar.  After hearing the soundtrack to the movie “Deliverance” he went out and bought himself a banjo – no we’re not making this up – and played during the ‘70’s with Home Brew, a well known Philadelphia area bluegrass band.  After moving to the Northwest in 1979, he went through an electric phase as a bass player in rockabilly and classic rock bands, and then finally graduated to the mandolin in 1989 – where he’s been ever since.  As a mandolin player, John has been a fixture in the Northwest bluegrass band scene, including among others: City Limits, Northern Pacific and Rainy Pass.  John is noted for his clean, tasteful playing and rock solid rhythm.  He has also written a couple of songs, including “Lone Pine”, the title cut of Northern Pacific’s CD and also recorded on Down The Road's second album.  John has a Master Birder certification through Seattle Audubon and periodically leads field trips for them and Eastside Audubon.  He is a serious photographer (www.tubbsphoto.com) with several national image and article publications to his credit, and is currently working on a fine arts degree with a focus on painting (www.jtubbs.com).  A frequent topic of his photography and painting is the Deschutes River in central Oregon, on which he has taken float trips annually with two friends for the last 25 years.  John's wonderful wife Trisha is well-known in the bluegrass community as well, having been active with IBMA, Wintergrass and WBA (currently the Bluegrass Grabbag editor).