Filé Gumbo

  • Band / Solo Performer
  • Cropped p1200728
  • Cropped 84
  • Cropped gumbopromo2beads
  • Cropped p1020377
  • Cropped p1150753
  • Cropped filegumbobumbershoot
  • Cropped p1000526
  • Cropped p1200756
  • Cropped originalfilegumboband1
  • Cropped btttcoverearly
  • Cropped gumboposters
  • Cropped mno 26bblcovers
  • Cropped tmcover crossroads
  • Cropped p1090692


R&B, Cajun and Zydeco, Blues, Dixieland Country, Rockabilly, Doo Wop, Soul, Swing, Tejano, Calypso, Zydeco More...


Seattle WA United States

Sounds Like

Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida, Fats Domino, Ourselves


King Noodle

Digital Location


Member since: 09/03/2013 Year Founded: 1987


Mail alt 16x12 Marc Bristol
Thumb bristol rockin cover

Marc Bristol


Bandleader 425.788.2776


  • Original material: 01 hrs : 30 min
  • Cover material: 04 hrs : 00 min
  • CDs released: 6
  • CDs sold: 3500
  • Digital songs sold: 10
  • Original Songs:
  • Average Draw: 200
  • Largest crowd: 5,000
  • Have sound: Full PA


Filé Gumbo was begun to fill a Tuesday evening gig at the New Orleans Cafe in Seattle's Pioneer Square, in March of 1987. We landed the gig using a demo made in Marc Bristol's living room with just Will Peoples (acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals, Doug Bright (accordion) and Marc (washboard), which was made as a prelude to an album Will wanted to record, and later did, using Doug and Marc plus several other prominent musicians from the Seattle area. The band was so great right out of the box that we started getting a lot of offers for corporate gigs, festivals, weddings etc., and eventually added drums to what started as a four piece band with just washboard percussion. Will dropped out after 10 years, and at this point Doug and Marc are the original members, though drummer Bob Merrihew replaced his older brother Les, the bands first drummer, and has been with us more than 20 years. Orville Johnson replaced original lead guitarist Mark Whitman even before we added drums, and current bass player Joe Anderson has been working with Marc even longer, having started in Marc's trio in 1986. Joe had been filling in on bass, and playing bass on some of the recordings all along. So far we've only played regionally, ranging as far south as Coos Bay, OR, as far east as Kellog, ID and as far north as Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. But our version of "I Like It Like That" (from the CD "Bon Ton Two Tone") made it to #16 on the Beach Music charts in the Carolinas many years ago. The sit down gig at the New Orleans lasted 15 years every Tuesday with occasional exceptions (Dizzy Gillespie would come to town and play the club for a whole week - like that). We have been a festival favorite at Folk Festivals, Blues Festivals, Jazz Festivals and variety festivals alike. People with great taste, who aren't afraid to have too much fun, book Filé Gumbo when they're lucky enough to find out about us! We play the full spectrum of sounds you'd hear in Louisiana from New Orleans R7B to Cajun/Zydeco, Swamp Blues, Swamp Rock, Swamp Pop to Dixieland Jazz. Lately we condense that list into this term: Swamp Rockin' Boogie! Though you might think you hadn't heard us, we played the background music for a TV commercial for Schucks/Kragens Auto Parts that ran 3 or 4 times per game on every professional sporting event in the Western states where they have stores - football, basketball, Baseball - for at least 3 or 4 years!

YouTube Link

Tour Dates