Marc Bristol

  • Band / Solo Performer
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Country, Blues, Rockabilly, Folk and Traditional Soul, Surf Rock, Cajun and Zydeco, R&B More...


Duvall WA United States

Sounds Like

Hank Thompson, Don Williams, Jerry Jeff Walker


King Noodle

Digital Location


Member since: 09/14/2013 Year Founded: 1964


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Marc Bristol


Owner 425.788.2776
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Black Canyon City


  • Original material: 03 hrs : 30 min
  • Cover material: 03 hrs : 30 min
  • CDs released: 6
  • CDs sold: 1500
  • Digital songs sold: 100
  • Original Songs:
  • Average Draw: 200
  • Largest crowd: 1,200
  • Have sound: Full PA


Marc started writing songs in the late '60s, and moved out west to the Cascade Mountains near Seattle in 1971 to pursue songwriting more seriously. Starting at the Pike Place Market in 1973, Marc worked his way up through the Seattle and Northwest music scene to the point where he has opened for artists ranging from Reba McEntire, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep At The Wheel, the Marshall Tucker Band, Katie Webster, Queen Ida and Buckwheat Zydeco to Ramblin' Jack Elliot, John Hartford, Dave Van Ronk, Glen Yarbrough, Dan Hicks, David Bromberg and Tom Chapin. Marc leads several bands, each of which play some of Marc's original songs, and Rockabilly King Ronnie Dawson recorded Marc's song "Sucker For A Cheap Guitar" - Marc's best recorded version can be heard at the Filé Gumbo page here. Because Marc writes a wide variety of material, we needed to put up a page for him as just himself, to give more of those songs a chance to be heard. Marc performs with Filé Gumbo, its alter ego the Harmatones, with his lovely wife Gaby as the Honky Tonk Sweethearts and still occasionally under the name Okie Doke - the Country band he started in 1975 in Duvall, Washington, where he still lives. He's played internationally in England, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy as well as Canada. In fact at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1989 Marc was onstage with Alison Krause in the 'Birds of a Fiddle' Workshop finale jam, and also had to follow the Five Blind Boys of Alabama with an unscheduled two song set in front of 20,000 while the stage was changed over for the next act! We don't claim that Marc drew those 20,000 people, but he did have the chance to entertain them! On the way off stage after this set the Beat Farmers said they loved "Sucker For A Cheap Guitar."

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