Crystal Deep is an acoustic rock band from Potsdam, NY. The band was started in 2006 by Josh Butler (Lead Vocals/Guitar), and is joined by Patrick Gavin-Brynes (Bass), Paul Byrd (Lead Guitar) and Aaron Downing (Percussion). The bright acoustic resonance, and deep lyrics are accented by a demanding bass foundation and a brilliant lead electric that's as smooth as butter when it needs to be, and heavy when there's a point to be made. Josh Butler I was born in Pryor, Oklahoma and moved to Watkins Glen, New York at the age of 5. When I was 10 my brother bought a Fender and I started teaching myself how to play. Some good friends of mine loved Metallica, so naturally every song I knew was metal. I loved it, but never took it seriously. I was always into music. I played snare drum in a marching band when I was 10 and played trumpet from 5th grade until now. The defining moment in my passion for music was when I graduated from high school and my parents bought me my first acoustic guitar for going away to college. I loved that thing. It's sound drove me to a new style and I used it all through college. When I was a senior I went to a local club event on campus (open mic at Club 99). I was there with some friends and remember saying "I can definitely do that". It grew on me! I soon upgraded my old guitar and was on my way. It's a disease, the best habit I've ever had. My first year of grad school I met Jesse Bonanno at an open mic...awesome musician. I asked to play together sometime and it was another milestone. Jesse taught me more than I could ever ask for. Soon after becoming friends with Jesse I started writing my own music. So with the influences of everyone around me, especially my roommate Chris who introduced me to the Goo Goo Dolls, my sound developed into what I have today. As far as parents go, I could not ask for any better support in every decision I've ever made. Gear: I love Yairi by Alvarez Influences: Johnny Rzeznik, Rob Thomas, Aaron Lewis, Adam Duritz, Dave Mathews, James Hetfield, Stupid people who make me angry Paul Byrd I was raised in Clifton Park, New York with my brother and sister. I was involved in wrestling and orchestra in high school. In my senior year I picked up a guitar for my first time after hearing Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" album. Having a background in musical theory and stringed instruments made the transition from violin to guitar much easier. I took formal lessons from Kenny Hohman of Super 400 for several months before going to school at Clarkson University. I am currently a junior going for a B.S. in civil engineering with a concentration in structural engineering. Aside from playing guitar in several bands, I enjoy the outdoors, relaxing with friends, being a brother of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity, watching football, and the list goes on... Gear : Ibanez Prestige RG1470 1996 Fender Standard Stratocaster 2005 Fender FS-52 Lap Steel Radial Tonebone Hot British Distortion Boss DD-3 Digital Delay MXR Phase 100 Peavey Classic 30 Whirlwind instrument cables Various Jim Dunlop Slides Influences: David Gilmour, Eric Johnson, Richie Blackmore, Robert Johnson, Mike Campbell, OAR, Incubus Patrick Gavin-Brynes I was born September 2, 1987 in Lake George, NY where I grew up and spent the majority of my life. I have been professionally schooled in classical and jazz piano for the last 16 years. Now 20, I have been performing with various groups and musicians at venues ranging from the Old Post Office in Washington D.C, to the Adirondack Jazz Festival in Lake George N.Y. I have performed with several internationally known artists and have worked teaching lessons on Piano and Bass Guitar. In my 16 years of formal music training I have learned and become highly proficient in many instruments including Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Trumpet, Percussion and Vocal Performance. Currently I am attending Clarkson University, and am planning to major in Engineering and Management with a minor from Crane School of music in Jazz Performance. Gear: Schecter Studio 6 Customized Yamaha BBN-5 (Fretless) Korg Triton Extreme Roland KR-777 SWR Golaith III 4x10 Hartke Systems 3500 Dean Markley Strings Elixer Strings Whirlwind instrument cables Aaron Downing I was born and raised in central New Hampshire where the lakes meet the mountains. Originally raised on oldies, my taste in music is a made up of a huge variety of genres. I have to thank my brother for finally introducing me to Green Day, Nirvana, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and many other bands that really influenced my playing style during it's infancy. The most notable influences on me during this time were the beats of Sublime's Bud Gaugh. I began playing drums (starting with concert snare, then all percussion and jazz band) in school 11 years ago, back when I was in 5th grade. That pretty much brings me to where I am today, pushing on through Clarkson trying to complete my Civil engineering degree. I also play guitar and some harp. These were forced upon me because dorm life was not conducive to a drum set, but I love them now as much as playing a kit.