Founding member David Hurt has been playing guitar since he was 13. Like a lot of kids his age he was turned on to the blues by the British invasion bands of the’60’s. This led him on a search for the original artists shown in the liner notes.
In 1974, while living in Tallahassee, David founded Crosscut Saw. The band’s repertoire included Freddy King, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters and the early Stones. At that time Crosscut Saw was the only blues band in Tallahassee and started playing at some of the original roadhouses outside of town just to have somewhere to play. Some of the original roadhouse venues have evolved over the years to become, like the Bradfordville Blues Club, legitimate blues venues for national touring acts like Tinsley Ellis and James Harman.
Eventually the band included harmonica player Pat Ramsey who had just recorded “White Hot and Blue” with Johnny Winter. Pat, who had been playing with Butch Trucks, was left stranded when Truck’s group dis-banded with the re-grouping of the Allman Brothers Band.
In 1980 David left Crosscut Saw and moved to Atlanta to devote his time to raising his 3 children. He has one son who plays guitar, one son who plays drums and a daughter who sings.
During the ‘90’s David played with Trickbag which featured mostly original material written by Daniel Richardson and arranged by the band. Trickbag’s motto was “red hot blues”. The band had 2 CD’s to its credit: “Jump off the Porch” and “River of Blues” which received some local air play.
In 2005 David founded “Blues Highway” with Bill Spinks. The band’s repertoire is Johnny Winter style blues.