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CrashFour played in and around the Northwest for almost 10 years. Along with headlining performances, CrashFour has shared the stage with Collective Soul, Phantom Planet, Sugar Land, Ben Lee, Left Over Salmon, Young Dubliners, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Built to Spill, Colobo, moe, REO Speedwagon, Ominous Seapods, and Korby Lenker. The band also performed at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

"Turn on your mental sound mixer and blend together your favorite cuts from The Dave Matthews Band, String Cheese Incident, and Leftover Salmon. Now, add a dash of the early folk-style Byrds. Beginning to get the idea?"- Scott Renshaw, Mountain Times – Park City, Utah

Formed in 1998, CrashFour soon became one of Boise's most talked about bands. Winning talent shows, placing third at Bogie's annual Battle of the Bands, and being voted "Best Band" in the Idaho Statesman's annual Best of Treasure Valley poll.

"They start with intelligent, fearless songwriting with tight arrangements in shifting tempos. Then they play the heck out of the songs with killer fiddle, punchy rhythm guitar, excellent bass work, and intricate, multi-textured drumming." - Dale Mahoney, Boise Weekly – Boise, Idaho

CrashFour received a tour sponsorship on behalf of Budweiser and the Bud True Music Live program. The Bud True Music Live program is a great program that gives fantastic support to independent bands that Budweiser feels are of national caliber and deserving of national recognition.

CrashFour was also hand-picked to be one of only 24 music acts who represented Bose in live music venues nationwide. CrashFour helped Bose launch their new Personalized Amplification System™ family of products. 

The band was also represented by The College Agency to help build a consistent touring schedule at college campuses across the country.

Bassist Jake Ransom, guitarist Kelly Martin, drummer Chad Waite, and violinist/fiddler Rebecca Gourley (now Martin) developed a unique sound that drew big crowds from around the Northwest. CrashFour's music is completely original, with lyrics written by both Kelly Martin and Jake Ransom. They spent almost 10 years playing over 400 shows and writing over 70 songs.

 

 
 
 
 

CrashFour has shared the stage with the following acts:

 

Awards & Achievements

 
  • BOSE - Crash Four was hand-picked to be one of only 24 music acts who will be representing Bose in live music venues nationwide.
  • BUDWEISER - CrashFour has received tour sponsorship for one year on behalf of Budweiser and the Bud True Music Live (BTML) program
  • Voted Best of Treasure Valley 1999 Best “Rock Band” & “Best Alternative”
  • 1st Place in Open Mic Night at BSU 1998
  • 1st Place in Institute Spectacular Talent Show 1998
  • 1st Place Bogies Battle of the Bands Preliminary round 1999
 

Venue History

Clubs & Concert Houses
  1. Bitter End Pub - Portland, OR
  2. Bank of America Center - Boise, ID
  3. Blues Bouquet - Boise, ID
  4. Bluespark - Spokane, WA
  5. Bogies - Boise, ID
  6. Buffalo Gap - Portland, OR
  7. Cals - Mountain Home, ID
  8. Casey’s - Billings, MT
  9. DB’s - Idaho Falls, ID
  10. First National - Pocatello, ID
  11. Flying M - Boise, ID
  12. Ha Penny - Boise, ID
  13. Hard Rock Cafe - Salt Lake City, UT
  14. Idaho Center - Boise, ID
  15. Interlude - Boise, ID
  16. Java - Twin Falls, ID
  17. Jay’s Upstairs - Missoula, MT
  18. Joe's - Payette, ID
  19. JT Toads - Boise, ID
  20. Kulture Klatsch - Boise, ID
  21. Live Wire - Boise, ID
  22. Mother Urbans Ratskeller - Park City, UT
  23. Mount Tabor Theatre and Pub - Portland, OR
  24. Muggers - Twin Falls, ID
  25. Old Chicago Boise Town Square - Boise, ID
  26. Old Chicago DownTown - Boise, ID
  27. Pie - Boise, ID
  28. Power House - Boise, ID
  29. Redfish Lake Lodge - Stanley, ID
  30. Satchel's - Boise, ID
  31. Studio 51 - Pullman, WA
  32. Suite G - Seattle, WA
  33. Sundance Bar - Payette, ID
  34. The Big Easy - Boise, ID
  35. The Filling Station - Bozeman, MT
  36. The Jet Deck - Everett, WA
  37. The Ripple - Moses Lake, WA
  38. The Rock - Nampa, ID
  39. The Venue - Boise, ID
  40. Tom Grainey’s - Boise, ID
  41. Whiskey Jacques - Ketchum, ID
  42. Yacht Club - McCall, ID
Festivals
  1. Alive After Five - Boise, ID
  2. Bite of Boise - Boise, ID
  3. Boise River Festival - Boise, ID
  4. Cornstalk (Cancer Benefit Show) - Boise, ID
  5. Canyon County Fair - Caldwell, ID
  6. Farmer Browns - Boise, ID
  7. Harvest Festival - Hidden Springs, ID
  8. Hemp Festival - Moscow, ID
  9. Hyde Park Street Fair - Boise, ID
  10. Julia Davis Park Earth Day Festival - Boise, ID
  11. Ketchum Alive - Ketchum, ID
  12. Magic Valley Western Days - Twin Falls, ID
  13. McCall Brew Festival McCall, ID
  14. Moscow Alive After Five - Moscow, ID
  15. MPC Bowl @ Boise State University - Boise, ID
  16. Nampa Spectrum - Nampa, ID
  17. SXSW Blind Pig Pub - Austin, TX
  18. Thursday Thunder - Boise, ID
  19. Western Idaho Fair - Boise, ID
  20. Western Days - Twin Falls, ID
  21. Mount Helena Music Festival - Helena, MT
Colleges and Universities
  1. Albertson College of Idaho - Caldwell, ID
  2. Boise State University - Boise, ID
  3. Columbia Basin College - Pasco, WA
  4. Delt’s Russian Ball - Moscow, ID
  5. Eastern Washington University - Cheney, WA
  6. Idaho State University - Pocatello, ID
  7. Linfield College - Mcminniville, OR
  8. Spokane Community College - Spokane, WA
  9. Willamette University - Salem, OR
Other
  1. Boise City Limits TVTV Show - Boise, ID
  2. Institute Spectacular Talent Show - Boise, ID
  3. Kiwanis 4th of July Charity Event - Boise, ID
  4. Capital High School Auditorium - Boise, ID
  5. Springs of Royal Oaks Halloween Party - Boise, ID
  6. KPSU 98.3 FM - Portland, OR
  7. NACA West Regional Conference - Portland, OR
 
 

CrashFour has decided to disband after almost 10 years. The band would like to thank all of you for your support throughout the years.

The band members are now exploring new avenues in life.

Jake and Chad have formed a new band called "Audio Moonshine." You can find more information at the following link:
www.myspace.com/myaudiomoonshine


After getting her Master of Music in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University, Becca married Kelly and they now live in Hailey, Idaho. Kelly is working on his solo career and has released his first solo album. You can find more information at the following link:
www.KellyJMartin.com

 
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