The BDG story
-Based out of Bend, Oregon-
delivering a crucial blend of rock, soul, jam and americana with Powerful, soul-gripping, transcendental melodies, truly inspired by our place in and reflection of this crazy and beautiful world.
From humble beginnings in 2008, the band has always been led by the talented and driven singer/songwriter/guitarist Stacie Lynn Johnson, known for her soulful, powerhouse vocals and passionately inspired melodies. Backed by absolutely jaw dropping guitar work from Conner Bennett, all five members of this fun and hard-working group write and interpret the music flawlessly, creating a truly unique sound all their own. AJ Blum, founding member and band manager, is fulfilling the band's quota on body buzzing bass riffs that are fluid and ever-evolving. With the addition of Aaron "Mystic" Chambers' lyrical skills on the mic and percussion, the sound is forever spinning in a fresh direction, and adding a new male/female vocal dynamic for Stacie and Mystic to intertwine. And newest member, Patrick Smith, is rounding out the rhythm section with edgy yet finely-tuned tempos. Expect intricately explosive soloing from both drummers. Broken Down Guitars was Bend, Oregon's Last Band Standing in 2012 and has been beckoned to play venues such as the Bend's Les Schwab Amphitheater, multiple McMenamin's locations throughout Oregon, the 4 Peaks Music Festival, and is currently expanding its range into the rest of the Pacific Northwest. Overall, this band likes to have fun, a quality BDG brings to every show.
STACIE LYNN JOHNSON - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
A 5th generation Oregonian from Portland, Stacie had an early obsession with music and performing and was heavily involved in musical theater, as well as, singing in Concert Choir and the elite vocal group at her high school. "I consider myself lucky to have grown up in a school district which supported the arts and performance, and they still continue to today". Stacie started playing guitar as a teenager for something to sing along to, but it wasn't until later that she became especially interested in live music performance with a full band. It is Stacie's passion and desire to play bigger stages that continually drives BDG's force in the scene. In 2004, Stacie moved to Bend where she completed her Outdoor Recreation and Tourism degree from OSU-Cascades. Currently, Stacie owns and operates Blazing Trails Tours, a cannabis tour company in Bend, OR. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
AJ BLUM - Bass
AJ Blum grew up in Sacramento, CA, and music has always had a strong pull in his life. He picked up music young, playing the piano in grade school. High school witnessed the grunge revolution, which heavily influenced AJ. He loved the heavy guitar riffs and dark overtones. During his college years in Wisconsin, AJ developed a strong taste for classic rock and jam bands. With artists such as The Rolling Stones and Widespread Panic running through his brain along with who knows what else, AJ picked up the guitar. In 2005, AJ moved to Bend, OR where he soon met Stacie and started jamming. The result of those original jams is Broken Down Guitars. He is ever pushing his music higher, especially after recently switching to bass guitar. He can be reached at email@example.com
CONNER bennett - Lead guitar, vocals
Spending most of his life in Oregon, Conner is inspired by the outdoors. Maneuvering in and out of different hobbies and passions over the years, Conner found that playing music is his most profound desire, and the one which he chooses to pursue everyday. His upbeat and ever-inspiring carefree attitude brings fun and life onto whichever stage he stands. He has a wonderful family who supports him and a beautiful girlfriend he adores. Life is good and the future is bright for a kid named Conner in Central Oregon.
AARON "MYSTIC" CHAMBERS - Percussion, rapping, vocals
Mystic has a massive repertoire when it comes to musical accomplishments. He’s been in bands since his early high school days, opening for The Offspring in the mid-90s with The Red Eyes in Portland, OR; then, most notably the band Soulfori, which he headed up and developed out of a friendship with who is now known as Matisyahu. Mystic is most known for his ability to freestyle rap, creating verses with extreme precision and intricacy from the seat of his shorts. Mystic learned to play African rhythms and still plays on stage his djembe from a trip to Senegal, Africa. Also, with a lifetime of diehard love for the Raiders football organization, he heads up the rap group 4DUB, and currently they perform all over the country at different Raiders clubs and events. Mystic has two handsome sons and spends most of his time being a top notch father, attending sporting events and promoting the many projects with which he loves and is heavily involved.
PATRICK SMITH - Drums, vocals
Family is always first and foremost in Patrick’s life, raising his children and enjoying the little things with his superwife in Redmond, Oregon. Music, though, is the next priority in this talented drummer and sound smith’s existence. This is confirmed by his long history of playing in bands in Central Oregon and designing high quality sound systems in countless venues. Style-wise, Patrick describes his as landing “somewhere between a laid back Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) and the constant evolution of Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails)”. What has and always will be his reason for playing music, is the different form of communication that can be reached, helping people interpret each other. Mood and surroundings have a great deal of instant inspiration on Patrick, and his performances are ever-evolving and fluid.