Loose Gravel and The Quarry
Tacoma, Washington
1992 - Present


Johnny Burgess ~ Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Cooley ~ Lead Guitar, Vocals
Glenn Hummel ~ Drums
Steve "Loose Gravel" Luhtala ~  Guitar, Harp, Vocals
Rich Nesbitt ~ Bass


Paul Coleman ~ Drums
Harry Joynes ~ Drums
Kris Knowlton ~ Bass
Tom Mazucca ~ Saxophone
Karl Thurmond ~ Guitar

Loose Gravel Website

Our Audio demo may be found by clicking here

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For Information and Bookings Contact

Gayle at 253-927-1212
or email
johnnyburgess @ comcast.net

Image courtesy of Johnny Burgess
Loose Gravel and the Quarry is a Tacoma, Wa. based hard drivin' original blues and classic rock band that has been performing in the Puget Sound area since 1992. It's leader and frontman Steve "Loose Gravel" Luhtala is the main singer/songwriter and provdes the heart and soul to the music of the band. The "King of the Tide Flats", as he is known, got his nickname "Gravel" playing softball due to the sound of his deep gravelly voice. The band (The Quarry) consists of five more all-star musicians including: Karl Thurmond (Amarillo Tx) on guitar, Johnny Burgess (Paradise, Ca) on keyboards, Tom Mazucca (a Tacoma homegrown) on sax, Harry Joynes, (Port Orchard, Wa) on drums, and, Kris Knowlton (Milton, Wa.) on bass. The Quarry is the backbone to Gravel's style of blues. The dynamics of the music can teeter between a whisper and a thick powerful sound guaranteed to get people tapping their feet if there not already dancing. Loose Gravel and the Quarry have played many venues including The Emerald Queen Casino (they hosted a blues jam on Thursdays that drew hundreds of musicians from all over the Puget Sound area), The Lucky Eagle Casino, Tastes of Tacoma, Bite of Seattle, Tacoma's Freedom Fair, and just about every blues venue in Tacoma. They also performed at the 2004 Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle Center) as well as the 2004 Sunbanks Blues Festival (Eastern Wa) . Loose Gravel and the Quarry have what other blues bands don't have: A UNIQUE SOUND. The bands CD "Boulder In The Highway" has won awards as well as become a favorite for blues lovers. Loose Gravel & the Quarry's show is a "must see" and they are currently working on another CD full of 'original blues' for your listening pleasure!
Loose Gravel Website
Some of the other Pacific Northwest music groups represented in members of this group include:  The Fonics, Malcolm Clark Band, Wakefield Manor, Johnny & The Marks, and many others NW bands.

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Last Update:  20 January 2010
Credits: Loose Gravel Website, Johnny Burgess
Band # 1813