||Ron A., Beaverton, Oregon - I met Bryan in the early 70's at Greg Laurie's church ("Calvary Chapel of Riverside" then) during the Jesus movement. It was an amazing time. The church grew from a small group of kids meeting in a tiny Episcopalian chapel to a crowded megachurch in the span of a few short years. Dozens of folks came to the Lord every week after the concerts and we all hung out at Coco's.
Musicians gravitated toward each other, and I was Sweet Comfort Band's warm-up on a few occasions when they were still a trio....even played at Rick Thompson's wedding. I jammed with them once in Kevin's garage but didn't quite fit their style of music, being mostly an acoustic guitarist. It dawned on me later that they were auditioning me, and I'm glad I missed the cut. Randy was the JATO rocket that SCB needed to propel them into "world-class" orbit! His smooth jazz chops helped refine their sound.
I left Riverside in 1977 to finish college and although I miss old friends, I think I made the right decision. I'm married now with 5 kids, a mortgage, and four old cars. I still play guitar, but rarely in public anymore (the picture is a few years old).
I ran into Bryan at a local restaurant after one of his concerts, and his energy level doesn't seem to have tapered off. Type A to the max! No wonder he rose from installing carpets to become "One of the Legends of CCM"! Never stop praying for him. A guy with his velocity needs an extra dose of vitamin "G".
If you ever meet him, ask Bryan about his humble beginnings playing at The Edgemont Women's Club.
Cliff J., Portland, Oregon - My wonderful wife, Debbie, and I just celebrated 16 years of marriage (December 2000). We have three busy boys, ages 13, 9 and 3, and we love to put on energetic Bryan Duncan songs (like "Holy Rollin'") and dance around the living room. I became a Christian in 1980 and very shortly became acquainted with Christian music, including the Sweet Comfort Band. I'm an accountant by profession, and most of my spare time revolves around either the family or music, whether the band at my church, or a couple of local jazz groups I play in. Bryan is one of a small handful of Christian artists (with Bob Bennett and Roby Duke) that I've always kept up with, even at times when not much else in Christian Music was interesting to me. It's fun to get back into it a little more since my boys are starting to listen. I'm gratified that some of my tastes are rubbing off on them, so count us "another family for Bryan." 2 Cor. 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"