The Navigators perform at the KAFM Radio Room

The Navigators perform at the KAFM Radio Room

Mapping out The Navigators

Greg Hartman

The question is often proposed: what would you do if you could retire tomorrow?  Most would focus on hobbies, traveling, or family.  Brian Gregor had the rare opportunity to answer that question in the fall of 2014, as he was able to retire early.  He decided to follow a dream he’d put on hold since he played in several bands in the 80’s: focus on rock and roll.  With basic needs covered, the adventure of writing and performing music could become his new route.

Brian had been playing solo on and off over the years, often joining in the Cavalcade’s open mic nights and staying active in the local music scene.  With a vision of creating a new band, Gregor sought out the best musicians not currently tied down to other groups.  Much like a montage from a heist movie, he recruited a talented band with a personal conversation and the promise of a shared goal.  Talented Cooper Shull would provide his impressive lead guitar solos, the multi-instrument specialist Alex Stockum would focus on percussion, and the experienced veteran Alex Benham would provide the bass.

Once the team was assembled, the music flowed.  The first group of songs were a combination of the individual’s backgrounds, with classic rock standing as a strong influence, along with blues and folk.  Before performing the songs, the group required a name.  After much debate and discarded ideas, the conversation continued in a study with plenty of idea inspiring objects.  The legend is unclear, but either an old globe or sextant drove the revelation of The Navigators, which struck home.

The first collection of songs, titled All About the Ride, were recorded at Aspen Leaf studios in Grand Junction.  The group packed up and played the songs, along with a select few covers across the I-70 corridor of Colorado.  The songs have a timeless quality live that cause some confusion on where the originals start and the covers begin, although mentions of turning off your cell phone on “Autumn Day” remind you that this passionate music was created within the past year.

Navigators at the Ale House Patio in Grand Junction

Navigators at the Ale House Patio in Grand Junction

The Navigators recorded their second offering, a live album featuring 7 new songs at the KAFM Radio Room in November, 2015.  That album will be released “as soon as its done”.  Until then, All About The Ride can be found at their website or most digital outlets.  The band can be located playing often at locations around the Grand Valley, especially at their “home base” of The Cavalcade in Fruita.