Glory Fountain began as the duo of John Chumbris and Lynn Blakey, who called themselves Sundowners. The two natives of Washington, D.C., had begun a casual songwriting partnership after becoming acquainted at a local studio while recording. When both Chumbris and Blakey settled in North Carolina, the pair began to craft songs together and to play out on area stages. Chumbris would play guitar and contribute harmonies, while Blakey wrote lyrics and sang. Glory Fountain evolved into a four-person outfit with the additions of drummer John Williams and bass player David Collins. The group has performed with a list of artists that includes Tanya Donelly, Mary Lou Lord, Juliana Hatfield, the Backsliders, and Whiskeytown. Before settling down in Glory Fountain, Chumbris played bass in both the Wanktones and the Slickee Boys. Blakey previously teamed with Lynda Stipe and Linda Hopper in the Georgia band Oh-OK. Williams has worked with the Lubricators and Econoline, while Collins worked with Eighthundred.
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