Bait Shop Beauty
"Alternate Route" is a fitting description of this trio of Texas musicians. Influenced by a diverse genre of acoustic music from country, bluegrass and Texas rock, their original songs of life, love, humor and compassion blend perfectly with "fun" for a unique "Texas" sound. The band is made up of three musicians from southeast Texas; Steve Thrower, David Roork and Stan Davidson. For decades, southeast Texas has produced some of the biggest names in the business like; Tex Ritter, J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), Janis Joplin, Johnny & Edgar Winter, George Jones, Barbara Lynn, Tracy Byrd, Clay Walker and Mark Chesnutt. In 2003 Steve wrote and recorded "West End Wanda" a song that delightfully pokes fun of the socially conscious housewives who live in the west end of Beaumont, Texas. On that same project, he recorded a Fred Eaglesmith song titled "How's Ernie?" A friend submitted "How's Ernie?" to Chinook Records who was co-sponsoring a Fred Eaglesmith tribute album and it was chosen from dozens of entries from across the U.S., Canada and Australia to be included on a CD titled; "20 Odd Holler's Vol. II." The multi-talented David Roork played mandolin on that project as well. In addition to playing mandolin, David also plays the guitar, bass, and banjo. He is also a gifted songwriter and penned two of the songs on the bands first CD, "Early Morning Blues" and "Pine Tree Lodge". In 2004 Stan joined Steve and David and "Alternate Route" was born. Stan brought 25 years of hot rock and roll bass licks to the band and some great harmony vocals to truly give the band an "Alternate Route" In 2005 the band played a variety of local venues and private functions throughout southeast Texas. In June they opened for Fred Eaglesmith and Australian artist Audrey Mezra and in November they opened for future country music hall of fame artist, "Billy Joe Shaver". In August of 2005 they released their first album, "Bait Shop Beauty". The title song "Bait Shop Beauty" will make you laugh; "Daddy's Dreams" a song Steve wrote for his daughters will make you cry; "The Pine Tree Lodge" a song about a local hang out will make you want to dance; and "The Room" a song about the death chamber in Texas will piss you off or make you proud to be a Texan or wish you were one. Also in 2005 the band volunteered their time and talents to community fund raisers and other charitable events, including the 12th annual "Girls Haven Gumbo Cook-off". Along with other musicians and volunteers, they helped raise over $40,000.00 for "Girls Haven" an organization that provides safe haven for young girls in need throughout Texas and Louisiana. Look for good things from "Alternate Route" in 2006. Starting this spring, they are scheduled to play the last Friday of every month at the Logon Café in Beaumont, Texas and with new songs already on paper they plan to return to the studio and hope to release a new album in the fall. For booking information contact Steve Thrower firstname.lastname@example.org.