From his early childhood, Brian Shrader has been able to play the drums, which has developed into a lifelong passion for Brian Solomusic. He has played many styles of music with many different groups over the years. Starting with the band The Entertainers at around the age of 11, Brian played classic country music. Once in high school, he began playing drums for a southern rock band called Rebel Force, which only lasted for a couple of years. Next came the Top 40 pop band, Irotici, and Brian’s dream of making it as a professional musician. It was at this point that Brian began trying his hand as a songwriter. Later came the glam metal phase, where Brian played in and out of many bands with mostly original songs. The first of these bands was Tasia, in which he started singing for the first time. This band had little success and fell apart after a year or two. For several years during this time, Brian had been learning to play guitar and had now decided it was time to be a front man. He formed the band Stikki Wikid, with whom he played guitar and sang lead vocals while playing all original songs. This band was not successful at all, so next, Brian formed the band Black Dahlias, with whom he played lead guitar and sang. Black Dahlias had some success and recorded a six song E.P., but after a year or two it was time to move on. Sorrow was the next band, whose music was a little more hardcore. This band didn’t even last a year and Brian decided it was time for a break from music. After about a year off, he decided to hook back up with Mark Ray, the bass player he had worked with for years, and they formed the band Casting Stones, his biggest success to date. Casting Stones was a hard rocking metal band that blew Nashville and the North Alabama area away. The band recorded an E.P., “Before I Die/Shine” and a full length album, “Tangle of Thorns”, which both earned them a very big following. After a three year rampage through the south, the band called it quits. It was at this point that he stopped playing music for a very long time, other than a little bluegrass pickin’ with family. This laid back pickin’ led to the reformation of The Shindiggers, the band his Dad had played in for years. With this group, there was pretty much an organized jam session every weekend for an audience. After a while with The Shindiggers, Brian started playing drums again, now with The Bottom Dollar Band. They were a classic country band that played dancehall music. Brian stayed with this group for about 5 years. It was during this time that he recorded his album “Cheatin’ Songs and Drinkin’ Songs”, a 10 song tribute to his Dad on which he wrote all of the songs and played all of the instruments. He also started his own publishing company, Skullyuoso Music, and became a proud member of ASCAP. Brian’s next venture was with Charlie Mazac and The Sidewinders, which this was short lived, only lasting a few months. Now, after a short break, Brian, Cody Chapman, and Barry Shelton, two members of The Sidewinders, have teamed up with Paul Thornton to form BAD BREW. So be afraid, be very afraid.

 

Back to Top