Brian Shrader

Brian Shrader

Musician, Singer and Songwriter

The Making Of The Musician

Starting at around the age of eight Brian had the ability to play the drums, mostly beating on a set that was given to him for Christmas by his parents. Later he started playing with a band at a little old school house in Farmington just east of Lewisburg Tennessee. The band was called The Entertainers and he played with them for a few years until the age of thirteen. At this point he quit to try his hand as a rock drummer. Around the age of fourteen he and some friends formed Rebel Force a southern rock band who played mostly cover songs by bands of the era. Really this was a good excuse to party a lot and I do mean A LOT!. After a couple of years of fun he joined forces with a band called Irotici and met someone who he would play in and out of bands with for years to come Mark Ray. Oh yeah, that was the best thing to come out of that band. After that three members of that band, Mark Ray, Tracy Hughes, and Brian, formed Tasia a pretty good glam metal band. Playing mainly original music and a few covers, but they had little success. Next came his big transition from drums to guitar with a band called Stikki Wikid another glam metal band with Mark playing all originals with no success. Then Black Dahlias with Mark and Brian on guitar this time lead. They had pretty good success with this one and ran with it for a couple of years, recording a six song self titled E.P. in the process. Then after a year off came the big one with Mark once more. Casting Stones has been his biggest success to date a hard rocking metal band that played all originals and took Nashville Tennessee, Huntsville Alabama and all points around by storm. These guys gave you a performance when you went to see them. With their hard music, light show, stage performance, and ability you always felt like you got your moneys worth. They had merchandising, a newsletter, a fan club, an E.P. Before I Die - Shine, and a full length C.D. Tangle Of Thornes. They rocked the south for about three years. After this there was a long break with nothing but playing with friends and family mostly country and bluegrass back to his roots. Until the death of his father Louie Shrader which made him sit down and write the song Cheatin' Songs And Drinkin' Songs to deal with what he was going through. A short time later an offer came to play some acoustic guitar doing classic country and bluegrass with The Shindiggers a reformation of the band his dad played with when Brian was a child. This went on for a year and a half then came The Bottom Dollar Band looking for a drummer. He hadn't even played drums seriously in years but what the heck they pay good, so he joined up. He played with them from 2006-2011 and had a great time as well as making some great friends. Most recently he has become the drummer for Charlie Mazac and The Sidewinders. These guys have a take no prisoners attitude about country music and will give you a show anytime you see them. Oh by the way I may not have mentioned that he has been a singer in every one of these bands except the first two. Now he has recorded and released the most personal album of his career. Cheatin' Songs And Drinkin' Songs contains some of his best music ever. With him playing almost all the instruments and all the vocals it is very impressive to hear.