The Last Straw
Definition: The last of a series of annoyances or disappointments that leads one to a final loss of patience, temper, trust or hope.
In these troubling times of today's world, The Last Straw promises to be a ray of light. Since forming in February 2007, the band has been just outside Nashville brewing its own sound. At the end of the first jam everyone present knew they had experienced one of those magical moments all the great bands speak of. The combination of all five men's eclectic southern roots and influences produces a stripped down, in your face sound that’s familiar, yet fresh. Huge guitar solos and keys sweep over the top of hip-swinging bass lines and thunderous drums and combine with many of the same elements that made bands like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Black Crowes legendary. 23 year old Daniel's soulful lyrics describe vivid stories that cut to the quick of the human experience. The Last Straws commanding delivery, energy and passion on stage consistently thrills audiences show after show.
Capitalizing on their early notoriety, The Last Straw is currently preparing to release its highly anticipated debut album, "Brought to Life" on February 28, 2009. The album was tracked at Germantown Studios in Nashville, TN with engineer Michael Bridges and mixed and mastered by Daniel Scobey of ITC Productions. In order to catch the live sound and energy of the band, the whole album was recorded in just 5 days with the emphasis on quality takes in a live setting. "Brought to Life" is an album that takes the listener on a journey from start to finish with 11 well crafted songs that show a maturity well beyond the short life of the band. Daniel says, “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we’re just trying to put a new twist on an old sound.” The opening track, "Down the Line", is a powerful all-American rock anthem about New Orleans and hurricane Katrina. From there the album shows the band’s range and ability to play many genres of music with songs like the R&B influenced “She Don’t Love You”, the reggae tinged “Soul on Fire”, and hard chargers like “Rock n Roll Queen” and “Take a Ride”. Williams says, “Our goal with this first album was to go in and make a record on our terms to show the world what we’re capable of on our own. I’m very proud of what we’ve done here and feel we’ve accomplished what we set out to do.”
In early 2008, the band performed at Nashville's biggest rock awards ceremony The Buzzies hosted by 102.9 "The Buzz" FM. The band was nominated for 3 prestigious awards and took home two for "Best Guitarists" for Daniel and Meeks and "Best Auxiliary Instrumentalist" for Adam Botner. The Last Straw has already proven themselves as one of the most highly recognized bands in Middle Tennessee. They have played packed out shows at legendary venues in Tennessee such as Exit/In and 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville and toured several states to include Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Georgia and Florida. With the release of the new album The Straw plans to expand its tour schedule significantly in 2009. By seeing what the band has already accomplished in such a short time, people are sure to see only great things from them in the future.
"The Last Straw opened the show with their always effervescent energy, hard-hitting rock ’n’ roll and catchy tunes that are conducive to the large crowd they draw to every show." Jodie Campbell, Pulse Magazine, December 11, 2008
"Each Last Straw member more than held his own as a soloist, but the band's strength came through in it’s tightly arranged numbers... while the band's parts are magnificent, the sum is even greater." Jason Perterson, Southeast Performer Magazine, January 4, 2008
“Their sound has an appeal that spans across three generations, reviving the way music was meant to be played.” Christy Cheshire-Shreve, SOKY Happenings, Nov. 2007
The Band, with John Salaway of Def Kat Music LLC, has created the Silas Rock Botner Memorial Scholarship which goes to eligible MTSU students who pursue recording industry and commercial songwriting as a major to help inspire the songwriting community in middle Tennessee.