Somewhere in America’s heartland, summer of 2008, a raspy tattooed rock singer heard a funky bass playing Dutchman, and ShowBaby was born. Having cultivated their sound in the Great Plains of South Dakota, Isaiah James and Trevor “T-Bone” Anema are two hardworking, rock n rollers who live the lifestyle they want and share their message with as many listeners as they can find.
“People who wear their work on their hands, struggles on their sleeves and like to blow off steam at smoke-filled, whiskey soaked venues are the people who connect with our music because that’s who we connect with as people.” – T-Bone
Almost immediately, the South Dakota rock radio station started spinning the band’s demo. Added to which, the people started requesting it…a lot. Before long, ShowBaby had 3 top 40 singles and people in their hometown of Sioux Falls, SD were coming in droves to see the rock trio play.
After some touring around the Upper Midwest, ShowBaby was finding similar success in areas like Kansas City and St. Louis. "It started with other musicians, they loved it and passed it to their fans,” said James. As they moved along, 10-20 hour van rides between shows, touring through blizzards and sub-zero temperatures began to give way to the next step. The band needed to relocate to an area that would allow them to reach a larger demographic.
In March 2013, four years after the bands conception, ShowBaby relocated to Nashville, TN to plant new roots and take their music to a brand new audience. With their families packed into 43 feet of truck and trailer, Isaiah and T-Bone pushed through one final South Dakota blizzard and into the next chapter of their lives. Currently, ShowBaby find themselves in a new city, rocking new music to new people – and continually thanking God for the opportunity to play music.
“I see such a void in Rock n’ Roll now a days. Music on every level should be lived by the artist, therefore, resonating on an emotional level with its listener. Simple as that… Its not complicated…” – Isaiah James