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Most writers instinctively know that all of life is material from which to draw. Certainly this is the case with Steve Straker. Born in Heights Hospital in Houston, Texas, Steves parents appreciated the magical music era of the 70's and gave their son his first guitar when he was just 12 years old.
And so it began...Steve spent most of his early adolescence playing along with records from KISS, AC/DC, Van Halen and just about any other guitar driven music on the scene.
After his marriage of 13 years ended in divorce, Steve dove head first into his music. He began to write songs of heartbreak, and hung around local musicians at blues jams around Houston, including Dan Electro's, Big Easy and others. Steve soon joined up with a local cow punk band, the DeadEnd Cowboys, where his lead guitar playing skills carved a sound which would soon become his own.
One night while playing an acoustic solo gig at Last Concert Cafe Steve met a musician and producer named Richard Cagle. Cagle took Steve into Montrose Records Studio, and over the next year recorded what would one day be "Trouble Down in Texas."
The first song on the record, "On My Way," was included on the Summer Tex Mix 2013 compilation CD from Texas Music Magazine. Plans to record the next record are already being made.