The band was formed in 2000 by Burnett and Hembree. St. Clair joined soon after, and Jowers and Janes became members in 2004. Under the Influence has a unique sound ranging from country to blues to rock n roll. Their influences include, but not limited to: Merle Haggard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson, John Lennon, and Superman.They are all from Seymour, Texas except guitaritst Jeremy Jowers who is from Quanah.
Although there are several versions on how the band got it's name Burnett said the most likely reason is back when they were playing all covers, they needed to come up with a name for the paper fast and they were learning a song off of Alan Jacksons album Under the Influence.
Although they all have day jobs they all come together for the same reason: The absolute love for the music and to entertain. They truly are passionate about music and performing for the crowd.
Some of the venues they have played at are The Cotton Boll in Vernon, Texas, Iron Horse Pub, in Wichita Falls, Texas, Farm Fest in Chillicothe, Texas, and Graham Central Station as well as many others venues in Texas and Oklahoma. They have also played with many great bands including: Cross Canadian Ragweed, Mike McClure, Shooter Jennings, Brandon Jenkins, Johnny Cooper, Brandon Rhyder, and many more.
When describing the bands unique sound they collectively say it is Brewed in Texas with the Red Dirt flavor you're sure to enjoy!