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 high school graduation Steve spent a couple of years in college at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. However, since he couldn't decide on a major, he soon dropped out. Next, Steve decided on beauty school, but he dropped out as he neared completion.
Then came marriage to his childhood sweetheart in 1993- a marriage that fell apart after 13 years,
leaving Steve in an emotional tailspin. The couple never had children, and Steve was on his own for the first time in his adult life.
Once divorced, 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.
Steve spent two years playing Tuesday nights at the Last Concert Cafe, where he eventually met his
future band members. First came drummer Richey Dale, followed by bassist Chuck Bell. They would soon become Steve Straker and the Troublemakers.
One of those nights 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 become
"Trouble Down in Texas."