About Alvarado Road Show
Straight out of Alvarado (located just 26 miles south of Ft. Worth, Texas) the earthy, edgy rock band Alvarado Road Show relocated their lives and families to Tennessee for one thing - the dream of playing music.
If you talk to any member of the band about their soulful Texas-Tennessee country sound, they will tell you in no uncertain terms, that family and music are their life and that has forged the sound of brothers AJ & Cleve Clark and nephew Brandon Trey. "We're definitely a family that has been involved in music from the beginning of our lives," AJ said, "That's all we've ever known. If you hear our music, you hear fingerprints of all that. Both of our parents were musical. They bought us instruments when we were kids and that got us started playing music, which eventually led to a family band."
"It was Daddy’s idea for us to be a bluegrass band," Cleve said, picking up on AJ's story without losing a beat. “AJ’s first instrument was a banjo, mine was drums. There was always music playing in the Clark house, from the family getting together to pick to the Beatles spinning in that old Motorola console stereo. Daddy’s love for bluegrass and Momma’s record collection balanced us that’s for sure!”
"Cleve was always the singer," AJ said. "We attended church -- both our grandfathers were ministers. When Cleve was six, the church ladies would bribe him with gum to get him to sing. When it came down to form the band as it is today, there was no question that Cleve was to be the lead vocalist.”
When Brandon Trey spoke about how he long had observed his family making music and wanted to join in, his points were clear. "I always wanted to be their drummer," he said “AJ bought me a junky set of drums and told me if I would learn to play he would buy me a new set! I took those drums to the talent show at school and beat the devil out of ‘em, headphones on with “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” just blaring in my ears! Now looking back I sounded terrible but I learned to play! Needless to say I got my new set! To get the chance to live out my dream performing with my uncles is exactly where I want to be.”
Alvarado Road Show is known for their close vocal blends and with one listen you’ll remember why you love family harmony so much. When you ask about the musical influences outside their family, AJ says I loved '70s rock -- the Eagles, Electric Light Orchestra, George Jones and Isaac Hayes. Cleve said that his singing teachers were Buddy Holly, the gospel singer Kenny Hinson, and Ricky Skaggs. Brandon Trey loved DcTalk, Diamond Rio & absorbed just about any drummer on various rock & country records!
"AJ and I are good at telling stories," Cleve said, "While a song may take on a rock edge, country, bluegrass, or gospel sound, it still fits because the story is something real people can relate to in their life. That is what music is about"
"A song," AJ said, "is the perfect place to work through things. A song can capture and put into words what people feel inside and can’t articulate. We try to never forget the crucial value of hope. We have grown up working hard, writing songs, and believing that one day we will make it all the way to the top. We have always been "fun-loving" – and that includes our family, God, and country. "We believe," he said. And we do everything with purpose.”
As songwriters, they have amassed an incredible catalog of songs. Co-writers they presently work with include Steve Wariner, Kim Williams, Tom Douglas, Frank Myers, Rodney Clawson, Rick Carnes, Mentor Williams and many other iconic tunesmiths.
The road has shown ARS many exhilarating stops along the way finding their names on such billboards as The Ryman Auditorium, The CMA Music Festival, and ultimately fulfilling a life-long dream of performing on the stage of The Grand Ole Opry.
The band from Alvarado has already placed their fingerprints on the map of country music history and that sleepy little Texas town can be proud that their native sons won't ever forget where they came from. Their hearts will always be pure Texan.
If you ask them “what defines you?”
"Quite simply," AJ said, pointing first to Cleve and then to Brandon Trey, "him being him, him being him, and me being me. While we may continue to evolve musically, those key elements to Alvarado Road Show will never change.”