STEVE DAMSTRA

 
 

         It was 1964 on a Sunday night and my family and I were doing what  

       we always did on a Sunday night, we were getting ready to watch the  

       Ed Sullivan Show. It would be the first time I would see and hear the    

       magic of the Beatles and little did I know that this particular show 

       was about to change my life forever. I remember seeing a close-up

       of John Lennon and thinking, that’s what I want to do! A few days 

       later, our next store neighbor gave me my first guitar. It had a square

       neck and was very hard to play, however I was determined and it

       wasn’t long before I was strumming chords and singing to my  

       favorite songs.


        I played my first real gig at the seventh grade dance with a band I

      formed with my best friend, John Andrews. We used to call girls up

      on the telephone and sing to them, because we were too nervous to

      sing to them in person.


        I played in several rock bands through my High School years,

      playing mostly school dances and a couple of “Battle of the Bands”

      in which we never won…LOL! I was attending Kendall College of Art

      and Design when I found what would become my true musical love,

      the acoustic guitar.


        Teaming up with John again, we formed an acoustic duo named 

      “Cades Cove” which later morphed into a fairly successful regional

      band named Horsefeather. We played all over Michigan and

      Wisconsin and toured out west as well, playing clubs and festivals.

      Horsefeather was one of the first and only bands at the time with an

      album of all original songs that was played extensively on WLAV FM

      in Grand Rapids, MI.


        After Horsefeather broke up I joined a country show band called

      “Foxfire” which only lasted about nine months and then went on to

      join another fairly successful local band called “Dirk Rivers,” which

      toured the mid-west and came in second in the state at the state

      Wrangler Country Star Search finals.


        Next, after about four years with Dirk Rivers, I took part in reforming

      the band “Natchez Trace” with a couple of the veteran members.  I

      played with that band off and on for the next 28 years and through

      many band member changes and musical styles, that band finally

      came to an end in 2011. I also played a solo for about three years

      during that time. 


        In 2011, after yet another member change, “Natchez Trace” became

      “The Trace” and had a successful run through 2014.


         At present I am very excited to be on a new adventure with the

      “Trace Duo” otherwise known as “Damstra-Spring.”  We have a

      similar feel to the old Natchez Trace and The Trace, however, there    

      are new possibilities, flexibility and passion as a duo.   We are

      playing lots of new songs along with writing and playing our own    

      original music. 


        If you want to know more, click on the link below for an article  

      written about my musical journey from the West Michigan Musicians  

      Hysterical Society:

                     http://www.westmichmusichystericalsociety.com/jam-3/



www.thetrace.us     

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