JOHN TROWER (guitar, ukulele, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, vocals, occasional bass & keyboards) of St. Louis, MO has been writing, recording, and performing songs for over 35 years. He is best known as a member of '80’s/'90’s alternative rock band THE BEERS. Other bands included ‘80’s cover band THE INDEPENDENTS. During this time, Trower also released a number of obscure & ridiculous solo albums. His last cd, “Best of Unplugged”, was a strictly acoustic affair. The CD is available on cdbaby.com. Trower described the sound as “mellow acoustic alternapop demented ditties” in a similar vein as Syd Barrett or Gordon Gano. Joe Records called the cd, “incredibly heartfelt” while Wild Oats Records found it, “interesting-unlike a whole lot of stuff these days”. Ex-Reprobate called Trower’s music “acoustic” and “fun” and compared it to “old Violent Femmes stuff.” Scorerocks.com said, “This young artist has a lengthy repertoire that features raw, honest lyrics with only a 6 and 12 string guitar. Proving he doesn’t need a band to back him up, Trower lets us into his life with honest lyrics and an introspective style of playing”. Turk’s Head Review called Trower an “avant genius” & “a mystical heir to the Syd Barrett mode of songcraft” and called “Unplugged” a “magnum opus of radical introspection”. Sponic Zine said “John obviously has songwriting talent” with “thoughtful lyrics”. Phase 9 says, “Trower brings out the subject more by his effective guitar playing”. Trower fan/musician Ronnie Henry called Trower, “a very good rhythm guitarist” while another fan called Trower’s music “very powerful stuff” with “great guitar”. RoundSound said, “Comparison to Jonathan Richman seems obvious, but there is also a link to some of Neil Young’s most quirky songs.” Trower’s song “Engaged” hit #14 and “Brighter Day” hit #15 on Peoplesound.com’s Folk chart. Trower’s song, “I Will Be There”, was featured on Online Rock’s compilation cd, Rock for America,which benefited the United Way’s Sept. 11th fund. Trower has performed solo at Kennedy's and The Pony Expresso in St. Louis.