Breck is from "somewhere else" and walks the tightrope between "a poet's heart and cynic’s eye."
Story goes he saw Elvis on TV at two years old and hasn't been right since. Outlaw and Honky Tonk country came out of the 8 track as a kid and his 3 older sisters kept a steady stream of 'classic' rock filling his head. Another big crossroads came when he first saw X and The Red Hot Chili Peppers on TV around '84 (gotta love cable) and had his musical horizons expanded even more.
Breck got his first guitar at 11, played badly and intermittently in garage, storage shed and basement bands until he was 17, when he cut some tendons in his left hand (long, stupid story) and gave up playing until he was about 25. But Breck never really stopped writing and picked the guitar back up summer of '95. He spent the next few years getting back into playing, cutting his teeth at open mics around Phoenix, Tempe, and Chandler AZ.
He kept writing, playing and jamming where and when he could and now he's gone and self released some collections of songs about the colorful characters and resulting shenanigans he's seen in his travels, He released Jailer/Used To Be in October 2020. Jailer is a deep metaphorical study on how we are all our own Jailers, imprisoning ourselves through guilt, regret, sadness and fear. Or it's a tune about a guy doing time, you decide. Then he got together with musicians he'd met around Reno and recorded "Wasted Wishes", a fully electrified pure rock N' roll riotous ride recorded live in a socially distanced manner. They had so much fun they decided to keep it up and became Trouble Show.
"Split The Difference" is Trouble Show's first official release, a 5 song ep featuring fully electrified rock and roll with live drums, crunchy guitars and ass shaking grooves. Released in July 2022. Take the proper precautions, it's gonna get F'n' LOUD.
"The Kind You Like/Last Of You" is the latest solo project- A collaboration with Guitarist Cliff "Sheffy" Hayslip and featuring the smoking vocal talents of Kat Heart on the lead track. Check it out on all the usual platforms!
Breck has been residing in Reno, Nevada for the last few years, preachin' pagan propaganda and doing his thang, which at the moment is playing some straight bangin rock 'n roll with Trouble Show (Curious? Yeah you are! Go to the Trouble Page tab at the top of the page to F' around and find out!) and strumming his acoustic grooves and telling tall tales here and there.
But you may be asking yourself-
What kind of man is Breck Lee Durham?
Imagine if Elvis had an illegitimate child with Kitty Wells that was raised by Angus Young and Suzi Quatro, had school teachers like Bootsy Collins, Waylon Jennings, Tom Waits, Kurt Russell, Chuck Berry, Evil Kneviel and Ted Hendricks, played little league with Glenn Danzig and Kim Thayil, bought pot from Bradley Nowell, smoked pot with Crispin Glover, lost his virginity to Kristy Mac Nichol, got beat up by Brett Favre, spent summers with crazy uncles like Dennis Hopper and Townes Van Zandt, had an after school job alphabetizing James Brown’s library and was an intern at Dr. Funky Junk’s House of Chunky Ass Guitar Riffs.
Then imagine that child was hit in the head by a John Bonham drumstick, spends 12 years in an amnesia fog, is cured by watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Foxy Brown, Wild At Heart and Flash Gordon back to back to back to back for 780 continuous hours, reclaims his birthright only to be left homeless by the back taxes levied on him by the IRS.
Then imagine while living on the streets due to losing everything to the IRS, he meets a wizened sage of a man named Ramblin’ Rawb whose poetry inspires him to steal a guitar, break into Al Pacino’s mansion to shave and shower, steal a car and drive to Texas. He then realizes George Bush is Governor of Texas at the time and drives back to Arizona. He spends the next 10 years playing guitar, writing songs, drinking coffee and eating Chile Colorado Con Carne.
Then imagine this man orders Bar-B-Q at Howie’s Bar and Grill.
The man who cooks that Bar-B-Q?
Breck Lee Durham
Breck Lee Durham- He'll make you Bar-B-Q.
Thank you for your indulgence
Below is a gallery of the talented and charitable folks who have been kind enough to lend their skills and creative spices to some of Breck's songs.
A huge thanks to all of them!
It's Reno, ragged,crunchy,dirty,dusty,independent, loud and loose! It's fun despite the cuts and bruises It's homegrown but not illegal It may even cure what ails ya It's Rock and/or Roll, you choose. Be the coolest kid in your neighborhood/cave/cult/tribe/ward/sewing circle and get your own Breck Lee Durham music today!
Released in 2012
1. Quintin (Explicit)
2. Smooth Road Out (Electric)
3. Good To Have
4. Puzzle Girl
5. Victims of Theft (Electric Stomp Version)
6. Cool As You
7. Truth Be Known
8. The Alleged Exploits of Ramblin' Rawb
9. Gone To Texas
10. Drunken Gun
11. Good Too
12. The Edge Of The World
1. In The Pines (Ft. Elisa Carlsen)
2. Humboldt Sand
3. A Beer or Two (Ft. Dave Bradshaw)
4. Nevada Rain
5. Smooth Road Out (Acoustic)
6. Death Scene Blues
7. Ragged Troubadour
8. Wayfaring Stranger
9. Blissfully Blind
12. Up Jump The Devil
1. Wasting Wishes
2. Late To The Party
Featuring Trouble Show- A rock band that rocks. Yep.
Trouble Show- Up Jump the Devil
Released July 13 2022
2. Up Jump The Devil
3. Flaming Sierra
4. The Edge of the World
5. Split The Difference
Available on Bandcamp
Released May 5th, 2023
1. The Kind You Like (Featuring Kat Heart)
2. Last of You
Available on Bandcamp
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From The Album "Ragged Troubadour"
Thanks to Spike Coggins for the sweet harmonica
This a combination of a shameless promotion for the Ragged Troubadour release and a tribute to all the "dreamers and their guitars" that have all those stories they just gotta tell.
Thanks a ton to all the fine players whose pictures I put in here and all the fine establishments and owners who give the troubadours a chance to show they are worth their skin.
Special thanks to Greg Souviron for the tasty bass lines.
Trouble Show Live @ The Cellar Stage
Taken by a fan, closing out the set before Strawberry Fuzz comes on.
Live at Any Road Music (RIP) 2010
Big special thanks to- All the collaborators in the gallery. Seriously, I'm very lucky you took the time to play with me. Dave, Tony and E, you're my people. Love ya.
Horse Carlin- Thanks for all the inspiration and laughs over the years. I love you brother.
Greg And Chris- Thanks for saying yes when I asked ya play some tunes
Family and friends far and wide- Thanks for your indulgence and love. I'm better for having you all in my life.
And the biggest amount of gratitude I could ever muster goes to Connie Anne Fortik. For the help and support on my music but most of all in getting through the day. You soothe my soul and bring me peace. I love you so much. Words will never do it justice.
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