Trevor Bystrom, lead singer of the band, plays a wide range of instruments in various styles, including a Weissenborn slide guitar, 12-string guitar, and an instrument he built himself called an ngoni (African harp). Spanning multiple genres, his original compositions continue to explore new world sounds and grooves. Trevor is a singer-songwriter at his core, having begun writing his first year of high school, and enjoys the process of seeing his originals come to life, from the initial acoustic versions of his songs, to the full-blown electric sound of Firewater, to the engineered art of the recording studio.
Trevor was born and raised on Anna Maria Island by a musical family, and as a child, often traveled with his family to music festivals all around Florida. At 16, after having written his first set of originals, he began performing around local venues. At age 18, he started working on his first album, "Fly Away." During that year, he expanded his solo act, to play a duo set with Morgan Greig on percussion and didgeridoo. The album was released and sold over 150 copies the first night. A few years later, Trevor and Morgan joined up with Kristie Armas on the U-bass to form, The Tribal Trio. With this acoustic act, Trevor released his second album, "Live and Direct," which sold almost 1,000 copies without a label. After two years with this trio, Trevor's songwriting visions led him to pursue a full-band.
Pedro Joined Trevor's project in the start of 2019. Pedro has been an influence and mentor towards Trevor since Trevor was 16 years old taking slide guitar, and music theory lessons from him. Pedro is most know for his work with Dickey Betts and Great Southern Band. Pedro has toured internationally with The Lotus Fire and Devon Allman’s Honeytribe. He has appeared on a variety of studio and live albums – as well as several video and television programs. These include the Carson Daily Show, concert.tv productions and “Back Where It All Begins,” for the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
James is drummer, percussionist and songwriter. He worked for 4 years at B.B King Blues Club in Times Square where he increased his musical knowledge by observing and interviewing legends like B.B King, Johnny Winters, The Wailers, Aretha Franklin, Tower of Power and many more.
James is currently based in Tampa Bay and works as a session drummer. Recent work has included drumming with bands like: Trevor Bystrom, Das Funk Haus, Wildroot, Brandi Adams, Phunkit, and Flintface. An experienced drummer, James has experience playing music with and without a click and is comfortable playing in a variety of styles such as: funk, soul, blues, bossa, africuban, rock, jazz, and many more.