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"On a roll, baby: Isaiah James' recently formed trio ShowBaby is new to the music scene, but their sound is maturing with each new tune"

Isaiah James' recently built trio new to music scene, but promising future is in sights.

ShowBaby is on a roll. The Sioux Falls rock trio's first single, "Sara," is played daily on a local rock radio station. And a music video for the song will premiere during a party before the band's performance on Saturday.

ShowBaby will play in Austin, Texas, during the South By Southwest festival next month, the band is setting up a spring and summer tour, and members probably will move to Nashville this fall.

And at 1 p.m. Friday, fans can listen to an online interview with the band, type in questions and hear them play during the Argus Leader's Link Live, at

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Isaiah James dissolved his previous band, Liquid Thin, and brought Thin drummer Chris Hill along to form ShowBaby.

The two played a few sessions with Trevor Anema then added the bassist and founder of the Sioux Falls All Stars to the lineup. (Anema now is playing the final dates after a several-year stint with Solution.)

They've had a few shows: ShowBaby opened for Chevelle on Nov. 10, played other gigs and is booked at the Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin in March. The festival is going on at the same time that the South By Southwest 2010 festival of music, film, exhibits and conferences is in town.

Fans can hear the band's release "Sara" on Sioux Falls station 103.7 FM KRRO.

"It's a great song from a great band," says Cade, the station's program director.

"It's icing on the cake that they happen to be from Sioux Falls," Cade says. "We're spinning it in regular rotation about 10 times a week. I'm expecting big things from these boys."

The band says a key to their recorded sound is using Cathouse Studios in Sioux Falls.

"They are experienced musicians who know what they want to sound like yet are still kind of a work in progress," says Mike Dresch, studio owner and recording engineer.

"They haven't been together all that long, but you can tell their musical maturity by the quality of their music and musicianship," he says. "Each song they record is better than the last one - a definite sign of progress in their development as a band."

Making the change from five-piece Liquid Thin to the ShowBaby trio feels good, James says.

"It was the new material that I was writing that started the change, and when Chris and I met Trevor and played together, it just felt like it was the way to go," James says. "Besides, it's fewer personalities to deal with."

Anema says he's having a blast with the band.

"And I'm extremely fired up about the Red Gorilla dates in Austin," Anema says. "This is at Darwin's Pub, in one of the busiest streets downtown. So far, we've got St. Patrick's Day...but there are some other dates we're firming up in Austin at that time, too."

Streamlining to a trio doesn't bother drummer Hill.

"It feels more natural to me," Hill says. "Some would think we wouldn't have as full of a sound, but that's not the case. And we all get along really well, like we're from the same place, musically."

ShowBaby will go all out Saturday for the music video release party, going for a Hollywood-style opening night.

Limousines are set to bring bandmates and some guests to the club. Velvet ropes and a red carpet will greet fans. StudioBlu Photography will have a photo booth on site for guests who want their picture taken during the event.

The video for "Sara" was shot in high definition and edited by Spectrum Films.

The Sioux Fall company used a motion-picture camera that is new to the industry called "the red camera." It has been used to film such movies as "Jumper," "Angels & Demons" and the recent Denzel Washington movie "The Book of Eli," says Spectrum's owner and operator Jeff Zueger.

A full-length CD called "Myself Impossible" should be done by the end of this summer, James says. The album title also is the name of one of the songs.

Some have called ShowBaby's style "fusion rock," but James says it's more basic than that. "I've been telling people that it's our version of rock 'n roll," he says. "It's groove, with soul vocals, but it really just comes down to rock 'n roll. We're really having fun with it, and I hope people will like it." - Argus Leader - Sioux Falls, SD (newspaper)

"Chevelle/Halestorm/After Midnight Project Concert Review"

So as our listeners are well aware of by now, I was able to FINALLY see Halestorm live in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, November 10. I had seen Chevelle before and didn’t know much of The After Midnight Project before the show so going in, Halestorm was set to be my highlight. I was VERY impressed with EVERY band that performed on Tuesday… below you can get my always important and accurate opinion of each band’s show…

The first band to go is an apparently brand new band out of Sioux Falls called ShowBaby. When I was told they were added to the show I looked them up on-line. I won’t lie, I thought there was no chance I’d enjoy their show. I didn’t think it fit the bill and wasn’t impressed. That all went out the window by the first line of the first song! The passion of this three piece band is blatant as soon as they start. The vocalist really gets into it while also taking on the task of guitar. The drummer was also very into it and did a great job to help get the crowd involved in the songs. Their set was very short but very solid! These guys already make a great opening band and will only get stronger and better with time together. It was a fine example of why live music is almost always better than studio, you can see, feel and hear the passion!

- Rusty's Rock Blog

"Area roundup: ShowBaby unveils new album at Vault CD release party"

Rock out during a party to celebrate the release of Sioux Falls band ShowBaby's new album, Friday at The Vault, 2601 S. Carolyn Ave. The 9 p.m. opening band is Miles Over Meridian.

Tickets are $10. ShowBaby is Isaiah James on guitar and vocals, bassist Trevor Anema and drummer Chris Hill.

The new album was recorded in Nashville with producer Chris Grainger (Wilco, Sixpence None the Richer). The original music is in styles including rock, pop and soul. Some of the technical team involved in making the CD are flying in for the show.

The band has released three singles off the new record to local radio stations in Sioux Falls, including 103.7 KRRO which currently is playing "Sara " and "Break Through," and 102.7 FM, which is playing "Momma Lovin." A nationwide radio campaign targeting 400 FM stations begins next week, Anema said.

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- Argus Leader - Sioux Falls, SD (newspaper)

"Wiley's Tavern presents Showbaby in Downtown Sioux Falls"

Wiley’s Tavern in downtown Sioux Falls was the venue and the band that had the place packed on April 23th, 2010 was Showbaby. Taking to the stage was a trio of talented musicians who form this dynamic group. They have risen in fame and popularity in a relatively short period of time however each bring to the table years of experience. Collectively their talent comes through on stage with a dynamic energy that their fans clearly get caught up in. Watching their energy, their great sound and being able to move and sing along this show appealed a collection of the senses.

Show baby has been performing at various clubs and auditoriums in not only South Dakota but recently made appearances in Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. The talented trio had a guest spot on the Carson Daily Show. New as a group but not new to the scene they have a single on the radio that most all of us have heard by now. If you haven’t heard ‘Sara’ yet, visit the official website of Showbaby to listen and download their video too. They have die hard fans that will not miss and show and their natural talent and passion for what they do is will keep these fans coming back for more.

These Sioux Falls natives are sure to be back this way, so if you missed it keep track on the Showbaby web site or events listed for the Nightlife in Sioux Falls to make sure you catch their next show.


ShowBaby - ShowBaby (2010)

Singles getting radio play:

"Break Through" (heavy rotation, 103.7 KRRO)

"Sara" (heavy rotation, 103.7 KRRO)

"Momma Lovin"

The album as a whole is getting some radio airplay through nation-wide CMJ and specialty FM campaigns as well as streaming on several interntet radio stations.



ShowBaby has an explosive history. By ShowBaby's second concert the group shared the stage with Chevelle and Halestorm. Within three months of creation, the trio was playing live acoustic sessions on the biggest Rock radio station in the state of South Dakota. Three months later the band was in heavy rotation (upon listener request) on the same station. By month six the band toured 2000 miles to Austin, TX to play three independent showcases during the prestigious SXSW world music conference. Following tremendous fan response during their first year together, ShowBaby has put themselves on a path to an international self-release of their self-titled, debut album in October 2010.

ShowBaby has been described as a wall of sound that comes at you like a semi truck. These musicians are dedicated to giving their fans the best performances possible. Their energetic style has quickly drawn in a long line of enthusiastic fans. Pulling inspiration from real-life experience and emotion, the band forms an immediate connection to all who listen.

The release of their debut album marks a new beginning for this South Dakota band. They will present their music to a national radio audience and tour across the country. The EP was recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Chris Grainger (Wilco, Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer) and features seven songs in styles that include Rock, Pop and Soul. The musicianship and songwriting on this record are a clear indication of the band’s pursuit of artistic excellence, originality and dedication to its fans.