Bluerock Harvest consists of Alex Shindeldecker as the guitar player, lead singer, and songwriter. He was born in St. Louis, MO, on January 24, 1978. He went to high school in Houston, TX, where he resided most of his life. He started playing guitar at about 18 years of age and started writing songs about a year later. In the years since he began writing songs, he has accrued 150-plus songs. He formed Flower Hollow in 1997 with Scott Richards on guitar, Mike Dish on bass, and Kevin Brinkkoeter on the drums. The band broke up after about a year and a half. After a brief hiatus from songwriting after the breakup, Shindeldecker began writing again in early 1999. He then got back in touch with his old friend Brinkkoeter on drums, talked friend Grant Chambers to sit in on guitar and bass, and they decided to form Bluerock Harvest. Together the members decided to keep the band a three-piece acoustic act in order to explore the sonic aspects of playing subtly as well as percussively and aggressively without the use of multiple instruments.
Shindeldecker lists his musical influences as Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, and Robert Earl Keen, as well as the songwriting of Neil Young. Some of the bands that he credits as inspiring him include Son Volt, Rage Against the Machine, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Pink Floyd, 10,000 Maniacs, as well as countless others. Shindeldecker lives in Georgetown, TX. Brinkkoeter is the drummer for Bluerock Harvest. He was born in New Braunfels, TX, on March 17, 1978. He grew up there and attended New Braunfels High School where he was a standout in their accomplished drum line. Brinkkoeter has been playing drums since he was about 13. He was a member of Flower Hollow with Shindeldecker. His musical influences and soulmates include Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nirvana, Son Volt, and Richard Buckner. He now lives in Austin, TX, and plans to be there for a while as he actively builds on his musical experiences. He brings a true musical integrity to Bluerock Harvest and a fabulous ability to complement whatever the emotional core of the composition he is playing possesses.
Grant Chambers is the bassist for Bluerock Harvest. He was born in Grand Island, NE, on May 8, 1976. He grew up and went to high school in Granbury, TX. Chambers has been playing guitar and bass since he was about 18. A very diverse talented musician, he kindly volunteered to play bass for Bluerock Harvest, and he brings a true musical journeyman's sensibility to the band. His musical style and appreciation is in tune with anything that has integrity and deeply felt emotion. Chambers has been a guitar player and vocalist in the bands Anomie, Thumper, and Eve. His biggest musical inspirations include the bands Four Walls Falling, Helmet, Texas Is the Reason, Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters, and songwriter Jeff Buckley. Chambers lives in Austin, TX. He is a person who is perpetually easy going and a very easy guy to talk to.
Bluerock Harvest is a band that draws from a lot of varied influences including modern rock, classic country, and folk. The lyrics of lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter Shindeldecker are allowed to come to the forefront due to the dynamics of a three-piece band. Brinkkoeter's drumming and Chambers' bass guitar serve to complete the trio. They hope to continue growing musically and challenge themselves as they evolve to bigger and higher levels of professionalism.