A couple of years ago after Casino Cruze broke up Alvis came across a website for a band called Doesn’t Madder that was looking for a lead guitar player. He was immediately impressed with the singer Lee Hodge and the edgy material they were playing so an audition was arranged and the rest is history. During 2010 several combinations of musicians played under the Doesn’t Madder banner until Lee and Alvis welcomed bassist and Music Virtuoso, Thomas Grell and Seasoned drummer Brian Ekard to the band. After a playing through a few tunes the guys immediately recognized the blending of talents was indeed something special. Doesn’t Madder has played many shows since and are proving themselves to appreciative crowds most every weekend..
Like most southern boys Alvis A grew up listening to all the great southern rock of the day. The Allman Bros, ZZ Top, Charlie Daniels, Lynryd Skynryd, Marshall Tucker, Elvin Bishop etc. He became fascinated with the guitar and picked an electric up with 3 strings at a flea market for $5. He put some strings on it and played for 6 months before a friend sold him a Fender Champ and the fire was lit. Alvis was also influenced by the outlaw country movement and all the blues greats. He tried to play everything he heard wearing out record players and cassette decks copping the licks of any song he liked.
After a series of garage bands in the 80’s Alvis landed the guitar job for Rude Mood for a couple of years in the 90’s which at the time was playing mainly SRV, Hendrix, Clapton and traditional blues covers. Alvis left Rude Mood to explore other styles until joining up with Casino Cruze a variety band that played in VA, and NC. Learning to play dance, beach, oldies, R&B, new country, reggae, classic rock and pop was another challenge but after close to 5 years of steady gigging Alvis became well versed in many styles of crowd pleasing music.
If you ask Lee's mother when his singing career began, she would smile and say "he was singing Elvis on the way out". But it wasn't till the ripe old age of six that he started to perform as a soloist in the New England Catholic Boys choir. He sang all over New England in the choir until at age 12, he auditioned for and for a summer, toured with Up with People International. After coming home he was bitten by the Rock and Roll bug and secured the Lead vocalist/front man spot, for a high school band "KwiK" and rocked school dances and roller rinks all over Northwestern Ct.
In the second half of the 80's He was in many bands, such as, Mammoth, Up Front, Alias, The End( Doors Tribute), Three Pronged Crown(Judas Priest Tribute)and Covered Bridge, with representation by Wendy Dio (wife and manager of the late Ronnie James Dio) Management, all experiencing varying levels of success in the New England, New York area, Playing places such as CBGB's in New York, The Keg House and Toads Place in New Haven, Ct. opening up for several big named touring bands.
In the 90's Lee had the Pleasure of touring and recording with RCA Artist, B.B. Watson (5 top country Billboard hits and 1993 CMA Video of the year award) playing Honkytonks and Arena's all over the world singing his heart out 265 nights a year, sharing the stage with country greats such as Earl Thomas Conley, Doug Supernaw, Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery and David Alan Coe. In 1995 he quit the road and began his new role as "Daddy".
It wasn't long before the itch started again, so he started to front several Louisiana and Mississippi bands playing bars and Nightclubs all over the mid south, doing regional tours with bands such as John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Warrant, Trippin Daisy, Spacehog, Great White, David Lee Roth, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and The Georgia Satellites, Finally in 2003 settling in North Carolina forming The Carolinas' Hottest Party Band, DOESN'T MADDER. Doesn’t Madder has gone through many line up changes since then, but this last and hopefully final edition is by far the best musicians I have worked with in my 30+ years in the entertainment Business! We have been rockin' clubs, festivals, fairs and private events all over the Carolina's, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia with much success and are generating a fan base that is growing every week. The rest is Rock and Roll history.......
Known by friends and fellow musicians as a ‘Musical Chameleon’, Thomas Grell is a young bassist with an unprecedented love for music. Originally hailing from Addison, NY, he began his musical journey in Budapest, Hungary after being inspired by John Myung to pick up the bass guitar. He quickly took to the instrument and began thumping out the bass lines to Pink Floyd, Yes, and Dream Theater albums. As his skills and knowledge of the instrument grew, Thomas began seeking out other musicians and projects. When he returned to the United States, Thomas promptly involved himself in several projects in the North Carolina area and continued his rigorous practices in many genres of music.
In May of 2003, different musicians from different musical backgrounds came together with the same idea-- to keep people on the dance floor dancing and to keep the great times greater. This idea became the band "Doesn't Madder" and they have have been steadily gigging the southeast since January of 2004.
"We have gone through several lineup changes, fine tuning our sound and our style along the way, and finally evolved into what we feel was what was planned at the very beginning: a great party band that people really enjoy not only listening to, but dancing to all night long! Well worth the cover charge."
Doesn't Madder covers a wide variety of music thanks to the diverse backgrounds of its musicians, covering various classics and modern hits with authority (and a bit of the Doesn't Madder magic) to appeal to a wide audience at every show they play. From Johnny Cash to 3 Doors Down and everything in between, you're sure to hear something you love!
So whether you are booking for a bar, night club, festival, fair, or corporate event, Doesn't Madder is prepared to give you a great show that you will be happy to see again and again.
Alvis Anthony - Guitar and Vocals
Thomas Grell - Bass Guitar and Vocals
Brian Ekard - Drums and Percussion