Quickly becoming one of the area’s most sought after bands, Temper Through Tears forged a name for themselves among venues and fans. Their formula for success was contributed to a wealth of talent amongst the band’s members and a versatile set list packed full of crowd pleasing tunes guaranteed to offer something for everybody.
Constantly adding new material to their repertoire afforded the band the ability to create a different show experience each time they played. What’s more is that they had come to create unique versions of some songs putting a special Temper Through Tears flavor to them. “One of the lessons that I think each of us in the band has learned through the years is that if you’re going to cover a popular song, you either have to just nail it exactly like the album or you’d better have an interesting version of it. Otherwise, it’s best to just leave it alone” says the band’s guitarist, Justin Parker. “One sure fire way to lose an audience is to play something just to be playing it and not pull it off well.”
The band had been known to cover a variety of music from today and generations past playing songs by artists such as Theory of a Deadman, Tonic, Fuel, Jason Aldean, Neon Trees, Finger 11, Cake, Luke Bryan, Bob Seger, and Pink Floyd just to name a few. While playing music written by other artists helps give the audiences something to grasp onto and enjoy, the band also managed to squeeze in their original works; showcasing the band’s talent as songwriters.
It became apparent that this was a band on the rise when you saw them for the first time. They were larger than life and seemed to go the extra mile to make the audience’s enjoyment a priority. Their efforts always seemed to pay off as it was commonplace at a T3 show to find the audience dancing, singing, and having a great time. The fun was also contagious as it made the venues happy as well.
"Temper through Tears is playing (tonight) and these guys are BAD-ASS. You need to see these guys. Awesome!"
Paul Osterbrink, Owner - Paul's Oasis, Knoxville, TN
"Thanks to Temper Through Tears for rockin' Spicy's on Friday night! Everyone loved them... Can't wait to get them back!"
Carol Mayshark, Owner - Spicy's North, Knoxville, TN
"You guys were GREAT!!! Can't wait to put you in our regular rotation!!"
Bri Zigler, - Manager, Vernon's Bar & Grill, Knoxville, TN
T3’s members had all been part of former Knoxville bands that gained moderate local success and had individually made the attempt to chase the coveted rock and roll dream of landing a record deal and touring the world. Dues paid, lessons learned and they had come to realize that the focus with Temper Through Tears should be primarily having fun above all else. Although obtaining recognition with a major record label was no longer a priority, it did not mean that they intended to sit idly by and rock the garage.
As the band reached a point where their lives took them elsewhere, they remained friends and are now currently contemplating a reunion show. Temper Through Tears will still put in the same blood, sweat, and “tears,” but this time the focus is on the fulfillment of making music that makes people smile. They can be reached through the Temper Through Tears website by clicking here should you have an event that requires excellent entertainment.
June 2016 - After a long hiatus, Temper Through Tears is finally taking the stage once again for a one night only reunion show. #Reunion2016 is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Two Doors Down in Maryville, TN. The band has brought back many of the fan favorite songs as well as some new material. The lineup for #Reunion2016 is Donnie "Thunder" Mahan on drums, Rob Sellers on bass guitar, Justin Parker on lead guitar and vocals, and Jason Williams on lead vocal and rhythym guitar. The venue is a 21 and up venue, but the band plans to broadcast live from facebook. Showtime is 10pm - 2am EST.
December 2013 - Talks are now happening regarding a reunion show to take place possibly early Spring 2014. Details are still undetermined and we'll post more once we know.
January 2013 - The band has found that the answer they've been searching for is within the band itself. In an exhausting search to replace former T3 frontman, Jason Williams, they have decided to replace Matt "Mattie" Bushell on bass guitar with the band's former bassist, Rob Sellers while having Mattie step up to vocals. "After the first rehearsal with the new line up, we all walked away with such anticipation of what is in store for us" says guitarist, Justin Parker. "It feels like we've made use of our resources wisely. Rob is an excellent bassist and although I already knew that Mattie could sing, he's definitely impressed us taking the lead today." Temper Through Tears will utilize the remainder of January and February to fine tune their set before hitting the stage again in March.
December 2012 - Jason Williams steps down as the band's vocalist and co-founder due to family obligations. He issued the following statement on facebook on December 10th: "TO ALL THE FANS OF TTT - I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for making the past few years with TTT the greatest I've experienced in my 17+ years of playing in a band. You all are great and I've enjoyed meeting all of you. But as they say...all good things must come to an end. I have decided to step down from TTT. It wasn't an easy decision by any stretch of the imagination, but one that I needed to make. And though I've promised the guys that I'll fill in until they find a new singer, I really don't suspect that replacing me will take too long...I mean, it's a pretty sweet gig playing with some of the best musicians around so I'm sure they'll have plenty of people interested in trying out. 2013 will be a great year for them, so please continue to give them all your support!
I'll see you around!
The band is currently auditioning vocalists although bassist, Matt Bushell and guitarist, Justin Parker are preparing to take up the vocal slack in the mean time. Shows for 2013 are still being booked as business as usual and the band will take a little time off during the holidays to spend with family and prepare new material for 2013.
March 2012 - Temper Through Tears welcomes drummer, Matt Sharon to the band as Donnie "Thunder" Mahan regretably decides to step down. Steve Wildsmith of The Daily Times - Maryville, TN interviews T3 frontman, Jason Williams. Click here to read the article.
January 2012 - Temper Through Tears welcomes bassist, Matt Bushell to the band.
November 2011 - Jer Cole of the Knoxville News Sentinel interviews Temper Through Tears. Click here to read the article.
30, 2010 - Temper Through Tears placed 2nd out of 5 bands in the Delta Sigma Pi
Battle of the Bands held at Tin Roof in Knoxville, TN. Part of the proceeds from
the event went to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Winners were selected from
a panel of judges and by audience votes. Input from the judges counted 50% and
audience votes counted for the other 50%. Votes were purchased for $1 each and
voters could place as many votes as they wanted.