The Steel Toe Boots
Dave Hartney and David Borys of The Steel Toe Boots decided to form a rocking country band at one of the same bars they now play. Looking up to the stage between beers and shots, the two saw a young musician rocking the place and playing covers with as much energy as the actual artists who had made them famous. That performer was a young Aaron Pritchett, and "the Daves" recognized what separated him from the other bands: a true passion for the music, and the fact that he seemed to loved every minute on stage.
A few years later, on a hard drinking camping trip in the beautiful British Columbia wilderness, Dave and Dave jammed together for the first time for a bunch of friends around the campfire. They played the first song they had ever decided to learn: "Right Where I Need To Be" by Gary Allan, a tune that remains in the band's set list. People joked about possible names for a band with two Daves, but instead the duo reached back into the past for one made-up at that very same country bar years before in an elaborate pick-up attempt: The Steel Toe Boots. For some reason, no matter how exaggerated the stories of that night became, the S.T.B. name was always remembered as a centerpiece of the tale.
With not much more than a name for the band, that summer ended and the pair headed their separate ways back to university; one to Saskatoon, and one to Edmonton. The highway between those prairie cities was well traveled that year in both directions, as the Daves made themselves well acquainted with the other's campus bar and party scene. Between hangovers and pre-drinking, they sat down to write country tunes that spanned from the traditional, to up-tempo country-rock songs that would find themselves right at home at any rowdy honky tonk. Only two summers later, the Daves had put together a five-piece band that exploded onto the scene at country bars and fairs across Western Canada. Ironically, the band ended their second summer by opening up for Aaron Pritchett at the Campground "C" Country-Rock Festival (in Whistler, BC), who had years earlier inspired their attitude about how country music should be played.
The Steel Toe Boots live to play music at great events and rowdy bars, bringing people onto the dance floor and raising the energy level to its breaking point any time people come to party. The band's set list seems to put a smile on people's faces, no matter what town or what audience they happen to be in front of. There is something that separates this band from the rest of the pack besides their youthful energy: a passion for performing country music and an attitude that heading to your local cabaret or saloon can be more like going to a concert, rather than merely a night out at the club. If you see The Steel Toe Boots' name on the marquee, come ready to party.