Laura Lawrence:

"I honestly don't remember ever not playing piano and singing."

In high school, Laura played in band, jazz band, and orchestra, sang in the choir, and worked in a music store. She majored in music at the University of North Texas (NTSU), served for 10 years in the US Air Force, sang with the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers for six years, and currently works in higher education.

Laura is the newest member of BitterSweet and is ready to rock this great city and fun doing it.


Shawn Blanchard plays drums, sings backing vocals, and is the bands leader.  If you need to book a show, just give him a call.  Shawn draws the crowd into the shows with his off-the-cuff comments.  Pay attention... he just might be talking to you!  Shawn is a talented drummer with a style all his own.  Did someone say WIPEOUT???
Shawn is also one of the original members of The Other Guys.  Shawn, along with Bobby and Bryan decided they weren't quite done, and that's how BitterSweet began.  Shawn grew up in East Troy, Wisconsin.  In high school he was the drummer for the band Incoming.  After a short hitch with the Army, he relocated to San Antonio with his wife Kimberly and their two children.  Shawn is a UPS driver for his day job, but his true passion is music.  If it has a good beat, he'll play it.  Let's rock The Alamo City!!!


Hey, I thought BitterSweet was a four piece band?????  NOT ANYMORE.... Mike is our secret weapon to BitterSweet. He's "MAGIC".  He plays awesome rhythm guitar through a Marshall stack ((need i say more)) and sings background vocals.  BitterSweet was lookin for a little "edge" to the band, and as soon as we heard Mike, we knew he had to be a part of this great ride.
Mike is from a military family. They  moved around a bit, but he has spent most of his life here in San Antonio. Graduated from Marshall HS. He has been playing guitar since about the 4th grade. He has been in a few bands growing up, but lately has only been a solo garage weekend warrior. Banker by trade and he loves to rock at night. He is very excited to start jamming again with good friends, and looking forward to making new friends.


Let's all welcome the newest member of BitterSweet............

From the early age of twelve, singing in local garage bands and from the moment he first strummed a guitar, music has been life's momentum behind Tom. He has spent all his adult years working hard to provide for his family, but was and is never too tired to pick up his Les Paul or Stratocaster to participate in a jam. Simply said, "He walks these streets, with a loaded six string on his back. He plays for keeps, cause he might not make it back". He has been the lead guitarist and vocalist for a number of different bands over the years to include, The Heat, Legal Limit, Kindred Spirts, Network and Strange Brew and is now ready to rock and roll once again with BitterSweet.....
Let the games begin!!!


Bryan Hutsell plays bass guitar and sings lead and backing vocals.  When one of us screws up on stage, and you aren't sure who did it, just watch Bryan...he'll give that person "the look!"  Bryan is by far the best bass player we know and we're honored to have him in the band.

Also one of the original members of The Other Guys,  Bryan grew up in the Seattle, Washington area, the part of the country that yielded great rock legends such as The Ventures and Hendrix.  After a tour in the Air Force, Bryan settled in San Antonio, where he lives with his wife Lisa and son.  Bryan just loves playing.  If the song has a good bass line, the genre doesn't matter.  After the unexpected breakup of The Other Guys, Bryan, along with two other original members decided they weren't ready to be done, and BitterSweet was born.  Now Bryan has a perfect fit for his style. A litlle bit of Rock and alot of Roll...  Rock on Bryan!!!!!!!!



If you were wondering why we sound so good, well, here is your answer..... Every
great band needs a good soundman and we found him.  David always makes sure
that our mix is right with a little tweek here and there.  He also takes some video and
adds all our music clips to the website.



If you were wondering who is taking all of our pictures.....Kim Blanchard is our photographer. 
If you're at one of our gigs,
and want to become famous, just go up to Kim and say....
"Hey, take my picture."  We might just
put you on our website.  Thanks Kim:)