The Stingers

The Stingers

BandCountryBlues

My music embraces the current country music spectrum. Performances can include everything from the traditional country shuffle, to bluesy compositions and out to the edges of rock music. Above all else, the original works, as well as the cover songs, will meet the most discriminating expectations.

Biography

As I was sorting through scholarship offers and preparing for college, I realized that I wanted to be a country singer. After two years of opry's, gospel conventions and karaoke passed, I got a little break. While preparing a four song demo for a major label, the local studio owner asked me to sign with his firm and record an album(Cooper Sound Recording, Dallas, TX). The result was No Place Like Home, an album consisting of all original, traditional country music written by Texas songwriters(www.banncountry.com). Neither Mr. Cooper, nor I really knew what to do after completing the album. So, we hired Roger Ramsey Corkill to promote the album and my Dad and I began calling on radio stations in an effort to “chart” the music. We fell just short of making the “Bubbling Under” on the Texas Music Chart.

Well, we managed to sell a few copies of the first album through Tower Records and my website. The most impressive sales effort though was by my mother, Beletta Grant who sold a number of copies through the 50 year old family owned beauty shop, J'Nell's.

The most important lesson I learned from this experience was that I needed real help! My very good friend and bass player, James Anderson, introduced me to Michael Kubiak. Mike has a great background in the music business. He managed John Nitzinger, a performer and song writer of note and has successfully produced both live shows and albums. Mike and I acquired songs from cutting edge songwriters in Nashville. To evaluate the songs on a live audience, I “booked in” to open for Kevin Fowler at the Red Neck Games in Alto, TX. (August ’06). We then began recording the second album, Trouble is a Woman at Palmyra Studios, an analogue/digital studio owned and operated by Paul Middleton, Bonnie Raitt’s award winning sound engineer. The new album was mastered in March, 2007 by George Guerin at DES Mastering (www.desmastering.com).

I have hired a performing band and am in rehearsals twice a week. My set initial set list will be 48 songs with seventeen of those being original compositions from the two albums. The balance of the set list will be cover songs that are venue appropriate

Discography

No Place Like Home, 2006 Cooper Sound Recording
Trouble is a Woman, 2007 AMR Music Company

Set List

Set list includes eighteen original songs and 100's of cover tunes. My music is dominated by current sounds with a nod to traditional music, the blues and old rock'n roll (rockabilly).

Original Songs from Various Composers:

My Halo
Too Long
Nobody
That Reminds Me
World’s Biggest Fool
Just Me
Tractor Wheels
It Won’t Hurt So Much
Don’t Underestimate My Heart
It Didn’t Hurt Enough
I Can Get Over You
Tender Touch
Trouble Is A Woman
No Place Like Home
I’m Through
If You Want to Keep Me Here
Nothing Like You
Texas Women

Cover Songs:

Something to Talk About—Bonnie Raitt
Exception to the Rule—Dwight Yoakum
Fast As You—Dwight Yoakum
Hillbillies—Hot Apple Pie
My Give A Damn Is Busted—Joe Dee Messina
No Way Out—Julie Roberts
Call Me When You Get to Me—Lee Ann Womack
You’re No Good—Linda Rhondstat
Lovin All Night—Patty Loveless
On Your Way Home—Patty Loveless
Can’t Even Get The Blues—Reba McEntire
Seven Year Ache—Rosanne Cash
Bible Song—Sara Evans
Baby G