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Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Band Rock Blues


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"Five Star Fridays"

Heard this band for the first time in Nashville last week. The rich, smoky, throwback voice belongs to Katie Robertson. The band is called Stagolee. - Radley Balko

"Stagolee returns with Nashville tunes, MSU roots to Dave's"

Saturday, the band Stagolee will be returning to perform at Dave's Dark House Tavern as part of MSU's homecoming weekend. This will be the personal homecoming for band member and MSU alumna Katie Robertson as well as former Starkville resident Jimmy Kent.
"Katie was a bartender and a waitress [at the tavern.] Jimmy K. worked there as well. They started to play together and were so good. They moved on nationally from there," Owner of Dave's Dark Horse Tavern, Dave Hood said.

"We both were doing our own separate acts until Jimmy asked if I wanted to perform together. So I said yes," Robertson said.

They will be the only band playing at the Tavern tomorrow because the football game was moved to 6 p.m.

"It was good to get them perform homecoming weekend because they were a Starkville-based band. They'll be performing shortly after the game," Hood said.

The band consists of four members. Kent, originally from Winona, and Robertson of Vicksburg are both writers and sing the lead and background vocals. In charge of drums and percussion is Matthew Watson of Meridian and bass guitarist Breck Cooper of Nashville, Tenn.

"I also play rhythm guitar, the keyboard and some percussion. Jimmy plays lead and rhythm guitar and harmonica," Robertson said.

Kent and Robertson have been playing together for six years. Jimmy K. decided to make a complete band when he and Katie moved to Nashville three years ago. It was in Nashville where they met Watson and Cooper.

"The crowd really loves the band. Katie is awesome and super nice," Hood said.

Kent and Robertson are the foundation of the band, while Watson and Cooper are the rhythm.

"Our songs are original. We do play songs from other artists, but we are mostly traditional blues, rock and a little folk country. With the band we play more rock," Robertson said.

The name Stagolee came from an old blues folk song entitled "Stagger Lee", which is about Lee Shelton, an African-American taxi cab driver and pimp who killed his best friend William "Billy" Lyons on Christmas Eve in 1895 in St. Louis in a political dispute turned fatal. Since then, there have been a number of songs recorded by other artists about this incident.

The band gets its inspiration from all genres of music from folk country to rap.

"Jimmy writes all the songs. He has about 500 songs right now. I mainly write most of the blues songs," Robertson said.

The band has performed in many places in the state, as well as in Alabama and once a week in Tennessee.

Kent's background is rooted in music and where his passion for songwriting was born.

Robertson has been around music her whole life. Her family is very musical and she began to perform when she was young. She is a pianist and this talent led to her interest in playing guitar. She played guitar for the first time in 2002, which is when she first met Kent.

According to the band's Web site, Cooper is attending Belmont University in Nashville for audio engineering.

Watson has played with some of the greatest in Nashville and is now playing "just good music," the site said.

Stagolee albums, T-shirts, posters, stickers and individual tracks can be found online at
- Delani Weaver - The Reflector

"Howlin’ at the Moon"

“Nashville's Stagolee (formerly of Starkville) to perform at Howlin' at the Moon Festival.”
- Meridian Star

"Music at Market Street Festival"

“The May 2nd, 2009 Market Street Festival - Blue Mountain, the Burnside Exploration, Mayhem String Band and STAGOLEE in the lineup.”
- Jan Swoope - The Commercial Dispatch

"Lighting 100"

“5/04/09 - The Local Lightning Spotlight features Nashville artists on radio Lightning 100 for a full week of air time. We play STAGOLEE at 2:45 and 8:45 to show our support of Nashville artists.”
- lightning 100 radio - lightning 100 radio

"N’Awlins ‘Best Funk Band’ headlines Market Street After Dark Read more:"

“Saturday’s late day lineup on the Main Stage includes Grammy Award winner Nathan Best and friends at 5:15 p.m., Stagolee at 6:30 p.m., Jamie Davis and Soul Gravy at 8:15 p.m. and Blue Mountain at 10 p.m.”
- The Dispatch


Take What You want, EP, 2010
Stagolee and Fancy Face, LP, 2008
All music can be streamed through Last FM and Spotify.



Stagolee began as a blues duo out of Starkville, Mississippi, and now as a 5 piece they bring a heart felt, aggressive Rock N' Roll sound to the clubs in Nashville. They stay busy playing the Southeast States and booking shows in Nashville. Stagolee has two records out "Stagolee & The Fancy Face" and "Take What You Want". They are currently in the process of Recording their 3rd album and seeking professional Management, Booking, and Label Contract.

Its original members, Jim Kent (Jimmy K) and Katie Robertson, met at Starkville's finest watering hole, Dave's Darkhorse Tavern. They began playing together in 2002, incorporating each other's original music into their set. Influenced by several different genres and artists, they negotiated on an eclectic selection of music. On their acoustic guitars and piano, Jimmy K and Katie played around Starkville and surrounding Mississippi areas over the next few years, before moving to Nashville, Tennessee.
Stagolee performed around Nashville, and the South East as a four piece, playing primarily original music, with Steve Cummings on bass to help out, and whomever they could to sit in on drums. The music is great, the lyrics are compelling and the sound was raw and rockin' for sure. They completed their first professional Demo cd in January 2008 (Stagolee and Fancyface), with the help of Matthew Watson.
A new dimension was then added to the music in spring of 2008, with Breck Cooper (from Meridian, Mississippi) on electric bass. His rock roots pushed the band in a new direction, which was felt all along.
Next enters M.C. Gordy (also from Meridian) in the spring of 2010 to give more depth and sound to the band on keys, piano and percussion.
Finally, Pete Pulkrabek joined forces with Stagolee in 2011, to complete the rhythmic sounds they had hoped for. Pete "brings the heat" on the drums!
And so, there ya go!