Steve Stacey & The Stump Splitters
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Steve Stacey & The Stump Splitters
Tall Tales, Fibs and Outright Lies
By Eric Thom

Who says there’s no originality anymore? This Ottawa Valley-based five-piece band of shit-kickers clearly play for their own entertainment first, and God bless ’em. They’ve figured out that this is the starting place for entertaining others, which they accomplish in spades across this homegrown 11-track release, which was born in their basement but meant for your big backyard. At first blush, lead singer/bandleader Stacey sounds half in the bag, out of key, with his band slightly out-of-tune. But once you clue in that the Stump Splitters aren’t the symphony, you’re immediately drawn into their rec-room groove. Country music with a local flair, Stacey and company have carjacked Buck Owens, rear-ended John Prine and made off with (at least) a vat of homemade whiskey to create this set of infectious masterpieces. There are drinking songs, drinking and driving songs, drinking and everything from relationships to jail to public hanging songs. It could be said that Stacey’s vocals are somewhat off-putting — more off than on. Yet, in no time flat, you’re charmed by the songs, by the musicianship (of special note, John Dillabough on guitar and mandolin and Pat Robillard on pedal steel) and by their homebrewed ambience. Pedal steel and fine fiddling augment basic guitars and drums across standout tracks, including modus operandi “Double-Fisted,” the highly Prine-like “Dirty Little Mind” and historically insightful ballad “James Patrick Whelen,” which is worthy of becoming a Canadian classic. The slightly self-indulgent “My Buck Owens Record,” recorded very live, is a story song that is a suitable album closer. Fifty minutes of fun, straight up. (Independent)
- Exclaim Magazine


Discography

CD - Tall Tales, Fibs & Outright Lies - 2007
CD - Sounded Good at the Time - 2004

Two tracks available at www.stevestacey.com
and www.myspace.com/stevestacey

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Steve Stacey and the Stump Splitters Bio

Whistling in from the hills of the Ottawa Valley comes a sound like no other. Steve Stacey and the Stump Splitters like to kick up the dust on the old country sound, to a place where pedal steel guitars rein and lyrics will not only hit home but will also entertain the most sceptical of critics. Playing some of the biggest stages in Ottawa and the surrounding area Steve and the Stump Splitters have been making new fans fast and furious. With a new CD in the works, following up the 2004 debut “Sounded Good at the Time” , Steve is armed with a variety of tales, fibs, and out-right lies (for the most part) that make listening to him not only fun, but also one hell of a good time. For more information head on over to www.stevestacey.com.