Stingray

Stingray

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Stingray is an energetic and innovative blues rock band, combining stunning musicianship with unique song writing and attention-grabbing grooves.

Biography

Formed from the tatters of a retro rock band called Groove Cradle, the motivation to form Stingray came from guitar player Hamish Jacobsen's discovery of the blues, in particular the guitar feats of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Initially reluctant to sing, Hamish, with the help of brother and bass player Nick, set about finding a front person with a wailin' blues vocal. Unable to find quite what they were looking for, Hamish decided to give singing a try, and was able to overcome his self-consciousness and embrace the unique timbre of his throaty bark. Hooking up with virtuosic young drummer "Floods", and choosing one of Stevie Ray's early nicknames as a tag, Stingray was born.

After a couple of years gigging around home-town Perth, Western Australia, and spending many an hour on laborious road trips to play rough and tumble hotels in country towns, Hamish left Australia to pursue an romantic notion of being a guitar slinger in the home of the blues, the USA. Once he touched down stateside, he got a Greyhound bus pass and headed south, stopping in towns, guitar in hand, and playing with whoever would let him on stage. Fortuitously, in Shreveport, Louisiana, he was able to hook up some ex-members of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's band and spend a few months gigging with them through Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. During this time Hamish learnt a lot about guitar playing, but more importantly he learned the importance of crafting a good song. This first trip was the first of three, each involving playing and recording with some great musicians, including Joe Osborne, Jay Davis, and Jerry Beach (whose hit song, I'll Play the Blues for You, Hamish and Jerry reworked and recorded together.)

In 2001 Stingray recorded limited release 6 song EP between Hamish's trips to the States. Having used the keyboard player of decorated Alligator slide guitarist Dave Hole on the record, the EP found it's way into Dave's hands. On Hamish's third visit to the U.S. Dave Hole contacted him, saying he thought Stingray's music was great and offering to help out in any way he could. His support has helped the band raise it's profile locally, and secured Stingray's first major blues festival appearance on Australia’s East Coast - The Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival.

On returning to Aussie shores from his final stint in the U.S., Hamish took Stingray into the studio to record a full-length album, Ghosts in the Attic, whose title reflects some of the negative experiences of his time overseas.

The band, having changed parts of its line-up over the past couple of years, is due to record its next, long overdue, offering in the first half of 2007. Stingray is committed to avoiding pumping out stale and stereotyped blues-rock material. So stay tuned for the next installment!

Discography

Here I Am - EP
The Pumphouse Sessions - EP
Ghosts in the Attic - LP

Set List

Set List (Original Music)
Mine Sweeper
Rock 'n' Roll Monkey
Keep Movin' Down the Line
143
Get On It
Play it Straight
Meet Me in the Middle
Last Night
Billy Ride
For Your Life
Evil Place

Stingray plays one and two set gigs (45 minutes per set). One set gigs can be totally original material. Covers include blues, rock and sould songs such as Man of Many Words (Buddy Guy/Junior Wells), Guitar Hurricane (Guitar Slim), Can't Stand the Rain (Ann Peebles), Shaky Ground, Mary Jane's Last Dance (Tom Petty)