The Stagger Moon Band
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The Stagger Moon Band

Decherd, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Decherd, Tennessee, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Alternative Southern Rock


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The Stagger Moon Band will tell to you how much they love the fans, the interaction, and the opportunity to jam on the stage. With big influences like Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and Pearl Jam these guys are jamming out every time they hit the stage. I will tell you that if you like any of these bands then it is imperative that you purchase their EP.

The Stagger Moon Band has an EP out on all major music websites titled “Almost World Class”. To me the best part is all six tracks are recorded live and that is true to this bands passion. Col. John Williams of GuitarAttack at recorded the EP. After recording Col. John Williams as an inside joke would state that it is almost world class (#AWC). Hence the album title was born.

They started off simply recording music in jam sessions but with a multitude of request for live performances they decided to give it a shot. The band enjoyed it so much it grew into their passion. Every piece came together organically for “The Stagger Moon Band”. Playing shows with bands like Moccasin Creek and the Plastic Friends, they just feel the stage and crowd is their musical fuel.

The Stagger Moon Band wants to be the type of Jam Band you will find at big festivals and gatherings. Performing to the large crowds out in the open has always seemed right. Watching the crowd really let loose with the atmosphere by singing and dancing is a real inspiration to be spontaneous and unrestricted when jamming out. Like the Grateful Dead which was my very first concert, these outdoor festivals and gatherings have a 1960s je ne sais quoi to it. Every song from the EP is a great example of the uniqueness and flavor this band brings to the stage.

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The Stagger Moon Band

The Stagger Moon Band’s amazing logo was designed by their friend Jeff McCool from Moccasin Creek. The logo seems to fit perfectly in with the vintage jam band flavor but by no means is this just a vintage jam band. The intertwining pieces work perfectly. With Stevie Counts on percussion, Clark McClain on bass, Ken Huddlestone on the lead, and Ky Brazelton on lead vocals and the rhythm you get a sound that you can sit back, relax, and socialize with. These guys have managed to bring back vintage style music with their own twist; that we can all listen to by the light of the stagger moon.

Be sure to follow “The Stagger Moon Band” at the links listed below.



Website: http://www.thestaggermoonba - MUDDY BEATZ

"Countdown to the 41A Festival"

Tullahoma — Listening to a Stagger Moon Band’s song is a little like tasting rock and roll stew. It’s delicious and you know there’s a lot of stuff in there but you just can’t quite put your finger on any one ingredient. There are solid lead guitar licks, finger-snapping drum beats, a head-bopping bass groove, and smooth vocals that channel Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder but not in a derivative way. Their original songs prove they’ve got some legit musical chops, but they’re not above playing a crowd-pleasing cover.

This is what southern, middle Tennessee crowds have come to expect from The Stagger Moon Band made up of Stevie Counts (percussion), Ky Brazelton (lead vocals, rhythm), Clark McClain (bass), and Ken Huddleston (lead strings).

Formed in 2013, the group’s become a staple of the local small venue scene. They’ve also played the Music Tree Festival – the mini-festival that once kicked off Bonnaroo week in Manchester.

“We really enjoy festivals,” says lead signer Ky Brazelton. “One of our major goals is to one day play Bonnaroo.”

The group plays southern alternative and have been compared to bands like the Allman Brothers, Pearl Jam, and Government Mule. Many fans flock to them because they exude that vintage jam band feel. They’re known for kicking it with their fans – who they lovingly call Moon Beams – between sets.

The band's recent album is available for purchase and download at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more. (Art courtesy of Stagger Moon Band)
The band’s recent album is available for purchase and download at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more. (Art courtesy of Stagger Moon Band)
They recently put out a live EP with six tracks entitled Almost World Class. To check out some of their music, visit their Reverb Nation page by clicking here. You can also learn more about the group by checking out their Facebook page.

The four member vary widely in musical tastes and styles. Between them they list musicians like Eddie Vedder, Jimmy Page, Jimmy Hendrix, Eric Clapton as well as Travis Meeks from Days of the New, rock bass player Nathan East, and Dave Matthews Band drummer Carter Beauford as influences.

“Our four members come from all different influences and backgrounds. Originality is essential to us,” says drummer Steve Counts. “What differentiates us from other area groups is our lead singer. Ky brings a one of a kind sound to the table as a writer, rhythm guitarist, lead vocalist. Then you add in Clark laying down some phat bass licks and vocals, Ken on pitch with some killer leads and vocals, and I keep the rhythm in check.”

Stagger Moon plays the 41A Music Festival on Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m. prior to Big Smo’s performance at 9:15 p.m.

When it comes to other acts playing the two day festival, Counts says the band’s really looking forward to the Battle of the Bands, which takes place Saturday at noon.

“We are excited to catch the Battle of the Bands competition. It’s always great to see young talent on the rise.” - Mason Jar Magazine


In a ever enthusiastic effort to support local music, Contrast CTRL has had the recent pleasure of listening to The Stagger Moon Band. Comprised of 4 middle TN Musicians, Stagger Moon incorporates 90s rock and southern blues flare.

With a live EP from 2014 under their belts, Stagger Moon is amping up for a new songs and more live shows 2016 is still just beginning.

With that said, let’s hear from members Ky Brazelton and Stevie Counts, who tell us about themselves and what their music is all about.

“Well Stevie and I have pretty much played together since we were kids. I think close into our 20s and everybody kinda grew up and grew apart into a different state.

Stevie and I the past few years and went back and forth and bouncing ideas off each other. He was in different groups, and I was in different groups. Finally we made it back into our hometown and got back together.

Picked up a great guitar player named Ken Huddleston and bass player Clark McClain.” Ky Brazelton

From those comments, Stagger Moon has been around for quite some time in one formation or another. The end result now is certainly a special culmination of talented minds working in full force to record their thoughts and melodies.

Going into a bit of Ky and Stevie’s influences, we learn that many genres play a role in the creativity and fresh approaches Stagger Moon takes to creating music. While they have a great sound now, who knows what will motivate them next to mold a new sound that is just as great as the last.

“You know honestly what I listened to and back in the day from what I listen to now has changed. I have always been a Pearl Jam fan, Love some Gov’t Mule, I love Gangster Rap, I love Death Metal. It’s just weird. Whatever comes out is what works to the music I make.” – Ky Brazelton

“When I really started playing the drums, I was big into Dave Matthews. So I just studied Carter Beauford [Dave Matthews Drummer] really hard. Ky was playing acoustic at the time and had some Dave kinda riffs, so we kinda meshed together. We used to write songs as difficult as possible for the bass player at the time.

So a lot of changes, breaks, and now I‘m older and my style is not as much as busy as Carter is. I’ve gotten more into EDM music so if I can make you bob your head or move your feet, that to me is doing my job.” – Stevie Counts

Stevie appreciates challenging drum patterns and innovative moves to keep the band interesting. But most of all Stevie says “I’m the foundation of the band. It’s all about Pocket.”

For those non-musicians out there Pocket is a term used for keeping a solid beat or groove going so the other instruments can play off that and make things truly audible and enjoyable for the listen/audience. From Drummer to Bass player, staying in the pocket is essential to a good groove or sound.

“You know I think original music was from the get go” Both Ky and Stevie agreed to this in response to the question of what came first, cover songs or original material?

Keep in mind that putting original songs every set is a bold move and important to many bands whether they have a big or small fan base. Stagger Moon over the years have begun to incorporate cover songs into their sets and get more people familiar with them and motivated to listen.

While I couldn’t fit in all the laughs I shared with KY and Stevie, I would like to note that Ky is well aware of the Eddie Vedder comparison comments and doesn’t mind them. While he does sound similar it was not an intentional means to sound awesome. It just happens in what you listen to and motivates you to sing is all folks!

Stevie is also a avid gospel listener as of late, taking inspiration from drummers in the genre and just the overall professionalism from many of the talent therein. From EDM to Gospel and Classic Rock, Stevie Counts is a drummer to be reckoned with!

That said about both of the guys they display a great down to earth attitude in their music as well as how they approach the media with interviews and interactions with fans. Tennessee as a whole is a diverse breeding ground for some innovative musicians.

Enough of me talking for a paragraph, let’s see some parting words from Ky and Stevie!

“Check us Out, check us out at our website. Every view and every listen is appreciated. You know just we love everybody man. Everyone who takes the time to listen to us for a few seconds, it’s the main reason we do this.” – Ky and Stevie of The Stagger Moon Band.

Contrast CTRL would like to extend a big thanks to The Stagger Moon Band for the kind words and laughs, and also their time in talking with me. I hope all you readers out there take a slice of Tennessee from this article and take an interest in our music scene.

The Stagger Moon band have a string of local shows in mind for the moment but hope to branch out by the end of summer for more shows and venues, so make sure you request them at your local venues and support the music!

Contrast CTRL officially welcomes The Stagger Moon band into the Contrast CTRL Family of ever growing musicians who inspire and motivate and create great music. For more information on Stagger Moon, please visit the following links: - JAMES WEST


Still working on that hot first release.



The Stagger Moon Band is a Southern Alternative powerhouse from Middle Tennessee formed in 2013. The collaboration of founding  lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ky Brazelton, and drummer, Stevie Counts with former drummer turned bass player, Clark McClain, and the incredible guitar rifts of Ken Huddleston,and the musical science unlike any other, John Cook. . The Stagger Moon Band radiates a raspy soulfulness that stands on its own. With musical influences from the likes of Eddie Vedder, Govt' Mule, Eric Clapton, Chris Stapelton, and Carter Beauford, the listener's experience is impressive! The unity of sound produced by each member of The Stagger Moon Band compounded by the talent, creates an authentic and captivating sound that resonates with listeners looking for a breath of fresh air on the southern alternative/indie scene!

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