The Ugli Stick

The Ugli Stick

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The Ugli Stick's music is an innovative fusion of hip-hop, singer-songwriter, blues, rock and funk. Think Jason Mraz/Jack Johnson meet Maroon 5. Combine this with an energetic show that flows as fast as the freestyle lyrics and it's easy to see why they're one of the South's strongest touring bands!


Formed in 2000, the timing of The Ugli Stick couldn't have been more prophetic: a new millennium to usher in this band's fresh way of making music. A way in which they let a variety of styles, such as pop, singer/songwriter, funk and hip-hop, inspire their music without defining their sound.

With their 2001 debut album, "Beatdown", the band let each song take a life of its own. From traditional rock to quirky, acoustic-inspired songs, the eclectic mix reflected each member's need for, and respect of, creative exploration. Equally accepting was their diverse fan base....who bought up more than 5,000 copies of the independently released CD.

Intent on riding this wave of success to the next level, the band stayed focused on getting their music heard. Non-stop touring of clubs and festivals throughout the Southeast kept The Ugli Stick name spreading and the live shows growing. By 2002, the band was playing 150 shows a year and long lines of eager fans waiting to hear them play was the norm. But on a trip to Houston, Texas, for a run of gigs that was to help propel them up, four harsh words scribbled on a cocktail napkin by an audience member almost sent them spiraling down. "Up until that night", said lead singer Eric Erdman, "we had been really fortunate. We had won people over right away in cities like Mobile, Birmingham, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge and more. This was the first time our will and determination as a band had ever really been tested. But we didn't give up on our music or ourselves and we're a better, stronger band because of it." In fact, those four words didn’t just help pull the band closer together, they also became the title to the band’s successful sophomore release “Stop Please! Please Stop!”

Now playing almost 200 shows a year throughout six states, The Ugli Stick is one of the most popular touring bands in the Southeast. When not on the road, they’re writing and working on new songs. Their third album (released in August ’06) was recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with producer Jimmy Nutt (Drive-By Truckers, Jimmy Buffett). “It’s one of the few places where legendary music was made and the main focus, even today, is still on the music ….and not the music industry” says lead guitarist, Dale Drinkard. “The ‘Muscle Shoals Sound’, made famous by artists like Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, Dewayne Allman…even Paul Simon…. is a blend of music. It’s blues, soul, country, rock….even gospel….and it crosses cultures, genres and races. That’s what The Ugli Stick’s music is all about and that’s why we like recording in Muscle Shoals.”

The Ugli Stick is led by frontman Eric Erdman, an acoustic guitar player with magnetic stage presence and undeniable charisma. Backing him with melodious harmonies is lead guitarist and fellow songwriter, Dale Drinkard. Drummer, Tim Stanton, is the heartbeat of the band. And the groove that binds it all together is the phenomenal Quintin Berry, a one-of-a-kind bass player that is as much fun to watch as he is to hear.

So look out! The band, armed with great music and a style that’s all its own, is on a mission to make sure everyone gets hit by The Ugli Stick!


True Love

Written By: Dale Drinkard / Eric Erdman

Listen all you sleepers that occasionally are peeping out
There’s something we’re discussing it’s important so listen now
There’s a deception a current misconception
That true love is only in dreams
They’re stuck wondering how they’ll ever bring
This love into reality

Wake up! Wake up! I can’t have you sleepin’ in
Get up! Get up! Stand up for what you’re believin’ in
It’s Okay! It’s Okay! To believe in something other than
All the things you’re taught that you never really bought

Come to the other side
Where love has no compromise
And everything you believe in can come true
Love’s not just a state of mind
It can happen all the time
If we have courage to speak the truth
True love is something we can all fall into

A child is born believing all its told
So doubt must be taught but if that’s bought
Can’t be sold, but then souls get blinded
We come into this world as loving boys and girls
So I know we did it once we can do it twice
So I know we did it once we can do it twice
Let the children of earth rise and say

No Mas! No Mas! We can’t take it anymore
We Must! We Must! Believe in what we’re fighting for
No Way! No Way! That we’ll keep believing in
Ignorance disguised to slip past sleepy eyes

Repeat chorus

Repeat chorus

Started Out Right

Written By: Eric Erdman / Dale Drinkard / Tim Stanton

A dollar spent at the five and dime
Would get candy for a week
Granny took us all the time
The shop owner and his wife so kind
We use to go there everyday
Bargain prices for the common man
Supercenters closed the general store
And friends are replaced with happy-faced pins
Shops going under all the time just so we could save a dime

We started out right
Started out right
Now we just lost our way
Don’t let them tell you hope is lost
I am hear to tell you it ain’t
We started out right
Started out right
So we can fix it if we try
All we have to do is get back to how we use to think

Mocha mafia and the Prozac nation
Medicate us to numb the sensation
Change your personality in variation
We don’t even know who we are
Back to your roots
Your hair color and your life
Back to the truth
Or take it all in strife
Back to how it all use to be
When you were you and I was me

History repeats itself
Rome fell for less but everything’s alright

Repeat chorus

Reality TV?
Shit that’s funny
Christ you don’t know the meaning of reality buddy
Do both my jobs
Pay my bills
Walk in my shoes
If you think that you can
Bring back Thunder Cats and G.I Joe
321 Contact and the Muppet Show
Knowing is half the battle
So embrace your knowledge
Turn your TV back on when there is something worth watching

Repeat chorus


2006 - "Nostoi"
2004 - "Stop Please! Please Stop!"
2001 - "Beatdown"

Set List

The Ugli Stick all-original show is one and a half hours. A typical cover show lasts four hours, including breaks. Here is a sample cover show:

The Ugli Stick
SAMPLE Cover Song List

California Love (2 Pac)
Amber (311)
Down (311)
All Mixed Up (311)
In Da Club (50 Cent)
Brian Wilson (Barenaked Ladies)
Steal My Kisses (Ben Harper)
Word Up (Cameo)
Holiday Inn (Chingy featuring Ludacris)
Easy (Commodores)
Rock Superstar (Cypress Hill)
Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode)
Humpty Dance (Digital Underground)
Forgot About Dre (Dr. Dre / Eminem)
Lose Yourself (Eminem)
Real Slim Shady (Eminem)
Times Like These (Foo Fighters)
Ready Or Not (The Fugees)
Rodeo Clown (G. Love & Jack Johnson)
Jump Around (House of Pain)
Nice To Know You (Incubus)
Wish You Were Here (Incubus)
Need You Tonight (INXS)
Gold Digger (Kanye West)
Jungle Boogie (Kool & The Gang)
Bubbletoes (Jack Johnson)
Taylor (Jack Johnson)
Doctor My Eyes (Jackson Brown)
Remedy (Jason Mraz)
Big Pimpin’ (Jay-Z)