“The Gospel Blues…” – Release Dates!

“The Gospel Blues and Southern Gothic Companion” by Chris Tapp – Available for pre-order March 1st and download the single “Killing Machine.”

Full album release date March 15th.

High Plains
Killing Machine
Mind on Jesus
The River
Wade in the Darkness
Under His Command
If Your Way Gets Dark
Lead’em On
Last of Grace
Mountain
Medicine Wheel

“The Southern Gospel…” Solo album update

Finishing touches on first solo album today. “The Southern Gothic and Gospel Blues Companion”. What started as a 4 song EP has turned into an full album of western cinema work, gospel blues and modern southern gothic. Has been a labor of love. #thesoutherngothicandgospelbluescompanion #nationalestralita #deltablues #gospelblues #southerngothic #resonator #blues #countryblues #blindwilliejohnson #slideguitar #nationalguitars #melancholy #southern #crestonguitars #swampy Chris Tapp Southern Gothic and Gospel Blues Companion March 15th 2017

High Plains-
Killing Machine
Mind on Jesus
The River
Wade in the Darkness
Under His Command
If Your Way Gets Dark
Lead’em On
Last of Grace
Mountain
Medicine Wheel

Whipping Post on Youtube

Merry Christmas folks. A lot of you have asked for a recorded version of “Whipping Post” that we play live over the years and here it is. Hope you enjoy our version of such a great classic tune.
The song will be available on Spotify, iTunes, and other digital retailers in the upcoming days. We’ll let you know when it hits. Until then, please enjoy it on Youtube and please share with your friends-
TCS

Southern Gospel Blues Companion

Did the initial round of recording today for “Southern Gospel Blues Companion”, which will be my first solo release. Featuring original and delta gospel covers, it’s been a project I’ve planned on doing for a long time and finally knocking out. God has been so good to me, and feels very good to give some praise back to him in the form of the talents he blessed me with.
We really spent some time analyzing some of my favorite recordings, Son House, Fred McDowell and Blind Willie Johnson, to do an authentic but updated portrait of some gospel blues. Very honest and haunting today. Chills listening to what we recorded so far. Releasing sometime in January prior to our Small Stone Cold Stares full length. More details as the recording finishes up- CT

Maybe another TV spot?

Tonight we are in the studio with our mainstay engineer Greg Pearce recording a very special cover song for maybe another TV spot.

What’s one song you’ve heard us play live and wish was available but has not been recorded….yet?……

Get it right and you’ll be in the running for a free Cold Stares hat drawn in the morning…… Visit us on Facebook!

5 Year Anniversary Free Concert Series

In preparation for the release of HEAD BENT on Small Stone Records in February and a following 2017 tour, The Cold Stares will be performing EVERY Friday night in January and February leading up to the album’s release. Each of these concerts will be FREE to the public. This is our chance to thank our local fans for 5 years of support, and prepare for our upcoming tour to support Head Bent. Please help us spread the word about this very special time in our bands history.

Head Bent – February 2017!

After almost a year in waiting our 2nd full length album “Head Bent” is coming on #smallstonerecords February 2017. #thecoldstares #headbent
First single and video coming as well hopefully prior to release. The will album will be available on #VINYL with international distribution.

headbent

2012

When I found out in 2012 that I had cancer the outpouring of love and support from Cold Stares fans and family was one of the things that pulled me through treatment and kept me determined.
Wanted to update you guys and let you know I just had my four year scans and I remain clear. My 5 year goal is less than a year away.
Since the time I got sick we have recorded and released a full length album, 4 ep’s and our full length label release “Head Bent” drops in a few months, January 2017. A short film, multiple tours, and moved this project forward internationally.
In my personal life I’ve learned to not make excuses or put things off. If I could give any of you some advice, it would be to not wait until something almost takes life from you to start living. Nothing is promised. Not tonight or tomorrow. I have no regrets now, but had I died in 2012 I would have left with many. Don’t take things for granted. Every sunset, every laugh from my son, smile from my daughters, every kiss from my wife, every comment from our fans, every kind gesture from a stranger, every good server at a restaurant, every good sermon, every good ride, every opportunity to say thank you, or to help someone. Every thing. Soak it up. Savor it. Realize it is a gift from God, and it’s he that holds our very breath in his hands. It is he who allowed me to continue, and he who will always have my praise regardless of how dim the light is.
And in all those things that I encourage, do so for those that lost their battles. For my friends and family, and yours that cancer has taken. I don’t know why we are here and they have passed, but we should live, LIVE, in and for their memory.
I appreciate the years of support from you all, every comment, message, prayer and support that you’ve given. My commitment to you is to continue creating the best music we can and not waste time in doing so. God bless you, and rock and roll.
Chris