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?……

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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.

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

Early 2017 – New album and tours!

Early 2017 The Cold Stares will release our Small Stone Records album “HEAD BENT”. The track listing has been finalized, and the album art work will be posted in the next week. Very proud of the record, our relationship with SS, and excited about all the things happening in 2017 for the band. The album will be available on vinyl as well as digital and CD. A national tour as well as a European tour is in the works. You will also find us at SXSW 2017.

HEAD BENT

1-John
2-Head Bent
3-Kings
4-Neighbor Blues
5-Stuck in a Rut
6-Ball and Twine
7-God and Country
9-Price to Pay
10-Caught in the Weather
11-One Way Outta Here

The Southern EP – Background and Lyrics for Cold Black Water

Leading up to the release of our new EP “The Southern” next week I’m going to post the lyrics to each song on the album with an explanation and a little background how each song originated. You guys always ask at shows where some of the songs come from, so hopefully this is something you’ll enjoy. The first song is “Cold Black Water” the third track on “The Southern”. CT

COLD BLACK WATER
I wrote this song specifically about Jeff Buckley. During the time that my music persona really formed, Buckley was a huge influence on me. Everyone now debates on Jeff’s greatness, but to me it’s not as simple as one or two songs, or his voice, or his arrangements. Jeff Buckley’s greatness was the intangible thing that makes all artists great. It’s the thing that can’t be explained, but can be felt when you hear or see their work, or soak up when you are around them. Tim Buckley, Jeff’s father died around the same age as Jeff which is very ironic. And then the way Jeff died, in the Mississippi river, clothes on, in a moment of freedom when he decided to wade in to the water that night, that longing to push it, risk it, live it, like I’ve waded into trouble so many times in my life but somehow by the grace of God emerged. Of course Jeff didn’t. And we’ll never know what he might have become. But for those of us that were impacted by his work, he is a Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison type figure. Enigmatic. Mysterious. But in the end human. As soon as I picked through the opening riff to this song in my living room, I saw that water surrounding Jeff, the darkness of the current, the moon above him, as the world around him was touting him as the savior of rock music, what the moment felt like to fade into that murky water. Wrote the song in one long poem in the moments following.

Here are the lyrics, as well as some explanations in parenthesis.

Cold Black Water

Don’t you call my name Peter don’t you dare (Matthew 16:9 )
I been treading in the water and a fever running through my head
They say I was the chosen one who’d make it all alright (Jeff’s critical acclaim)
But I’m sinking in the Cold Black Water down here tonight. (drowning)

I was just trying to find a place I could rest my shoes
Quarter mile off of Beale I could still hear them sing them blues (Beale street where Jeff was found in the Mississippi river)
Bottle of wine singing hallelujah right across my lips (Jeff’s version of “Hallelujah” is still daily discussed, and his love for wine was known)
Current of the ole Mississippi dancing at my hips

Swing low, low brother won’t you drag that line (metaphor for them dragging the river for Jeff’s body)
Swing low low never know just what you’ll find
Every child of God gotta answer when it comes his time (we are all going to die, quicker you wrap your head around that, the better you’ll start to live)

Don’t you shed no tears for me on that muddy ground
Don’t you waste no wine for me when they lay me down
Don’t you stray down in that water just to see my face
Come up baptized trying just to find some grace (Grace was Jeff’s critically acclaimed masterpiece album)

Swing low, low brother won’t you drag that line
Swing low low never know just what you’ll find
Every child of God gotta answer when it comes his time

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Emailing The Cold Stares

Ok folks. If you’ve ever sent a message to us via our website I want to sincerely apologize for not responding. We set the website up before I had gotten sick, and thought the emails were forwarding. We are currently reworking the site with updates and found 14k plus messages over the last 4 years that sorted and never forwarded to us. We are fixing the issue and should be resolved in the next couple days. So many kind and cool messages from you guys that we never responded to, and I can assure you we would have had we caught it. We appreciate you guys, and again sincerely apologize if you sent something and we did not quickly respond.
CT

About 26 days until The Southern EP release

About 26 days until the release of “The Southern”. Thought we would pass along the artwork to you guys. This album means a lot to us, represents who we are, where we come from, and our family history. We’ll be releasing a single later this month, and a video to follow. Also we will be doing some contests and free giveaways. Stay tuned and please share our posts regarding “The Southern”. Sept 10th we will be doing a CD release party at Mojo’s in Evansville, please make plans to join us then! TCS

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Out in Public

More and more we are getting stopped in public by folks we don’t know that recognize us and come up and just want to tell us how much they are into what we are doing.
Just wanted to thank each and every one of you that are on this page for the time you take out of your busy lives to listen to our music, come see us live, or share our music with someone else. It is very humbling, and rewarding to see how our music can affect someone else’s world. This is “our” band, meaning Brian, myself, and every one of you who has helped get the word out about The Cold Stares. Whatever talent we have, we give God the glory for that, whatever success we have- have to credit every one of you guys as well- Thank You All, and please don’t ever give up on rock and roll- CT

New EP “The Southern” release date – September 8th

September 8th 2016 The Cold Stares will release their 4th release “The Southern”. The track listing will be
1- Friend of Mine
2- Child of God
3- Cold Black Water
4- The River
There will be a single and video sometime in September as well- and a CD release party on September 10th at Mojo’s in Evansville. Anyone showing up to the release party with a “animalpolooza” Burdette park wristband or ticket will have free cover that night. We were asked to play Parksfest on September 10th, and choose for a number of reasons not to be associated with the event. We certainly feel like the folks in Evansville deserve rock and roll, and we plan on providing it September 10th- if you get your family out please support a worthy cause at the Animalpolooza, and then come join us at Mojo’s that night for the opportunity to get “The Southern” and a Cold Stares show.
The “House” picture was a very close 2nd so we’ve decided to incorporate it on the back cover of the EP as well. Thank you all so much and please share with your friends. SEPTEMBER 8th 2016- THE COLD STARES PRESENTS “THE SOUTHERN”

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