Ok folks, we are TWO days from the release of our first single of 2020 “The Wicked and the Cursed”. This song starts the barrage of new music we will be dropping over the next 12 months. We really need your help- these days it’s imperative that we hit ground running day of single release, and it will help set the tone for playlist opportunities. If you are on @Spotify please take a moment to click the “pre-save” link in our bio and add the song now. Man, this one has been a long time coming and we hope you dig it. Much love!
Stoked to be in the beautiful town of WarTrace, TN tonight. Wonderful folks and great vibes. Ready to rock!
Happening now! Brian Mullins premiering “The Rotten Appel” snare commemorating one of his biggest fans who is sadly no longer with us. I am sure she will love hearing that thing CRACK through the Ether!
Very proud to be a part of this and hope each one of you will tune in. This Sunday May 31st at 3pm Eastern @joebonamassa and @keepingthebluesalive are doing a telethon for the “Fueling Musicians” charity. Amazing lineup of talent on deck, and a really great cause. If you are a guitar or blues fan this is going to be epic. You can stream it live from Joe’s YouTube channel, Facebook, website etc. Set your alarms and we’ll see you there. https://youtu.be/kJcalkgy_Ec
Ok, week made. Fan sent me this yesterday. One of my absolute heroes Mr. Gordie Johnson rocking our T-Shirt in the studio. If you don’t know Big Sugar and you are a guitar and blues rock fan, stop now and immerse yourself. The man had a Gibson Guitar signature guitar AND a Boss Suit endorsement. Legend. Gordie wearing our shirt, Joe B shoutout in his live this week, all the critic justification I’ll ever need. ROCK AND ROLL.
June 1st The Cold States will release a new EP titled “Black Sunset”. The four track EP was written and recorded over 3 days in April. With the “Heavy Shoes” project held up for the quarantine to be over in Memphis, and the “Ghosts Upon Ghosts” album not set for release until the fall we thought you guys might like to hear a project we’ve done during the lockdown to hold you over. Inspiration hit last week, and one thing I try to explain about songwriting to people is you can’t force it, and when it does come, stop and create. All 4 songs were written within a matter of hours, and recorded within a couple days. The first single will probably sneak out in the next few weeks. This is the most “rock and roll” project that we have done, and we hope you enjoy it.
Check out my interview with The Cold Stares! We talked about musical influences, how they were found by Joe Bonamassa, best bands they’ve seen live, and much more! Make sure to give these guys a follow/like!
“I hope music is a release from those exact things that divide us. All music. I want to get as far away from that division as I can, personally. Many acts I love have had political statements, lyrics, causes, platforms and so on. That doesn’t have anything to do with what I love about their art, whether I agree with them or not.” – Brian Mullins of The Cold Stares
The duo of vocalist/guitarist Chris Tapp and drummer Brian Mullins, under the name The Cold Stares, isn’t your everyday indie act. The pair commands national recognition thanks to their cracking blend of rock and blues. The mix they bring to these time-tested forms balances the fundamentals giving each style its enduring appeal while delivering music that sounds fresh rather than retrofitted for modern audiences. Their latest studio release Ways packs a hard-nosed wallop over the course of thirteen songs and likewise shows the continued growth of their songwriting within a familiar frame. I think The Cold Stares are far more than a throwback act; this collection has relevance rather than reveling in a dimming past and they fill each performance with edgy urgency.