The Cold Stares releases Ways (LP)

Their latest release Ways features thirteen tracks illustrative of the musical maelstrom these two musicians conjure; the wall of sound conjured by two musicians impress live attendees without fail. Mullins and Tapp boast an impressive discography, but show no signs of slowing down – Ways is the band’s most fully realized effort yet and demonstrates continued exponential songwriting growth.

Read more here–>> Review by Garth Thomas – thehollywooddigest.com

“Into Black” video – World Premiere coming soon!

November 15th our new video for the single “Into Black” will premiere on the @classicrockmag website. The following week on November 22nd the single officially drops worldwide. Thanks to everyone at radio stations around the globe that are already spinning “Into Black” and of course @kroq 106.7 Los Angeles

Video directed and filmed by our friend Alex Morgan.

If you haven’t heard our new album “WAYS” check it out!

Ways Blue is available now!

Ways Blue is available now on streaming outlets! This portion of the album was such a blast to make at @samphillipsrecording in Memphis and we hope you’ll enjoy it.

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“Ways”
Oh she had her ways
Ways like a woman child
Said she’d never stay
Thought of it just drove her wild
Mother wasn’t worth a damn
You know her father didn’t care
So she painted it upon her face
And combed it through her hair

She’s the queen of broken hearts
Wrote the script and played the part
Patron saint of love betrayed
Oh that girl she had her ways

Oh she had her ways
Ways like a wounded child
Day after day
All he did was criticize
He’d say she wasn’t worth a damn
Said her friends they didn’t care
So she painted it upon her face
And combed it through her hair

She’s the queen of broken hearts
Wrote the script and played the part
Patron saint of love betrayed
Oh that girl she had her ways…

Free download for pre-saving the full WAYS album

“What Happened To You” will be a free download for anyone pre-saving the full WAYS album. We will have a link soon, and if you have already pre-saved the album message us and we will send you the download link. Hope you dig it-

Folks, I can’t begin to say what this means to us…

Folks, I can’t begin to say what this means to us or how humbling it is.
Lots of stuff going on behind the scenes that I wanted to share but didn’t want to spoil, Joe trying to help us is one. Don’t even have the words to express my gratitude at the moment.
PLEASE if you’re a fan/friend of the band drop by Joe Bonamassa on Instagram and show him some love on this post, would mean the world to us. Thank you!

Recording of WAYS

The Cold Stares making of “WAYS”.

After the “Mountain” album when we began to think about the next record there were a few things I knew I wanted to do. First, we had used some material that had been around for awhile for “Mountain”, and this time I wanted to write all the songs completely fresh. So in January I set out to write 12 songs from scratch that no one had heard us perform, and try to mostly not let them out of the bag until the album launched. Secondly, I thought it might be cool to construct the 12 songs for the record as 3 separate EP’s or collections of songs that basically were from the 3 areas of inspiration for the band. One, hard rock. Two, the blues. Three, country,western and folk ballads. Three different “WAYS” if you will.
So I wrote the songs in groups separately, each with their own mindsets as separate pieces that could stand on their own, but also in the end combine into a 12 song album.

When it came time to record, the original plan was to record the three EP’s in three different locations, each to have some meaning to it’s segment. The blues EP we thought we might cut in memphis, the hard rock EP maybe NYC or LA, and the acoustic EP I had planned on cutting out west in New Mexico while we were on tour for SXSW. One of the other things I had intended to do was to record the EP’s in studios that had some history and legacy that fit that style of music. In the end, and after a ton of research, most of the studios where our favorite albums were recorded were now either not open, or in disarray.

Sam Phillips studio in Memphis was on my radar for the blues EP, but when I started to really research the albums that had been made there we found that it was the one studio where really all three of our influences had really been recorded there. Some great blues albums, but also rock and roots stuff too.

So we booked a week at Sam to cut the entire record with the exception of some acoustic tracks that I planned to field record some of the parts. One thing we didn’t take into consideration was that making a record using a vintage based studio with great analog gear also meant us dealing with 70 year old equipment which can be temperamental to say the least. What started out as a few days ended up being over a month of back and forth trips to memphis to complete the album. By the end of the process we were absolutely exhausted, with sometimes 50 hours worth of driving in a week, and not near that in sleep. But in the end, we were both very happy with the result and I feel we got we wanted. We cut all the tracks live in the same room our heroes like Jerry Lee Lewis, Howling Wolf and Bob Dylan had. I sang on Wolf’s old microphone, and we sat at Sam’s desk upstairs and made revisions in the same chair Elvis sat in. We made an honest blue collar rock and roll record with a tip of the hat to our heroes, and hopefully left another memory in those walls.

“White Girl” has been released!

And we are LIVE. “White Girl” The first single off of “WAYS” album and the “WAYS BLACK” EP has been released today. First 48 hours are so crucial to making playlists and features so please, if you dig it stream and share with your friends today.
Massive amount of work going into this album, and it feels amazing for it to finally start to see light. Hit the road for tour this morning and check in with you all soon!

Stream White Girl from your streaming service here! –> White Girl