January 8th on the release of “Ball of Fire”. I had this song in my head for awhile and knew I wanted to do a period piece with it. I also wanted to be accurate with the voice and lyrics of the song. I spent a couple weeks reading “hobo” language and slang from the turn of the century regarding trains and the great expansion west. Hopefully I did it justice. Very happy to have @warrenhoodmusic playing fiddle and mandolin on the track, who did an amazing job. Hope you all dig it as well, and we’ll do some promo stuff the beginning of the year with the song.
Incredible honor to have “Just Beyond the Dawn” in this list with so many great artists, thank you @spotify -Backstory on the song. I had just finished reading the Robert Johnson book “Brother Robert” and was thinking about his life. One trait about RJ that is present in all the books about him was his need to ramble, always on the move, always searching. Wether intentional or out of necessity Robert Johnson was never settled. There are countless stories about being in a room with him and the next moment him vanishing. Moving from town to town, leaving lives behind, always searching for something he was missing maybe up ahead. I have had that feeling as well, being alone yet in a crowded room, and needing to keep searching for something calling me. “Just Beyond the Dawn” is my tribute to Robert Johnson, the greatest legend in American music. I hope you enjoy it.
Presave on Spotify here –> Just Before the Dawn
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!Audio Addiction channel on Youtube
“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 StaresFrom blues.gr interview by Michael Limnios
Read the full interview here–> http://blues.gr/profiles/blogs/q-a-with-drummer-brian-mullins-of-the-cold-stares-indiana-based-h
Podcast with Jay from The Hook, interviewing Chris Tapp of The Cold Stares.
Faced with the ultimate uncertainty of his own life, Chris Tapp of The Cold Stares never gave up. A rock ‘n’ roll journey that is like no other, filled with enough countless challenges and setbacks for several lifetimes, their story of perseverance is absolutely inspiring. With songs powered by honesty and endless depth I’m certain their music and story will resonate with you. Enjoy the show!Jay from The Hook Rocks on Soundcloud
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.Mark Druery – Indieshark Music Magazine
Read the full review here –> https://indieshark.com/awards/pick-of-the-week/the-cold-stares-are-back/
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
Consisting of musicians Chris Tapp (guitar and vocals) and Brian Mullins (drums), Evansville Indiana’s The Cold Stares play some unavoidably catchy blues-rock that’s been turning heads at an increasing rate since the band’s inception in 2012. Today, as the duo continue to celebrate the October 18th release of their latest studio recording, WAYS, via AntiFragile Music (find pre-save/order options here), we’re thrilled to exclusively share Chris Tapp’s track-by-track rundown of each of the album’s thirteen stupendous songs.Excerpt from Sax & Violins Blues Feature of The Cold Stares by Christopher Gonda
LAST FEW HOURS TO PRESAVE!
Hey fans please take a moment to presave “WAYS” on the link below. If you are using Spotify or one of the streaming services it costs you ZERO to presave the album but it can help us so much tomorrow on release day to get into the charts and playlists! Click the link below to do so and you get a free unreleased track “What Happened to You” on a link when it’s completed. Takes 30 seconds! PRESAVE HERE!