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!
We are working with our friends at Tres Hombres Touring for European dates in 2021. As of now it looks like there will be a run in March and August for sure. I know it’s been awhile coming for our fans overseas, but we had to be in the right position and with the right team. Stoked to finally make this work for 2021, and can’t wait to see you guys then. (If the world exists then). We are also working out distribution for vinyl and merch as well. Good things going on.
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
Starting June 5th 2020 The Cold Stares will release a new song every two weeks for 12 months. Initially our plan was to release three albums this year. After thought and discussion and putting ourselves in our fans shoes we thought this might be a better and creative way to proceed. As the songs release they will populate the albums and ep’s they belong to as well as become available for physical purchase if that’s your thing too. With the current environment smashing a lot of touring a festival plans we had, we were looking for a way to continue building the relationship we have with our fans and felt like this would be the route. In addition to the two week releases, on off weeks we will be having livestream performances that will include interactive set lists with our fans, video performances of the new songs for YouTube and special fan only merch deals. We’ve always been about going about things on our own path in new ways and hope you will join us
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