Stillwater Black came together in 1991 when Chris Thayer met Ahmed and Sam Pierstorff while playing in the pit band for a high school musical production. Issac McCorkell was quickly recruited on drums and the band recorded its first EP, The Last Virtuous Lady of Athens.

In 1995 they signed with Cleaves Entertainment, a now-defunct independent label based out of Southern California's Inland Empire. Stillwater Black recorded their debut LP, Adam. They played frequently with local and national acts including Dishwalla, Save Ferris, Reel Big Fish, and IE punk/ska mainstays, The Skeletones.

In 1997 the members parted ways and the project lay dormant for two decades.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Can we talk?

I called Chris on the way home from work. It’s an insane child’s world where men standing at the gates of hard-won wisdom are deemed aesthetically irrelevant. What business do the four of us have revisiting our relationship with rock music?

Rock and roll. That melding of the blues-infused roots music of Black America and the swaggering jangle of white country folk. It was so dangerous that nobody would touch it but the kids.

The lyrics for Longshot are starting to percolate.

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