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, March 24, 2017

Rough day

This is a blog about Stillwater Black. We made music a long time ago. And we're making music again.

We're a band. A great band. A band of talented, passionate, creative, intelligent, and responsible men.

But we are also individuals with stories and challenges and a whole back catalog of successes and failures. And all of that comes with us into the rehearsal space. It all makes its way into the notes we chose, the arrangements we build, and the lyrics we pen. We don't "check our baggage at the door." We bring that shit in and make it fucking beautiful.

Today a judge made a really hard decision. My ex-wife will be taking our four daughters across the country to live with her and her new husband. I live in Long Beach, California. My daughters will be living in Queens, New York.

Chris lent me a guitar. A gorgeous black hollow body. He told me to play and to write.

And I will.

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