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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Chris appearing with Sister Hazel (6/16)

Some 90s kids might remember their biggest hit, All For You.

They went on to do lots of fun, really positive things, and their music has figured into Chris' life in important ways. He saw them live on his first date with his wife. Sister Hazel's music was playing at their wedding. And their guitar player, Ryan Newell, has been a big influence on Chris' approach to slide guitar.

And now Chris gets to open for these guys. The way life comes together is so interesting.

Here are the basics: June 16, 2017 in Agoura Hills.

Details here.

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