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, October 26, 2017

Fats Domino 1928-2017

We mentioned something about the roots of rock and roll here. Elvis Presley was mentioned. Chuck Berry was mentioned. Little Richard was mentioned.

But I missed this root, perhaps because he simply ran too deep.

His work through the 40s was at the forefront of that new sound that came to be called rock and roll. Influencing future rock musicians from John Lennon to Led Zeppelin, the music of Fats Domino can only be understood as sonic revolution.

Fats likely had no idea that he was about to set the world on fire the way that he did. He just did what came natural.

And what came natural was like nothing else, though it borrowed from everything around. Blues, swing, dixieland, and big band- it was all in there, filtered through his own, passionate genius.

My guess is the same thing is happening with our latest song, longshot. We can die, and then the world will figure it out. Or you can give it a listen now and stay ahead of the curve.

But first, let's pay our respects:

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