Tennessee Stiffs

Location:The Meadow
When:
Friday, August 4 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Brewery Hours:12-10pm
Music Style:Americana/Blues/Country/Folk
Food Trucks:Amazing Pizza, Appalachian Smoke, El Querubin

A little bit rock 'n' roll, a little bit country, and a whole lotta rowdy make up Tennessee Stiffs. 

Formed in late 2011 and fueled by their eclectic musical interests, co-founders-turned-married-couple Ethan Lee and Cara B were determined to create something never heard before. They seamlessly blend Americana, blues, rock, folk, country, and a myriad of other influences into a powerful and provocative product they affectionately call "Death Folk. Late night writing sessions soaked in whiskey gave the group a sound all their own. Cara’s melodies range from hauntingly beautiful to wildly soulful. Blended with Lee’s foot-stomping rhythms and gravelly vocals, the two take the “Beauty and the Beast” standard to heart.

The duo spent their first year as a band and as a couple writing tunes and playing shows, often using old books and a hat containing lines of poetry as inspiration. They wanted to build each song as its own story in a greater collection of real-life events. Each song’s characters are vividly constructed and personal, allowing for the listener to relate. Bassist/guitarist/vocalist Casey Kuznieski joined in the summer of 2012, bringing a new level of levity and technical skill to the table. His wide range of talents allowed the band to expand on stage, where any member could potentially play any instrument. But the music still called for more, and so an exhaustive search for the perfect fourth member led the band to accomplished drummer/vocalist Jay Koelbl, who moved to Austin from Tennessee and fell into the mix with great success.

After recording the debut album, "Nightery," in April 2015, the Stiffs then garnered wide attention from all over the United States, getting airplay from coast to coast and high praise on music blogs. The Akademia Music Awards gave "Nightery" the Best Americana Album Award, as well as the Editors Top Pick of the Year. In the past two years the Stiffs have toured the greater US, building their fanbase at every stop. Keeping up the momentum, they have a new EP coming out summer 2017 and will tour again to promote the new tunes. So whether you come to see the spectacle of the full band or the intimacy of the acoustic show, you’re bound to find your toe tapping, your head bobbing along, and hell, maybe even a little speaking in tongues.

 

Click here to check out the Tennessee Stiffs' website

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