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.”
something dark, something pretty,
something great, something gritty.
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. The 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 Adrian Voorhies, who fell into the mix with great success.
After recording the debut album, “Nightery,” in April 2015, the Stiffs garnered wide attention from all over the United States, getting airplay from coast to coast as well as Europe, high praise on music blogs, and awards. The Akademia Music Awards gave “Nightery” the Best Americana Album Award, as well as the Editors Top Pick of 2015. In 2016, they hit the road touring the greater US, building their fanbase at every stop. Keeping up the momentum, the Stiffs are now touring the nation and promoting their highly anticipated sophmore album “30 Pieces”, now streaming and available on vinyl and CD.
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.
Come one, come all
Here we go!
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