Chris Stamey

Caitlin Cary: NC Music Love Army #1339

Caitlin Cary and Jon Lindsay formed the NC Music Love Army after a long phone conversation inspired by a song quickly written and posted on YouTube by their mutual friend, Django Haskins of The Old Ceremony.  What had started in their state of North Carolina as weekly summertime protests against restrictive state legislation regarding voting rights, gay marriage rights, and women’s health rights, dubbed “Moral Mondays,” made strange bedfellows of disparate causes within a state known for its more progressive outlook than much of the South.  The groups saw their political landscape changing, and took to the streets with their only weapon — songs.  Protest music certainly is not new in America, the South, or even North Carolina, but it’s been over forty years since so many groups came out publicly to share their discontent.  What was borne of passion for these musicians, has become the NC Music Love Army — a movement, an album, and a live show (on Saturday, 30 November 2013 at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC — TIX HERE).

Liner Notes
NC Music Love Army album pre-order is on iTunes We Are Not for Sale: Songs of Protest from the NC Music Love Army – Various Artists. Album available 26 November 2013. Release party extravaganza at Cat’s Cradle on 30 November 2013. Definitely get the full version with the liner notes, which include all the lyrics and gorgeous cover art.

Enjoy this download from the album:

Essential to the We Are Not For Sale:  Songs Of Protest album are fellow NC Music Love Army members:
Chris Stamey
Slaid Baird
Mary Johnson Rockers
Skylar Gudasz
Andrea Connolly
Jesse Huebner
Scott Phillips
Clay Merritt
Jon Shain
Michael Rank
Caroline Mamoulides
Jason Kutchma
Sarah Bell
Skillet Gilmore
BJ Barham/American Aquarium
Kevin McClain
Mark Connor
Whit Wright
Kaitlin Grady
John Teer
Stu McClamb
Doug MacMillan
Greg Humphries
Roger Gupton
Eddie Walker
Jason Merritt
Jerry Key
and others still joining their cause.

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#1223 The dB’s

The dB’s met each other by the age of 8 or 9 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Chris ultimately formed the trio with Gene Holder and Will Rigby in the late 1970’s, adding Holsapple after they requested him to audition on keys. Chris Stamey stayed with the band for the first two albums, then moved on to play with Alex Chilton for many years. Over time, the original lineup changed, and within a decade, The dB’s as they were had run their course. Peter Holsapple moved through many other bands, including a long run as the “fifth member of R.E.M.,” on the road with Hootie and the Blowfish, and playing with the Continental Drifters, as well as a recurring acoustic duo with Chris Stamey, both live and for a couple of records.

This brand new album by the original foursome of the dB’s, Falling Off the Sky, took nearly seven years to complete. Stamey and Holsapple’s dual vocals create a distinct blend that complements the “jangle pop” of their music. The latest release sounds like a dB’s record, but manages not to sound “retro.” Peter refers to their first meetings since 1988-ish as being like getting back on a bike–comfortable territory and easy to jump right back where they were, despite the decades that had passed. Life has changed greatly for each of them in the interim, though, and makes for a more targeted plan for live performance than might have occurred long ago. The dB’s fan bases in Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and Los Angeles remain, but logistics of shows in each place vary. They are not twenty-somethings riding in a black and gray GMC rental van any more.

Lyrically, dB’s songs are no longer about yearning for a girl in class, and are about their real life changes, including divorces, addiction, and hurricanes. Holsapple’s family lost everything in Hurrican Katrina, but the loss that put the tragedy into deeper perspective was the death of his former brother-in-law, Barry Cowsill, under unclear circumstances in the hurricane. Such personal depths have brought meaning to some of their songs that perhaps were not there in earlier dB’s songs, but the sound will connect their past to their current music.

Notice Mitch Easter with them on bass here at SXSW 2012. 🙂

Heck, yeah! The van was actually a Ford: (Thanks, Neil Kaplan! You’re the best.)