Authenticity. A word that is frequently used in describing The Cold Stares, and frequently missing from modern music discussions. “We’re not just a blues band, or just a rock band, or anything other than who we are,” says front man Chris Tapp. “There is a power and a realness that is arrived at by just doing what you do best.”
Hailing from Madisonville, Kentucky, The Cold Stares were formed in 2008 after the duo had spent a number of years in other bands. Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins got together for the sole reason to just jam. The result is a hard rocking, story- based brand of rock and roll that is sung from the soul.
They released “The Cold Stares” in 2010 and “A Cold Wet Night and a Howling Wind” in 2012.
The band was able to sell 25k copies of the latter on their own.
The Album was in the Top 10 in Amazon’s Blues Rock category for 6-8 weeks, holding the #1 spot numerous times in the Blues category.
They spent Fall 2013 in the studio with Mark Needham ( Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac, Pink) and the new music will be released in 2014.
The band has been featured on Fox TV and NBC, with editorials in newspapers and websites including the Huffington Post and Fox News.com.
They’ve been featured in various magazines including Vintage Guitar Magazine.
In addition, they’ve shared the stage with national acts such as Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Bob Schneider and Rival Sons.
More US touring is in the works for 2014, including some major Festival appearances.