Scott James Stambaugh

“Stambaugh… is a brilliant wordsmith. [His] complex melodies and intricate lyrics are the kind that can haunt you long after the reverb has left the building.” Cherokee Scout, June 12, 2013

 

Either on stage with his ferociously fun roots/rock band the Twelve-Gauge Persuaders, or performing solo in a more intimate setting, Scott James Stambaugh will leave a mark. For some it’s the good-natured humor he brings to every performance, and for others it’s the heartache and beauty of his more serious-minded material that sticks. Few who listen, however, will leave untouched.

At once funny, smart, swaggering and humble, Stambaugh is able to bridge the divide between the coffeehouse crowd, the biker crowd, and the good ole’ redneck beer hall crowd with equal aplomb. Those who come to one of those performances and listen will find a songwriter at the very top of his game, as able to bring laughter as bring tears in the tradition of his musical heroes, McCartney, Waylon and Willie, Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne… the list is endless.

Stambaugh released his first album in 2014. Bursting with verve, heartbreak and humor, Stupid Ghost is a varied and heady brew, and while backed by a revolving batch of the area’s very best musicians, it still reflects perfectly the attention to craft and desire to connect so obvious in every solo performance.

You are cordially invited to sample Stupid Ghost on the Audio page of this site – and hopefully follow the link to purchase the album - then go to the calendar page and find a gig near you. You never know; you may be saying you saw him when…