Artists/Band : Stag Stonebreaker
Music Genre : Blues
Websites or Social Media Pages
Facebook, Reverb Nation, WIX.com
Staggerlee Stonebreaker was formed in the autumn of 1993, the brainchild of Lance Boyle, an unemployed parolee from Stoughton, Massachusetts. Boyle claimed to have seen God during a period of “quiet dissipation” and received divine instruction to form a band “the likes of which the world has never wanted to see (sic).” He accomplished little until a serendipidous traffic altercation with one Staggerlee Stonebreaker, a terminated used automobile salesman who happened to have taken up the guitar some weeks earlier. “Stag” knew of several failed musicians, marching band types in bad marriages, who Boyle and he felt might blend. Negotiations ensued, and one by one they were snared: Juke Nawlins, an individual who could play bass “stunned” by whatever drugs happened to be available while prancing like a Jesus lizard; Stix, a one-named and one-eyed “Uncle Jane” whose drumming had induced concussions in neighbors; and Johnny Flamingo, a tragic error from the moment of conception but a reasonably adequate keyboard player with a distinctive whiny “help me, beat me” sort of vocal presentation.
Plans were sealed. Boyle would manage Staggerlee Stonebreaker , and they braced themselves for fame, money, girls, and girls.
Mercifully, few tapes of the band survive. They missed their one live engagement when Juke drove to Rochester, New York, while a crowd of three paced in Rochester, Massachusetts.
On June 3, 1994, the divine sense of humor interceded. The entire band perished in a carnival mishap while Boyle looked on helplessly in hopeless horror. With events of the following days charitably omitted, enough said that Boyle was unavailable to pursue musical interests for the following 10 years to the day.
Now Boyle has his band.
The music. Personally I don’t like it. If there’s a genius involved here, he must have endured a blinding stroke. Boyle’s efforts to be funny and entice young women are the stuff of science, certainly not of entertainment. The abandon of some of the band’s “fans” seems more to me as some variation of radical incontinence—or a carriage race to oblivion. Do hop in.
O. Wilde, 8/7/2006, London
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
all over the block—blues, country, rock
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
not a male deer…”Stag” mean just me; Stonebreaker was romantically involved with a girl from a near town….all american at Notre Dame…I liked the ring….maybe a stretched reference to “Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun…I fought the law and the law won”
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
first memory of my life…maybe 2 1/2 yoa…mother dragged me along to a Nat King Cole concert in Holyoke, MA. Since then, lots of great artists have influenced me positively and negatively.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
a Frost poem finally wed to a melody, and a song about freedom as the source of the known and unknown
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I would like a song or songs of mine remembered—some of my songs are studies in sorrow…not promoting sorrow, but seeking to understand the many facets of this fundamental human experience
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
35 years worked for US Govt, poorly married
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
same as thought process but with backing tune
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
bit of feedback is nice
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
my car has a thumb drive with 1200 songs on it…all kinds of known but forgotten 40’s, 50’s etc. Rick Nelson, Brian Wilson, Rufus Wainwright…Glenn Miller….etc
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
College…wrote first song shortly after graduating…played guitar since age 15
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
ask someone who has failed and failed…then succeeded.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
no eye deer
How Do You Feel About Originality?
crucial to music, but perhaps not to success
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?