The Cold Stares

Touring Highlights

  • The RIDE Festival (Telluride, CO)
  • Copperhead Music Festival (Sparta, IL)
  • W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival (Henderson, KY)
  • International Bar-B-Q Festival (Owensboro, KY)
  • The Basement (Nashville, TN)
  • 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill (Nashville, TN)
  • Exit/In (Nashville, TN)
  • Backstage Bar & Grill (Evansville, IN)
  • Lamasco Bar & Grill (Evansville, IN)
  • The Riot Room (Kansas City, MO)
  • The Gas Lamp (Des Moines, IA)
  • The Viper Room (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Pianos (New York City, NY)
  • Mercury Lounge (New York City, NY)
  • The Nick (Birmingham, AL)
  • Lafayette’s Music Room (Memphis, TN)
  • Hard Rock Cafe (Nashville, TN)
  • Hard Rock Cafe (Memphis, TN)

The Cold Stares

Formed in 2008 after members Chris Tapp and Brian Mullins spent years in other bands, The Cold Stares offers a hard-rocking, story-based brand of rock ‘n’ roll sung from the soul.  Their unique guitar rig and giant bass drum creates an all-encompassing sound far bigger than its members. “The first time I saw them,” said Nashville radio personality Dan Buckley, “I thought they had at least two other musicians secretly behind the curtain. There’s just no way that sound comes from the two of them.”  

But The Cold Stares is, in fact, a duo – one that has continued to win over fans from enthralling performances at venues such as Pianos in New York City and The Viper Room in Hollywood, and festivals including The RIDE Festival in Telluride and the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival in Kentucky.  Meanwhile, the band has also played with some of the most influential names in blues and rock, including Rival Sons, Big Head Todd, Spoon, and Joan Jett. Following up on two successful EPs recorded with the guidance of Mark Needham (Pink, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac), the duo released a new album, Head Bent, in 2017 to critical success.


“Between songs, people will whisper. They’re asking one another if anyone knows who the hell this is. And it’s here that you and everyone in the room will have the same realization just about everyone else has the first time they see they hear The Cold Stares live: These guys are better than the band you came to see.” – Radley Balko, The Huffington Post

“If you ever hear anyone say that rock and roll is dead, this album is all you need to counter that claim. The Cold Stares know how to rock, and they provide it in big, healthy doses.” – AXS


Cate Esser |