Stories & Songs with Chance Gray & Jacob Stiefel
Thursday, February 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Growing up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the rural Northeast Alabama town of Fyffe, Chance Gray spent his childhood soaking in the culturally rich Southern stories passed down through the generations and the intertwined gospel songs about faith, hope, love and the promise of a better place beyond the skies. Now, A Nashville resident of ten years, Gray recently released his debut EP “The Long Crossing” produced by Jason Isbell guitarist, Sadler Vaden. Gray notes that it came upon him to share his art with the hope his words would somehow connect with other people the way songs have always connected with him.
On the heels of his 3rd release, “The Memphis Sessions,” Jacob Stiefel (Stee-full) is building steam, and isn’t planning on slowing down any time soon.
Jacob, currently based in Nashville, TN, was born and raised in Fort Payne, AL, where his love affair with music began. His earliest musical memories are his mother dancing with him at 2 or 3 years old to Willie Nelson’s “Red Headed Stranger,” and listening to his Granny’s cassette tapes of Elvis Presley and Little Richard, after Kindergarten. After two years of piano lessons at 7 & 8, he started guitar lessons at age 9 and hasn’t put it down since.
Throughout childhood, Jacob claims his musical taste & sound was molded by the record and 8-track collection from his father. “I can remember Dad first showing me how to lower the needle onto the grooves of the vinyl records. When I grew tall enough to reach the record shelves, I was off to the races. Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Ted Nugent, AC/DC, Charlie Daniels… It was like audio heaven…” During high school, Jacob would learn and perform many of these songs for his friends at parties and get-togethers. At the age of 15 he began playing bass in a gospel quartet/band that toured around the Southeast. Through all of this, he really began to develop his love for performance and travel. A love that would continue to grow.
While attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, Jacob began playing acoustic shows in bars, and then started a cover band touring most of North Alabama. In May of ‘09, after graduating from Alabama, he moved to Nashville to pursue a future in music. After playing exclusively in the downtown Nashville bars for 3 years, Jacob released his first EP “Jacob Stiefel & the Truth” in February of 2012 and began booking himself on the road.
2013 was a year spent on the road and in the studio for Stiefel. Fall of 2013 he released “Volume II”, his second EP. With 2014 being a solidly busy year of traveling, playing everywhere from San Antonio, TX, to Milwaukee, WI, to Mobile, AL, and all in between, you’d have been hard-pressed to find a harder worker or someone who enjoyed their life more. When 2015 rolled around, he had a pile of new songs and a burning desire to get back into the studio. In between mini-tours to Texas, Oklahoma, and other steady road gigs, Jacob planned for his 3rd EP.
2015’s “Memphis Sessions” EP was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN. Sam Phillips’s granddaughter Halley Phillips produced the project. Released in Nov 2015, Jacob claims without a doubt “The Memphis Sessions” is his favorite thing he’s done to date. “Best week of my life, hands-down. The people, the music, the studio, the atmosphere… I never wanted to leave… “ says Stiefel. “But that’s what you do. Make honest, from-the-heart music, pour your soul into it, then take it out to the people and share the love…”
So Stiefel has been hitting the road, sharing the love and the music with his ever-growing number of friends, family and fans across the country and around the world.