Sam's Burger Joint Presents:
Max and Heather Stalling Duo Show
Thu, November 15, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmSam's Burger Joint
$12.00 - $50.00
This event is 18 and over
NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $12 Advance/ $15 Day of Show/ $50 Reserved Boothhttp://www.samsburgerjoint.com/event/1721316/
Enter Banquet, Stalling’s sixth studio album, which is set for an early fall release on his longtime imprint Blind Nello Records. Produced by A-list Texas music helmsman Lloyd Maines and recorded at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Banquet boasts 11 tracks played by Jason Steinsultz on bass, Tom Lewis on drums, Bryce Clarke on guitar and mandolin, Heather Stalling (Max’s wife) on fiddle, Maines on steel guitar, and Stalling himself on guitar and lead vocals. The project was engineered by Pat Manske.
In many ways Banquet is quintessential Max Stalling – a batch of uncluttered, melodic, beautifully played vignettes about life, the oddities of the human condition, struggles, broken hearts, and even one titled “All the Way,” which is about “an existential discussion of the rarified condition of being,” Stalling wryly declares.
He offers a pair of spirited covers, the Beatles’ “Two of Us” and Doug Sahm’s “Beautiful Texas Sunshine,” and co-writes with buddies Jason Boland and Mark David Manders on the lead track “Night’s Pay In My Boots.” Wife Heather, whom he married in 2007, is Stalling’s writing partner on “You’d Better Be.”
Banquet is actually quite pivotal for Stalling. Like all true artists, the making of Banquet tested his mettle. He experienced writer’s block during the crafting of these songs, and he questioned whether the man he is now, a 48-year-old happily married stepfather, still has the same ardor he felt back in 1997 when he released his debut effort, Comfort In the Curves.
One listen to Banquet reveals the clear answer – he unequivocally still has that same passion.
Yet Stalling has certainly earned the right to not only take his time between releases, but also reevaluate his artistic prowess. He consistently plays at least 150 shows a year all over Texas – Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Amarillo, Ft. Worth, Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Galveston, Austin, Luckenbach, Gruene – and occasionally ventures to surrounding states. He’s steadfastly cemented himself as an important and respected regional singer-songwriter with a deeply loyal following.
Born and raised in sparsely-populated Ritchie County West Virginia, it was the gift of a guitar from his grandmother that gave Jon a creative outlet in an area known more for oil and gas than for its musical traditions. As with many small-town upbringings, it was this combination of quiet country life with little to keep a young man entertained, and the lack of distractions that gave him the ability to focus on the guitar from a very young age. Sitting around picking and singing with his friends and family, Napier had amassed enough of a set-list that at the age of 14, he was asked to play his first show. Seeing his gift for music, other locals in the community, including his future mentor Mike Morningstar, provided him with additional guidance in the form of musical recommendations that extended beyond the Top 40 classic rock and country being played on the handful of radio station in the area. This timely introduction to such artists as Richie Havens and Neil Young gave Jon the inspiration to begin discovering his own abilities as a songwriter.
A move to Texas in 1999 put Jon in touch with a whole new community of songwriters and musicians. Soon he began to write, record, and perform original material that brought together the sounds of his West Virginia upbringing, an eclectic array of musical influences, and his own skills as a talented guitar player, into a sound that has made him stand out from his peers. As adept a performer with just a guitar and his voice, Jon has also put together an incredible cast of musicians to compliment both his stage performances and recorded material. His most recent work brings together a tight rhythm section, B3 organ, electric piano, a cast of incredible lead guitar players, and rich female harmonies in a style that invokes both the southern edge of the Allmans, and the sweet soul music from the golden years of Stax.
With roots that run deep, and a talent to match, Jon Napier can put on a performance to satisfy any true music fan’s tastes. Whether you are a follower of blues, bluegrass, country, or rock and roll, chances are you’ll agree with Jon- when any of these genres are played from somewhere deep inside a person, they can all be considered the kind of music that Jon Napier loves to play: Soul music.
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215