Georgia's Stevie Tombstone embodies the essence of a true troubadour. His music is a potent blend of folk, classic country, and vintage blues influences. Have Mercy On Me is his hotly anticipated new EP.
With his new EP, Have Mercy On Me, Stevie Tombstone has made a remarkable comeback. Most of the tracks were recorded in Black Mountain, N.C., and feature some of the most talented and respected members of the western Carolina music community. Included on the record are a few updated versions of previously recorded songs which make them sound even more powerful than the originals. Additionally, the new compositions are inspired by recent life events which have found their way into his songs, offering an honest glimpse into the life of a troubadour. While each arrangement complements the song, there's a common theme of Appalachian roots running through the music. These new songs reveal Tombstone's journey of overcoming adversity through his songwriting. Instruments like the pedal steel, banjo, and fiddles add depth to the music without overshadowing the heartfelt lyrics and emotions.
Tombstone's musical journey can be likened to a sturdy oak tree, with wild and ever-reaching roots that twist and tangle above the earth. If his career were to be compiled into a boxset, it would be a vast collection of tales from the open road, spanning from Georgia to Texas to California to New York, and everywhere in between. Through his music, he weaves stories which embrace the troubadour's captivating and challenging life, one song at a time.
Following a fortuitous encounter with Roy Acuff during his youth, a meeting that left a lasting impression, Tombstone was certain that his path would always lead him to a life in music. Hailing from Georgia, Tombstone delved deep into the world of rock and the underground music scene of 1980s Atlanta. Yet, amidst his musical exploration, he never abandoned the twang of his Southern roots. Now, three decades later, Tombstone has evolved into a well-rounded artist, boasting talents as a performer, songwriter, and guitarist. He has also been an integral part of the music scenes in Atlanta and Austin at various points in his journey, with his hat now hung in Western North Carolina.
During the '80s, Tombstone lead a swampabilly band which he called the Tombstones whose "Nobody" became a college radio anthem, a roots punk ode to the mysterious Carolina Lights, which was later covered by Stiv Bators.
Tombstone's debut full-length album, 730 AM, features guest appearances from members of Wilco, Jason and the Scorchers, and the Georgia Satellites. Following numerous compilations and EPs, his 2011 release, Greenwood, reintroduced Tombstone to Americana and folk audiences, offering an autobiographical narrative of his journey to Greenwood to pay tribute to Robert Johnson.
Throughout his career, Stevie Tombstone's bandmates and collaborators have read like a who's who of underground and nationally recognized musicians. Along the way, he has shared the stage with notable artists such as Leon Russell, the Stray Cats, Greg Allman, Willie Nelson, Drive-By Truckers, Marshall Tucker Band, Johnny Bush, and the Ramones, just to name a few.