Rebecca Ferguson: Lead Vocals
John Stoll: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Grifters & Shills writes and performs timeless music with deep ties to the past and a very assertive outlook on the present. They pay homage to the paths long taken, but continue forging the trail using their own voice and style.
Featuring tight vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, percussion, harmonica, and bass, Grifters & Shills epitomizes the modern take on classic roots music. At the heart of it all lies a deep appreciation for where all of this music comes from. And, by extension, where all of us have come from as well.
Grifters & Shills released their debut full-length album, "Watershed." in July 2014. Produced by Brad Sayles (Houston Symphony) and featuring Max Dyer (cello) and Kevin Hardin (fiddle), "Watershed" guides listeners through a unique and thorough journey of roots music set in the modern day. This new album is the much-anticipated follow-up to their EP, "Trainwreck Junkyard" (2013).
John and Rebecca Stoll met and began playing music together in 2008. Their first band, Westbound, released two albums - "Now & Then" (2012) and "Blackjack Road (2010).
Music from all of their albums is playing on left-end-of-the-dial radio stations across the country.
Their instrumentation and vocals have also been featured on albums from other artists, including Texas favorites Myrna Sanders (Big Head Diva; 2012) and Zach Tate (End of Time; 2012). The band has also appeared in Musician’s Friend advertisements in Guitar World, Mix, Electronic Musician and Modern Drummer magazines.